Mid-Engine, IRS, 5-Speed, Composite Body Two-Seater; what doesn’t a Hot-Rodder love about that? Well, for starters its best mill was rated at a mere 140hp!

This is a case of GM Executives killing one brand to protect another--biting off the nose to spite the face! Execs feared the impact Pontiac would have on their hallowed Corvette, so they stifled product evolution and drove visionaries like John DeLorean out of their ranks!

Fast-forward thirty-six years and guess what? C8!


Don’t get me wrong, I love the Corvette (American Made); so in the near future this one will sport a GM LS4 Engine. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the car as-is while knocking out a couple other projects. This bucket list item (compete in Holley’s LS Fest) will have to wait!


Aesthetics do have impact so the missing center caps have been replaced along with the nose emblem (was not easy to locate) and at least somewhat performance driven was the new side air scoop. This is one of those things a Dyno won’t validate so we we’ll just be happy with the improved looks!


Aesthetics do have impact, so the missing center caps have been replaced along with the nose emblem (was not easy to locate) and at least somewhat performance driven was the new side air scoop. This is one of those things a Dyno won’t validate so we we’ll just be happy with the improved looks!


The rear custom built header routed so close to the distributor and coil it would periodically fry the module, so out it comes for a little fab work.

The bottom of the crossover pipe rested on the top of the distributor hold down bolt so a few minutes with a torch and body hammer remedied that.

While massaging in the relief a nearby weld opened up, so a quick shot from the MIG and a few passes with a highspeed carbide sorted it all out.


A few minutes in the blast cabinet and a couple coats of VHT header paint and she’s good as new!


Now wrapped with 2” X 50' titanium exhaust header heat shield much of the heat was finding its way into the doghouse is now being blown out the tailpipes.


The coil mounted a mere 1/2" above that same header, so a custom coil relocation bracket was fabbed up, moving the coil up and closer to the deck lid.

Afterwards, both distributor and coil were replaced with high performance units.