David Petrikas driving his 1965 Sunbeam Alpine Tiger-conversion

David Petrikas's Ford V8 Powered 1965 Sunbeam Alpine Series V

as published in British V8 Newsletter, Volume XV Issue 2, September 2007

Owner: David Petrikas
City: Sydney, Australia
Model: 1965 Sunbeam Alpine Series V
Engine: Ford 302 V8 (rebuilt 2007)
Conversion performed by: Previous owner.

Engine Mods: a total engine rebuild has just been completed, with new rings, bearings, re-ground crank, honed cylinders, etc.
Intake: new Holley 600cfm (center float) carburetor and Edelbrock "Performer RPM" manifold.
Cooling: a modified (shortened) water pump pulley and new alloy water pump have been fitted.
Exhaust: ceramic coated headers.
Transmission: Ford Toploader 4-speed. (Also, the flywheel has been re-surfaced & a new clutch plate has been fitted.)
Rear Axle: Ford 9". (Caster wedges were recently added, which stopped a problem with axle tramp.)
Brakes: 4 wheel Falcon GT disc brakes.
Steering: a new steering rack was engineered and fitted (from a Subaru "Brumby"), the Sunbeam front cross member and tie rod ends were replaced, and new MGB steering arms were fitted to replace the original Alpine steering system.
Body: custom fender flares. Mercedes silver paint.
Interior: Recaro seats.

Holley 600cfm center-float carburetor / Edelbrock Performer RPM manifold

modified shortened water pump pulley / new alloy water pump

ceramic coated headers

Sunbeam custom wooden steering wheel

Recaro seats

Leather upholstery and trim


custom fender flares for Sunbeam Alpine and Tiger

Photos from The Festival of Sporting Cars, at Oran Park
Sydney Australia, June 14, 2008

The Festival of Sporting Cars, at Oran Park

Oran Park Festival of Sporting Cars

Sydney Australia, June 14, 2008

David Petrikas at Oran Park Race Track

Oran Park Racetrack

Mercedes silver paint on David's Sunbeam Alpine

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