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Created by David West
Featured in the inaugural edition of Spitfire & GT6 Magazine
modification of the frame
Frame Design
redesigned motor mounts
Motor Mounts
installing the 383 cid engine
Chevy 383 V-8
Installation
Installation of Tremec 5-speed
Tremec 3550
Installation
adapting of the Miata seats
Miata Seat Installation
front suspension upgrade
Front Suspension
Upgrade
rear suspension upgrade
Rear Suspension
Upgrade

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.