1968 Oldsmobile 442 Pro Touring built by V8 Speed and Resto Shop

Adding Modern Performance And Handling To A Classic Envelope

This cool yellow 1968 Oldsmobile 442 looks great, but the owner wanted better handling, braking, and comfort, while adding more reliable power and a smoother shifting transmission to the car without sacrificing the classic look. The solution is the installation of at Roadster Shop chassis and an LS3 V8, hooked to a Tremec TKX 5-speed manual transmission.

Restoring As Needed

This 1968 Oldsmobile 442 had been restored once, but we discovered some areas needing attention. We replaced the rusty dashboard and performed some floor pan repairs during the process. The goal was to perform the required tasks without re-restoring the entire car.

Upgrades With Drivability In Mind

The foundation is a Roadster Shop chassis, which is not only stiffer than the original GM chassis, but it also incorporates improved suspension geometry, stroger parts, and spring, shock, and steering technology over 50 years more advanced than the 1968 design. The end result is a car that drives phenomenally well while not losing the original 442 appearance.

LS3 + TKO = Way More Fun!

The nearly 500 HP all-aluminum LS3 V8 engine provides modern and reliable power while saving weight and eliminating old-design leaks. A Tremec TKx 5-speed transmission is able to handle over 600 ft-lbs of torque and adds an overdrive 5th gear, all while capable of 7500+ RPM shifts. It is geared to match the rear axle ratio and power curve of the engine, so the hydraulically-clutched 5-speed adds to the fun while being easy to drive.

Follow The Build

The photos tell the story of how the V8 Speed and Resto Shop team transformed this Olds into a road car that the driver can enjoy all day long. Our team is very experienced in building these type of Pro-Touring Muscle Cars for those who put the emphasis on driving performance. What can we build for you? Contact the V8 Speed and Resto Shop today to chat about your dream classic, Hot Rod, or Muscle Car!

We install Tremec TKX 5-Speed Manual Transmissions in Muscle Cars at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop

Tired of the limitations of an automatic?

The Tremec TKX offers the perfect solution for muscle car enthusiasts seeking:

  • Enhanced Driving Experience: Take command of your gears and relish the raw power of your classic car.
  • Improved Performance: The TKX boasts a compact design for a perfect fit and smoother shifting compared to TKO transmissions.
  • Modern Muscle: Enjoy the benefits of overdrive for enhanced cruising and fuel efficiency.
  • Unmatched Expertise: V8 Speed & Resto Shop is your one-stop shop for flawless Tremec TKX installations. Our team has extensive experience breathing new life into classic muscle cars like Mustangs, Camaros, Chevelles, and of course, GTOs!

In this video, we delve deep into the Tremec TKX, highlighting its:

  • Superior Strength: 600 lb-ft torque capacity and 8000 RPM maximum shift RPM handle the demands of your powerful engine.
  • Streamlined Design: The innovative “front loaded” three-piece aluminum housing ensures a perfect fit and eliminates leaks.
  • Adaptability: Choose from GM Muncie/Richmond or Ford wide pattern options to match your car’s needs.
  • Tailored Performance: Multiple gear ratios allow you to optimize your driving experience.

Ready to transform your classic muscle car?

Contact V8 Speed & Resto Shop today! We’re passionate about helping you achieve the perfect manual transmission setup for your dream car. We work with Modern Driveline to engineer TKO transmission solutions for classics, hot rods, and muscle cars.

Visit our website at https://v8speedshop.com/ or call us at 314.783.8325 to discuss your Tremec TKX conversion!

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Watch the video where we installed a Tremec TKX 5-Speed transmission in this clean 1966 Pontiac GTO

Photo Gallery of Upgrades and Tremec TKX Install at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop