I do admit that I'd like to make a cool table out of the engine block though. That would be pretty freaking sweet.
Back before I lived with women, I had a few engine blocks in my apt. I would send them through the dishwasher to clean them up. But I'll tell you from experience, you sure has hell don't want to trip over those things in a half asleep / drunken stupor.
BTW, don't use that dry dishwasher detergent stuff on car parts, makes them get all white spotty, not good.
Actually, Matt, I was palnning on making some sort of table out of the two blocks I have currently. A friend of mine is really into recycled home stuff that's actually useful so we'll get together and think about it,