1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Restoration at V8 Speed and Resto Shop V8TV

 

We’re completing some upgrades and restoration tasks on this 400-powered 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in the V8 Speed and Resto Shop.   The Sterling Silver 1977 Trans Am has been in our customer’s family since new and often driven over the years.  Today, it’s in for a mechanical, interior, and body and paint restoration.   We thought we’d share an update as we build the car in our latest “What are you in for” video series where we share in-process projects from around the shop!

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Mustang and Camaro Mini Tub Install Tips at V8 Speed and Resto Shop

A great way to fit a larger rear tire on a pro-touring, drag race, or restomod Mustang, Camaro, or other Muscle Car is to perform a mini tub install.  Mini tubs are larger rear wheel houses that allow for wider rear tires which provide more traction when you’ve added more power to the engine.  We install lots of mini tubs at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop, and we share some mini tub install tips in this video.   

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Supercharged LSA Pro Touring 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Restomod Upgrades V8 Speed and Resto Shop V8TV

This 1967 Chevrolet Camaro restomod is getting the whole Pro Touring treatment as we restore the body and install a GM LSA 6.2 Supercharged V8 backed by a Tremec T56 Magnum 6-speed transmission at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop.  We thought we’d share an update as we build the car in our latest “What are you in for” video series where we share in-process projects from around the shop!

The 67 Camaro came to our shop in mostly stock form, but without an engine or transmission but with a good deal of rust.   The solution was to strip the body and fixture it on our body jig, and begin removing the old rusty sheet metal and replacing it with brand new panels.   This car received a custom smoothed firewall, new lower cowl boxes, a new cabin floor, new trunk floor, quarter panels, a roof skin, tail panel, and more. 

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1972 Chevrolet C3 Corvette LS3 Swap, 6 Speed at V8 Speed and Resto Shop V8TV

 

We’re upgrading this C3 1972 Chevrolet Corvette installing a 530 HP LS3 engine and a Tremec T56 Magnum 6-Speed manual transmission in the V8 Speed and Resto Shop.   It’s also getting some new Global West suspension and other enhancements from Detroit Speed.   We thought we’d share an update as we build the car in our latest “What are you in for” video series where we share in-process projects from around the shop!

- 1969 Corvette LS3 Swap Video Series:

PART 1:  https://youtu.be/jh5wvQ6S-Qw
PART 2:  https://youtu.be/74DGTa5asbM
PART 3: https://youtu.be/yi0-hLzJtX0
PART 4:  https://youtu.be/bjJw9_yihM4

 

1971 Chevrolet C10 Performance Upgrades Video V8 Speed & Resto Shop V8TV

This 1971 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne is a former work truck that is getting some great performance upgrades, but keeping the weathered look at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop.    This 1971 C10 is very special to the owner, as it belonged to a close family friend and has been a part of his life since the late 1980s.    Today, the plan is to keep the exterior mostly true to existing form, but rebuild and modernize the engine, chassis, and suspension, while adding some comfort upgrades inside.   The result will be a C10 that drives far better than the original, and allows for comfortable cruising for the occupants, but honors its working history.

In this episode of the V8TV series entitled “What Are You In For”, we take a look at the C10 in-process and learn the story and some of the parts decisions made.   We’ll feature the 1971 C10 again when the transformation is complete. 

 

1946 Ford Street Rod Body and Paint Restoration At V8 Speed & Resto Shop

This 1946 Ford Tudor street rod stands tall after a cosmetic restoration at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop!   The car was already sitting on a Mustang II front suspension with a Chevy 350 and Turbo 350 transmission combination when it arrived at the V8 shop, and the owner was happy with how it drove.   But he didn’t like the peeling black paint, the beat-up trim, and the rust around the edges.   It was time to strip it and start fresh. 

Once the paint was stripped, it was obvious that the old Tudor needed some love in the metalwork department.   The trunk floor was badly rusted, and the rear fenders were also rusted thin with pits.   Nice 1946 Ford rear fenders are hard to find, so the V8 crew created new ones in the metal fabrication shop.   Once TIG welded in, you can’t tell there were any repairs ever made.   Similar treatment was done to the trunk floor.