A Family Heirloom Is Ready To Be Put Back In Action

Buick Grand Nationals have always been – and will always be – one of the coolest cars ever built. The blacked-out appearance contrasts with the luxurious interior, and the turbocharged SFI 3.8 V6 / 200R4 driveline made them one of the quickest street cars you could buy. And if all that is cool, this one is extra frosty, as it was purchased brand-new by our customer’s Father back in 1986! Today, the T-Top GN needs some help with the electrical system and possibly some detail work on the paint, but we’ll get to the bottom of it all and make recommendations to the owner to help her enjoy the car once again, the way her Dad did back in the day!

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This Camaro is a great example of a 1970s – 1980s style Street Machine!

Wearing an Rally Sport trim package and an SS badges, striping, and hood, this killer blue 1968 Chevrolet Camaro is a feast for the eyes. But what really has us jazzed are all the period-perfect accessories that give this Camaro a look we instantly recognize.

The parts we all wanted “back in the day.”

It all starts with the stance… the jacked-up look which allowed for much wider wheels and rear tires. In this case, a polished set of US Mags aluminum “slots” wrapped with BFG rubber put the power of the small block V8 to the pavement. Note the ladder bar rear suspension supporting a 12-bolt rear axle. Under the hood, the engine is wearing the prerequisite gold iridite plate Moroso valve covers, yellow Taylor spark plug wires, Edelbrock intake manifold, and long-tube headers. It’s a total time-warp.

It’s got the right look on the inside, too.

We converted the Camaro to an automatic transmission at the owner’s request, and added a “horseshoe” shifter to the O.E. style console. The console features the Rally gauge package, and the car is also fitted with a Vintage Air A/C system for even cooler cruising. Houndstooth upholstery, deluxe door panels, and rosewood accents provide even more detail inside.

Overall, this is a very fun Camaro that has the ability to transport not only from point A to B, but also back in time. And although we’ve built all kinds of Camaros here at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop, we’re always happy to see how many different ways these cars can be personalized and made cool.

This Ford F350 is practically a member of the family.

The owner of this super-cool 1979 Ford F350 grew up with this truck, as his Dad’s good friend bought it new back in ’79. When the original owner – a former law enforcement officer – decided the truck’s services were no longer needed, the current owner obtained the truck… he was just 16 years old.

An heirloom is born.

This was a great daily driver for a 16 year old. It is powered by a Ford 400M V8 engine with an automatic and 4 wheel drive, but as time went progressed, the owner grew up and needed more practical transportation. However, he held on to the truck, storing it for a future time when the truck could be enjoyed once again. Fast forward a couple decades and a family, and today the ’79 is getting back on the road with the help of the V8 Speed and Resto Shop team!

Follow along as we perform some mechanical TLC to return the big F350 safely to the road!

Contact the V8 Speed and Resto Shop to help breathe new life into your valued classic car or truck!

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Re-skinning a Snake, outside and in

The Cobra is one of the true icons of performance cars, and this sweet Backdraft version is powered by a Roush Performance 427 Windsor small block. It was purchased with typical Cobra flash, but the owner likes to personalize his rides, so the Cobra came to V8 Speed and Resto for several rounds of appearance upgrades. First order of business was to black-out all the bright trim, including powdercoating the windshield frame, wheels, and other trim items. It was then treated to a complete repaint in our Paint Shop.

From Blacked-Out to Bespoke Beauty

This Cobra’s transformation wasn’t complete after the paint job. V8 Speed & Resto’s Upholstery Shop added the perfect contrast with a custom, hand-stitched tan leather interior. The distressed finish echoes the texture of snake scales, and the rich leather aroma welcomes you… until you turn the key and wake up the 427’s growling side pipes.   Slide behind the wheel and experience luxury that matches the car’s power.

What Can We Build For You?

As you click through the photo gallery documenting the progress of this 427 Cobra, we invite you to consider your own dream car and reach out to the V8 Speed and Resto Shop where we can make it come to life.   From bodywork and paint, performance upgrades, or a one-of-a-kind custom interior, our discerning craftsmen and technicians can make it a reality.   We invite you to contact us at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop today.

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This drivable dreamsicle conjures up summer days and sunsets at the beach with good times, good friends, and rock-n-roll!

It’s hard NOT to smile when you spy this ride, even if your eyes are burnin’ from the blazing Tangelo Pearl and Pearl White color scheme, polished trim, and sunburst glints off the Billet Specialties wheels. This Nova wagon came to visit the V8 Speed and Resto Shop for completion… it was a project that started in spare time, but needed more focus to see the finish line.

A Focus on Custom Style and Performance

This Nova is powered by an Edelbrock Pro-Flo fuel-injected 350 Chevy stuck to a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission. A Vintage Air Frontrunner keeps the spinning things inline up front, including the A/C compressor, alternator, steering pump, and all the black hard-coated pulleys. A lumpy cam is heard through the Hooker headers and custom pipes, while the Nova is more sure-footed thanks to a Heidt’s front end, Wilwood disc brakes, and Continental-wrapped Billet Specialties wheels.

Inside, a full diamond-stitched custom interior is the place to be, with amped-up sounds and cool air conditioning to keep the hot sun at bay.

We completed various tasks all over this car to bring it all together, and we all really dig it. It arrived to the V8 Speed and Resto Shop already painted with the interior in place, but it still needed a lot of help to be a reliable and fun cruiser. Click through the pics to see the story evolve and how we were able to wrap this one up for the owner. Let us know if we can help your project ride the wave to reality!