Looking back sadly, I made a quick decision to not try to save them. I knew that I did not have any need to soup up a DC that much and I was not in the parts buying and selling business. At that time, I was not into the YT Forum. If so, I would have likely posted something about them. Sorry.
In the dim light, the pistons and cylinder walls all looked very cruddy. Hours later, when I looked at what my night vision camera had recorded, the cylinder walls looked quite capable (maybe) of being cleaned up with a berry hone.
Besides the cylinders looking in bad shape at first, the engine was deep in a junk pile. Most of the engine's details were not visible. I remember quickly reasoning, one would half to purchase the whole short block in order to be in charge of carefully extracting valuable pistons and sleeves. I took a pass and focused on the two high compression heads.
I found information in my tax records for 2003. The name of the owner was/is Frank Horvath (in his 50s? then) My timing is off a year. It was not 2002 as I posted here. The farm was NE of Canton, IL 10 miles +/- 5 miles.
My phone log offers the following information. The ad was placed under "Great old cars.com" ad # 10228. Contact person was Ben Hendrick 309 647 6878. The note I wrote in my log book included--- "take cell phone and call him when I get to Canton". Obviously, Frank wanted to remain anonymous. Obviously I was given directions over the phone to his farm.
You have me curious, I might spend a little time trying to locate the place using satellite imagery. Long time ago!!