Originally Posted by Ko
Given the uncertain reliability if fixing this one on the cheap- why not roll it out the garage and save the pennies/invest time in finding a donor engine-especially since you seem to have some leads?
Fix on the cheap AND look for a replacement engine. If all goes well, he could drive it till if/when it loses a rod and have the new engine ready to go. Bearings, oil pump and 1 qt of atf before every oil change (but not running in it for a week!).