Just to remind you, Gary Faust has a great looking patina’d Squarebody C10, and he has his sights set on building a badass truck with style, comfort and muscle—a true triple threat! On top of that, he decided to go against the current trend of LS-ing his truck. Instead, he’s keeping the traditional crate ZZ3 small block, which was fresh when he acquired this project a year or so ago. Challenge accepted!
Part one of this story a couple issues back was setting the foundation for forced induction on a high compression engine and preparing for the extra demand that extra atmosphere puts on the entire drivetrain. We upgraded the engine cooling to a Coldcase radiator and E-fan setup, the interior HVAC to a Vintage Air direct fit system, and opened up the exhaust with Dynatech-coated longtube headers and a Flowmaster 2.5-inch exhaust. We also beefed up the fuel delivery with Holley Performance bolt-in tank and fuel pump upgrade, which is the perfect companion to the Super Sniper throttle body EFI that can either act as a vastly more efficient improvement to the carburetor or as a blow-through setup for the centrifugal supercharger that was coming soon.
Sniper’s self-learning capability is amazing, and Gary had the truck up and cruising NA in no time, which allowed him to shake down the rest of the mods, test for reliability and upgrade his gauges to Dakota Digital communication. Now, it’s time for turning up the wick and making more power with the solid foundation. To state the obvious, there are many options for power adders for a GM V-8 engine of any generation, so Gary had his choice of several strategies to achieve his power goals.
Accelerated Racing Products LLC, the parent company for TorqStorm, says all its products are made in-house in Wyoming, Michigan (yes, it’s a city in Michigan). The company was formed out of necessity, responding to customer demands and a market that had a need for finely machined products for a variety of applications and a proven record of reliability. Its unique billet impeller is a key product in the TorqStorm system and is the product of years of testing and improvements. All of this means that the Single Charger Plus blower kit that Gary spec’d out is tested, reliable and affordable. Excellent technical support also helped Gary make the decision to go with torqStorm, and we’ll show you the finer points of installing this system that claims between 40 and 50% power gains. We’ll keep them honest, and keep you informed with a verified Dyno session at DBR High Performance after installation.