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This sweet 1969 Corvette roadster arrived in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in Red Bud, Illinois, in need of some upgraded power and added fun! The original engine was long gone, so the customer did not have much of a "guilt" factor for changing the car, so modern Corvette power was chosen to boost the fun! The crew of the V8 Speed & Resto Shop routinely performs everything from maintenance on old cars to complete restorations and modern engine conversions, so they were well equipped to replace the anemic 350 in favor of a modern 485 HP Chevrolet LS3 V8. They backed the LS3 with a Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed manual gearbox from Modern Driveline, which required many modifications to the clutch, console, and transmission tunnel.
Looks right at home, no? Fuel injection is managed by a Holley Dominator EFI system.
The transmission tunnel required extensive work, so the V8 team created an entire transmission tunnel and console plate to insure proper fitment of the transmission. They received plenty of help from friends at Modern Driveline with the transmission, clutch, hydraulic system, and shifter.
Note the Vintage Air controls for air conditioning, the Hurst shifter, and audio from Custom Autosound for better tunes with a fitting look.
Custom side pipes loaded with MagnaFlow internals growl, and the 'Vette rides on 17" YearOne Corvette rally wheels. Upsized Willwood brakes hide behind the wheels, actuated by a Hydratech Hydrobost system.
The stock-appearing interior reveals Dakota Digital gauges in the dash and console, modern audio and air conditioning, and textures chosen to appear 'like they belong" there.
Once completed, the owner jumped in and drove the car nearly 1000 miles home, trouble-free. The V8 Speed & Resto Shop team prides itself on reliability and drivability of the cars built in the shop.
We are honored and privileged to learn that the 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 7-L restored by the V8 Speed & Resto Shop has been chosen for a six page feature - including a cover photo - in the latest issue of Hemmings Muscle Machines Magazine! The entire crew worked very hard on this complete restoration, and we could not be happier to have a future in such an excellent publication as muscle machines. The magazine is a new stands as of April 21, 2017, and subscribers should have there copies already. Check your local new stands to get your copy today!
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Click HERE to see the entire build thread on this beautiful Emberglo 428 Galaxie!
The 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 7-Litre is an original family owned car tha we were happy to have the privelige of restoring at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop! Click this link for the complete build story, and feel free to contact us at 314.783.8325 to discuss bringing your family heirloom car back to new!
The COMP Cams 40th Anniversary 1969 Chevrolet Camaro convertible freshly restored by the V8 Speed & Resto Shop headed for home today! The COMP Cams team picked up the car from our shop in Red Bud, IL, and made the journey to COMP headquarters in Mephis without a hitch... and yes, they drove the car! We're happy for COMP and proud of the V8 Speed & Resto Shop Crew for the great work on this car and look forward to seeing it again at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas!
According to the nubers, there were only 38 of these first generation 1967 Excalibur roadsters built, and the V8 Speed & Resto Shop crew just finished a freshening on a very cool maroon version for a great customer. The car is powered by a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 327 and is hooked to a Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic transmission, and features functional side exiting pipes and dual exhaust. The chassis is basically a stretched 1964 Studebaker Lark, with front disc brakes and a third headlight that turns with the steering wheel, like a Tucker Torpedo. Inside, you'll find an engine-turned dash with Stewart Warner gauges and an original Motorola radio. This car is showing just over 19,000 miles on the odometer, and had not run in years before being delivered to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for a tune-up and some new wide whitewalls from Diamond Back Classics. These are rare and unusual cars, and we're happy to keep them on the road!
Let us know how we can help return YOUR old car to the road! Contact us today! 314.783.8325
This 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL rumbles thanks to a 460+ cubic inch 428 fed by two four barrel Holleys on top, and is shifted with a 4-speed manual transmission. The car came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for some basic maintenance, as well as bodywork and a re-spray. More photos after the break!
This sweet 1973 Pontiac Trans Am is heading home after a trip to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for some A/C repairs, new rear gears, a stance adjustment, and some other maintenance items. This car is running a factory 455-cube Pontiac V8 and is finished in Buccaneer Red. While our shop did not restore this car, we performed a variety of tasks to complete the beautiful restroation.
This 1968 Oldsmobile is a great looking car that drives and handles well, but the owner wanted more power and modern-day drivability. Did we mention he wanted a LOT more power? In this 6-part series, we install a modern supercharged 6.2 Liter GM LSA Connect & Cruise engine and transmission. Follow along as we cover the whole process in this series. You can contact us at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop at http://www.v8speedshop.com or at 314.783.8325 for any of the parts you see in this video, or to have us convert your ride for you!
We had a great time building the ZR9 Camaro in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop, and we recently had the chance to take some cool shots of the car. What do you think?
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This 1965 Chevrolet Impala came to the shop in boxes, and now it stands tall...even with a low stance! It's powered by a 6.0 Chevrolet EFI V8, backed by a 6-speed manual transmission.
We were pretty stoked to see the 1955 Chevy gasser "Mr. Chevy" and hauler featured in this month's Hot Rod Magazine! Learn more about Mr. Chevy at http://www.v8tvshow.com/mrchevy
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The V8TV / V8 Speed & Resto Shop crew just finished the complete restoration of a slick 1969 Chevelle.
This '79 Pontiac Trans Am was restored once, then became the unfortunate victim of a rear-end collision. The car came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for repairs and a few upgrades to transform it into the stunning car you see here. This was another car that would attract passers-by to stop and stare or take photos when it was parked in front of our shop!
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