Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Yes Virginia, you can have 400 horse power in your Miata.

Simply remove your Miata engine and ....

...prepare to install an LS1 with a 6 speed transmission. The boys at Flying Miata have engineered a kit to intall LS series aluminum V8s into a Miata with very minimal modification to the car. The picture below shows a fairly easy install from the bottom.

Tim "More Power!" Allen would approve!


A Triumph customer also had the best Chevy LUV survivor we'd ever seen. He requested more power and better highway manners. The Isuzu 4 cylinder and 4 speed was pulled in favor of a 4.3 Chevy V6 with a 5 speed transmission. The V6 has Vortec heads, and Isky roller cam and a Holley 4 BBL. Also included in the conversion was power steering, air conditioning and a tilt steering wheel column with a vintage Corvette wheel. We also did a coil over front spring conversion.


After a decade and a half in storage, a 1963 MK II Jaguar gives up some secrets - an E Type tricarb head with very poor air filters made from snuff cans.

All the rubber mountings and all the hydraulic systems had to be replaced.

The front cross member was removed and the front suspension rebuilt. The entire brake system was changed to stainless components.

The broken rear leaf spring

was addressed along with the rest of the rear suspension.
Then the choice was made to convert to power rack and pinion steering with a clever electro-hydraulic kit from England.

Now that the car is safely back on the road, the cosmetics can be addressed. Check back to see the completed project.


Every so often we get to work on something completely different - a 50's Italian one-off sports racer. This Ermini is Alfa powered and is now a vintage race car. And as with most early race cars, it is completely streetable as well.