So! progress has been slow, but it has been made. Had some delays and other projects around the house to tend to, before i could really tear into this thing. So, here's what i found.
So the verdict is in, the 351 is blown. Turns out when i cranked it over, i bent the #8 rod, and the crank hit the piston and broke it.
Blown head gasket:
One of 3 chunks that broke off piston
Lots of metal in the pan
patiently awaiting its demise
Did some searching online, trying to figure out what to do. Rebuild, replace, used motor, etc. Ended up stumbling across another 351 with 70k on it for $400, so i snagged it up, and then sold an 8' truck bed i had kicking around, to cover the cost.
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