I bought a 73 Ranchero Squire at an on line estate auction two months ago. The high bid was not very high and even with all the buyer's fees and tax and DMV title fees and a tow to my house and some junkyard parts, I'm not into it for much. It was orginally from the Houston area then went to the So Cal High desert in 1990. It's been off the road since 1997. I almost didn't buy it. It had the wrong front clip, one from a 74 on it. I was afraid there was going to be some problem with the title. But the paper work turned out to be solid. But, my luck being the way it is, it appears the 302 engine in it is bad. So I'll just mention any help finding me a good engine to get me moving will be appreciated. I have a Mercruiser 888 with a 302 four barrel from 1978 that I have been keeping "for just such an occasion" as Foghorn Leghorn used to say. I'm not averse to any small block or any big block, though I of course would also have to get a transmission for the big block since the 302 version won't bolt up. I haven't found the casting numbers to verify that the 302 is in fact the one it was built with. There was one notation in the pile of receipts using the word "new engine 5 thousand miles." The previous owner kept track of gas purchases and odometer readings. He calculated between 15 and 18 mpg, which isn't bad to my way of thinking. There are 35k on the odometer now, leading me to hope that the "new engine" only had 30 thousand miles on it. None the less, it is stuck. I can turn it only with great effort with a socket on the bolt on the crank, even with the spark plugs out. And, I had Marvel and penetrant oil through the spark plug holes and I even put a pint of diesel through the carb. It feels like the bottom end is dragging. A car guy said he thinks one bearing is spun OVER it's partner on a main. But he hasn't seen it. That diagnosis is based on my write up of the symptoms. So, as I said, it has a 74 clip. Of course, if I had to have the wrong clip, I'd rather have a 72 clip. There is little evidence of the crash that likely resulted in the clip being swapped except that the gaps are more uneven than you'd expect. The tailgate seems to have been swapped, also, since it is beige and not gold. The odd thing is the switched tailgate and fender appear to be from another Squire judging by the holes drilled for the Squire moldings. So, everything is light duty. 302, C4, 8 inch rear axle, open, 10 inch rear drums. Standard gauge package. The good thing is that there is no evidence of rust through anywhere on the car. Even surface rust is minimal.