Corvette Custom Console
This 1977 Chevrolet Corvette arrived at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop after the customer wanted some modern upgrades done to the inside of the car.     This car is not wearing an original color, and the original engine has been replaced with a GM Performance Parts crate 350, so the customer does not place a heavy priority on originality.    The 1977s are not high on the list of collector Corvettes, so these make great platforms to personalize and enjoy. 
The plans include upgrading the center console, installing some Dakota Digital VHX gauges, audio system, adding a Vintage Air A/C system, and backup camera, as well as fixing some issues like leaks and engine cooling problems.
Installing Dakota Digital HVX Gauges
Initial Vintage Air A/C system install 
Installing a Custom Center Console
Backup Camera
Vintage Air A/C system completion
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6 Part Small Block Engine Rebuild Video Series

We've been restoring a 1969 Camaro at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop and when it came time to address the powerplant, we dertermined that the existing engine would benefit from a rebuild and freshining with some new internal goodies from ARP, COMP Cams, and more.    


This 6-part video series covers some tips and techniques for rebuilding any engine, but specifically assembling a small block Chevy V8.       



Part 1:
  • 2 piece rear main seal install tips
  • Checking Bearing Tolerances
  • ARP Main Bolt Installation
  • Bolt Torque Technique
  • Main Cap Torque Technique
  • Crankshaft Lubrication and Installation
Part 2:
  • Resized Connecting Rods
  • Installing Rings
  • Lubricating Pistons for Installation
Part 3:
  • Installing rings and piston and rods into block
  • Installation tools
  • Rod cap install tips
  • Torquing rod bolts
  • Camshaft installation
  • Hydraulic roller retrofit camshaft install
  • Timing gear & chain installation
Part 4:
  • How to measure or “degree” the COMP Cams XE series hydraulic roller camshaft.  
  • How to degree the camshaft
  • Installation tools
  • Piston Stop
  • Degree Wheel
Part 5:
  • Checking piston to valve clearance
  • Head Gasket Thickness
  • Cylinder Head Installation
  • ARP Head Bolt Installation
  • Cylinder Head Torque & Sequence
  • Installing / Changing Valve Springs
  • COMP Cams Ultra Pro Magnum Steel Roller Rocker Arm Installation
  • Rocker Arm Adjustment
  • Eastwood Ceramic Engine Paint
Part 6:
  • Final Painted Assembly
  • Timing Cover
  • Water Pump
  • Harmonic Balancer
  • Oil Pump Pickup Depth & Oil Pan
  • Holley Finned Valve Covers
  • Edelbrock Performer Intake Manifold



Billet Timing Set



Rocker Arm Adjusting Nuts



Rocker Arms



Pushrod Set



Cam & Lifter Kit



Break-In oil



Oil Pump Screen Assy



Oil Pump



Intermediate Shaft



Gasket Set



Gasket Set



Cam bolts



Balancer bolt



Head bolts



Main bolts



rod bolts



Oil pump bolt



ARP Accessory bolts



Valve Covers



Cylinder Heads



ARP Ultra Torque


Royal Purple Max Tuff
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We spend lots of time tuning cars at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop, and have learned a few things to help make dyno shop tuning sessions go smoothly.    If you need help with a custom tune for you car, be it fuel injected or carbureted, feel free to contact our shop at 314.783.8325 or at and we’ll be happy to discuss having our technicians tune your car on the chassis dyno.    Read More to watch the videos for some tips from our crew!

1971 Chevrolet C10 LS Swap

The GM Connect & Cruise powertrain conversions have become very popular, and for good reason.   They offer a matched engine and transmission combination delivering reliability, power, and economy, and this clean 1971 Chevrolet C10 pickup is going to be used as a daily driver, making it a perfect candidate for the Connect & Cruise upgrade.   We've performed many LS swaps, and are looking forward to upping the power level on this truck to 480 HP and adding the electronic overdrive 4-speed automatic transmission.   You can follow along in the photo gallery below, and if you'd like more information on a swap like this for your ride, click to contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop. 

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Derale Fan Controller
Electric cooling fans are nothing new, but modern technology allows for a better way to control them.    Rather than just a simple on-off switch, which can "jolt" the electrical system of the car when the high-current fans kick on - the Derale 16796 fan controller uses Pulse Width Modulation technology to "ramp" the fans up to speed.     This system is also much quieter than a typical electric fan setup.  This video explains the process, as well as shows the installation and function of the controller.   The benefits include a variable speed fan control, a smooth start to eliminate the high-amperage spike on the electrical system, programmable on-off temperatures, 65 amp capacity, and the reduced parasitic loss of power from a belt driven fan.      The car used is a slick 1964 Ford Galaxie featuring a 468 cubic inch Ford FE V8 with dual quads and a 4-speed.   The Galaxie received a complete repaint at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop as well as this fan upgrade.
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