Next step is to tear down the motor and see where it's at - being a '71 - it probably needs to have hardened valve seats put in it. I found a bad pushrod, short by 1/8" :eek1 and of course the rocker arm that goes with it was bad, and the head of the valve looked like a old cold chisel, all mushroomed over. Head is off to the machine shop, along with the flywheel, which had seen some action. Getting the full valve job done. Judging from the orange paint on the edge of the oil pan gasket, it looked like the oil pan had never been off this engine. Good news. Pulled the rear main cap, bearings look like brand new. Bores have some wear (in spec though), and the camshaft is worn. The plan is to leave the bearings + bores alone, have the head totally re-done, install a new cam, lifters, pushrods, rockers, timing gears and a new oil pump. Seals, etc - rebuild the rochester mono-jet carb, and we'll run it like that for a few years, and then perhaps build some "other" engine in the meantime. turns out the carb is missing the fast idle cam + rod linkage, anyone have one of these carbs kicking around? Carb is ok, had a torn pull off diaphragm, and I put a new float in. Don't need the fast idle stuff to get it running anyways. I dropped off my starter at the auto electric place last week, the driveshaft goes to the machine shop this week.