JUST reading the article about crate motors in the May issue. The range Shafiroff offers in both their cubic-inch and power options seems almost impossible for any Australian builder to match for price and component quality.
But it’s easy to be caught out. For example, the Shafiroff website features the 632ci Twisted SR20 with 1050hp and 895ft-lb for US$19,950 – I can’t imagine any local builders matching that capacity and power on the shy side of $30K. But hang on: shipping, exchange rate, import tax, GST, etc – by the time you commit to buy that $19,950 engine from America, how much will it really cost by time it’s in your driveway?
You briefly touched on the shipping topic with air freight being around AU$3000, but what about the exchange rate? How much would import duty and GST be? How about doing a story on all the exact ins and outs of importing a fancy crate motor from the States? It would certainly be of great interest to many of your readers.