Late Model Throttle
Corvette Restomod Build Underway
John Gunnell - April 03, 2014 08:00 AM
The work-in-progress ‘Vette was a hit at the Milwaukee World of Wheels.John Gunnell
Jeff Smith had worked on different cars over the years, but in 2008 decided to open his own business called Late Model Throttle, LLC (www.latemodelthrottle.com) in Waukesha, Wisconsin, to do custom builds and performance tuning on enthusiast cars.
With the help of some friends, Smith’s dream shop became a reality. LMT had one of its latest custom builds—a restomod ’66 Corvette—on display as a work-in-progress at the 52nd Annual World of Wheels in Milwaukee. The car is undergoing a complete body-off-frame rebuild around a 402-cid LS2 V-8 that LMT beefed up with a Molnar crank and rods and Wiseco pistons using new ARP hardware throughout.It has 237cc PRC cathedral port heads, a Comp Cams LSR grind cam, a 92mm FAST intake and a fuel system with 52-lb injectors.
A built T56 transmission with an LS7 clutch will handle shifting chores. A Vintage Air A/C system has been incorporated and LMT will dyno tune the works at its Waukesha headquarters. The car is fitted with rack-and-pinion steering and a complete VBP Big Daddy suspension kit including a mono-leaf upgrade.
The car has C5 Corvette brakes with hydro-boost up front and stock type rear binders. The chassis has been blasted clean and epoxied. The third member is an Eaton posi with 3.73:1 gears. At the rear is a set of Bilstein shocks.