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ccsct203
Clay Smith

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Almost done V8 Bugeye SBC 383ci
Posted by: ccsct203
Date: July 16, 2015 10:57PM

After 2 1/2 years of work my 1961 Bugeye drove and stopped on its own power today
Chevy stroked 350ci to 383ci
TH350 Trans
Ford 9" rear
Wilwood MC
Fiberglass nose
Box frame
SSBC rear brakes
MGB / Spitfire front brakes
Much more [www.ahexp.com]

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DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
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05/14/2010 03:06AM

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What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: Almost done V8 Bugeye SBC 383ci
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: July 17, 2015 12:19PM

I like it!
Looks as if it will have no problem keeping the entertainment meter pinned.

Live like you mean it
Fred


ccsct203
Clay Smith

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Re: Almost done V8 Bugeye SBC 383ci
Posted by: ccsct203
Date: July 18, 2015 09:56PM

I'm afraid the gas gauge will be at pinned at "empty" too
With a 1800 lbs car which has 400 hp
scary fast to say the least


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
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12/06/2013 03:54PM

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61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Almost done V8 Bugeye SBC 383ci
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: July 20, 2015 06:00PM

But soooo much freaking fun. Ease into the 400 hp thing... It gets fast in a hurry with a super light car


ccsct203
Clay Smith

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Re: Almost done V8 Bugeye SBC 383ci
Posted by: ccsct203
Date: July 20, 2015 07:16PM

I wish I knew how much the car actually weighs
I'm guessing 1800 Lbs but it might be less


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
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61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Almost done V8 Bugeye SBC 383ci
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: July 21, 2015 03:19AM

It's probably less with the fiberglass bonnet. I'd like to see how the engine fits specifically in the hood area... I'm always looking for ways to lower mine to put another good on the car


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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02/28/2009 10:01AM

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1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Almost done V8 Bugeye SBC 383ci
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: July 23, 2015 12:28PM

Don't be surprised if the car ends up weighing a little more than you think, little things that you don't think about add up. For example, on my car the coolant capacity increased from 12 pints to 5 gallons and the fuel tank went from 12 to 16 gallons. That accounts for over 60 lbs of extra weight just from additional fluids. But the good news is that even if your car weighs 2000 lbs you still have a better power/weight ratio than the new Z06 Corvette and Viper. I also wouldn't be surprised if that 383 makes more than 400 hp. No matter what it weighs, with an 80" wheelbase it will hold your attention.



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88v8
Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
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02/11/2010 04:29AM

Main British Car:
1974 Land Rover Lightweight V8

Re: Almost done V8 Bugeye SBC 383ci
Posted by: 88v8
Date: July 26, 2015 04:41AM

...with an 80" wheelbase it will hold your attention

It certainly will. Especially in the wet on what look like wide rears.
You might like to take it somewhere and practice spinning it, before it happens for real :}

Great to see a car nearly finished. So many stalled projects.

Ivor


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
(118 posts)

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12/06/2013 03:54PM

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61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: Almost done V8 Bugeye SBC 383ci
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: July 26, 2015 06:26PM

I've got wide Mickey thompsons drag radials on mine and have driven a handful of times in the rain no problem. I have to drive mine like a motorcycle because it's tiny and people will run you off the road. Handles great for what it is, but suspension is the key. I started to read all the stuff on ahexp and I just quit reading because of the "what a waste of a car" comments. I think it's awesome and owning one with similar power, I can tell you, you'll reach for the keys to that car every sunny day, I know I do... The weight thing should be below 2000 lbs, especially with the fiberglass bonnet. Hell, the all steel, gt6 I just bought with ford 9 inch, th409, and iron headed 350 comes in at 2022 lbs and its a bigger car.


Sidecardoug
Doug Rowe

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Re: Almost done V8 Bugeye SBC 383ci
Posted by: Sidecardoug
Date: August 27, 2015 08:14PM

Clay - beautiful car ! There was a guy named Larry Oda in Monterey, CA that had built one with a 327 & B&M Hydro back in the early 60's...it was a pale yellow, had minilites on the front & 14" Halibrands on the rear, shod with Bruce's Tires cheater slicks. He was a student at the local community college, and it was his only means of transport. I remember it being the "Isky Car of The Month" in Hot Rod, as he regularly drag raced it.

Doug


Thor
Al Wohlstrom
Tucson AZ
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05/05/2015 11:44PM

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Re: Almost done V8 Bugeye SBC 383ci
Posted by: Thor
Date: September 08, 2015 12:25PM

80" wheelbase, good Lord! I had a Kirkham Cobra with 90" wheelbase 496" aluminum side oiler, 717hp. 2150lbs. It really liked to get sideways or backwards, but it was fun as hell to drive. Be careful, have fun.


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