If you're in SoCal, go check out the Tri-Five Invitational at the Grand National Roadster Show this weekend in Pomona! We're honored to see the Mr. Chevy '55 and hauler on display in this amazing gathering of influential tri-five hot rods, customs, and racers. The 1955 Gasser is original, and the hauler was partially restored by the V8 Speed & Resto Shop. Thanks to Goodguys Rod & Custom Association for sharing this pic in their gallery! See more here: https://www.good-guys.com/hotnews/?p=16755
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!
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The V8 Speed & Resto Shop crew is honored to learn that KruzinUSA.com just listed our shop as one of their top 25 in the country! As part of their new Digital Hot Rod Builders Mall, they have selected what they believe are the top 25 shops in the country, and we're unbelivably humbled to be included with some of the most talented shops in the buisness. Go check out http://www.kruzinusa.com or their Facebook Page to learn more about their Digital Mall, event coverage, videos, and more!
The V8 Speed & Resto Shop Crew is honored to have the blue 1965 Chevelle restored in our shop be chosen as the lead car on the http://www.chevelles.com website! Chevelles.com is perhaps the definitive Chevelle oriented website, and they would naturally choose a shining example of the great Chevrolet Muscle Car as their lead image, and we're excited they've chosen our work. Very cool! If you don't have a membership on their forum site, you are missing out on great information and a fantastic enthusiast community. Check it out today! http://www.chevelles.com
The August, 2016 Goodguys Gazette magazine is full of top-name cars, builders, and shops, and the V8 Speed & Resto Shop crew is honored to be included! The Gazette published an article titled "Pros Paint Tips" and featured some of the best shops and painters in the buisness... Rad Rides by Troy, Ringbrothers, Alloway's Hot Rod Shop, Vintage Color Studio, Lanzini Body Works, Goolsby Customs, and painter Jeff Wittlich from the V8 Speed & Resto Shop is included as well. The article reached out to the painter at each shop for advice on technology, color, the DIY aspect, and more. If you don't already belong to Goodguys, you should consider a membership, and not just for the magazine, as the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association hosts some of the best events for Hot Rodders and Muscle Car fans anywhere. See more at https://www.good-guys.com/
The V8 Speed & Resto Shop-Restored 1979 Pontiac Trans Am Wins Gearheads4Life Editor’s Choice Award and Best Paint at 2016 Street Machine Nationals in DuQuoin, IL!
Congratulations to Molly Fischer and her 1979 Pontiac Trans Am for winning 2 major awards at the 2016 Street Machine Nationals in DuQuoin, IL! Molly’s Pontiac has a storied history.. It was restored the first time by her husband Will and a friend and saw weekend and show duty until ironically being wrecked at the very show where it recently won the awards!
Will decided to let the talented team at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in Red Bud, IL, handle the crash repair, and they took the car to a whole new level of fit, finish, and paint quality.
The V8 Speed crew disassembled the car, straightened out the smashed tail panel and buckled quarter panels and rocker panels, and repaired numerous items like dented fender edges and door openings.
Then, they stripped all the existing paint and re-gapped all the panels, correcting fitment issues, dings, and other bodywork imperfections. Next, they block sanded the car arrow-straight, applied numerous layers of sanding primer, and sealed the car in preparation for the 14-layer House Of Kolor Kandy Brandywine paint job.
Once the car was sprayed in sealer, the crew sprayed a gold base before adding 7 layers of Kandy Brandywine specially mixed with Fireball F-32 flakes for a magical sparkle in the sun. Once the desired color was achieved, the car was topcoated in several layers of clear for a rich lustre.
Once the clear had cured, the car was wet sanded to 5000 grit and then buffed with a 3-stage process to achieve the high-gloss finish you see today. Finally, the Trans Am SE gold stripe package was added, and the car was re-assembled with all new weatherstripping and the windows and t-tops were aligned. A custom set of 18” snowflake wheels were installed to update the Trans Am’s classic look.
The car turns heads everywhere it goes, and we’re excited for the owners and V8 Crew that it brought home the Gearheads4Life Editor’s Choice Award and the Best Paint in the Street Machine Class at the 2016 Street Machine Nationals! They even used the car in the ad for the event!
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