Other than having been freshened up, re-dynoed, and changed to operate on E85, the 358ci NASCAR plant in Bowles' GT is the same as the day it thumped under the hood of Edward's Ford. With this engine, Bowles laid down a qualifying e.t. of 9.50, which qualified him seventh in a full field. That was with no power adder, too!
Here's the kicker: You can buy a Roush NASCAR engine just like this one for about $20K. This includes a thorough freshening and dyno testing. It also includes all accessories, such as ignition, distributor, alternator, water pump, pulleys, brackets, and engine dress. We did a little searching on the Internet, and found NASCAR Chevy engines for sale (complete, just like the one in Don Bowles' car) for as low as $12K from Muscle Motorsports (Huntersville, NC; 704-948-1040). We asked Bowles where our readers could buy a used Roush Ford engine, but he was unable to provide that information, other than to say we should contact Doug Yates (but gave us no contact phone).
If you're looking for big-block power in a smaller, lightweight package, and like the idea of something that stands out from the crowd, a refurbished NASCAR engine is just the thing. They're bulletproof, they're unique, they come fully refurbished and dyno tested, and dollar-for-dollar, they're the steal of the century.