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The current small-block is the same 65 327 that Di Pietro ran in the late 60s, though the ported heads, high-compression pistons, and radical solid-lifter cam have been replaced with tamer componentry. Flat-top pistons with stock 2.02 heads yield 10.0:1 compression, and the vintage Edelbrock X-Ram mounts a pair of Carter AFBs offering, as Robert puts it, a mere 1,000 cfm. An MSD electronic distributor replaces the vintage Mallory dual-point unit (though its on standby for full nostalgia effect) and the lakester-style headers (fabricated by Robert) run under the car, through Walker glasspacks, and out the back. Neat carb scoops are California Custom Accessories with wire-mesh filters.