1964 Chevrolet Corvette Custom by V8 Speed and Resto in Street Muscle Magazine

We’re honored our friends at Street Muscle Magazine chose to feature the 1964 Chevrolet Corvette custom restomod we built at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop! They clearly understand the concept behind the car, and said some very kind things about it. Read the article here, or watch the build video on this fun Corvette!

Contact the V8 Speed and Resto Shop for your latest custom Hot Rod or Muscle Car!

V8 Speed and Resto Shop

817 S. Main Street

Red Bud, IL 62278



This 1968 Dodge Coronet 500 has had extensive metal work done to it, and before it goes to the body and paint shop, the team is test fitting all the trim to make sure it fits properly. This is an important step to ensure that the final product is everything the customer wants it to be.

The video shows the car in the fabrication shop, where it is completely media blasted and sprayed with a gray epoxy primer. Certain areas are bare steel where the team has been doing welding, panel gap fitment, and rust repair. However, the car is now at the point where the team wants to see how the trim fits before it goes to the body and paint shop.

This step is essential because it allows the team to identify any potential problems early on. For example, if a new or reproduction part doesn’t fit properly, the team can make the necessary adjustments before the car is painted. This saves time and money in the long run.

The 1968 Dodge Coronet 500 is a cool project car, and the team at V8 Speed and Resto Shop is excited to see it finished. The car has a 383 engine, 330 horsepower, and 425 foot-pounds of torque. It also has a fresh suspension. Everything on the car will be essentially brand new when it’s finished.

If you have a project car that you’re thinking about restoring or customizing, the team at V8 Speed and Resto Shop would be happy to chat with you! 

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V8 Speed and Resto Shop Seeks Experienced High Performance Mechanic for Restoration and Custom Car Work

Join Our Team as an A-Level High Performance Mechanic for Restoration and Custom Cars at V8 Speed and Resto Shop!

Are you passionate about breathing new life into classic cars? Do you have a keen eye for detail and a skill set that transforms vehicles into automotive masterpieces? If so, V8 Speed and Resto Shop is looking for you! We are a renowned automotive restoration and customization shop, and we are seeking a talented and experienced High Performance Mechanic to join our dynamic team.

About Us:

At V8 Speed and Resto Shop, we live and breathe classics, customs, restored and modified muscle cars, restomods, pro-touring cars, and more. We take pride in meticulously restoring and customizing vintage vehicles, and our commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail sets us apart in the industry. Our team is composed of highly skilled professionals who share a common passion for automotive excellence.

The Role:

We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced A-level High Performance/Restoration Mechanic to join our dynamic team. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of experience in a high-performance or restoration automotive shop environment, showcasing exceptional technical prowess, diagnostic skills, and a passion for precision work. If you thrive in a culture-rich, detail-oriented, and collaborative setting, this opportunity is perfect for you.


  • Perform advanced diagnostics, tuning, and maintenance on high-performance and restoration vehicles.
  • Demonstrate expertise in carburetor diagnostics and tuning, ensuring optimal engine performance.
  • Conduct engine performance diagnostics using troubleshooting guides and independent problem-solving skills.
  • Possess comprehensive knowledge of factory and aftermarket EFI systems, including installation and tuning for systems like Holley EFI, FAST EFI, Megasquirt, and HP tuners on generation III-V GM platforms.
  • Execute engine and transmission swaps, specializing in LS-based and Coyote engine installations.
  • Proficiently handle aftermarket brake installations and diagnose hydra boost systems.
  • Utilize MIG welding skills to create and modify brackets, motor mounts, exhaust systems, and suspension components. TIG welding capabilities are a plus.
  • Demonstrate strong drivability and diagnostic skills, addressing a wide range of automotive issues.
  • Diagnose, install, and troubleshoot air conditioning systems and aftermarket upgrades.
  • Expertly diagnose and perform custom electrical installations, while possessing knowledge of electrical noise, interference, and aftermarket component integration.
  • Participate in performance engine assembly, including head swaps, cam swaps, and supercharger installations.
  • Diagnose and perform minor repairs on both manual and automatic transmissions.
  • Address leaks and conduct necessary repairs with precision.
  • Showcase proficiency in ring and pinion setup, optimizing vehicle performance.
  • Conduct tire mounting and balancing with precision and accuracy.
  • Possess expertise in driveline angles, adjustments, and vibrations, diagnosing and rectifying issues to ensure optimal vehicle performance.
  • Uphold the highest standards of care, safety, and quality in all tasks performed.
  • Demonstrate the ability to operate manual transmissions smoothly.
  • Prioritize safety and precision, maintaining a clean and organized workspace.


