Its hard to say without pictures but it doesnt sound like a very good idea. Those are pretty common in pick-a-parts out here, not sure about your area. I would think you could get the parts and fix it right fairly cheap.
1998 Firebird Formula-BPM-CMS built Forged 347, Xtreme built TH350, 40 spline Moser 9", VFN 5" WS6 hood, and lots of weight reduction
1968 Firebird 400-400ci, M22 Muncie 4 speed