you are forgetting a few components
Ignition---air cleaner--carb spacer--flywheel---motor mounts---fan blade---fan spacer---water lines---fuel plumbing
a fuel pump---power steering pump ---water pump and pulleys at $700 is certainly on the economic side of quality but you are correct----you can outfit an engine much cheaper than $13,300 but if you read my post completely I did ask that you compare apples to apples and I did make a special note that we can certainly use more economic components
the $13K number includes much more than you might think and the components are all top shelf
can a guy get out there and be competitive for thousands less?---the answer is absolutely "YES" but many choose the high route and that is there choice
also in my original post I stated that we work backwards than many retailers
we start out with everything possible and of the highest quality and performance and then widdle down to fit your budget
Edited by brad hibbard, 26 April 2017 - 10:37 PM.