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We searched swap meets, junkyards, and classified ads for months trying to find the right 454, meaning one that was as complete as possible and that we believed had the potential to run strong without a rebuild. It seems that you rust-belt guys have it good with big-blocks, since trucks fall apart around them and the engines are for sale cheaper than here in SoCal. We had a tough time even finding good crank cores for less than $100, and complete running engines often topped $1,000! We settled on this long-block for $500--a price that would buy us at least four running 350s in virtually complete condition.