- Color: Dark British Racing Green
- Drivetrain: RWD
I found Newbie languishing out in the weather at Flying Circus English Cars in 2012, while the owner tried to decide what to do with him...I saw great potential under the layers of dirt on the paint and green mildew on the interior. After a year and a half, I prevailed on the owner to sell, and he agreed...since then I have stripped Newbie to the bare metal on the interior, found very little rust, then rustproofed and reinstalled all of the original parts, which cleaned up very nicely, with a lot of advice from Jimmy Browne, detailer extraodinaire. The original leather seats now reside in Dan and Pat Amey's B roadster, and I now sit on Miata seats that I recovered. I have completely rebuilt the mechanics, including mildly warmed over B motor, overdrive tranny, HS4 carbs, Pertronix ignition, stainless steel TT exhaust, front coilover shocks, rear Spax coils, and on and on...ending last year with a new paint job...done by Phil McCarl at Master Blend in Wake Forest--who has painted a number of our club cars over the years...but NONE of the final results would have been without the help and advice of my fellow NCMGCC whizkid mechanics / advisors, and the LBC community--what a great bunch! Newbie has been to Ohio, West Virginia, all over NC and Virginia, and an appearance at the Cars and Coffee at the Amelia Island Florida Concours week this past March...the miles of smiles continue!
Now in the works...new power for Newbie! A '95 Firebird 3.4 V6, bored .030, Edelbrock Performer Cam and lifters, new pistons, bearings, crank turned, heads milled, block decked, custom headers from CCE, Holley 390 CFM 4 barrel on new Edelbrock lower intake, custom billet upper intake from CCE, backed by '94 Camaro T5 with 95 Mustang gears, stock 3.90 MG rear, new front coilover shock conversion, rear Spax tube shock conversion. Should make a great power upgrade to an already great handling and very reliable British Classic!