thanks guys! we're just north of winston salem.
re: Ford, I'm somewhat familiar with their drivetrains from having done a few f100 swaps way back when. If the 350 swap is easier, I'm all for it. Most likely, though, I'll do a bunch a reading, ask a ton of questions, then do nothing.
honestly, the electronics scares me to death. Maybe I could find a pre 75 to rebuild. lol