F40 Motorsports is proud to offer this Like New 1958 Beck Lister. I hope you appreciate the detailed work that was done during this build. There are over 500 hours for the actual build and with special parts that were made or purchased for this vehicle it exceeds $90,000.
History: This Lister was built over a twelve year period after I received the gel coat fiberglass body on 4” tubular frame from Chuck Beck. I had owned and then sold a Beck 550 Spyder before I started the Beck Lister build. I went to California to visit Chuck’s shop when he lived there and I fell for the Lister while I was there. The Lister there was the one that participated in the One Lap of America. A few months later, I purchased my Lister body on frame. When Chuck was at the Chicago Auto Show to premier his 904 Porsche replica, he brought my Lister (the last of the first generation Listers Chuck built in California) to my home in Woodstock, IL. When I was at Road America in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin in 2010, Chuck was there with two of his finished 904 Porsche replicas that were going for export to England through Special Edition in Indiana. I got a real spirited memorable ride on the track with him that day in his latest creation. Neat guy and very talented.
I am a very detailed plastic injection mold builder by trade and many of the parts for this car were built in the shop I owned from 7075 aluminum, stainless steel, oil impregnated bronze and some hardened tool steel when needed. When I started this build, I attempted and hopefully succeeded, in representing this Lister Knobbly in custom, yet track ready form. It was up to me to fit the chassis with the C4 Corvette suspension needed. I read and retained two Corvette C4 manuals to proceed with the build. The manuals suggested to change out all rubber in the upper and lower front A arms due to the age of the rubber. All of the rubber was then replaced with polyurethane bushing throughout the suspension from front to back. The lower A arm shock absorber blocks were made from 7075 aircraft aluminum in my shop. They are fastened with bushing and sleeves to the lower A arm so they cannot move from their placement. The bayonets in the bonnet and their respective receivers in the body are made from hardened tool steel and then smoke chrome plated. The receiver for latching the bonnet was also custom made from 7075 aircraft aluminum in my shop.
The dash bezel, ancillary pieces and steering column housing were made by me and then painted with a distressed black paint. Some older 1957-1959 Maserati dash and bezels had this look. The engine coil is held with a bracket made from 7075 aircraft aluminum in my shop that is fastened to the firewall. The steering rack (Corvette C4) had to be cut, machined, narrowed 2” and then powder coated. (pictures of this) All of the door hinges were machined then smoke chromed. The door strikes are machined stainless steel hardened and ground. Special dome type nuts were made to fasten the seat belts to the floor brackets to prevent any tearing of the leather seat material. The windshield bezel hold downs are made from 7075 aircraft aluminum fit to body. The windshield wiper bezels mounted through the cowl are made from hardened tool steel and chrome plated. The fuel cell brackets were made from 7075 aircraft aluminum in my shop and powder coated red. The rear trunk latch and bracket arms were also made from 7075 aircraft aluminum. The roll bar is fully functional and fastened with ARP bolts into the frame (pictures with special radial washers also made in my shop).
The engine started with a new Dart small block configured 383 C.I. and complete Eagle forged rotating system with Mahle pistons built by PER Engine Builders in Plainfield, IL. Stainless steel headers and 4”side pipes were made at Stainless Works in Ohio. McLeod hydraulic throwout bearing and Center Force clutch and pressure plate. The Richmond Super T-10 4 speed transmission was purchased new and has a 2:43 first gear. The drive shaft, half shafts and u-joints were made and purchased from Denny’s out of New York. All of the car’s suspension is C4 Corvette and narrowed 2 inches. Rear end is a Dana 44 with a 3:08 gear totally rebuilt. All yokes, bearings, nuts, bolts, seals, polyurethane bushings, etc. for this build were from purchased new stock. The upper and lower rear control rods to frame and knuckle, rear tow rods to knuckle, lower rear support rods to knuckle and composite leaf spring were purchased from VBP in St. Petersburg Florida. Rear Bilstein shocks were purchased new. I customized in my shop the frame to Corvette rear end bridge with 7075 aluminum. Tilton master cylinders and foot pedals. I also customized the Modified Colman accelerator pedal. All custom made clutch, brake and main fuel lines are stainless steel tubing with AN fittings. 15 gallon ATL fuel cell. Painless wiring harness fuse block mounted in trunk. New zinc washed rotors with new Corvette brake pads. QA1 adjustable rebound shocks with Eibach coil springs. Canton oil filter system and accusump added to pre-charge oil galleys upon start-ups. The aluminum transmission Tunnel, polished Aluminum Windshield to cowl piece, and various other aluminum pieces for this build were English wheeled, welded, and formed by Matt Schleicher of Crystal Lake, IL.
The paint colors for this Lister are Mercedes black and Maserati red stipe. The vehicle was painted by RJ Customs (Rich Thayer) in Johnsburg, IL. Rich painted the 1962 Chevy that won the SEMA Mother’s award for Best Paint in 2007.
The odometer reads just under 1,500 miles. It was first driven to a show about 3-4 years ago.
Vehicle was fully inspected by Illinois State Police before Illinois license and registration was approved. It is titled as a 1958 Lister.
All receipts for new parts purchased for this build as well as print drawings for any part made by me are included also.