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Beauty and the Beast Revisited

Tamara King and her outstanding C3 has graced the pages of our publication in the recent past. We found out that since her last debut the C3 has undergone some significant upgrades. Tamara and her C3 are well known to the on line Corvette community. Her beauty and class never fails to bring a smile to all who see her.
Tamara's 1980 C3 began its voyage with a wormed over LT1 350 that replaced the cars anemic L48. The LT1 was retrofitted with an Eagle rotating assembly, consisting of six inch rods and Keith Black 10:1 forged Pistons. A set of angle milled aluminum Dart heads topped off the new power plant. The valves are controlled by a comp street roller cam topped off with crane 1.5 roller rockers. The heads are fitted with 2.02 intake and 1.62 exhaust valves.

The power exits the car via a set of Hooker headers and 2 1/2 in flow masters. The combo is fed by an Edelbrock performance RPM intake manifold. And a Quick Fuel 650 CFM carb. The power is delivered to the ground via a Stage 2 THM 350 equipped with a 3500 Hughes stall converter. I put to the ground with a typical corvette IRS rear end.driven by A set of 3.73 Richmond gears turns the wheels and keeps the engine in the power envelope.

Tamara's toy dynos out at a very respectful 497 horsepower and 475 ft.lbs of torque at the rear wheels.  A new metallic blue paint job finishes off the look of the Beast.
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