I have a crate 350 that runs good. I am also getting an earlier 350 with a Turbo 350 attached (primarily for the tranny). This 350 is supposed to have a knock. I need to check it out. The crate engine has the centerbolt valve covers and the newer style intake manifold. The other one has the old style covers and manifold. I am going to have to decide which way to go before I start buying valve covers and intake. I am leaning toward the crate engine with and Edelbrock Performer, the HEI out of the earlier engine, and a Quadrajet or AFB (I have one of each on hand, probably go with a Holley or Edelbrock later). Other than the parts are more expensive for the later engines, are there any real cons to using the later crate engine? LMK your experiences.