Well I have contacted quite a few machine shops now, only managed to get one quote and they wanted to build the whole motor, which is not what I wanted.
So, I'm waiting to hear back from a friend who is pulling a 302 out of his Falcon, we have agreed a price, but he is giving his old man first refusal, I will hopefully know where I stand on that by the end of this week.
If that doesn't happen though, then i'm not too sure... Might just slap the motor back together as is, knowing that it is a little self-destructive and gather some more funds for a crate motor in the new year.
These are the guys - like I say, not cheap but always done a great job for me (full bottom end balancing, block machining, liner repair of a knackered bore etc.) and in the timescale agreed (seems to be a rare thing for machine shops!).
Plus it's a great old world shop hidden among the terrace streets, just visiting is a bit of treat to be honest.
I did spend a fair amount of time looking in to this as I liked the idea of keeping a 6 in the bay, but i'm trying to keep this simple (he says) and the 302 should drop straight in and cause little headache...
Who knows, there may be a time where all that changes again though.
The Barra platform is getting a lot of after market support now.