Now imagine how much broken junk is sold because of Craigslist! We do still have ads like the trading post so your boy might still be laughing at you while drinking shine and eating grits for buying a bad block !
To be fair - that block was probably sold later by the outfit I traded it in to as a "Premium" rebuilt engine. The crate engine I got from them had helicoils all over it - because I didn't shell out an extra hundred clams for the "PREMIUM" engine they wanted to sell me...
Do the letters "A Z" ring any bells?
(not to name names)