V8 Speed and Resto Shop 20th Anniversary at PRI

As 2024 dawns, we at V8TV Productions are thrilled to mark our 20th anniversary—a milestone that signifies an incredible journey in the automotive world. Two decades ago, our venture began with the launch of the V8TV Television show, captivating audiences across the USA via satellite and cable systems. The response was overwhelming, with viewers reaching out to commission us to build cars for them, thus laying the foundation for the V8 Speed and Resto Shop.

Fast forward to today, and we find ourselves crafting dream cars for enthusiasts worldwide, powered by a dedicated team of 30 highly skilled technicians. Our presence isn’t just limited to our shop; we’re actively engaged in automotive events across the country, immersing ourselves in the vibrant community that shares our passion.

One such recent event was our attendance at the 2023 PRI Show in Indianapolis—a hub of innovation and camaraderie. Here, we had the privilege of exploring cutting-edge products while reconnecting with cherished friends and companies who stood by us from the outset. It’s a testament to enduring partnerships and shared commitment that some of the finest names in the automotive aftermarket, who collaborated with us two decades ago, continue to be integral in our journey, collaborating with us to create exceptional content and unforgettable cars for our valued clientele.

Reflecting on our evolution—from a television show to a global entity delivering automotive excellence—fills us with immense pride. This journey has been marked by unwavering dedication, tireless craftsmanship, and an unbridled passion for creating automotive marvels.

As we celebrate this milestone, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to our loyal customers, supportive partners, and our incredible team whose commitment fuels our success. Here’s to 20 years of thrilling rides, unforgettable creations, and the unwavering pursuit of automotive perfection. And as we look ahead, we eagerly anticipate the exciting ventures and innovations that the future holds for V8TV Productions, V8TV, and the V8 Speed and Resto Shop.

We hope you’ll join us in our celebrations throughout 2024!

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1978 Pontiac Trans Am FAST EZ EFI Fuel Injection Overdrive Engine Upgrades V8TV V8 Speed and Resto

This 1978 Pontiac Trans Am came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop more like a lame duck than a bird of fire, so our team went to work adding new rear gears, a 2004R overdrive transmission, a roller cam from COMP Cams, and a FAST EZ-2.0 EFI system for better driving manners. The Pontiac 400 engine even received an unexpected refresh along the way. It’s not often to see a Pontiac 400 fuel injected engine, but this car keeps the Poncho power with modern touches.

We sell these parts and can install them on your classic or muscle car, just contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop to talk to our technicians or to schedule your upgrades, transportation services are available.

Some of the parts used in this upgrade:

F.A.S.T. – EZ EFI 2.0 Fuel Injection System
Royal Purple – Max ATF and Max Tuff Synthetic Assembly Lube
B & M – Converter Lock-up Controller
Tanks Inc – Fuel Tank, HP Fuel Pump and Sending Unit
Shiftworks – Shifter Conversion Kit
COMP Cams – Roller Cam, Roller Lifters, Push Rods and Roller Rockers
Eastwood – High Temp Ceramic Engine Paint
K&N – Air Filter

Shelby Cobra vs Corvette at V8 Speed and Resto Shop

Revving their engines in a battle for supremacy, the Shelby Cobra and the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette stand as legendary icons of automotive performance. On one side, the Shelby Cobra, a snarling beast born to conquer the tracks. Its lightweight frame, monstrous 427 Ford power, and thunderous roar make it a force to be reckoned with. Every stomp of the throttle sends shivers down the spine, propelling you into an adrenaline-fueled frenzy. On the other side, the Chevrolet Corvette, a sleek and powerful machine that balances elegance and brute strength. Its refined engineering, superb handling for the day, and iconic style create a harmonious symphony of performance. It grips the road like a predator, delivering thrills with every corner conquered. Both titans offer a smile-inducing driving experience, leaving you craving more. So, which would you choose in this battle of performance legends?

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Primed For Perfection: The 1969 Corvette 427 Roadster Restoration at V8 Speed and Resto Shop

 We are thrilled to be working on the restoration of a very cool 1969 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Roadster. Our talented team has completed the bodywork, and we’ve just applied the first coats of primer. The next step? A stunning custom metallic blue paint job that will make this beauty truly shine! 🌟 Stay tuned for updates on this extraordinary project as we make this classic Corvette far nicer than it was when new.  Follow along with us as we breathe new life into this iconic American sports car!

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1955 Chevy gasser Mr Chevy leaves SEMA Cruise

Today we’re setting the wayback machine to November, 2014, where we find the “Mr. Chevy” 1955 Chevy gasser riding on the back of “Carried Away”, it’s personal matching ’55 hauler as they exit the 2014 SEMA Show lighting up the SEMA Cruise on their way out the door. In this shot, SEMA Cruise Emcee Joe Sebergandio fires up the crowd – who was already fired up – as the golden gasser makes a grand exit. “Carried Away” was restored by the V8 Speed and Resto Shop, while “Mr. Chevy” remains as it was when completed back in the late 1960s. You can see the restoration photos and videos of Mr. Chevy at this link. Today, Joe Sebergandio and V8 Speed and Resto Shop’s own Kevin Oeste still have fun hosting the SEMA Cruise… a rolling car show where you truly have no idea what could be rolling by next!