  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in a high-performance or restoration automotive shop, or 6 years of repair experience with at least 4 years in a restoration or performance environment.
  • Proficiency in carburetor diagnostics and tuning, engine performance diagnostics, and EFI systems installation.
  • Solid experience with LS-based and Coyote engine swaps, aftermarket brake installations, and hydra boost systems.
  • Strong MIG welding skills; TIG welding skills are a plus.
  • Exceptional drivability, diagnostic, and troubleshooting skills.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of air conditioning systems, electrical diagnostics, and aftermarket installations.
  • Experience with performance engine assembly and upgrades.
  • Ability to diagnose and repair manual and automatic transmissions.
  • Familiarity with ring and pinion setup, tire mounting, and balancing.
  • Strong understanding of driveline angles, adjustments, and vibration diagnosis and repair.
  • Passion for high-performance driving, racing, or attendance at performance driving schools is a plus.
  • Clean driving record.
  • Detail-oriented with a commitment to precision and quality.


We offer a competitive compensation package, including benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans, paid time off, and opportunities for professional development and growth within our organization.

Join Our Enthusiastic Team!

If you have a deep love for classic cars, take pride in your craftsmanship, and possess the skills to elevate automotive restoration and customization, we want to hear from you! At V8 Speed and Resto Shop, you’ll have the opportunity to work on remarkable projects and collaborate with fellow automotive enthusiasts.

How to Apply:

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please click the application link below We can’t wait to welcome an exceptional A-Level Mechanic like you to our team!


This position requires big picture thinking and a great attitude. Shop hours are 8-5 Monday – Friday (Technician Hours 7AM – 3:30PM optional)

Experience required! This is not an entry level position.

We provide PPO Health, Dental, Vision insurance 75% company paid. Paid time off after 90 days, Paid Holidays, 401(k) 3% matching, Flexible schedule, Company Paid $50K Life insurance, Employee discounts on parts, Provide in-house and out of shop training.

Great working environment and awesome teammates to work with as well as lots of cool tools and equipment to grow your abilities. We are located in a small, safe midwestern town of Red Bud Illinois.

If you want consistent, rewarding work every day, every week, building award winning show cars this is a job for you!

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V8 Speed and Resto Shop Seeks Experienced High Performance Mechanic for Restoration and Custom Car Work

The V8 Speed and Resto Shop is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The V8 Speed and Resto Shop does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass SX RH Restomod EFI and Transmission Upgrades at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop

This deep black 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass SX Convertible is powered by a 455 Olds V8 and arrived at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop with a turbo 400 automatic transmission. The owner wants to use this car often and make it a comfortable and reliable driver, so plans include a Holley EFI system and an overdrive transmission. However, he does not want to deviate from the classic original appearance of the car. Follow along as we improve the drive ability of this extremely sharp Cutlass!

Triple Crown of Rodding Recap, Billy Gibbons ZZTop Concert, Automotive Trivia, and Much More on the V8 Radio Podcast!

