Yeah, 9k is wayyyyyy too much! But dang, I should go work at that shop!
I rebuilt my motor for just about 2k. And almost 1k of that was just them fixing my heads, which were totally trashed.
For your reference, it is entirely possible to remove, disassemble, reassemble, and reinstall an engine in less than 24 hours. I did it with a friend in 18 once and that included finding, modifying, and painting a new bellhousing, finding and redrilling a flywheel, machining a new pilot bushing, machining a new bearing retainer for the transmission, chopping and modifying a clutch linkage, modifying a clutch fork, digging up a new block plate, and some other stuff in there... in other words a significant amount of "jury-rigging"-type hot rodding. If you don't include machine work, an engine removal, disassembly, reassembly, and install can be done in something like 12 hours, conservatively. So that's $1200 labor... a complete rebuild and reinstall of a pretty basic (not high performance) motor shouldn't cost more than 4 grand IMO.
1966 Modified Fastback - Driven semi-daily!
and rebuilt even better
289 v8, 4-speed, 3.25 9" rear, goodies and stuff.
See my travel blog here for my adventures: http://calamityjaneroadtrip.blogspot.com/
2014: 10,051 mile, 2-month-long road trip around America
2015: 3,000 mile trip to Knotts in CA, CO to East Coast, an engine rebuild
2016: East Coast to TX, Hot August Nights, more trips to the East Coast
2017: Several long trips in the works! Stay tuned