#semacruise #mrchevy #goodtimes #semashow

1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Big Block 5-Speed Upgrades Feature Video V8 Speed & Resto Shop V8TV

We recently did some work on this clean 1969 Chevelle for a cool customer who’s become a good friend over the years. The car came to us with most of the pieces in place, but just not playing that well together. In fact, it’s been a repeat visitor over the years getting better upgrades each time.

The first time, we did some driveline repairs, but the fun project was creating and installing a custom contoured firewall we made in our fabrication shop. It was made from 18 gauge cold rolled steel, and the design added strength and a style that didn’t look out of place on the Chevelle. Once that was body worked and painted, we moved on to the engine.

It originally arrived sporting a crate big block Chevy, but we eventually installed a Fast Times Motorworks built 460 cube torque monster for more laughs from the right pedal. This one started as a 454 with a 4-bolt block, but was bored and stroked to 460 cubes with Scat I-beam rods, Keith Black pistons, and ARP hardware throughout. The top end relies on a Howard’s roller cam and Edelbrock heads and intake inhaling the mix from an MSD Atomic EFI system.

It’s bolted to a Tremec TKO-600 6-speed manual transmission shifted by a Hurst stick and a hydraulic clutch for smooth action. We installed 3.55:1 Motive gears in the 12-bolt housing along with a Detroit TruTrac differential for better grip. We love the sound of a rumbling big block through the stainless x-pipe Borla mufflers.

Handling is improved with a QA1 tubular coil-over suspension system up front for adjustability, a nice ride, and a lowered stance. The upsized QA1 sway bar resists body roll when you whip the Grant steering wheel and Delphi quick-ratio steering box around. The rear is hung with more QA1 coil-overs, tubular arms, and sway bar. We added Wilwood disc brakes all the easy around, which hide behind 17” Rocket Racing Booster wheels. The calipers are squeezed by a Hydratech hydraulic brake assist unit.

Inside, you’ll find Dakota Digital Gauges, a tilt steering column, Scat seats, and a Vintage Air A/C unit with its compressor and belt held in place by a Vintage Air Frontrunner serpentine accessory drive system.

The Chevelle wears a handsome shade of metallic charcoal gray, but it really came to life when we added some custom-made silver SS396 stripes to the sides. It’s a sharp car that drives like a champ.

You can see more photos of the work on this one by clicking on the link in the description, and please don’t hesitate to contact us if your muscle car needs some upgrades, tuning, or a complete do-over… we’re happy to help!

Contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for all your restoration and performance needs!

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 super-clean pro-touring 1969 Camaro was built by it’s owner, but the 900+ horsepower twin turbo LS engine does not want to keep its cool under the hood.   The V8 team is taking a look to see if a good solution can be engineered to help the owner be able to drive his prized Camaro.  

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Some restored cars look completed, but still require extensive refinement and tuning to be road-ready.    In this case, our customer had this sweet 1969 Camaro restored, but there are always areas to improve the performance and reliability of car like this.   The V8 Speed & Resto Shop team will be installing a Holley Sniper EFI system on the 396, and will also be adding a Detroit Speed suspension upgrade along with fixing a few other items.   It’s a beautiful Camaro, and we’re happy for the opportunity to work on it for our customer.   PHASE II UDATE: The ’69 is back at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop for another visit, this time it’s getting a Vintage Air A/C system installed, along with a Tremec TKX 5-speed manual overdrive transmission!

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Hydratech Brake Booster Install Video V8TV

One area of Muscle Car performance that remains tricky is the braking system. Sometimes, even cars equipped with upgraded brakes don’t stop as well as you want them to. We found a solution to this problem and a couple others in the form of a Hydroboost brake booster.

There are three main reasons to install a hydroboost system. The first is if your high-performance engine does not create enough vacuum to operate the power brakes with a traditional vacuum brake booster. The next reason is clearance – some engine swaps simply do not have the room between the valve cover and the brake booster. Check the difference between the vacuum unit on the left and the Hydroboost on the right.

But perhaps the best reason is increased brake performance. Let’s look at what a Hydroboost unit is, and then we’re going to install a Hydroboost brake booster from Hydratech on our 1962 Ford, but the installation applies to most Muscle Cars.

A brake booster is basically a mechanical device that helps add more force to the brake pedal when you hit the brakes. Vacuum boosters use stored engine vacuum to help the pedal down while you push with your foot. These work well if they are in proper order and if the engine makes enough vacuum to run them. Sometimes longer duration camshafts with lots of overlap bleed off vacuum before the booster can store it up. An add on solution is a vacuum pump, but then you need to have the pump buzzing all the time making vacuum.

