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 fast-paced, 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!

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