There is always a plethora of activity at the V8 Speed
& Resto Shop, and this season, black is hotter than ever. We'll take a quick shop tour of some of the blacked out rides being worked on in the shop.
We start off with a look at the 1951 Chevrolet pickup, which is in the final stages before going home to it's owner. This truck has been in the owner's family since new, and came to our shop for chassis restoration, metalwork, bodywork and paint. The engine is a 5.3 Vortech V8 backed with an automatic transmission. You can see all the build photos
at this link: 1951 Chevrolet Truck Restoration
These are not the final wheels and tires, rather the "builders" used during the restoration. The black Axalta paint was applied by the paint shop crew at the V8 Speed
& Resto Shop.
The driver will enjoy the ride thanks to sound deadener, Vintage Air
A/C, Dakota Digital gauges, a tilt steering column, and a custom upholstered seat.
Next up is the 1971 Chevrolet C-10 pickup in the shop for an LS repowering. The customer brought us the truck after recently purchasing it, and our team is hard at work swapping out the old 350 for a GM Performance Parts Connect & Cruise LS3 488 HP V8 and automatic overdrive transmission. It currently runs, but the V8 crew is in the process of changing the rear gears and finishing up the engine front accessory drive system install. Look for this swap on a future episode of V8TV
And speaking of black trucks, this cool 1972 Ford Bronco came to visit after the owner purchased it at a recent Mecum collector car auction. The Bronc is powered by a ford 302 V8 and was recently restored, but had a few remaining details to be ironed-out before the new owner can enjoy it with turn-key reliability.
It's a tough looking ride on a two inch suspension lift and two inch body lift on top of that. The black and white color combo is all business.
The custom push bar and winch add functionality and will help the owner get out of tight spots while wheeling this Bronco.
Inside, the Bronco has been jazzed up with leather seats and modern audio.
We had the carb off the 302 for a rebuild, but we'll get it buttoned up, tuned, and ready for action.
Next, we've got black, but it's not a truck. This is a 1980 Dodge Mirada that came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for a complete restoration. It's not a car that you see in restoration shops often, but our customer bought this one brand new back in 1980 and has been driving it ever since. When he finally wore it out, he brought it to us to be brought back to better-than-new condition.
Our team tore it down, performed numerous sheet metal repairs, rebuilt the engine and suspension, and applied the slick black Axalta paint. It's going to be one of the nicest Miradas ever!
The Mirada was a luxury coupe from Dodge, and this one is powered by the original 318 that has been upgraded with a 4 barrel carburetor and refreshed internals. Photo gallery: 1980 Dodge Mirada
This one is a black truck and a car all rolled up in one long, low, sleek package! The car came to our shop after a minor engine fire, and the owner wanted us to dial-in a bunch of loose ends so he can drive it reliably and enjoy it. Perhaps someday he'll want a new shiny paint job, but for now, he's out to put miles on it without worrying about getting it scratched up.
The owner had the custom tonneau built, it's an all-steel 1959 Impala rear deck lid that has been extended and hinged to form a cover for the El Camino's bed. We'll be modifying the rear wing tip trim to finish it off.
This cool 1959 Chevrolet ElCamino is referred to as "El Caddio" by it's owner, as the power comes from a FAST fuel injected 500-inch Cadillac V8 hooked to a turbo 400 transmission with a Gear Vendor overdrive unit.
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