The Hydroboost booster uses hydraulic pressure built up by the power steering pump to assist the brake action. Hydraulic pressure is far greater than vacuum, and the action is nice and smooth giving precise braking control. Plus, the hydroboost unit is very small, allowing you to install it in tight engine compartments. This Hydratech unit is brand new, and they supply all the fittings, brackets, and hoses you’ll need to install it. The shiny unit is an accumulator which stores up fluid for multiple stops with the engine off.
Some installations may not require the removal of any brake lines, but in our case, we’re also upgrading to a trick new master cylinder and proportioning valve combination unit from Classic Performance Products.

The Classic Performance Products MCPV-1 unit is a singular casting containing a disc brake master cylinder, a removable residual pressure valve for rear discs or drum brakes, a built-in proportioning valve to adjust front to rear brake bias, and a threaded port for a stop light switch. This one unit incorporates several traditional pieces of hardware, and any time you can reduce the number of brake connections, you reduce the chances for leaks. In our case, the stoplight switch is a great feature, because we have a complicated brake switch on the pedal that wasn’t right for this car and is unreliable.

Our first step is to remove the master cylinder, combination valve, and brake lines from our car. Then we can remove the vacuum booster and the vacuum line from the engine. We won’t need that anymore. We’re going to re-route some of the brake lines to make things a little simpler under the hood. Always double-flare brake lines for safety.

Mounting the Hydroboost unit is very straightforward.

Hydratech supplied an adjustable billet clevis mechanism that attaches to the brake pedal and allows you to set the height you’re comfortable with. Then you simply bolt the hydroboost unit to the firewall using Hydratechís bracket. They have these for a wide variety of muscle cars, as well as some universal applications to fit just about anything.

Next, you’re going to have to determine the placement of the hydraulic lines for the booster unit. Hydratech supplies the fittings and hoses to custom make your lines. The first high-pressure line comes from the power steering pump and goes to the booster. Next, the second high-pressure line runs back to the power steering pump from the booster. Finally, a low-pressure return line runs back to the power steering reservoir from the booster.

Once you have your route planned, you can make your hose ends and install the hoses. Hydratech includes high-quality Aeroquip TEFLON lined hoses and the correct ends to put ’em together properly.

Hydratech supplies great instructions to do these, but here’s the deal in a nutshell.. cut the hose with a cutoff wheel, slide the tightening nut / collar on, fray the stainless braiding apart, tap in the ferrule, open up the Teflon liner, lube up your hose end and tighten it down. It’s a little trickier than that, but not too much.

You have some options when it comes to the return line, you want to make sure the flow of fluid is a straight shot from the hydroboost unit, so make your tee fitting accordingly. You can also add a separate return fitting on the reservoir if you’d like. In this photo, the fluid path of the hose running straight through the tee fitting is from the Hydroboost, the path entering the tee at the 90 degree angle is from the power steering pump. It’s important to orient your lines as such to assure proper flow in the system.

Now we need to install the Classic Performance Products MCPV-1 master cylinder. We bench-bled the master cylinder to remove the bubbles from the unit, and now we have to connect the brake lines and stoplight switch wiring.

Once the whole brake system is reconnected, perform a complete system bleed to flush out air
bubbles and equip your brake system with fresh fluid.

Now we can add the power steering fluid to our system. The process involves adding fluid, starting the car, adding more fluid, working the Wheels back and forth as well as the brake pedal up and down, adding more fluid, and repeating. You’ll have to do this several times to work the major air bubbles out of the system. We’re using Royal Purple MAX EZ synthetic steering fluid because it resists high-heat and high pressure situations better than organic fluid. It may take several weeks of driving to fully work all the bubbles out of your system, so check the fluid level often. The nice thing is that the brake pedal will feel firmer the more you drive!

Finally, we have to set the brake bias from front to rear using the built-in adjustable proportioning valve in the Classic Performance Products master cylinder. You’ll need to spend some time adjusting the valve for higher rear brake pressure and testing how it stops a few times to get it right, but donít blow this step off. All you have to do is turn this adjuster to dial in the rear brakes.

Once we finished our install, we checked the system for leaks and took our initial test drive. We lightly applied the brakes to test their operation, and we could tell immediately that there was a monumental improvement in braking power. The Hydratech hydroboost system clamps the rotors with ease, and the pedal operation is smooth and linear. Our car now has the ability to lock the Wheels with ease should the situation arise. The pedal is very controllable, and we now have new confidence in our ride, which translates to a much more enjoyable driving experience.

Hydratech Brake Booster Install Video V8TV

The Hydratech hydroboost install has been one of the best improvements we’ve made to our car, and we cannot recommend Hydratech enough. They supplied all the right parts and a unit that does exactly what they claimed it would do. We won’t build another car without one.

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