I'm doing a frame up on mine (Squinge = younger brother = easier project).. it's absolutely nuts how fast the budget dries up. It's also nuts how hard it is to find parts right now. I'm waiting indefinitely on the inner tail lamp pocket section.Really is amazing how much the nickle and dime stuff adds up.
I did an engine refresh a few years back, pull engine, never took the heads off as I knew I would get into a full rebuild if I did. Gaskets, aluminum high rise intake, cam, lifters, timing set, oil pump, and rolled in some fresh bearings. Few more odds and ends. It was $1k, and that was before the prices went nuts. This was a get it running without drooling all the fluids all over the ground. Intake was a big chunk of that, but still all that little stuff adds up.