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

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1969 Chevrolet Camaro EFI Tuning at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop
This beautiful Hugger Orange 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS has some great updates under the hood, including a Holley Sniper fuel injection system, a serpentine front accessory drive system, and clean traditional finned Holley valve covers.  It’s powered by a 400 small block tied to a 4-speed manual transmission.  However, the customer wanted to make sure the car was performing to its highest potential, so it came to the V8 Speed and Resto Shop for some EFI drivability tuning and a quick once-over.  
 
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1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible Maintenance at V8 Speed and Resto Shop

 

After owning this Lime Green 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible for 48 years, the owner decided it’s time for some updates and improvements. It’s a very nice survivor, but he wants a GREAT daily driver that looks fresh and clean.  We’ll be rebuilding the 350 Oldsmobile engine, upgrading the brakes and suspension, and applying a new coat of Lime Green paint.  The V8 Speed & Resto Shop team is honored for the chance to make the upgrades!

 

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1972 Chevrolet Malibu 350 Restoration Photo Gallery

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This 1969 Ford Mustang coupe is a cool car, but someone thought they wanted it more than the current owner and stole it.   Thankfully, the car was recovered, and today, the V8 Speed & Resto Shop team will be repairing the damage and sending it home with the owner for more years of enjoyment.   

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Patch Panel or Full Body Panel Replacement?

If you have rust or damage in your classic car, muscle car, hot rod, or truck, you have some options when it comes to sheet metal body repair panels.    One option is to replace the entire panel, be it a quarter panel, fender, floor section, trunk floor, roof skin, dashboard, or other body panel.    

The other option is to replace a section of the panel, cutting it in the middle and only welding in what is needed.   Which is the better option, full panel replacement or patch panel installation?    This video attempts to answer that question as shown at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop. 

Our team performs original factory style complete body panel replacements as well as patch panel installation, as we have the tools and experience to complete both types of repairs that are nearly undetectable when completed.    Our fabrication shop uses resistance spot welders and TIG welders to install quarter panels, trunk floors, trunk drop-down panels, cabin floors, rocker panels, fenders, and more.  

Contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop if your classic car, muscle car, hot rod, truck, or other restoration project vehicle has rust or damage to repair.    

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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.  

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People ask what we do in-house at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop, and the answer is almost everything! We do all body and paint work, mechanical, fabrication, alignment, wheel balance and tire mounting, tuning, and interior work on-site in our complex. We farm out engine machine work, but we assemble engines in-house. We have a great partner shop locally where we perform chassis dyno tuning as well. Worldwide transport available. What do you need?

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Drivability Improvements at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop

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 for them, but the shop did not complete some of the final drivability details, so the customer is not confident driving the car.  The car is sporting some cool parts selections like a FiTech fuel injected 454 Chevy V8 coupled to a Tremec TKO 500 5-Speed transmission, all wrapped in a stock RS / SS trim package.   However, the “last 5%” details still need to be addressed to make sure the car is ready for miles of trouble-free cruising.  For example, the front tires rub the inner fenders when turning, the windshield washer system does not work, there are some loose radio wires, and other nuisance items.   Once they are remedied, the engine tune will be optimized, brake performance dialed-in, and other systems verified for proper operation.    The V8 Speed & Resto Shop team is well-versed in this process, and we’ll be performing final adjustments to remedy the quirks of a fresh restoration.  

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The V8 Speed & Resto Shop had the privlege of restoring this very special 1951 Chevrolet pickup truck, which belonged to the customer’s Grandfather.    The truck arrived at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop on multiple trailers with major amounts of rust and damage, having been a working farm truck for decades.    Our team performed a complete restoration on the truck, including rust repair, bodywork, paint work, a V8 engine conversion, and restoration of the dump-truck bed and mechanism originally installed by the customer’s Grandfather.    Once completed, the family drove the truck from their grandparent’s farm in Northwest Illinois to Liberty Lake, Washington, and were kind enough to share photos of their journey along the way.  Fortunately, they made the trip without any issues, and had a great time along the way.  Follow along on a great American Road Trip in a special family heirloom truck!     

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817 S. MAIN STREET – RED BUD, IL 62278