Originally Posted by tresi
Unless you've done it before in most cases an entry level crate motor will probably be cheaper. Not that the engine will be cheaper but it's all the tools you'll need the break the bank. Of course this depend on how much you send out. Things like torque wrenchs, mics, ect add up fast. With a crate motor you know what you'll have to pay. Doing it yourself the cost of machine work usually exceeds the cost of parts. Of course once you buy good tools they are yours for life.
^X2...the value is with the crate engine. if you want this to be your FIRST build, then it would be wise to start with a simple rebuild. jumping into the horsepower ring with absolutely no experience is not a very good idea especially cost. valve spring tool, chicken foot, ring compressor, torque wrench, engine stand, cherry picker, measureing equipment etc, etc... and a ton of pestering questions aimed toward the pros. stick with the crate unless building an engine is your passion then stick with the value...the crate.