I'm not sure if anyone can answer this, but if anyone can it will be someone on here.
What kind of internal engine components were available and used by Nascar teams when the switch to small blocks happened, and were those componets available to local teams when the switch happened?
Basically, here is my angle. In looking at Kromer's pic of Earnhardt's Monte one can assume that anyone could have gone and built a car from scratch since they used stock bodies and correct me if I am wrong, used stock frames until a few years later. Granted, cutting up a brand new car wasn't cheap, but it could be done. That said, I'm wondering if the motor components contained items that local builders could buy with enough money or were they still specialty pieces that weren't available to the masses.
Seems like today one cannot buy those components unless you have a boat ton of cash and even then, may not be able to buy at any price.
Was building a cup car in the late 70's and early 80's in the cards for well funded local teams?