This was the tricky one as it is so easy to get immersed, sidetracked, mesmerised and overwhelmed with "stuff." To counter this I created a basic list of my required and desired elements; they being less than the sum-of-the-whole, and they being the pieces of my puzzle that had a well-defined but ever-changing picture.

So here is my car's specification. I will add to it as I go along:

Model: Gardner Douglas GDEuro (Mk 4)


Body Shell:

  • Gelcoat (Jet Black (RAL9005))
  • No stripes
  • No bumpers
  • Integrated air scoop
  • Aston type fuel filler
  • P700 headlights
  • Two roll-bars

Chassis: Euro Classic (Deep Dish)



  • Dashboard & Fitments:
    • Dashboard: Flat bottomed and based on the classic 427 S/C configuration
    • Dials: Speedhut
    • Switches: Old-fashioned Bakelite type (black)
    • Warning Lights: Chrome LED
    • Accessory Outlets: One 12v (cigarette type,) and one 2-port USB socket
    • Footwell lights: LED
    • Steering Column Stalks: Standard Vauxhall black plastic-type that came with the column. (I didn't replace them in favour of the GD polished steel option) 
  • Trim:
    • Black carpet and Silver Pearl leather trim (grey SX026)
    • Dashboard: Initially black vinyl and padded (for IVA) but I will be replacing it with Silver Grey leather and no padding (post-IVA)
    • Carpets: Black
    • Door Cards: Silver Grey
    • Seats: Silver Grey
    • Tunnel Top: Silver Grey leather panel (on top of the carpet)
    • Behind the seats: Black carpet and a Silver Grey leather panel covering on the top half 
    • Head Restraints: Standard GD fixed to the roll-hoops and laser-cut logo on the back
  • Safety Belts: Black Willans 3 inch 4 x 4 harness type
  • Starter Button: Cobra Start (Pilgrim Motorsports)
  • Steering column stalks: Standard black plastic


  • Radiator: Very big and very Aluminium
  • Fan: 16-inch curved blade
  • Hoses & Connectors: Viper Performance
  • Manual heater valve controller (CBS)

Differential: BTR Hydratrack speed-sensitive limited-slip differential (3.07:1)

Engine: Built and Supplied by The Engine Factory (USA Company.) 

  • Ford V8 302 (5ltr, 350bhp) (Here is a video of my engine running at the factory.. Awesome..!) 
    • Specifics:
      • Precision machined 302 roller block painted high temp black enamel paint
      • Nodular cast crankshaft
      • Connecting rods with ARP retaining bolts
      • HYPERUECTECTIC 9.5 TO 1 compression pistons with DURALUBE coating
      • Perfect Circle Chrome MOLY piston rings
      • Three-piece steel roller style timing chain
      • Hydraulic Steel Roller XTREME Energy camshaft
      • New MELLING oil pump and screen
      • Edelbrock RPM aluminium heads 60cc combustion chamber with bronze guides
      • 2.02 stainless steel swirl polished intake valves
      • 1.60 stainless steel swirl polished exhaust valves
      • Comp Cams' Pro Magnum chrome MOLY steel roller rockers 
      • Hard seats for unleaded or regular fuel
      • Heavy-duty 1.45 diameter valve springs, 7-degree locks 
      • New heavy-duty chrome MOLY pushrods
      • Front sump: Canton (15-630S) Low Profile 8-quart oil pan with an extra bung for oil temp
      • Timing chain cover with scale
      • COBRA black wrinkled valve covers
      • 157 tooth standard flywheel (for 5-speed transmissions)
      • Edelbrock RPM dual plane intake manifold  
      • MSD Atomic EFI fuel injection with Integral ECU, Wiring Harness, Sensors
      • ELECT. Billet ignition distributor w/ 45,000 volt coil
      • Yellow "Taylor" 8mm ignition leads
      • High voltage electric fuel pump (MSD)
      • High flow aluminium water pump
      • MSD ATOMIC oval air cleaner with PCV ventilated system
      • 3/8 EFI rated fuel lines and Pre / Post gas filter
      • Chrome 100 Amp alternator - One wire hook up
      • Complete MARCH underdrive polished pulley set (Pulleys kit)
      • Polished Chrome Alternator Bracket
      • SERPENTINE belt installed and tension adjusted
      • Steel bell-housing
      • 26 spline Clutch Kit
      • High Torque Starter
      • Hot run tested includes setting initial & full timing advance
      • Video footage of the engine running in the test stand provided
      • 'Blueprinted', assembled by ASE technicians
    • No oil cooler
    • Here is an example of what the Engine Factory use in their engines.
  • Gearbox: Tremec TKO500
    • Gear Ratios:
      • 3.27
      • 1.98
      • 1.34
      • 1.0
      • 0.68

Gearstick: Bowler 8-inch billet, 30O kickback style

Gearstick Gaiter: Hurst

Header / Expansion Tank: Round stainless steel type (GD supplied)

Steering Wheel: Moto-Lita 350 mm classic 6 bolt, 9 rivet, 3 spoke, dark stain

Tyres: 245 x 40 x 18" front, 275 x 40 x 18" rear. Michelin Pilot Sport/Super Sport (Tyre/rim size explained)

Wheels: 8.5 x 18” front, 10 x 18” rear. Halibrand GTD5 Classic build (all chrome) with a cover plate for 5 stud fitment and spinners