Routy 1969 Firebird

Here’s What V8 Speed & Resto Shop Customers Say…

I just got back from a very nice ride in my beautifully restored Pontiac Trans AM, and I felt compelled to personally email you and your team, to thank you all for the exceptional work put into this car. If you remember our first phone conversation from well over a year ago, I explained that I owned a 77/ TA, and at the time was deeply disappointed in the results of recent work conducted by a so-called “firebird” expert in Springfield Massachusetts. As was evident, they delivered me a car that was incomplete, filled with issues, and certainly far from a finished product I was confident driving, nor was it in any condition that I’d be able to sell in the future with any level of personal integrity. While it was clear that I would need to find another group to rectify the embarrassment, I’m very happy that I found you guys at V8 Speed & Resto Shop!


To give some well due thanks, Joe was very professional and persistent in finally convincing me to send the car out, and although (to kid with him a little) his initial “ballpark” budget estimate was wildly off the final cost total, all things considered I well understand that there were many more bugs and issues revealed during the process. Although it was more than expected, I know that having a car renovated is certainly not for the wary, and the reality is that the classic car restoration business has become a form of art. Possibly industriel art at that, but they’re not making any more 77s. With that being said, the results speak for themselves, and you and your team have truly exceeded all my expectations, and have undoubtedly sent back to me what has to be one of the best examples in the country of a meticulously restored 77 Trans AM Special Edition. From Joe to Brian, Mike, Tracy, Trever, Kelle, and everyone else in the shop that I didn’t get the opportunity to personally speak with, I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed with all of you, and thankful for the constant consideration of keeping me informed every step of the way. While I admit that it seemed depressing at times, discovering so many hidden bugs and issues, you did exactly what I wanted and I could not be happier with the final results. This car looks stunning, drives like a dream, and is so perfect that I’m now nervous to take it out for a ride.


It’s kind of ironic, how I was so uncomfortable driving the car before sending it out to you, and now I’m still uncomfortable driving it, but thankfully now for completely different reasons. Although I’ll certainly drive it, the car is genuinely too perfect to take out. With that being said, thank you all for giving me this piece of artwork. It’s truly spectacular!


On a side note, I hope to stop by your shop sometime later this year, and I’ll hopefully get the chance to meet everyone in person, and to talk about a 78 Grand Prix that’s on deck.


Sincerely,
J.H.


Brought my 1967 Mustang home today. Between the shop and I, we put 1/2 the miles my old man did in 27 years over 4 months. She runs great again after a 30 year hiatus from sunlight. The team at V8 Speed & Resto is top notch. I dropped the car off after it hadn’t run in 30 years and didn’t need a full rebuild but needed a bunch of work to get it so I could drive it again. They went above and beyond with the service, communication, and cost. Everytime I swung by, was called, or emailed it was a professional experience. On top of that, they were more than happy to host me whenever I came out to see progress. They also loved to share stories and let me see cool (everything there) while I was visiting. This is the only place I’ll bring my 67 Mustang GT convertible for work. Out of shops, I’ve been in lots, this one is rated 100/100. Highly recommend. – G.G.


My 1969 Chevelle SS has had lots of work done by the guys at V8 Speed & Resto shop over the past couple years and it been great, from new engine, suspension and some cosmetic work. I would highly recommend them and plan on using them again in the very near future.   – JS


I had my 1979 Firebird Formula at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop last year and they were great. I had a Holley Sniper EFI, new fuel tank, electric fuel pump, and a complete Magna Flow exhaust system installed. They kept me informed on the progress calling me with updates and and always sending me pictures. I would give them a GRADE OF A for the work accomplished by their staff, and would recommend V8 Speed and Resto Shop to anyone wanting there classic cars done right. The staff is very friendly and you really become part of the V8 Speed and Resto Shop family. THE V8 SPEED AND RESTO SHOP TEAM is very knowledgeable at what they do, making sure that you get the best work on your car done the right way.  – JM
 


V8 speed is a top restoration shop, my car looks and runs great, got my car back in a short amount of time, i recommend them to anyone needing work done .   – MM
 


