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Created by David West
Featured in the inaugural edition of Spitfire & GT6 Magazine
installation of new dashboard
Dashboard Upgrade
modification of the frame
Frame Modifications
redesigned motor mounts
383cid Motor Mounts
installing the 383 cid engine
383cid Motor Installation
Installation of Tremec 5-speed
Tremec Transmission Installation
adapting of the Miata seats
Miata Seat Installation
front suspension upgrade
Front Suspension Upgrade
rear suspension upgrade
Rear Suspension Upgrade
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Ye-Beast was converted to a V8 powered automobile in 1970 using a stock Chevy 327cid small block. Between 1970 and now there have been three Chevy small block engine upgrades:
  • a Corvette high performance 327cid, 350hp
  • a Chevy 350cid, 360hp
  • a Chevy 383cid, 470hp & 500 ft-lbs torque
The initial transmission, a Muncie 4-spd, was upgraded to the Tremec 3550 5-spd with a .68 fifth gear ratio - very smooth cruising at 100mph - about 2800rpm.

Ye-Beast is a project of continual upgrades to new and current technologies, including a rear suspension upgrade to:
  • inspect all components for wear and fatigue after 40+ years of service
  • increase the rear track by 3 inches for improved handling
  • add two more leaves to the transverse spring to increase the spring rate
  • convert the rear Vette drum brakes to disc brakes
  • increase the rear wheel size to 17 inch diameter and 10 inch wide rims to allow the selection of rear tires that match the front tire specifications
and a front suspension upgrade to:
  • inspect all components for wear and fatigue after 40+ years of service
  • replace all bolts and connectors for safety
  • convert the front Chevy Nova drum brakes to disc brakes
The suspension projects were followed by a headlight upgrade to HID 8000K HI/LOW BI-XENON beam headlights & all LED running lights.

Updated: Tue 30 Jan 2018