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Created by David West
Featured in the inaugural edition of Spitfire & GT6 Magazine
installation of new dashboard
adapting of the Miata seats
Miata Seats
Installation of Tremec 5-speed
Tremec 5-spd
installing the 383 cid engine
front suspension upgrade
rear suspension upgrade
redesigned motor mounts
modification of the frame

In 1969 , I purchased a 1964 Triumph Spitfire for myself as a college graduation present. The selection of the Spitfire was planned - I was going to make a V-8 powered Spitfire and would use the stock one for parts. I created a new frame, added a modified a 1964 Corvette Stingray rear suspension, and upgraded the front suspension to hold the weight of the V-8 engine. The body of the 1964 Spitfire was placed on the rolling frame and the rest of the 1964 Spitfire was parted out. By 1970 the V-8 powered Spitfire was on the road. My son named it - The Beast . Since the Spitfire is of British origin, I dubbed it Ye Beast . Between 1970 and now, there have been three Chevy small block V-8 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 - 2760 rpm.

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 48+ 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 48+ 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 LED beam headlights & all LED running lights.

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Updated: Sun 28 Oct 2018