I took my 1978 Bandit Trans Am for some mild upgrades to Kelle and Kevin at V8 Speed and Resto Shop and had an amazing experience. The whole staff were amazing and made my experience personal not only in regards to the work but as people. I got to know several of the people there and they were all top notch, friendly and very knowledgeable. Kelle and Kevin are genuine people with great hearts. They listened to my goals for the car and paid great attention to detail. They specialize in making your experience the best it can be and back it up with top notch work and attitudes. After having numerous less than stellar experiences with other shops in the St Louis area, this was an eye opening exceptional experience. My one and only regret is that I wish I had more cars for them to work on. I will NOT consider taking my cars any where else except V8 Speed and Resto. I highly recommend them and you will not find a better shop with more knowledgeable people and exceptional customer service. Simply the best!!!! Thank you Kelle, Kevin and staff for making my Bandit Trans am the car I always wanted it to be.  – MR


V8 Speed & Resto brought my 67 Rustang convertible back to life! From start to finish my experience with V8 was fantastic. Top notch work, excellent communication and an extremely knowledgeable staff from top to bottom made my experience a pleasure. I was kept in the loop throughout the entire process and couldn’t be happier with the overhaul. Extremely skilled craftsman; they truly love what they do and it shows. Try and find someone with more knowledge than Kevin and Kelle…. I dare you. You will not be disappointed! – Steve


Kevin, Kelle, and everyone there at V8 Speed and Resto are awesome and provided a lot of professionalism and attention to detail on my 68 Chevelle when it needed it. Chevelle went through a complete overhaul and have been pleased with it since.  – SC
 


If your looking for a place to bring back cool to your favorite ride this is the shop. Did a fantastic job helping me with my ’63 Imperial Crown convertible. Highly recommend.  – J.Y. 


V8 is a the best there is. These guy have their Sh%t together. if you’re going in just for a small patch up or upgrade you still get a thorough examination. What more do we want when we have our hot rods up in the air but to have professional experienced eyes looking out for us.And for extensive upgrades they are just the best as they document everything. No disappointments bringing your dream car here. And there is “always” something cool to checkout while visiting. You are sure to make new friends at V8. A great asset to anyones tool box.  – MS


Kevin and Kelle Oeste And they’re dedicated staff Recently Rejuvenated my 1964 Galaxie 500 . Their work , craftsmanship , And professionalism are second to none ! V8 speed and Resto Gave such great attention to the small details As well as the large details Which Makes a great difference When choosing Any car restoration shop . If you value Your Vintage vehicle as much as I do You want the folks at V8 speed and Resto Restoring your Ride. I highly Recommend these wonderful people!  – RL
 


To all at V8 Speed Shop:

I drove my car this morning. It sounds incredible and it looks perfect! My face hurts from smiling. The sticker in the trunk made me tear up, so very thoughtful.

I can’t thank you enough for getting the car to me. My brother, who I rarely get to see, was so excited to take a drive. He said it reminded him of our father’s T-Bird, it even smells like dad’s car. It brought back such wonderful memories!

H.K.


Been smiling ever since we picked it up! Thanks again for the fantastic job you and your team did to get it back on the road!  S.N.


Great folks. I would highly recommend their services.  – B.B.
 


Joe, I made it home just fine with no issues. You guys did a great job and I’m very pleased with the professionalism and work! You definitely will have a repeat customer here.

R.D.


I am very pleased with the work V8 has done with rear suspension and interior. I budget the amount I can spend each year and I will be back again to V8 next year for more work.
Thank your team for me
Thank you,
Chuck K.


Joe, Please let Kevin know that, that was a really nice video. It looked so sweet and ready to roar down the streets in town. You guys have been just so great with me. It has been a pleasure to have your team work on our Formula.

I knew I was sending it to the right place when Kevin and I first spoke, and then you really helped by always keeping me updated on everything that was being done with pictures and phone calls. It was a pleasure speaking with you all the time. I can’t wait to take it out for a good drive, even my wife Debbie has been asking when it coming back so that we can go for a ride in it.

Again, please thank everyone for me for everything that was done by all of them. You’ll never know how relaxing it is to a customer to have a shop that takes there time to do things on there cars the right way.   – J.M.


