1967 Wins Blue Ribbon at 2019 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals

The V8 Speed & Resto Shop crew is honored for the opportunity to completely restore and modify this sweet 1967 Pontiac GTO for a great family. The car scored 997 / 1000 in the modified class at the 2019 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show in Chicago, it's first time shown in public. Thanks again to a great team and owners of a great car. What can we build for you?

Here's the link to the build photo gallery on the '67 GTO:  CLICK HERE

We've got the blues in a good way at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop! The '66 Chevrolet Chevelle SS in the foreground is...

Posted by V8 Speed & Resto Shop on Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Our friends at ChevyHardcore asked us for some tips on storing your Hot Rod or Muscle Car for the winter, and we were...

Posted by V8 Speed & Resto Shop on Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Police and Ambulance Visit V8 Speed and Resto Shop

The V8 Speed and Resto Shop started too look like a municipal garage recently as the V8 Team wraps up the restoration of the 1939 LaSalle ambulance when a 1948 Ford Georga State Patrol car joined the party.   The Patrol Car is in for some maintenance, while the LaSalle was treated to a complete repaint and color change.   We wonder what these two talk about at night?    

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Supercharged LT4 Completion at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop

This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro is a project we're bringing to completion at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop.   The car is powered by a dry-sump Chevrolet LT4 supercharged V8, and features some awesome performance parts on board.   Follow along as we bring it back from the boxes! 

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1972 Plymouth Cuda 340 Customer Spotlight Video V8 Speed & Resto Shop

This clean 1972 Plymouth 'Cuda came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop looking for some performance upgrades, so our team installed some Edelbrock aluminum cylinder heads, Dougs Headers, and topped it all off with a Holley Sniper EFI fuel injection system.    We installed disc brakes up front, and added a set of YearOne 17" Rally Wheels wrapped in BFG tires.    We built a custom exhaust for the car, and updated the dash with some AutoMeter gauges.    Overall, it's a great cruiser with show-stopping looks. 

We're happy to help you with your Muscle Car project, and you can contact us at or by calling 314.783.8325.     The V8 Speed & Resto Shop is an authorized dealer and installer for thousands of performance products, and our team is top-notch.    We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop with all your Classic or Muscle Car needs today!

 

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817 S. MAIN STREET - RED BUD, IL 62278

 

 

Jay Leno enlightens us about "Jay Leno's Garage" and tells us about some of the new car care products which were showcased at the SEMA Show.

 

Photos From The 2019 V8 Speed and Resto Shop Dust Off Spring Open House

 

We hosted an informal open house on the third day of spring, 2019, calling it the "2019 Dust Off" which gave people an opportunity to bring their cool cars out to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for coffee, donuts, and to see the cars in the shop.   The event was a fun success, below is a photo gallery of the cars and shop tour.    

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Contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop with all your Classic or Muscle Car needs today!

 

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Pontiac Trans Ams at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop

Blackbirds at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop! The 1979 Pontiac Trans Am in the foreground is getting a new driveline, and the 1976 Trans Am LE is one of a few hundred built with a Pontiac 455 and 4-speed stick! The '76 is getting a Holley Performance Products Sniper fuel injection system and a few other upgrades. Birds chirp again in the springtime, these will be chirping tires soon! Contact us for maintenance, performance upgrades, and restoration needs for your Classic or Muscle Car, we're happy to help!   

 

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Click to see the photo gallery of the 1976 Trans Am!

 

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This past weekend was the 10th annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals event in Chicago. I’ve long said this is the...

Posted by Kevin Oeste on Monday, November 19, 2018

 

V8 Speed & Resto Shop's Kevin Oeste once again had the pleasure of interviewing Jay Leno while hosting the 2018 SEMA Central Stage at the 2018 SEMA Show Las Vegas.  

 
Getting ready to burn lots of pipes! Our customers dig the sweet sounds of custom MagnaFlow exhaust systems as much as we like building them! #mandrelbent #stainless #customexhaust #smoothandpowerful
A new episode of V8TV airs next week, featuring the 700 HP '69 Camaro getting a complete suspension re-do with performance upgrades from Detroit Speed, Baer Brakes, FORGELINE wheels, and a Currie Enterprises rear axle. Plus, we add a Holley Performance Products EFI system, Centerforce Clutches, AutoMeter gauges in a DSE Panel, and much more. We also take a look at a sweet 340 Duster and some coverage from the V8TV Drive In Cruise! Check http://www.v8tvshow.com/airtimes for channel and airtime info!
 

In this V8TV Minute To Winnit Live! we take a look at the 1970 Pontiac Trans Am project in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop metal shop.  

 

 
Temp Gun Brake Tips from V8 Speed & Resto Shop

Temp Gun Brake Tips from V8 Speed & Resto Shop

Posted by V8TV on Thursday, June 15, 2017
 
Preventing Fuel Fires!

V8 Minute To Winnit Live: Fire! This sweet 1968 Plymouth GTX suffered from a minor engine fire, we show you the cause and how to prevent these from happening. Also - keep an extinguisher in your car! #V8TV

Posted by V8TV on Friday, June 16, 2017
Kelle Oeste in Street Rod Life Magazine

Our very own Operations Manager Kelle Oeste is featured in the latest Street Rod Life Magazine! Thanks for the article, and thanks to Kelle for always working overtime to help our team build awesome cars our customers can be proud of! Read the article at the link:  http://www.streetrodlife.com/print-mag/street-rod-life-2017-spring-print-issue/

 

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

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!