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.

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Jeff Smith had worked on different cars over the years, but in 2008 decided to open his own business called Late Model Throttle, LLC ( 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.