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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1973 Chevrolet C10 at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop

This 1973 Chevrolet C 10 pick up truck came to the V8 speed and Resto Shop for some suspension refinements and more power from an engine and transmission swap. The biggest part of the conversion was performing a CPP rear “C” notch and four link suspension system, which utilizes coil over shocks for better adjustability, more precise suspension control than the stock leaf springs, and a more comfortable lowered ride height. The front suspension was treated to tubular control arms and coil overs, also from CPP. Upgraded brakes and oversized YearOne rally wheels complete the stance.

Power has been upgraded through the use of a Blueprint Engines 435 horsepower 383 stroker Chevrolet V8, which comes complete with a Holley Terminator X fuel injection system, serpentine front drive system, and a 700 R4 4-speed Overdrive transmission. We fabricated a complete custom exhaust system with mandrel bent stainless tube and MagnaFlow mufflers for great flow and sound.

Once installed, detailed, and tuned, our team installed some new gauges from Classic Instruments along with A Vintage Air A/C system to update the C10 interior.

The truck now looks, drives, and sounds 100% better than it did when it came in.





Blueprint Engines 383 Low Profile

Horsepower: 436 (est.)
Torque: 443 (est.)
Compression Ratio: 10:1.
Displacement: 383 cubic-inches 


GM 700R4 


CPP Coilover and Control Arms


CPP 4-Link with C-Notch




Holley Sniper EFI

The V8 Speed & Resto Shop Crew recently finished a complete restoration on this 1964 Chevrolet C-10 pickup truck including an LS swap, suspension, rust repair and sheet metal fabrication, and more. They installed a GM L92 6.2 liter V8 powered by a Mast Motorsports ECM and using Holley accessory drive brackets, oil pan, and Hooker exhaust manifolds. A Mast cam and valve springs were installed, yielding approximately 525 horsepower. A TCI 4L60E transmission is used to provide an overdrive gear, and the truck rolls on Mob Steel 20″ wheels. The finish is satin black with a charcoal silver roof, wheels, and side trim insert, and the bed is all new wood. The interior featured a leather seat, Vintage Air A/C, a Dakota Digital box to allow the original speedometer to work with the modern transmission, upgraded audio, and more.

We invite you to contact the V8 Speed and Resto Shop anytime at 314.783.8325 for a Corvette LS Swap or any type of LS Swap in a classic or muscle car.

The V8 Speed & Resto Shop is a full-service classic car and muscle car restoration service ready to perform everything from simple maintenance on vintage cars to full frame-off restorations and modifications. Whether you are seeking a stock restoration, a pro-touring muscle car, or a custom restomod, the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in Red Bud, IL, can help. Contact us today to put the V8 crew to work for you. Transport services are available.

V8 Speed & Resto Shop
817 S. Main Street
Red Bud,IL 62278

Take a tour of the V8 Speed & Resto Shop!



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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. 

Contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop with all your Classic or Muscle Car needs today!

817 S. MAIN STREET – RED BUD, IL 62278

Author: Brody Prater
Content: That’s my truck, thanks V8 for making my dream a reality!! You guys did an amazing job on my girl!!


Author: Scootosan
Content: Well done. The variable exhaust is a nice touch. My Dad had a 48 Ford with a Flat head and a manual valve on the floor from Muffler when the Cops around and then back to straight. Modern wheels that are relative to the factory appearance is the perfect choice.


Author: Charles Dalton
Content: That truck is perfect. Until now, I didn’t care for “rustifications” (as I call them) but now I see it’s because the other ones weren’t executed properly. And the paint to match the weathering and rust – that is artistry. Outstanding – you all should be proud!


Author: raddad10
Content: Absolutely lovin it. Pretty much what is going on with my 64 short bed big window C10. Unfortunately, the truck doesn’t have a good enough patina to wear on the road. Great job guys!!!!!!


Author: DIY Life
Content: Awesome! Looks old, but performs like its new! Best way to restore! Great Job V8S&R!


Author: Garden
Content: Great build, big advantage when you can take your ride out for lunch and not worry about door dings . It looks like that tilt you used is way too far back than any I have seen?


Author: James Hutchins
Content: Looks like a good, safe and dependable driver. Sweet


Author: Kevin Guthrie
Content: You can polish that single stage factory paint to a mirror shine. If you wax it enough times where there’s rusted sun burned through paint it just becomes shiny bare steel and it looks really good


Author: GPLIPP
Content: Nicely done!


Author: Cyclone Kevin
Content: Very nice job.


Author: James Veach
Content: really nice I have a 1987 Ford ranger I wish I could do that too but since I live on $700 a month Social security it’s only a pipe dream I guess


Author: Gary Jones
Content: Nice truck…


Author: Phillip S
Content: RESPECT!


Author: G McNelly
Content: Ain’t no good if you can’t drive them (a lot)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Author: Harold Lemons
Content: Please buy mine


Author: Ex Pat Conn
Content: Trick


Author: @rqkeating
Content: Looking forward to seeing more of these kind of videos to see all the fun stuff you guys are up to. Thanks!


Author: @plymouthdie-castreplicas
Content: What a great project! I like these classic trucks so much.


Author: @cemeteryhill
Content: Awesome refresh for a awesome truck!
My nephew(18) has a project 85′ C10. Always encourage him to work on it.


Author: @tacocin
Content: Gee thanks for reminding me about how stupid I was to sell my 72 C-10! Great truck!


Author: @gplipp6489
Content: Great vid. Love to see update work. Teal for a truck is pretty funky


Author: @bruceh92
Content: C10’s are popular – anyone notice resales going up up?


Author: @Brian.8272
Content: i just bought an 81 turbo trans am. 45k miles. mint condition, please do a show on upgrading the 301 v8 for some speed!!


Author: @user-du7qq2ou2k
Content: like all the way. i love C10s


Author: @bretz71
Content: Like Farm Truck, but Park Truck!

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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1947 Dodge Pickup EFI 4.0 Jeep Engine Swap and 5 Speed Manual Conversion at V8 Speed & Resto Shop

This clean 1947 Dodge pickup truck came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop after the new owner discovered that the old Dodge just didn’t have the oats to keep up with modern traffic on the highway. He wanted to be able to drive his new rig wherever he wanted, whenever he wanted, so a plan was developed to re-power the Dodge and retire the original flathead engine.

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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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