8. The camshaft is a fairly wild grind for the street.
9. With a duration of 242/248 at 0.050, this camshaft is not considered mild by any means, but we’re trying to get peak hp numbers in the 500 zone.
10. This build features a pre 1986, non-roller block, which means it uses tie-bar style lifters...
11. ...and a locking plate and cam button to retain the camshaft.
12. We’re putting RHS’ single-plane intake to the test on this engine. It makes power in the mid to upper rpm range and features a dual pattern that works with Vortech headed small-blocks. Eddie Motorsports out of Rancho Cucamonga, California powdercoated the intake a cool satin black to fit the engines’ color theme.
13. Fel-Pro supplied the gaskets for this build, including a set of their tough MLS head gaskets, which we ordered with a thickness of 0.041.
14.The blue rubber Fel-Pro valve cover gaskets were also a must.
15. Pertronix’s Ignitor II-equipped distributor was dropped into place at Vrbancic’s shop as well. This works in conjunction with the Flame Thrower ignition coil to provide high spark energy to the cylinders.
16. In a following issue we’ll hook up the 388 to Vrbancic’s dyno to see what our small-block can do with a solid list of upgrades, self-learning fuel injection and a tank of California’s 91 octane pump gas.