There are many things to consider when planning a custom mandrel-bent exhaust system for your Classic, Muscle Car, or Hot Rod. Here at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop, we bring up a whole list of question to the customer as we plan a system. Here are some of the high points:
What is the purpose of the car? Street driving, drag racing, road course racing, etc?
What kind of exhaust system is on the car now?
Do you have headers?
Do you have catalytic converters?
Do you want stainless or mild steel?
Do you want any type of coating? Ceramic? Color?
Do you prefer MIG or TIG welding?
Do you want an X or H Pipe?
Do you prefer Tucked tightly to floor or right out of the box fitment?
What kind of tips do you prefer? Where?
What size pipe diameter? 2.5″ is most common, but 3″ can often be accommodated.
Round or oval pipe?
Do you have a brand of mufflers you prefer?
What sound level do you want? Stock / quiet, loud, etc?
What type of tone? Mellow, deep, raspy, etc.?
Do you want cutouts?
Is there a preference for clamps? Standard pipe clamps, welded-on V-Band, etc?
Once these questions are answered, our techs can go to work designing a system that delivers on all requests.
Wheels and tires can make the look of a car, but there are some steps to take to properly measure, order, test, mount, and balance them to avoid issues down the road.
The first challenge is how to properly measure the wheels to fit your car. The following video uses a FORGELINE wheel to demonstrate how to measure Custom wheels are built to order, so it’s important to get the measurements right. In this video, we use a FORGELINE custom racing wheel to demonstrate the techniques used to measure wheel width, backspace, and frontspace, as well as offset. These dimensions are not hard to measure and calculate, and this video will help you get them right.shows what’s involved.
Proper tire clearance is just as important as wheel fitment, and we use some special tools to simulate a wheel and check tire fitment before wheels are ordered. This allows us to turn the steering wheels from lock-to-lock and check for any potential interference.
Once the wheels arrive, DO NOT simply take them out of the box and mount your tires. ALWAYS to a “dry fit”, were you test the wheel on the car without the tire mounted to double check the fitment. If you mount the tires, the wheels will be yours to keep, and most wheel companies will not swap them out for a different set. Custom wheels are generally yours to keep as soon as they are built, but an unmounted wheel is better than one that has tire mounting damage should something need to change.
Once you’re certain the fit is correct, you can mount your tires and balance the wheel and tire combination. We do this in-house to ensure the wheels are handled with proper care, and prefer to dynamic balance wheels and tires in our shop, and we do this in-house to ensure the wheels are handled with proper care.
Only after all these steps are taken are the wheels and tires mounted finally on the car. We prefer to check and correct any alignment issues at this time, to ensure the new rubber does not wear prematurely and the suspension system delivers optimal performance. Our in-house Hunter digital alignment rack allows us to dial-in our preferred settings as needed.
We have a comprehensive alignment questionnaire for our customers to fill out ahead of time, so that we know what type of suspension modifications and driving styles they will be doing. This allows us to tailor the alignment to the car and driver. See the form here: V8 Speed & Resto Shop Vehicle Alignment Questionnaire
Only after all these steps are complete is the car ready to go out and show off the new wheels and tires to the world! Contact us today for a wheel and tire upgrade on your ride, we’re happy to help!
We perform custom tuning on fuel injected cars, as well as oxygen-sensor measured tuning on carbureted rides as well. If you need a custom tune, we can help! The more we know about your particular car, engine, and driveline combination, the quicker we can focus on tuning it. Please take a moment to fill out this form so we can get a better understanding of your car, engine, and tune needs. Thank you!
There are a lot of details to watch when replacing a quarter panel!
Quarter panels are the large, steel body panels that reach from the trailing edge of the door to the rear taillight panel, and from the roof down to the lower rocker panel and wheel opening on a classic or Muscle Car.
Quarter panels are integral structural parts of the car, and play a significant role in the construction, strength, and safety of the car’s body and chassis. Some cars, like Chevrolet Camaros, are not body-on-frame construction, meaning the body itself is the main structure of the car. These are known as “unit-body” or “unibody” designs, and are also found in Pontiac Firebirds, Chevrolet Novas, Dodge Challengers, Plymouth Roadrunners, Ford Mustangs, and many other popular classic and Muscle Cars.
Over time, quarter panels are prone to wear, rust, and crash damage, and are often in need of repair or replacement. Many new reproduction quarter panels exist for popular cars. When new panels are not available, original equipment panels can often be sourced from a donor car, reconditioned, and installed on another car… if done properly. Continue reading for the details!
