This super-clean 1978 Pontiac Trans Am came to the V8 Speed and Resto Shop as a new purchase for the owner. He wanted our crew to inspect the car, make any needed repairs, and upgrade it with a Vintage Air A/C system and a Holley Terminator X electronic fuel injection system. We also performed some other maintenance items, and replaced some worn-out components so that it is ready to fly!
There are many things to consider when planning a custom mandrel-bent exhaust system for your Classic, Muscle Car, or Hot Rod. Here at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop, we bring up a whole list of question to the customer as we plan a system. Here are some of the high points:
What is the purpose of the car? Street driving, drag racing, road course racing, etc?
What kind of exhaust system is on the car now?
Do you have headers?
Do you have catalytic converters?
Do you want stainless or mild steel?
Do you want any type of coating? Ceramic? Color?
Do you prefer MIG or TIG welding?
Do you want an X or H Pipe?
Do you prefer Tucked tightly to floor or right out of the box fitment?
What kind of tips do you prefer? Where?
What size pipe diameter? 2.5″ is most common, but 3″ can often be accommodated.
Round or oval pipe?
Do you have a brand of mufflers you prefer?
What sound level do you want? Stock / quiet, loud, etc?
What type of tone? Mellow, deep, raspy, etc.?
Do you want cutouts?
Is there a preference for clamps? Standard pipe clamps, welded-on V-Band, etc?
Once these questions are answered, our techs can go to work designing a system that delivers on all requests.
This clean 1966 Pontiac GTO convertible is packing a 389 bored to 400 cubic inches breathing through 3 carbs and a gasket-matched top end. The owner is looking to have the tune optimized at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop. Read more for photos!
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.
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!
Contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop with all your Classic or Muscle Car needs today!
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.
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.
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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