This isn’t your average classic car restoration story. This is about a beloved piece of history, a 1951 Ford F1 pickup truck with a unique past and an exciting future. And the V8 Speed and Resto Shop is honored to be a part of its journey.

The truck, affectionately nicknamed the “firetruck” by its owners, Bloomsdale Excavating, has been with the company “forever.” It sat proudly in their museum, a cherished reminder of their rich history. But now, the time had come for this classic to shine once again. They wanted to bring it out of retirement and give it a new purpose: gracing parades and community events.

That’s where owner Dean and the V8 Speed and Resto Shop stepped in. Recognizing the truck’s significance, the team was eager to help. While the F1 didn’t need a full restoration, it did require some TLC. The paint needed a touch-up, and the electrical system needed rewiring to ensure safe and reliable operation.

For V8 Speed and Resto Shop, it wasn’t just about fixing a truck; it was about preserving a piece of history and reviving a community treasure. They meticulously addressed the paint and electrical issues, ensuring the F1 would be ready to handle the demands of parades and events.

This project is more than just a restoration; it’s a story of community, family, and shared history. Soon, the “firetruck” will once again be a source of pride for Bloomsdale Excavating and a delight for the community. And V8 Speed and Resto Shop is proud to have played a role in bringing this iconic truck back to life.

Stay tuned for updates as we share more about this special project! You might even see the F1 shining bright in a parade near you.

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

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 Continue reading “1973 Chevrolet C10 Pickup Upgrades at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop V8TV”

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.



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This restored 1955 Ford F100 pickup was restored by the owner’s father, and came to the V8 Speed and Resto Shop for some upgrades to make it more enjoyable to drive.

The mid 1950s Continue reading “Restored 1955 Ford F100 Feature Video at V8 Speed and Resto Shop”

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

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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”

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.