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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. 
 
 
New trim from Classic Industries really stands out against the slick black paint. 
 
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.  
 
 

 

Need help with your project?   Let us know - click here or call the V8 Speed & Resto Shop at 314.783.8325 to discuss your Classic, truck, or Muscle Car needs!

Kruzin USA names V8 Speed in Top 25

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!     

 

 
TeamChevelle

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 

V8 Speed & Resto Goodguys Magazine August 2016

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/

1979 Pontiac Trans Am

Editors ChoiceThe 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.

Stripped Trans Am 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.

1979 Trans Am in V8 Speed & Resto Shop

 

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.   

1979 Trans Am

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!

 
 
 

See the entire build thread on this sweet Trans Am Here!

See The Gearheads4Life Coverage Here!

 

 

 
 

 

There are always a bunch of cool projects in process at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop!    Let's take a lap around the shop to see the latest!

This very cool 1978 Pontiac Trans Am arrived in the shop looking for better road manners.   It's running a Pontiac 400 with an automatic, and the customer likes to do big road trips, so we're installing a FAST EZ-EFI 2.0 fuel injection system, an overdrive 200 4-R transmission, and new 3.73:1 rear gears.   This will give him the benefits of better starting and throttle response, an overdrive gear for better cruising, and numerically higher gears for better accelration while improving the fuel economy.    It's a great looking ride. 

1978 Trans Am

You can see more pics of the Trans Am HERE!

 

Next, we're in the process of converting this LS1-powered 1969 Camaro from an automatic transmission to a manual unit.    It's a clean custom Camaro with lots of updates, and the owner wants to row the gears instead of the 4L60 shifting for him.  

1969 Camaro Manual Transmission Swap

 

1969 Camaro LS1

Follow This Camaro HERE!

 

The 1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre is getting closer to completion.    This was a complete restoration, and the beautiful Emberglo color really came out slick.   It's a 428 cubic inch V8 car with an automatic, and you can follow the progress of the build in our forum HERE

1966 Galaxie 7-Litre

 

1966 Ford Galaxie 7-Litre

 

The COMP Cams 40th Anniversary Camaro is also progressing nicely!     Here, the 454 cubic inch Butler LS engine is resting between the Heidt's frame rails awaiting the wiring and other ancillaries to become a runner.    

COMP Camaro

 

COMP 454

This monster made over 690 Horsepower all by itself with no supercharger or other power adder... it's going to be quite a handful to drive!    

Follow the build in the thread HERE! 

 

The 1951 Chevy Pickup Truck is in the final stages of bodywork and getting ready for a new layer of shiny black Axalta paint!    The crew performed a long list of metalwork fixes to make this heirloom truck look great again.  

1951 Chevy Truck

 

1951 Chevy Truck

This truck will be powered by a 5.3 litre Chevrolet truck engine and is shifted by a 4L60E transmission.    

More pics HERE.

 

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro "Carbon Flash" has been metalfinished and is now entering the bodywork phase of it's restoration, and the crew has also been building a Holley Fuel Injected small-block Chevy V8 for power.   

 

Carbon Flash 1969 Camaro

 

Carbon Flash Camaro Engine

 

 

This 1977 Chevrolet Corvette is now sporting a new complete custom dash with Dakota Digital instruments, and we're building in some room for a flip-screen navigation system in a custom console.    It should be a great car to drive!

Corvette

 

Corvette Dash

 

The 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL is almost ready to go home... we'll post a bunch of cool pics of this one completed soon!

1964 Ford Galaxie

 

1964 Galaxie

 

The 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 car is in it's final rounds of sanding before color application... this is going to be an awesome car.   Stay tuned to the build thread to see more! 

1970 Buick GS

 

1970 Buick GS Wing

 

A 1966 Corvette rolled in to the shop to get some maintenance items and leaks fixed, we're really diggin' the original 327 car with factory air conditioning!

1966 Corvette

 

1966 Corvette Coupe

 

A 1966 Mustang Convertible made a stop at the shop for some major tune-up work, interior upgrades, a new convertible top, and a general cleaning.    It's now a great little driver and ready for the summer cruising season!    Before:

1966 Mustang

 

After!

1966 Mustang After

 

There are many more cars in the shop, but we're always excited to chat with people about how we might be able to help restore their dream car!    Contact us today for more info at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop, 314.783.8325!