This clean medium blue 1966 Dodge Charger 383 arrived at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in need of some valvetrain repair and general maintenance, so the team installed a COMP Cams roller cam, lifters, pushrods, and roller rocker arms to replace the broken original rocker arms.   A Demon carburetor was installed for more throttle snap and better fuel atomization, and the crew refreshed the drum brakes on all four wheels.    The V8 Speed and Resto Shop specializes in maintenance and repairs on Classics and Muscle Cars, as well as modifications and full restorations.     Contact the shop today at or 314.783.8325 to discuss your car’s needs!

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V8 Speed & Resto Shop
817 S. Main Street
Red Bud, IL 62278
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1951 Chevrolet Pickup Complete Restoration at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop
This 1951 Chevrolet pickup truck served as our customer's Grandfather's farm truck for many years.   In fact, it was his Grandfather that built the original dump mechanism for the truck.    After years of labor on the farm, the truck was sent to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for a complete restoration with some modifications to make it like new... and ready to be put back to work! 

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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. 

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1935 Ford Coupe Maintenance at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop

817 S. MAIN STREET - RED BUD, IL 62278

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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Overdrive transmissions provide many benefits to longevity and fuel consumption, and they are more fun to shift than automatics.   In this series, the V8 Speed & Resto Shop crew installs a Tremec TKO 600 from Modern Driveline complete with a hydraulic throwout bearing assembly for easy action and a Superior clutch for positive grab behind the big block Chevy V8 in our 1969 Chevelle.     The Tremec TKO 5-speed manual transmission handles 600 pound-feet of torque and the Modern Driveline kit puts the shifter in the original position on our ‘69 Chevelle.  
Contact Modern Driveline for a kit designed for your classic or Muscle Car, or the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for a complete installation. - 314.783.8325

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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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.    
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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!

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1935 Ford Coupe Maintenance at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop

817 S. MAIN STREET - RED BUD, IL 62278

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