High-pressure fuel systems required by Electronic Fuel Injection systems pose a possible safety threat should the car ever be involved in an impact. We like to install Inertia Fuel Cutoff Switches in the EFI retrofits performed at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop. The Fuel Cutoff Switch turns off the fuel pump in an impact to prevent dangerous high-pressure gasoline spraying on a hot engine and causing a fire. Continue reading for the video!
Starting a new or freshly rebuilt engine can be stressful, as there are many details to look after. It’s for this reason that we’ve created this detailed checklist to help keep track of all of the safety and performance elements to consider when starting a rebuild new or rebuilt engine for the first time. This also applies to reviving an engine that has been in storage for a long period of time.
Feel free to download this checklist and let it help you keep track of the safety and performance elements, courtesy of your friends at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop!
You can always contact us at the shop for all your restoration, performance, and Classic or Muscle Car needs!
We spend a lot of time tuning cars at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop, and have learned a few things to help make dyno shop tuning sessions go smoothly. If you need help with a custom tune for you car, be it fuel injected or carbureted, feel free to contact our shop at 314.783.8325 or at http://www.v8speedshop.com/tune and we’ll be happy to discuss having our technicians tune your car on the chassis dyno.
Tips For A Successful Dyno Session Video Part 1 V8TV
Tips For A Successful Dyno Session Video Part 1 V8TV
Tips For A Successful Dyno Session Video Part 2 V8TV
Tips For A Successful Dyno Session Video Part 3 V8TV
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Overlooked Tips For A Successful Dyno Session
Make sure the car runs!
Is the car and the dyno shop insured?
Have a transportation “plan B” in place just in case something goes wrong!
Make sure the car doesn’t leak fluids, exhaust, etc.
Make sure the car is safe to drive, brakes don’t drag, driveshaft good & u-joints, etc.
If using your gear, make sure the computer / device can communicate with the car before you take it to the dyno shop. This can be a tremendous time waster if you have problems.
Check simple things.. Does your car achieve full throttle without the linkage binding? Is the battery and charging system working properly? Does the car’s cooling system work properly?
Have a goal… are you trying to get a power number, a driving tune, or working on something else?
If carbureted, bring jets, squirters, power valves, gaskets, etc., so you don’t have to buy or order new ones halting your mission.
Install o2 sensor bungs in pipes for better tune.
Bring distributor springs and bushings if tuning ignition.
Bring a second set of spark plugs, just in case.
If EFI, be sure charging system and battery are up to par.
Bring oil change materials if doing major tuning… you don’t want to run rich and pollute the oil.
A friend with a car at the dyno shop is a good idea, in case you need to make a parts store run to get something.
Be sure to have the phone number of the tech support department for your EFI system or tuning software should you have a question. Often times a personal extension or technician’s name will help save time waiting on hold should you need help.
If you are planning a full day, have a lunch plan in place!
If you have rust or damage in your classic car, muscle car, hot rod, or truck, you have some options when it comes to sheet metal body repair panels. One option is to replace the entire panel, be it a quarter panel, fender, floor section, trunk floor, roof skin, dashboard, or other body panel.
The other option is to replace a section of the panel, cutting it in the middle and only welding in what is needed. Which is the better option, full panel replacement or patch panel installation? This video attempts to answer that question as shown at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop.
Our team performs original factory style complete body panel replacements as well as patch panel installation, as we have the tools and experience to complete both types of repairs that are nearly undetectable when completed. Our fabrication shop uses resistance spot welders and TIG welders to install quarter panels, trunk floors, trunk drop-down panels, cabin floors, rocker panels, fenders, and more.
Contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop if your classic car, muscle car, hot rod, truck, or other restoration project vehicle has rust or damage to repair.
We’re excited about the addition of a Hunter HawkEye Elite® Wheel Aligner allowing us to perform precision alignments in-house! Often times, we like to use our own alignment specifications on classics and muscle cars, especially if they’ve been lowered or have modified, high-performance suspension systems. Now, we can truly dial-in the settings for optimal road feel or performance without relying on 50 year old manufacturer specs. Plus, we’re super careful around custom wheels! Let us know if your old ride pulls, wanders, or just doesn’t feel right and you’ve been sent home by a chain store that doesn’t want to take the time – or care – to set your classic car straight!
Click the link to fill out our online alignment request form!