When Alfredo at Valley Performance initially installed Johns 347, it featured a GT-40 intake. That has been replaced with a Trick Flow Track Heat intake, which was ported by Alfredo. John credits him with making the car streetable, yet an animal at the same time. Since these photos were taken, Dentz Unlimited has carried out even more detailing chores under the hood. It looks so good under the hood now, John says. As it was, we thought it looked good enough for our photo shoot. By the way, John plans on adding a Vortech Aftercooler to the mix as well. Yikes!
After we originally ran John Richichi's feature in the April 2002 issue, he blew out the number seven piston's ring lands during a country road blitz through the gears. He said it was all good until he hit Third gear and heard what could've been easily confused with the sound of breaking glass. He immediately shut it down and took the car back over to Alfredo at Valley Performance. Alfredo yanked out the engine and sent the carcass over to Jack Merkel Performance in Kenilworth, NJ, where the R302 block was bored .060 over and treated to new bearings, Diamond pistons, and one new valve. John's existing crank, rods, Anderson Ford Motorsport B4 cam, Trick Flow intake, and Edelbrock Performer RPM heads were reinstalled. The heads received more port work and were port-matched to the Trick Flow lower. The engine now displaces 352 cubic inches and John says it feels just as strong now with a 3.33 pulley on it compared to before with a 2.95 pulley on the Vortech T-Trim.