The Return Of The Van, Automotive Trivia, and More on the V8 Radio Podcast!

Nostalgia gets the best of our host Kevin Oeste as he stumbles across a car he’s been seeking for 32 years… and it’s a van!   A custom 1979 Dodge Maxivan, to be specific, very similar to the one his family bought back in 1984.   On this episode of the V8 Radio Podcast, Mike “Q-Ball” Clarke is super excited to hear the whole story on this magic bus, and hopefully you’ll dig it, too.    What’s Kevin going to do with it?   We’ll find out!  There’s always some laughs and a couple good Automotive Trivia questions on the V8 Radio Podcast!

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Hydrogen Powered Chevrolet Pickup 2021 SEMA Show Arrington Performance V8TV

This sweet 1949 Chevy pickup is powered by a supercharged LS3 that has been converted to run on compressed hydrogen gas. It’s not a hydrogen fuel cell, but actual compressed hydrogen fed into Continue reading “Supercharged LS3 Powered Chevrolet Pickup Runs on Hydrogen Gas 2021 SEMA Show”

1971 Chevrolet C10 Performance Final Video V8 Speed & Resto Shop V8TV

This 1971 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne is a former work truck that is getting some great performance upgrades, but keeping the weathered look at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop.    This 1971 C10 is very special to the owner, as it belonged to a close family friend and has been a part of his life since the late 1980s.    We showed you how this truck looked when it came into our shop, and Today, it’s ready to be put back in service!   

The recipe called for the 71 C10s cab and bed to be lifted off the frame, and then the chassis was disassembled, media blasted, and powder coated black.   All new suspension bushings, ball joints, tie rod ends, and other wear parts were installed, along with a complete differential and rear gear rebuild.   

Power comes from a Blueprint Performance 383 stroker Chevy V8 engine, with a hydraulic roller cam, roller rockers, aluminum heads and intake, and a Holley Sniper EFI system making 430 horsepower.   It’s bolted to a built 700R4 overdrive automatic transmission for smooth highway cruising.  

The suspension is new with lowered spindles, springs, and shocks, and the ‘71 C10 now rolls on 20” Detroit Steel wheels for a modern look.   Ned bed wood completes the look.

Inside, the V8 Speed & Resto Shop interior department restored the original interior to look brand new.     We recovered the seats in the original Cheyenne pattern, upgraded the dash with new Dakota Digital gauges, added upgraded audio, vintage air a/c, cruise control, tilt steering… all things you’d expect in a modern truck.    Plus, a secret exhaust cutout switch turns up the volume on the 383 at will!  

We’re excited to see this 1971 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne rolling down the road, and the owner is looking forward to making more memories with the old friend of a truck. 

1971 Chevrolet C10 Performance Upgrades Video V8 Speed & Resto Shop V8TV

1971 Chevrolet C10 Performance Upgrades Completed Video V8 Speed & Resto Shop V8TV

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817 S. MAIN STREET – RED BUD, IL 62278

This cool 1985 Chevrolet C10 Pickup is already equipped with a lowered suspension system and a Holley Sniper EFI system, but not all the pieces were playing nicely together. It came to our shop for some tuning and refinements to make it a cool cruiser.

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This cool old 1951 Chevrolet pickup truck was bought by our customer’s Grandfather and put to work on the family farm from day one.   We were honored to have the opportunity to restore the body help the customer return the truck to the road with modern Chevrolet power under the hood.    

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1969 Ford on 2002 Lightning Chassis

Have you seen the latest on the 1969 Ford F100 / 2002 Ford Lightning “Thunder’s Truck” being built in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop?     Our crew transplanted a 2002 Ford Lightning engine and chassis under a 1969 Ford F100 Ranger pickup including everything from the supercharged 5.4L V8 to the antilock brakes and everything in-between.     The chassis was shortened and modified to fit under the 1969 cab and bed.    Click through the pics to see the process and check out the complete build video series!

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