Re: WOW ! I thought I was on my own...
Yes, but that's exactly the hold up (at "more money"). Yes, you can get even a lowly LX disc hub, and a 6hole motor cog, and a bargain bin cassette, probably under $100. I think the HD kit still comes in well at $50, including a minimal brake, which will save me the trouble of running a wimpy old caliper brake and also take cheaper motor cogs. I'll have to look into it to see if they have any 36 tooth cogs for this thing.
1" roller Dax Friction Drive and Tanaka 3300 with mods.