Depends on what you can find out about it, before you buy. The 401 bores are thin, and can only be overbored once. A block that's already 40 or 60 over and needs rebuilding is basically a crank donor ... unless you are willing to sleeve the block at about $100/hole. The less you know, or can determine (oil pressure, compression, hear it run, rebuild history, etc.), the less it's worth. I'd say a core/crank donor is worth more than scrap, say $100-200 (depends on the knowledge of the seller and buyer, their motivation, and area of the country, I presume). Then up from there.
Maine beekeeper's truck: '77 J10 LWB, 258/T15/D20/3.54 bone stock, low options (delete radio), PS, hubcaps.
Browless and proud: '82 J20 360/T18/NP208/3.73, KOs, 7600 GVWR
Copper Polly: '75 CJ-6, 304/T15, PS, BFG KM2s, soft top
GTI without the badges: '95 VW Golf Sport 2000cc 2D
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