Havent been on here in a while. My 51 came to a halt, due to time and money. Getting ready to start working on it again, and have come to the realization that a flathead at this time is not going to work. I have a 53 flathead, no visable cracks, has a good compression. Needs new starter or rebuild, Carb, Waterpumps, Generator, tune up, and a hope it starts. The cylinder walls are pretty reamed. I could probably run it as is with the things listed, but in all honesty, I want a reliable driver, and do not have the money at this time to invest in a rebuild at this moment. So I have debating on a sbc or a 302. Dont really want to hear any of the crap debate about not being tradish or cool. So keep it to yourself, or come to my house and rebuild my flatty at your expense. Simple as that. I want to keep the body, frame orig as possible, so if and when I get the money for a rebuilt flathead I can put it in, or if I ever decide to sell my shoe. it will be left uncut for the next person. So drum roll. Here are the questions. I would like to keep the stock 3 speed w/OD if possible, which one will be easier to adapt to it, the 302 or sbc? Which engine/trans combo would require less body/frame cut and refab? I would rather spend the money on the outside and interior at this point of the build, then into a flathead, I want to drive and enjoy it sooner then later. Thanks in advance for the productive responses.