Re: Too much labor???
There used to be an old saying..."You get what you pay for"
Carl and Bill nailed it. It takes me at least two solid 8 hour days to assemble a short block. That includes cleaning parts, checking clearances (bearings, bore, pin, thrust, deck height, etc.), checking/setting the ring gaps, degreeing the cam, mocking up the valve train to check piston to valve clearance, then cleaning everything again before any assembly can begin. Note that this doesn't include any machine work on my part...but I still have to verify that the machine work was done correctly.
If I skipped all those details I might be able to "slap it together" in a few hours. Then you get to cross your fingers and hope it stays together.
You can have it quick, cheap, or good. Pick any two.
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