hatchet, I hope I didn't appear to be sarcastic, but that answer I gave is how I replaced the engine in my 79F150, 351M. The difference being, is that my friend offered while sitting at my kitchen table. I bought a rebuilt long block, and we put it in. Another thing to consider is to post an ad in the local paper...there are plenty of guys out there doing jobs like that in their garages for less than 80 bucks an hour or whatever. Local junkyards also do those types of jobs.....just a thought.
call fedco truck caps in wallingford,and ask for dave,the owner tell him your with the fte club and see what he says. he does custom upgrades too. check out his website.fedco truck caps.he's doin alot of work for the ct powerstroke diesel club,upgrading some trucks. he does good work. tell him matt sent ya