The solid flat tappet camshaft was pulled and all the bearings were inspected. Everyth
 The new camshaft from Comp Cams is a hydraulic roller shaft with 0.623/0.587 lift for
 Comp also supplied pushrods to go with the new camshaft.
Following the streetable theme of the engine, we needed drivetrain components that would survive in traffic. A call to Tremec netted us one of its T56 Magnum six-speed gearboxes. Even though you may not think of it as a race trans, the T56 Magnum is an incredibly versatile transmission. It has a tall First gear (2.97:1) and a very low Sixth gear (0.50:1), which gives us an amazing blend of acceleration with fuel economy. The trans bolts right to the engine with an SFI-approved bellhousing from Quick Time Performance. Inside the bell, we used a 10.5-inch twin disc clutch from RAM Automotive. The clutch hold may more power than our 358ci powerplant is going to put to it, but it also has a nearly effortless pedal for easy driving in traffic. We reused the truck’s hydraulic system for the clutch, and American Powertrain sent us a billet hydraulic throwout bearing to complete the assembly.
 Hydraulic lifters complete the new hydraulic roller valvetrain. Though 9,000 rpm is pr
Given that the entire combination is rather unconventional, we called Mark at the Axle Exchange and he built us a custom 4-inch aluminum driveshaft. Behind that, sits the 9-inch speedway rearend housing (0.01 degree of camber, and 1/16 toe out on the right side), which we got from Tiger Rearends (thanks Gerald!). The rear is filled with a center section and axles from Quick Performance in Ames, Iowa. The center section has a Detroit Tru-Trac limited-slip differential and 4.10 gears.
With a repurposed engine and some great new parts, our power and drivetrain is going to be hard to beat in the fun department. Engines like this are out there. And in many cases, they can be altered to fit many different rulebooks. Sometimes it just takes a little creativity and you can have a unique, yet powerful combination!
 Reassembly started with the new camshaft. The cam was coated with plenty of assembly l
 Next, the new main bearings are installed and coated with assembly lube before the cr
 Total Seal supplied a new set of piston rings.
 The rods and pistons were slid into the bores and attached to the crank with ARP rod
 Next, the degree wheel was attached to the crankshaft and Eichhorn dialed in the cams
 Eichhorn used a set of thicker Cometic MLS head gaskets to bring the compression down
 The new pushrods and old rocker arms complete the new hydraulic roller valvetrain.
 With the valley pan and intake back on, our engine is ready for the front dress, valv
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