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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. 

1969 Corvette LS3

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.  


1969 Corvette Console


Note the Vintage Air controls for air conditioning, the Hurst shifter, and audio from Custom Autosound for better tunes with a fitting look.  


1969 Corvette at V8 Speed & Resto Shop


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.

Wilwood brakes


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. 


1969 Corvette

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.  


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V8 Speed & Resto Shop
Classic Car and Muscle Car Restoration
817 S. Main Street
Red Bud, IL 62278  314.783.8325
This 1978 Pontiac Trans Am came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop more like a lame duck than a bird of fire, so our team went to work adding new rear gears, a 2004R overdrive transmission, a roller cam from COMP Cams, and a FAST EZ-2.0 EFI system for better driving manners.   The Pontiac 400 engine even received an unexpected refresh along the way.  
Some of the parts used in this upgrade:
Royal Purple - Max ATF and Max Tuff Synthetic Assembly Lube
B & M - Torque Converter Lock-up Controller
Tanks Inc - Fuel Tank, HP Fuel Pump and Sending Unit
Shiftworks - Shifter Conversion Kit
COMP Cams - Roller Cam, Roller Lifters, Push Rods and Roller Rockers
Eastwood - High Temp Ceramic Engine Paint
K&N  - Air Filter
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We're sending this cool 1979 Chevorlet Bonanza pickup truck home today! This one is still in it's original family,...

Posted by V8 Speed & Resto Shop on Friday, October 6, 2017
1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre Restored By V8 Speed and Resto Shop on Hemmings Muscle Machines Cover

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!

Some say these cars are never finished, and that holds true especially when a modified car changes hands. In this case, our customer purchased this killer 1969 Chevrolet Camaro as a freshly completed Pro-Touring machine complete with a slick silver paint job and a very cool red leather interior, but the 700+ HP 540-cube Shafiroff big block Chevy and 6-speed T-56 Magnum transmission are a bit much for the otherwise stock suspension. The huge torque easily overpowers the rear tires, and the handling isn’t up to the expectations of the owner. So, the car was sent to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop so our crew could take the suspension, rear axle, wheels, tires, brakes, and a few other areas of the car to the next level. The big challenge - installing a complete Detroit Speed QUADRALink rear suspension and front subframe, wheel tubs, Currie Enterprises rear axle, Forgeline wheels, Toyo Tires, Holley Performance Products EFI, and more without damaging the beautiful silver paint or messing up the body panel fit. After all, something that looks this good should have the moves to match!
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In this installment, we’re driving the 1969 Camaro called “Lou’s Change” built in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop.    The car is finished, and the 700+ horsepower supercharged GM LSA 6.2 V8 pulls hard through a Tremec T56 Magnum transmission from Modern Driveline.   It handles the road with confidence thanks to a Detroit Speed hydroformed front subframe and suspension and a Detroit Speed QUADRAlink rear suspension and Currie 9+ rear axle.    The MagnaFlow pipes sing at RPM, and the modified body includes modern ZL-1 Camaro blended with a classic 1969 Camaro look.     Forgeline wheels wrapped in Toyo tires provide traction, and Wilwood brakes bring it all to a stop.   OER restoration parts provide a fresh appearance. 
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COMP Cams Camaro

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! 


This is a 6-part video series where the V8 Speed & Resto Shop Crew transforms a 1969 Ford F100 Ranger pickup into "ThundersTruck", which still looks like a 1969 F100 but now drives on a supercharged 5.4 V8 powered modern 2002 Ford Lightning chassis.    
Contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop Crew at or call 314.783.8325 to have them build your dream car! 
1967 Excalibur

1967 Excaliber

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

1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL

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!  

1973 Pontiac Trans Am

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 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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1965 Impala V8 Speed & Resto Shop

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.  

1965 Impala SS

1964 Chevrolet C-10 Restored by V8 Speed & Resto Shop


The V8 Speed & Resto Shop Crew recently finished a complete restoration on this 1964 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck including suspension, rust repair and sheet metal fabrication, and more.    They installed a GM L92 6.2 liter V8 powered by a Mast Motorsports ECM and using Holley accessory drive brackets, oil pan, and Hooker exhaust manifolds.   A Mast cam and valve springs were installed, yielding approximately 525 horsepower.  A TCI 4L60E transmission is used to provide an overdrive gear, and the truck rolls on Mob Steel 20" wheels.    The finish is satin black with a charcoal silver roof, wheels, and side trim insert, and the bed is all new wood.    The interior featured a leather seat, Vintage Air A/C, a Dakota Digital box to allow the original speedometer to work with the modern transmission, upgraded audio, and more.  Contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for your project needs!   314.783.8325

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 


The V8TV / V8 Speed & Resto Shop crew just finished the complete restoration of a slick 1969 Chevelle.


1969 Chevelle by V8 Speed & Resto Shop
One of the latest creations to come out of the V8 Speed & Resto Shop is this slick 1969 Chevelle wearing SS stripes and trim but featuring a hopped up 454 under the hood. The car is rolling on Rocket Racing wheels and features other subtle modifications like new leather upholstery in the stock original pattern from OPGI, tunes by Antique Auto Radio that look stock but is fully Bluetooth capable with MP3, Vintage Air A/C, and a full MagnaFlow stainless exhaust. The engine is basically built to LS-6 454 specs and features a Holley Street Avenger 870 carburetor, Hooker headers, a TCI torque converter, built TH400 trans, and a 3.42:1 geared 12-bolt rear axle.  The owner replaced the quarter panels many years ago and brought it to V8 Speed & Resto Shop for new cabin and trunk floors, other metalwork, bodywork and paint, interior, assembly, and tuning.  Today it wears Chevrolet Carbon Flash Metallic Black paint and  bright red SS stripes and will be featured at the 2014 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago, November 22 & 23.   You can see the build photos in the V8 V8TV / V8 Speed & Resto Shop Forum here: .    Hats off to a great crew and a very cool owner for letting us bring this one together!

1979 Pontiac Trans Am

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!  

You can see the complete photo gallery for this car HERE.  

The 1957 Chevrolet project has been returned to the road!    The V8 Speed & Resto Shop Crew has completed the restoration of the chassis, suspension, engine repairs, interior upgrades, some paint work, trim, glass, and other details to make this former barn-dweller a highway flyer once again.     Who wouldn't have fun in a bright red '57 Bel Air complete with a 396 under the hood and a 4-speed shifter in hand?

You can see the comlpete photo gallery featuring every step of this process HERE.