Hey guys, I'm always collecting parts for projects I'm working on or projects I have on the list for someday. In this case, I'm talking about both. I started on a 350 SBC for my pickup a while back and have been trying to figure out what parts I need before I get everything ordered. I had planned on this engine being pretty mild as my first automotive engine build. Hoping for 350-400 crankshaft horsepower. This fall, I was given an SBC 4 bolt main block with crank and pistons that had head studs and had been bored .060 over. I hadn't planned on using this block but figured I might keep the pistons around if I needed them or sell them to someone else. The block was laying upside down in the dirt in a leaky barn and was pretty rusty. The crank is forged and I'm guessing is a factory unit but haven't cleaned it up enough to find that out yet. My good, clean crank, that came out of my .040 over block that I had planned on using, is a cast crank. Now for the question. At what performance level or other requirements would you guys say a forged crank is required? I like the idea of using them whenever possible just for durability's sake. I also have available to me a 440 Chrysler Forged crank that ate a rod probably 30-40 years ago and has a pretty decent gouge in the no. 1 rod journal. The guy I'm getting it from, if I so choose, has offered me my choice of crankshafts for $100. Seems reasonable but his only Forged unit has a .125 gouge in the rod journal. I talked to Crankshaft supply in Minneapolis MN about it and they can weld it up but I'm wondering if I should just get a cast crank and save a little more money. In that engine project, I'll be putting a 440 crankshaft in a 400 block and I'm hoping for 650 crankshaft horsepower. If I remember correctly from reading about the 440 crank in a 400 that somebody else did, it required some clearancing in the block. Thanks in advance!