Best quality classic restoration and custom automotive work that money can buy – bar none. If you’re looking for a small addition of power or a race setup, fresh paint or the best restoration available nationally, these are the people to see about it. Make no mistake – good work doesn’t cut it with these folks, only the absolute best results will do. They are perfectionists, and their results speak loudly for themselves. You can be certain V8 Speed & Resto will turn your vision into a reality better than you could have ever imagined.   5 Stars.   – J.S.
 


“They built me my dream car! Top quality work and an honest caring bunch of car nuts is what you will find at V8 Speed & Resto. This shop has what it takes to build whatever you can think of and do it right. Thanks again for building my 1969 Firebird project named Routy. It exceeded my expectations… and that’s hard to do.”

Sincerely Steve “Routy” Prouty


“OMG the car is beautiful. Much more than I expected. Please pass onto your crew how pleased I am.”   – GC


“You guys are first class, do great work, easy to get along and most of all you treat me like Family” – Elvio Tarticchio


Kevin thank you for the very nice podcast and everything you and crew did for us on the GTO, it is a new car and a joy to drive, WAY BETTER!   – MZ


Small town shop with world class results! V8 Speed & Resto is headed up by front man and founder Kevin Oeste a true Visionary with a deep understanding of what’s the best fit for performance & function, classic or cruiser and an incredible knowledge base to back it all up. His ability to think outside the box to make your project truly one of a kind is in his wheelhouse. The shop manager is Kelle Oeste She definitely is no stranger around an engine bay and just one of those people that “gets it” and is remarkable at keeping all daily aspects in the shop finely tuned. The V8 Crew is unsurpassed for making your Muscle Car vision come to life — they provide the perfect complement of performance and style to fit your Dream muscle car specifications.

The Crew’s commitment to producing a Quality product stems from the top management with the greatest attention to the slightest of details which makes the experience memorable & top notch .A feature which makes this group stand above others in the same business is the documentation process, everything from start to finish is documented and walked through just as though you were there and asking the important questions “why would we do that and use this part….well they will tell you why”. See for yourself…….My car truly is a Star featured under Project cars on the V8TVshow.com website “1965 Chevelle SS”. It is a Daily Driver too. “World Of Wheels” Show winner story.

My Dream car rolled out of their shop approximately 2 years ago and I couldn’t be prouder of how it turned out. The process is all worthwhile when admirers comment on how “things look & fit better than factory” and “I wish I still had the one…of course it never looked like this.” But It Could………

Don O. Chicago, Illinois


I absolutely love the work you guys do. You’re the upmost professionals. I’ll make to write your superior workmanship on Yelp  – J.C. 


Kevin-

Just got a chance to see the video of the car. As always excellent job. I really appreciate all the work everyone at V8 Speed & Resto did on my car. It was a pleasure to work with you. Your shop sets the standards that others should follow.

If you ever need anything from me don’t hesitate to ask. There’s always a cold one waiting if you are in the area.

Scott Crothers


Top notch work for sure!  Kevin produced a better hood than I asked for and it looks even better in real life. I’ll post pics of it painted soon. 150% satisfied with the work done, thanks again Kevin and Kelle!!!  – Matthew Gober


I just got the gift from you guys. Actually teared Up a little. The positive energy and warmth from You and your team has made my day since we have met.  I am so glad to know all of you. I have “close friends” that have been absent throughout this process and you guys are always there. Thank u all so much. I can’t wait to thank everyone in person and extend my very heartfelt  sincere thanks.

This Hot Wheels is one of my all time favorites. This one Is in AMAZING shape. So awesome. I actually still collect and have the supplies to set up my very own Hot Wheels Restoration shop. My employees and I have Hot Wheels drag races as well. Thanks so much. I love u guys. Have an amazing weekend!!!

M.R.


Huge thank you to the crew at V8 Speed and Custom shop in Red Bud. I had them rebuild the carb, replace the front end, do some custom exhaust work to get the pipes off the ground (they were way low!), and fix my stuck passenger door. They were amazing to work with, keeping me updated on a daily basis, and I’m happy to say the car performs 100 times better!!!! A joy to drive!

P.A.


