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Holley is beyond excited to announce the conclusion of the Holley Hemi Giveaway and that Josh Patenaude, of Smithfield, RI is the lucky winner who will be calling the hemi engine his own.
“I first thought, ‘is this a scam,’” laughed Patenaude. "I saw the email come in and all weekend I’m telling myself, ‘OK, I won a T-shirt or something,’ trying not to get my hopes up, but at the same time I couldn’t help getting exciting. When I finally got the phone call, it was exciting but it still hasn’t really sank in.”
While Patenaude couldn’t believe his good fortune, the stroke of luck is no joke and soon the gen 3 hemi engine built by the talented team at Prestige Motorsports, and loaded with high-performance Holley parts, will be delivered to his doorstep.
The Hemi is home to a host of Holley products such as the fabricated intake, Terminator X ECU, valve covers and more. The rotating assembly consists of a forged crank and rods and forged DSS Racing pistons.
Patenaude, who’s a lifelong car guy has a 1973 Challenger that will be the ultimate recipient of the engine.
“I got the Challenger as a graduation present but it’s since fallen on the back burner,” said Patenaude. “I want to do it right, and right is expensive, so I looked at this car as a longterm project. [The Hemi] is a huge help. I’m hoping to have the car done in 1-2 years tops!”
With a bottom line of almost $15,000, the hemi is packed with top tier products from Holley and several other excellent manufacturers.
The build is based on an OEM 5.7L hemi block that’s been bored and refreshed by Prestige Motorsports. The bottom end is fortified by a 4.050in stroke, 4340 forged-steel crankshaft, 6.125in forged steel connecting rods with ARP bolts, and DSS Racing forged aluminum pistons. Bearings from Mahle/Clevite handle duty on the mains, King bearings take care of the rods and Felpro gaskets seal up the remainder of the engine. A custom-ground camshaft actuates the valves and ups both the horsepower and RPM capability.
Josh's 1973 Dodge was a longterm project but winning a 556HP hemi will give the car a much-needed shot in the arm.
Topping the engine is a Holley Sniper fabricated intake manifold, valve covers, and MSD ignition coils. The whole ensemble is controlled by Holley’s latest EFI system, the Terminator X, which features a host of high-tech benefits, such as self-learning capability, lap top tunability, drive-by-wire control, boost and nitrous control, and so much more.
Patenaude plans for the car to be a restomod with an 8-speed auto transmission and an overall fun-to-drive demeanor.
Shown above, the talented team at Prestige Motorsports, Inc. showcases Josh's completed engine on the dyno in this video. Soon it will be in Patenaude's garage, nestled between the fenders of the Challenger.
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