Is a electric water pump worth the $$$ and effort for a street/strip 5.0 or are they more for the track guys who want to circulate the water between rounds. When we did the H/C/I on my son's 85GT we installed a stock replacement aluminum water pump and it felt really lightweight and has performed flawless and the engine runs really good temps in all weather. We were considering going to electric but wasn't sure if it was worth it or even smart on a 5.0 that sees a lot of street duty. I've been weighing the pros and cons and here is what it boils down to. The mechanical works great and the odds of it leaving us stranded out on the road is next to zero and the underdrive crank pulley helps the engine spin it easier. My concern with the electric is: Do you really gain that much power when you factor in the alternator turning harder to make the amps to run the electric pump and the other concern is with a car that sees a lot of street use, my fear would be that all it takes is a popped fuse, electric motor glitch, or controller issues and within seconds , our engine goes into meltdown before we even realize it, unless we happen to be watching the temp gauge constantly. So, is the electric pump a really good idea that makes a good amount of more power or should we stick to the old tried and true mechanical pump for street/strip duty and put that $500+ into something else?? Thanks!