1977 Chevrolet Corvette LS3 Conversion at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop

This deep blue 1977 Chevrolet Corvette came to the V8 Speed and Resto Shop for a new driveline including an LS3 V8, a Tremec TKX 5-Speed manual transmission, and more. These Corvettes look cool and handle well, but the often anaemic, low-compression “smog motors” from the mid 1970s leave much to be desired in the performance department. The V8 Speed and Resto Shop installed a Chevrolet Performance LS3 430 HP crate engine and the Tremec TKX 5-Speed transmission from Modern Driveline designed for high RPM shifting. Dakota Digital RTX gauges provide the driver with the vitals without looking like an add-on. Other suspension upgrades, new wheels, tires, and brakes, sidepipes, and a complete interior restoration by V8 Speed and Resto all add up to a great looking and performing Corvette. If you didn’t think you were a fan of mid 1970’s Corvettes… you are now!

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The V8 Speed and Resto Shop was tasked with returning this red and white 1966 Corvette 4-speed roadster back to the road! It’s a factory air conditioned car, powered by a small block 327, and has been in storage for years. We’re looking forward to hearing it come alive!

1969 Chevrolet Corvette paint preparation at V8 Speed and Resto Shop

The Prep before the Paint. Today Jeff is preparing this slick 1969 Chevrolet Corvette roadster for Spies Hecker HS Primer Surfacer to complete the body tub. This will allow for a nice even surface to be wet sanded to ensure the paint is as smooth as glass. It’s all in the details!    See more of this car:

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1969 Chevrolet Corvette Restoration and Upgrades at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Rendering Built At V8 Speed and Resto Shop
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Rendering by Murray Komant, Built At V8 Speed and Resto Shop

This great-looking 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster visited the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for a complete cosmetic and performance makeover! The V8 started with the installation of a Chevrolet Performance ZZ427 big-block engine and Holley Terminator X EFI. A Tremec TKX 5-speed from Modern Driveline was installed to deliver smooth, high RPM shifting and overdrive gearing. Wilwood brakes were installed with a Hydratech hydraulic brake booster unit, and the suspension was upgraded with Bilstein to help the lowered suspension ride smoothly. However, the most impactful change was the custom-mixed metallic blue paint expertly applied by the V8 Body and Paint team. The design was visualized by Designer Murray Komant, which is accented by Rocket Racing wheels, Diamondback Classics redline tires, an L88 hood, and custom striping. The custom C3 features hand-built leather seats custom stitched in the V8 Speed and Resto Shop Interior Shop, complete with seat heaters and coolers. The 427 roars through the side pipes, the Vintage Air A/C keeps the driver cool, and the car is a blast to drive. Read More to see the photos and videos!



Chevrolet ZZ427, 485 HP


Tremec TKX 5-Speed Manual from Modern Driveline


Holley Terminator X EFI, 4-BBL Throttle Body


Wilwood Calipers and Rotors, Hydratech Booster


Rocket Racing Attack Series, Diamondback Classics Custom Redline Tires


Custom Mix Deep Metallic Blue and Charcoal


Custom leather seat covers made at V8 Speed and Resto Shop Interior Shop.   Seat coolers and heaters added.    Vintage Air a/c, Custom Autosound bluetooth stereo, Rockford Fosgate speakers


Paragon Corvette


2 Step Paint Correction and Ceramic Coating on 2700 Mile Corvette ZR-1 at V8 Speed and Resto Shop

This amazing 1994 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is showing less than 3000 miles on the odometer, making it a nearly 30 year old brand new car! It has been Continue reading “2 Step Paint Correction and Ceramic Coating on 2700 Mile Corvette ZR-1 at V8 Speed and Resto Shop”

This unbelievable 1994 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 shows a mere 2700+ miles on the odometer, but nearly 30 years have dulled the shine on this LT5-powered jewel. The V8 Speed and Resto Shop team was tasked with a full show-car detail, including the underside, and topped it off with a paint correction and ceramic treatment for a super luxurious shine. The paint correction and ceramic coating video shows all the steps we took to make it stand tall! You’ll be able to see this one in person at the 2023 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Show in Chicago!