Those kinds of friends are great to have!Yeah they're definitely pricey if you're paying retail. I don't have many friends in the car world, but I am fortunate to have a couple and they have been extremely generous in helping source parts for this little car's revival.
Not parts related but I needed to weld in a bung for my IAT into my SS piping. My buddy offered to do it for me but he lives an hour away and 20$ in tolls. I thought I'd save time so I went to a local machine shop and they quoted me $200, saying that gas was expensive....nevertheless I went with my buddy's help and he gave me shit for even going to the shop in the first place!