Well I plunged in with both feet. I have gone back and forth on so many things, crunched numbers every which way to Sunday and tried to factor my time into the equation as well. I searched local bone yards for used stuff, looked into the LS swap at bone yards and clist, buying things individually etc etc etc.
Long story short the cost of buying a turn key is less than buying everything individually, almost the same as buying used stuff, and refreshing. Less if you buy a wrecked or used rig (LS or no LS), but then there is the headache of R+R, computers, etc.
I ended up going in deep with a traditional SB engine and 5 speed trans package. I am planning on keeping the 283 4speed together and selling as a pair or keeping with the truck if I ever sell it.
Cost was up there, I didn't need it, but I am having a ball with this restoration. There was a 10% discount for some promo I didn't know about. I do think it is going to solve many headaches before they present themselves. Should be getting here for Christmas!!!!
Here is the package. Pics shown are for a auto. I am very excited for this to start going back together this winter.