Wayne - that sure sounds like price gouging, but I'm not sure it fits the true definition. Someone has to pay the $1300 and actually buy one. I don't think the Gov't gets involved unless the item is a necessity for living (or something along that line). Companies are free to put any price they want on an item and the American public can decide if they want to pay it. I'm fairly certain it's nice to have a Kohler short block replacement, but I also know Harbor Freight is selling a lot of engines for less than $600 that can probably be adapted. With that in mind you're probably really right - Kohler no longer wants to sell the short blocks, or maybe their running out and are just willing to put big prices on them until they're all gone. Who really knows.