You are right, that is a plus. I can bet I will never be claimed by a competitor unless I start to dominate the competition. I don't see that happening since I am racing against some pretty big names in the IMCA world. Some of these guys are among the best in the business. I'm a decent shoe, but certainly not the best.
The downfall is that I have to carry all my own spare parts since there won't be anyone to borrow from like I can now.
One thing I didn't realize is that Ford SB is substantially lighter than a SBC... http://fixrambler.com/engineweightchart.txt
Just adding to the mystery of why and how SBCs became so popular in the racing world...
25. ENGINE CLAIMING RULES: Refer to International Motor Contest Association – IMCA
for claim eligibility requirements.
$1,050 cash, or $100 and exchange, claim on engine, flywheel and balancing plates ($25 goes to wrecker and $25 to official for each engine). Claimed driver has option of accepting cash, or exchanging engines with claiming driver.
Claim does not include - 1. clutch, 2. pressure plate, 3. bellhousing, 4. headers, 5. carburetor, 6. starter, 7. motor mounts, 8. oil/temp. sending units, 9. carburetor spacer, 10. fan and pulleys, 11. clutch ball, 12. clutch arm, 13. throw out bearing, 14. dip stick, 15. water pump, 16. fuel pump, rod and plate, 17. distributor, 18. plug wires, 19. water outlet and restrictor, 20. breathers.