Or show starts off with Kevin Oeste and Mike “Q-Ball” Clarke sharing the story of his Kevin’s recent invite from Jimmy Shine and Billy Gibbons to be a guest at a recent ZZ Top concert!  Kevin was super excited, and it only escalated when the topic shifts to recap the amazing new Hot Rod, Kustom, Street Machine, and Truck event called the Triple Crown of Rodding! Kevin, Kelle, and some of the V8 Speed & Resto Shop crew had an unbelievable time seeing some of the hottest cars in the country and hanging around with great friends and builders like Troy Trepanier, Alan Johnson, Gary Case, Chip Foose, Dave Kindig, Jesse Greening, Ken “Posies” Fenical, Roy Brizio, Mike & Jim Ring, Troy Ladd, Bobby Alloway, Phil and Jeremy Gerber, Johnathan Goolsby, and many more.   While there, Kevin connected with Larry Erickson.. you know, the guy who designed CadZZilla… and his documentary project got a shot in the arm!  It’s a heavy episode book-ended by Automotive Trivia and the usual nonsense, so we’re hope you’re fueled and ready for the V8 Radio Podcast!



V8 Radio Podcast
V8 Radio Podcast
Triple Crown of Rodding Recap, Billy Gibbons ZZTop Concert, Automotive Trivia, and Much More on the V8 Radio Podcast!

The Triple Crown of Rodding event celebrates Hot Rods, Customs, Classics & Muscle Cars thru 1972, AND…. American-Made Trucks thru 1998!    We’ll be there September 8-9, will you?


• Brand New 2023 Chevrolet Pickup Hot-Rodded by Alloway’s Rod Shop to
be given away by LUCK-OF-THE-DRAW to one lucky registered participant!
• 50/50 drawing with 1/2 the proceeds going to one lucky winning ticket & the other 1/2 going to charities.
• Over 40 State-Of-The-Art Beautifully Machined Billet Aluminum trophies and show chrome plated (6) of the Triple Crown Winners… Best Street Rod, Best Street Machine, Best Street Cruiser, Best Truck (up to 1972), Best Truck (73-87). Best Truck (88-98)
• Win the Prestigious Triple Crown Trophy & a Gibson guitar! (gotta give some guitars away we’re in Music City USA)
• The top (3) cars will be featured on the cover of Modern Rodding magazine and the Top (3) Trucks on the cover of Classic Truck Performance magazine with full inside features on all 6.
The Top 6 Triple Crown Winners will be invited to compete for the Barrett-Jackson Cup & $20,000.00 Jan. 21-29, 2024 in Scottsdale, Az. (Only 50 vehicles Nationally invited with a
minimum of 6 from this show!)
• “Huge” Exhibitor Midway – Over 100 Vendors
Large Swap Meet & Car 4-Sale Corral
Nostalgia Nitro Dragsters Demo
• Concerts and fun for the whole family!


Nashville Superspeedway
Event will be held at the Nashville Superspeedway
4847-F McCrary Rd, Lebanon, TN 37090

Friday Sept 8 from 7am – 5pm
Saturday Sept 9 from 8am – 5pm

Event is open to all Hot Rods, Street Rods, Street Machines, Classics & Customs up to 1972 AND All American-Made trucks up to 1998.

#triplecrown #hotrodshow #streetrod

Special Guest Robyn Munro on the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast

New Zealander Burt Munro is a very famous motorcycle land speed racer, and was the subject of a film called the World’s Fastest Indian.  We recently had the pleasure of meeting Burt’s granddaughter Robyn Munro at the 2023 SCTA Speed Week at the Bonneville salt flats.  It was Robyn’s first time to the salt, and you could tell how much the experience moved her. Her next stop was to accept the Sturgis Hall of Fame induction for her legendary late grandfather Burt.     Recorded in the tech inspection lanes at the Wendover Airport. 

#bonneville #burtmunro #landspeedracing #speedweek 


Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast
Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast
Special Guest Robyn Munro on the Bonneville Up To Speed Podcast!
1978 Pontiac Trans Am FAST EZ EFI Fuel Injection Overdrive Engine Upgrades V8TV V8 Speed and Resto

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. It’s not often to see a Pontiac 400 fuel injected engine, but this car keeps the Poncho power with modern touches.

We sell these parts and can install them on your classic or muscle car, just contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop to talk to our technicians or to schedule your upgrades, transportation services are available.

Some of the parts used in this upgrade:

F.A.S.T. – EZ EFI 2.0 Fuel Injection System
Royal Purple – Max ATF and Max Tuff Synthetic Assembly Lube
B & M – 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