I have a 302 sitting in my garage right now that I would let go real cheap. I'll even leave the cool looking valve covers on it. I also have another 302 at another location nearby. I live in northern Ca. too.
Well let me know what junk yard you go to that you can get either for that price and I'll go with you to pick it up. I have been to a whole bunch of junk yards here in the bay area and haven't seen that. Maybe you know of one that I don't.
John, I can maybe hook you up with a 69 302. Its still in my brothers parts car and it ran decent when parked. Could probably bring it to Columbus in a couple weeks. Let me know as I have'nt talked to him about it. mm