'77 MGB • Earl Dickeson • Kingman, AZ This MGB is Earl Dickeson's retirement present to himself. After finding it laying unloved in a backyard, Earl pondered what to do about the cracked engine block; until a friend offered him a 302 HO from a Mustang. Earl knew Carroll had started out racing MGBs, so he ran with the idea of dropping a small-block in one and making his version of a baby Cobra. After finding more inspiration on BritishV8.org, he began grafting on a Sebring body kit for more aggressive lines, and then moved onto the custom 302 install. The MGB is currently on the road getting sorted out and Earl has discovered that big power in a light, short wheelbase car requires respect.

By The Numbers
Engine: 306ci SBF, Patriot Performance heads, Ford Racing E303 cam, Summit Racing intake, Professional Products Powerjection EFI
Trans: Borg Warner T-5 five-speed
Suspension: Fast Cars Inc. coilover system up front, stock leaves and Spax shocks in the rear
Brakes: Wilwood disc brakes all around with SSBC master cylinder and booster
Rearend: Fast Cars Inc. housing with Auburn limited-slip diff and 3.50 gears
Wheels: 15x8 Jegs
Tires: 205/60R15 and 215/70R15 BFGoodrich
Future plans: a lot of nice, long summertime rides along Route 66 with his wife

'74 Nova • Bryan Bendall Sarnia, ON, Canada Small-blocks, big-blocks, and LS-series engines; they're all good for making power, but too predictable for Bryan Bendall. The '74 Nova he's putting together at the shop he and his brother run will instead pack a 2.2L Ecotec with a custom sequential twin-turbo setup. Of course the suspension couldn't stay predictable either, so Bryan went for a front package from an '84 Corvette, and the IRS from a '04 GTO. That's quite an interesting blend, but with the planned 400 hp and excellent driving characteristics it should make an outstanding calling card for the ingenuity and fabrication abilities of J's erformance.

By The Numbers
Engine: 2.2L Ecotec, sequential twin turbos, dual fuel injectors, water injection, Eagle forged crank and H-bean rods
Trans: five-speed from a Pontiac Solstice
Suspension: stock '84 Corvette in the front, stock '04 GTO in the rear
Brakes: Hydraboost and four-wheel discs brakes
Rearend: '04 GTO
Wheels: powdercoated Z06
Tires: 245/45R17 and 285/40R18
Future plans: lots of road time and explaining his rationale to everyone who asks, "Why a four-cylinder?"