Mike “Q” Ball Clarke and Kevin Oeste gear up for the 2021 SEMA Show and make some plans to record a V8 Radio Podcast from the show floor right in the middle of SEMA Week. Kevin realizes this is his 25th SEMA Show, and reflects on how there is still so much to learn, see, and do for car enthusiasts. There are a couple cool trivia questions, a few laughs, and more on this episode of the V8 Radio Podcast!
If you have been a loyal listener to the V8 Radio Podcast, you know that our Esteemed Co-Host Mike “Q-Ball” Clarke only recently got his 1967 Pontiac GTO back together after a 7-year hiatus. Well, guess what… he’s thinking about blowing it apart again! And, some great new Automotive Trivia questions are shared, and Kevin tells Mike he sucks and his car is slow. You really have to listen to the V8 Radio Podcast for the details!
We all need to stick together!
Mike Clarke and Kevin Oeste share their frustrations about feuding within the hobby. It’s no secret that there are those who are working to make the automotive enthusiast hobby and industry go away, so we all need to stick together, not attack each other. They also chat a bit more about the 2021 SEMA Show, answering the question of weather or not the OEM automakers should have displays at this aftermarket trade show. Throw in a few tangents and Automotive Trivia questions, and you’ve another jam-packed episode of the V8 Radio Podcast!
We’re all in this slow boat (from China) together…
It’s no secret that the whole world has been affected by the pandemic, and it has certainly crept into the world of restoration and custom car building. In this episode of the V8 Radio Podcast, Kevin Oeste and Mike “Q-Ball” Clarke dive deep into the root of the delays, and how it has domino-effected our industry. There’s also some new Automotive Trivia questions, some fun stories, and all the rest of the nonsense you’ve come to expect from the V8 Radio Podcast!
This 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible came to the V8 Speed and Resto Shop in need of some serious power, performance, and reliability upgrades. This C3 Corvette was powered by a non-original and well worn 350 cubic inch V8 backed by a Muncie 4 speed manual transmission. The goal was a Corvette LS Swap to add modern power to this C3 Corvette. A C3 Corvette LS Swap seems to be a simple job at first glance, but the more you investigate, you’ll see that a C3 Corvette LS Swap isn’t quite so simple.
The V8 Speed & Resto Shop team addresses the fitment issue of the LS3 V8 swap, as well as the steps needed to perform a Tremec T56 Magnum 6 speed manual transmission swap into the C3 Corvette. The challenges included fitting the off-center LS3 engine under the hood, as well as fitting the Tremec 6 speed manual transmission into the C3 Corvette chassis. We sourced our LS swap engine from GM Performance Parts, and a Tremec T56 Magnum 6 speed manual transmission, clutch, bellhousing, and shifter from Modern Driveline.
We are all very excited here at V8TV and the V8 Speed & Resto Shop, as we’ve received the high honor of being chosen to restore the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro belonging to COMP Cams! They’ve had the car for many years, and 2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of COMP Cams, so they wanted the car freshened up for the milestone year. We’ll be documenting the restoration of the car along the way, both in photos and video.
Plans for the car include a FAST EFI equipped LS engine mated to a TCI 6X 6-speed automatic transmission, a Heidt’s suspension system, updated wheels, tires, and brakes, and a fresh paint job… among many other details. Although the car will retain it’s black-and-white theme, it will have a red pinstripe on the SS stripes, updated wheels to go with the new suspension, and a few other subtle tricks here and there. It’s going to be a stunner!
Our crew is ready to make it happen, and we’re proud to work with one of the industry icons to bring this significant car up-to-date. Follow along in the photo gallery, videos, and a build thread on this slick ’69!
Chevy Hardcore Magazine Feature: https://www.chevyhardcore.com/news/comp-cams-69-camaro-is-on-the-road-again/
Dakota Digital Feature: https://www.dakotadigital.com/index.cfm/page/ptype=product/product_id=1101/mode=prod/prd1101.htm
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