V8 Speed and Resto does awesome work! They can build the car of your dreams! They just completed setting the ride height on the recently installed DSE suspension. Looking Killer!L.A.


Thought you’d like to see the fuel rail covers with 442 emblems. The drivers fit perfectly. Passenger side need trimming around a/c compressor. You can’t really tell though. The car is a big hit with all who see it. Even my friends that thought I was totally screwing up my “original” 442. Everyone gets it now. And they all want to know where I had the work done. V8 Speed and Resto in Red Bud, Illinois. Where else!K. L.


I want to thank you and the team at V8 for the outstanding work performed on my Duster. I was so excited to get it back that I drove it approximately 1,000 miles before putting it away for winter.Merry Christmas!- R.M.


Got the ‘Cuda back today from the restoration shop V8 Speed Shop in RedBud IL.It took longer than expected because there was more to be done than expected, so it cost more than expected. The engine bay looks fantastic, and she is sound as a dollar!”J.S.


Everything is running great. I meant to reach out to you earlier to let you and the guys know that I drove 775 miles that first day without any issues. It’s a true testament of the quality of work that was done to it. V/rS.P.


“I continue to be impressed with your operation and the talent of your people. The expertise with the wood restoration and metal work is fascinating. Rod’s great to work with and never seems to be too busy to answer questions and to show me what’s going on.”J.F.


“The shop tour video Kevin did was excellent. I really enjoyed it. I have forwarded it to many of my friends. I also found the photo gallery for the ’46. I have enjoyed going thru the pictures and watching the process of making my car beautiful.


I am so glad I went with the Mercedes Benz Steel Grey instead of the original color I had in mind. The paint looks great on the car. Friends I have shared pictures with say it looks fantastic. Thank the crew for the hard work they have done to make the car beautiful”G.C.


“Hey Kelle !! Made it home without a tow truck 😂😂😂. Runs like a top . Air is nice and cool too. Thanks again to Mike and all involved on turning the Olds into Mr. Fancy Pants.
Really looks nice. 😎😎 . Ray”


“Kelle the car ran great!! I think it’s ready to enjoy again. Thanks to you and your crew! See you at the Drive In!” B. B.  


“Thank for checking in Kelle. Runs great. Handles WAY better. Much more enjoyable and comfortable to drive. In fact I had it out yesterday. Thank you also for efforts and complimentary labor time to make the steering better.  I have driven the car more in the last couple weeks than in the last 5 yrs.  Larry”


“Amazing things happen when passion and career meet. These people are incredibly talented.”  S.J.


“I would like to thank Kelle, Kevin, and the whole crew at V 8 Speed and Resto. You could not ask for better folks to deal with on anything your classic car needs. Check them out, you won’t be disappointed….”  J. L. 


“The crew at this speed and resto shop is top notch! Great people to work with. I don’t own a show car, but I own an older corvette that I really enjoy driving. I bought it with several known issues and let Kevin and his crew tackle a lot of them recently. I can’t believe the difference! They kept me posted through out the process, including picture and video updates! I couldn’t be happier with the results and the experience. As time and $$$ permit, I will be back!!! Thank you to all who took part!”  P.A.


“Kevin, Kelle, and the entire crew at V8TV are top notch, down to earth kind of people. The work coming out of their ship is second to none. Don’t forget about the web series ‘Muscle Car of the Week’. It’s a must see.”  M.C. 


“They do nice work. I’ve seen a lot of the work they have done and were very impressed”  F. S. 


“The only shop I’ve ever been in that does everything the correct way” B. Z.


“The highest standards of quality and workmanship. Highly recommend”  C. D.


“Kevin – thanks again for the tour. The shop, your staff and the cars are incredible!!”


“I finally had the chance to drive the Mustang last weekend, Kevin! Completely different ride my friend. Not quite sure how to thank you and the crew for making it complete again.”  – S.M.


 “My old man hasn’t been happier! You guys did an awesome job.”  – C.S. 


“Kev, Kelle….you guys were worth the 10 hour drive (both ways). Best decision I ever made to bring it to you. If I should ever fall backwards into money again I will definitely be bringing it back for more modifications that are beyond my abilities. LOL!! For the rest of you….stop waiting, they are TOP NOTCH!!!” T. R.