Wow! Thats the worst story I've heard yet.
Two of my Co workers were almost scammed as well, one for 3 grand and another for 700, but nothing like a whole new motor that is totally over priced. Good grief. I had a Remanned short block put in to my old 4runner (had a shop do it so they would honor the warranty), and that was only 4k. 9k is totally bogus.
Glad you didn't have them do it, and the 60 looks great!
Baby Beast 2- 1999 4Runner SR5
Baby Beast -1987 4Runner SR5-Gone, but not forgotten