On the stand after a rebuild. 5.0L 89 block, converted to OBDII using parts from a 96 F-150 with an E4OD. Had 249K miles on it and only went down because the cooling system was full of rust from the PO.
Same motor prior to painting.
Its dusty here after sitting for a year in the desert, but has since been cleaned.
Build the best you can with what you have to work with. Quality parts and quality installation is where it all starts.
"It is idle to say that combinations of old elements cannot be inventions; substantially every invention is for such a 'combination': that is to say, it consists of former elements in a new assemblage."