Dang it guys, now you got me thinking. the more I pondered this the more I talked myself out of just putting it back together. i always blame it on my Jet engine building skills. We deal with tolerances to the .0001 all the time, and I constanly have this voice in my head saying "this isn't a jet engine" when I work on my cars. I even thought about taking the rods to work and putting a Mic on them to see if anything was amiss, and then putting a Mic on the jounals. Do you think that would solve my prblem? If I find anything out of limits than fork out the money and get it fixed right? I went to order my bearings and gasket sets and that was about $300. This car isn't worth much, especially in its current state, but I always figure a few hundred bucks into her means I won't have a car payment for months.
I'll let you all know what i find. Cross your fingers!