We banked on the big-block having sufficient power and torque, but we wanted to make sure that it also was reliable for long hauls whether in Mexico or Manhattan. To that end, one of the only upgrades we added to the engine was an Edelbrock Victor series water pump. These water pumps help dissipate heat better by using a cast-aluminum case, as well as pumping a larger volume of coolant at a greater velocity and evenly distributing it to both sides of the engine. Plus by using a heavy-duty seal and larger-than-stock bearings it should outlast a stock-style pump. The cost for the cast finished piece is twice the cost of a stock unit at around $175 (polished versions are more than $300), but the investment in a cooler running truck is worth it.