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Magic HP dust, would be my suggestion.
There is no way that a 258 without major, major, high performance work is gonna compete with a healthy V8. You will be lucky to get 200 HP out of that mill, without thousands of dollars worth of upgrades and rebuilding. Almost any V8 will start at 200 HP and be easily built to 300 or more. There must have been some sickly V8's on your run, to have them all look like Sissy's, I guarentee you, he wouldnt make my 5.0 look like a sissy.
Dont take me wrong, I know that the 258, can be built into a strong engine, Ive seen Jaffers engine, in action, and it is very healthy. I also dont believe that Big V8 HP, is the end all to beat all on the trail, but the statement that a 258 made all V8 engines look like sissies, is just stupid.
The 4.0 head swap trick, on a healthy 258, along with roller rockers, performance cam, headers, high volume fuel pump, etc. would be one route, If the magic Horse Power dust doesnt work for ya.
Wow, you can get a nice tan on your arms, from welding with no shirt on.