Hah, yeah, i know...i have a 530 hp corvette next to it if i wanna go fast. I just want the thing to go up a small louisiana hill (on interstate) without having to stab it to the floor to stay over 70.My vote is to pull your factory 302 & re-seal it, & enjoy the truck for what it is, which is a big heavy truck. If you want to feel power, spend that extra cash on a sports car, not trying to make a big heavy truck feel like a sports car, cuz $10,000 later it will have more power than it did, and feel like a big heavy truck.
The thing is I am about to do a lot of body work to it, it has bashed in drivers door and fender and the passenger fender needs to be replaced as well, so i was going to remove the entire front and do some cleaning, some suspension refreshening, all that fun stuff while i was in there, also slap some new paint on things. So, while i was in there and had room to move, figured i might see if i can find some cheap horsepower.
Now @Kingfish999 his post had a sentence at the end of it i hadn't really thought about "...or just swap for 351" and i didnt at first didnt have any desire because i immediately thought it would be too much sugar for a nickel, but after looking, it appears that may be the easiest move of them all. I can grab a 5.8 for about 6-800 bucks and a computer for 200...for 1000 bucks i can be set up with that extra displacement, torque, hp. Thats within my budget on this, and since my AOD is non electronic, any computer from an 88-92 should work (if i read that correctly).