Having spent some time on racingjunk.com for something to do mostly, I've seen many BBC assemblies like you describe for about that money.
Speaking from what my Chevy friends tell me, maybe a Scat isn't the best choice. Problem is, I suspect, that your choices are somewhat limited. My bowtie pals seem to like Eagle cranks for the value and of course Cola and Callies when cost isn't an issue.
One guy I know from Rock Island operates a chassis shop and runs a blown top dragster. How bout a 200 MPH bracket car?
He breaks lots of parts but hasn't broken an Eagle crank....yet
I might think that Crower might have an FE crank offering, but it will be more than $1800 for an assembly.
I would shop a little on racingjunk.com. If you can stay awake perusing all the pages, there's no decent search tool, you might run into something. There's a ton of stuff on there.
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