To make it easier to work with it can be split in two for porting, then joined back together with an O-ring seal. Bowers just did a little minor touch-up and port matching to the heads to get the fit right, but the intake was otherwise untouched.
A turn of the starter and the machinery came to life, ready to embarrass some bucks-up entries that cost two to three times what Bowers' little budget buster set him back. The dyno operator made three back-to-back pulls like he was shifting a Lenco, and as a testament to the efficiency of the engine, it varied by a mere one average horsepower and lb-ft in all three pulls. The torque curve looked like a giant Southwestern mesa. Through a pair of Magnaflow mufflers and 13 feet of pipe, the exhaust note sang crisp and clear. Best of all, with less than $7Gs in his engine, Bret and his crew were able to travel first class all the way back to Colorado.