1957 Studebaker Pro Touring Golden Hawk

This awesome 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk concept features a lowered stance on a performance chassis, modern supercharged power (an homage to the belt-driven supercharged V8 available when it was new), plus-sized Halibrand-style wheels, and a great retro-themed color scheme. Look closely at the gold in the fins… there’s a lot going on in there! This project, penned by designer Murray Komant, is one of many ideas brewing at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop. What’s on your mind? Maybe we can get Murray to visualize it, and the V8 Crew can build it!

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Pro-Touring 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Supercharged LSA Swap at V8 Speed and Resto Shop Part 2

This Pro-Touring 1968 Chevrolet Camaro came to the V8 Speed and Resto Shop wearing fresh paint, but the owner wanted some performance upgrades to match. The task is to install a supercharged Continue reading “Pro-Touring 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Supercharged LSA Swap at V8 Speed and Resto Shop Part 2”

1978 Pontiac Trans Am

This rendering is the goal for this 1978 Pontiac Trans Am, which will have a nod towards the modern without losing the “DNA” of the legendary Trans Am. It will be powered by an LS engine, a 6-speed manual transmission, and will roll on upgraded suspension and 19″ YearOne snowflake wheels. The color scheme recalls the 10th Anniversary Trans Am gray / silver layout, only inverted on the car. It will also feature loads of modern upgrades inside, like better seating, gauges, Vintage Air A/C, a tilt column, sound deadening, performance audio, and much more.

This Trans Am is destined to be GM Dealer serviced when complete, so our team is building a book of information, warrantee documents, and other specifications so the car is dealer-friendly to service. You can hear that story in the V8 Radio Podcast below.



Chevrolet LS3 V8

Horsepower: 495 HP @6200 RPM.
Torque: 473 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM.
Compression Ratio: 11:1.
Displacement: 375.4 cubic-inches (6.2L)


6-Speed Manual


Detroit Speed Hydroformed Subframe




YearOne 19" Snowflake Black / Polished 

Pro Touring Vs. Restomod


There are lots of terms to describe classic and muscle cars these days, especially when it comes to those that have been modified.     In this video, we explore the differences between stock original cars, restored cars, and modified cars… specifically those muscle cars modified in the Resto Mod, Pro Touring, and Pro Street styles.    What are these styles? What does each need to have?   What defines them?   Watch and see.   

Here’s the link to the comparison chart mentioned in the video:

If you’ve got a classic, muscle car, Resto Mod, Pro Touring, or Pro Street car that needs some modifications or performance improvements, we’re happy to chat about it!   You can reach us at www.v8speedshop.com today.  


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The goal of this 1957 Ford Ranch Wagon build is to add modern car handling with barely-streetable power from a Ford 427 legendary Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) V8, all while keeping a stock (ish) sleeper appearance.  The elements include a 700+ HP John Kaase built 540-cube SOHC engine, 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission, a Roadster Shop chassis and suspension, and great brakes.  The wagon will ride on 17” steel wheels – or Halibrand kidney-bean style wheels, depending on the mood.    The chassis will deliver a slightly lowered, but usable stance.   The Ranch will wear an original Starmist Blue and Colonial White color scheme, with a coordinating restored interior.  The V8 Speed and Resto Shop is handling the build, and it’s going to be an amazing ride!

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Aluminum Ford Single Over Head Cam (SOHC) built by John Kaase

Horsepower: 750 (est.)
Torque: 800 (est.)
Compression Ratio: 10:1.
Displacement: 540 cubic-inches 


GM 4L80E 4-speed automatic


Roadster Shop


Roadster Shop




Holley EFI

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1969 Camaro "Carbon Flash" Restoration At V8 Speed & Resto Shop
1969 Camaro “Carbon Flash” Restoration in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop
Sometimes it’s advantageous to take over a project than to start from scratch.   In this case, the customer wanted a cool ‘69 Camaro, and we happened to find him one that was already undergoing a restoration.   The owner of this clean Arizona car changed his mind and decided to sell his project, so we had the car shipped to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop in Red Bud, IL, where it will now become the Pro-Touring Camaro the new owner has always wanted.     Features include a Holley Terminator EFI system, Vintage Air A/C, Scat seats, restoration parts from Classic Industries, Axalta paint, ARP engine hardware, COMP cam, and much more.   
Once the car arrived in our shop, we took inventory of all the parts that came with the car and gave it an initial once-over. 
It is a very clean car that had just received a silver paint job.   Our customer wants a different color, but at least this one does not require extensive bodywork. 

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


817 S. MAIN STREET – RED BUD, IL 62278


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1969 Chevrolet Camaro Lou's Change LSA Supercharged Pro-Touring Camaro Build Photo Gallery

We build lots of Camaros in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop, and each is different and unique.   

This is an interesting car for many reasons, beyond the 630+ HP GM Performance Parts Supercharged LSA engine.  The car features the best of everything… Detroit Speed suspension, Baer brakes, Forgeline wheels, Toyo tires, Hydratech brake booster,  MagnaFlow exhaust, and much more. 
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