Well, a little update. Turned the mini van into a cargo van by yanking the extra seats and covering the floor with plywood and a rubber cargo mat. Also added a tow hitch. The van has a 3800 lb towing capacity which will get me by until I can get another truck together. Looking for an early 60s GMC truck body as a replacement for the drowning victim. It will get the 350 Vortec out of the 96 with a carb conversion, an NV3500 5 speed overdrive trans and probably a newer style rear diff, sticking with the 6 lug unless I go the 3/4 or 1 ton route. I really do need something that will pull my 36 ft gooseneck horse trailer. It's all steel and weighs 7000 lbs empty. I figure the best path to recovery is to forge ahead. On the 8th, I snagged and dragged another 70 Camaro parts car into the shop. It has been baking in the sun for a LOT of years but has some nice and hard to come by parts on it. I'll be working on getting it parted down this weekend... .