Some say these cars are never finished, and that holds true especially when a modified car changes hands. In this case, our customer purchased this killer 1969 Chevrolet Camaro as a freshly completed Pro-Touring machine complete with a slick silver paint job and a very cool red leather interior, but the 700+ HP 540-cube Shafiroff big block Chevy and 6-speed T-56 Magnum transmission are a bit much for the otherwise stock suspension. The huge torque easily overpowers the rear tires, and the handling isn’t up to the expectations of the owner. So, the car was sent to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop so our crew could take the suspension, rear axle, wheels, tires, brakes, and a few other areas of the car to the next level. The big challenge - installing a complete Detroit Speed QUADRALink rear suspension and front subframe, wheel tubs, Currie Enterprises rear axle, Forgeline wheels, Toyo Tires, Holley Performance Products EFI, and more without damaging the beautiful silver paint or messing up the body panel fit. After all, something that looks this good should have the moves to match!
 
Contact us today to bring YOUR car up to speed in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop!
 
 
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

 

PARTS USED:


Billet Timing Set

COMP

7100

Rocker Arm Adjusting Nuts

COMP

4604-16

Rocker Arms

COMP

1601-16

Pushrod Set

COMP

7809-16

Cam & Lifter Kit

COMP

CL12-423-8

Break-In oil

COMP

12/1/1590

Oil Pump Screen Assy

NAPA

224-14227

Oil Pump

NAPA

224-4146

Intermediate Shaft

NAPA

224-6146E

Gasket Set

NAPA

FS7733PT-2

Gasket Set

NAPA

OS34509T

Cam bolts

ARP

134-1001

Balancer bolt

ARP

134-2501

Head bolts

ARP

134-3603

Main bolts

ARP

134-5001

rod bolts

ARP

134-6003

Oil pump bolt

ARP

230-7001

ARP Accessory bolts

ARP

534-9501

Valve Covers

Holley

241-241

Cylinder Heads

AFR

 

ARP Ultra Torque

   

Royal Purple Max Tuff

   
 
 
http://www.arp-bolts.com
Contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for your performance parts and restoration needs!  314.783.8325
 

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 http://www.v8speedshop.com/tune 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. 

Contact the V8 Speed & Resto Shop to upgrade your ride!