1969 Camaro in V8 Speed & Resto Shop

The 1969 Chevrolet Camaro is one of the iconic Muscle Cars, and we work on a lot of them in our shop.     Which is not to say that we don't work on other Classics and Muscle Cars, it's just that we've built some pretty stout 1969 Camaros over the years, so people know they can send us their projects for restoration, performance upgrades, or other needs.    This time, a complete, freshly-restored '69 arrived in the V8 Speed & Resto Shop after the owner drove the Shafiroff 540 cubic-inch Big Block Chevy powered beast and determined the car needed more traction.    We worked with the owner to make a list of improvements, including a complete Detroit Speed suspension system front and rear, some fuel injection modifications, exhaust upgrades, and some other items to make the car more enjoyable to the owner.    The challenge was to perform the modifications without damaging the car's beautiful silver paint!    Check out the photos to see the progess.

 

 

 

HDX Dash

The new HDX series from Dakota Digital is the latest in aftermarket automotive instrumentation technology. HDX takes personalization and usability to a whole new dimension while retaining your favorite features from the wildly popular VHX-series such as LED backlighting for the numbers, tick marks and dead-faced dash indicators (turn signals, high beam, check engine, cruise control engaged and parking brake). Illuminated needles and a lifetime warranty are still part of the deal as well.  These features add up to a clean, easy to read instrument system in all conditions. Precision stepper motors provide accurate needle movement along with a full-sweep at key-on, and the needle hubs are black nickel plated spun-aluminum. 

Available with your choice of black or silver alloy gauge-face styling, each HDX system allows the user to select their favorite illumination color for the gauge readings and needles, as well as the TFT message center displays. RGB LEDs are incorporated into the circuit boards for fully-adjustable display colors, allowing the user to personalize their instrument system to match nearly any vehicle theme. 

Calibration and personal settings can be manipulated with the lighted, capacitive-touch buttons integrated into each HDX system, or the available Bluetooth app for Apple and Android devices.  With the instrument system dialed in, including calibration of the speedometer and fuel gauge, the system can calculate your remaining fuel range, expressed in miles to empty. Every kit is supplied with an optional buzzer for feedback each time a button is pressed. Further, the buzzer can emit a warning tone for each reading at a user-defined set point to coincide with the dead-faced, red warning lights incorporated into the gauge faces. 

Vehicle integration through a central control box has become a calling card for Dakota Digital, and the advantages are substantial. Most notably, installation is greatly simplified; two power (constant and switched) and one ground connection get things up and running, while vehicle-harness sourced signals and sensor inputs run cleanly to their respective terminal. Supplied, solid state sending units with weather-tight harnesses ensure trouble-free operation. The control box allows for easier service, a nicer-looking finished product, in addition to an abundance of technology packed into a vintage dashboard. 

 

It's always disappointing to see a beautifully restored Classic or Muscle Car with hacked-up dash stuffed with a radio that does not fit or match the car.     We're not talking about custom or high-end installs, but rather about the fact that radios with modern features simply don't fit in classic 2-shaft radio holes.    This is exactly why Custom Autosound developed a line of in-dash radios that offer all the features people want today... high power, AM/FM/auxiliary input, iPhone connectivity, USB connection, MP3 player, bluetooth capability, and more... and packaged it in a radio that not only fits the original dash, it matches the look!    In this video, we install a Custom Autosound Slidebar radio into a beautiful red 1957 Chevy Bel Air.  The Slidebar Radio features all the elements mentioned earlier,  including an innovative "slidebar" which conceals the modern digital face with a vintage-looking AM dial.   This radio not only fits the dash of the 1957 Chevy, it matches the look.   We completed the installation with "The System", consisting of a hidden powered subwoofer and remote satellite speakers to hide our high-performance audio system in plain sight.     It looks great, and sounds awesome!

 

 

Holley Tall LS Valve Covers

Holley Performance Products tall LS valve covers are the latest addition to our extensive line of GM LS engine components that will add a custom touch to your engine bay and help you to stand out from the crowd. These valve covers were designed to add an additional 0.54” of internal clearance over factory height valve covers. The valve covers retain Holley’s signature integrated angled coil mounts, and the hi-tech look and performance of coil-on-cover applications. The Holley tall LS valve covers fit LS1, LS2, LS3, LS6 and LS7 engines using coils with a standard LS3 bolt spacing of 72mm. These valve covers come ready for installation with an OE style baffle and ventilation system, lengthened factory style mounting hardware, plus a billet aluminum oil fill cap.  Installers are encouraged to reuse or replace the original gaskets specific to their application.

The Holley tall LS valve covers are die-cast to ensure high quality and detail. They are offered in four finishes to best fit your individual style.    See more at www.holley.com.  

Ford Racing Coyote Header m-9430-sr50These Ford Racing cast iron exhaust manifolds are perfect for those building hot rods or just replacing their stock manifolds. Ford Racing designs these manifolds to hug the block, making them perfect for cars, trucks, and hot rods with limited clearances under the hood. The castings use the best materials possible to resist cracking or warping and are optimized to maximize flow to help your car make the most power possible with a smooth power band. When it comes time to get your car on the road, you can trust Ford Racing and these cast iron exhaust manifolds.

PN: M-9430-SR50

Call 314.783.8325 for pricing and availability.  

 
 

HolleyCoyoteEngine

 

Holley Performance Products is proud to announce plug-and-play harnesses to use Holley's HP and Dominator EFI system with Ford's popular Mod Motor and Coyote platforms!

Complete 2011-Present Ford Coyote Engine Plug and Play Kit – USCAR “EV6 Style” injector harness - Bosch Wideband O2 PART# 550-618

With Holley EFI, you can take full control of every parameter in your Coyote or Mod Motor powered project. The days of figuring out complicated algorithms in the factory ECU are gone. Holley EFI can handle whatever combination you want to throw at it. Is your cam too wild for a MAF? Power adders? You name it, and Holley EFI can handle it. If you are swapping a Coyote or Mod Motor into a different car, there’s no need to track down an expensive factory ECU and wiring harness that doesn’t have a fraction of the features and usability of Holley EFI. From plug-and-play kits to additional options for customers who require the powerful Dominator ECU, it has never been easier to make your Ford do exactly what you want.

DEI Muffler Shield

Hot rod and muscle car mufflers can transfer a tremendous amount of heat into the cabin which can make for an uncomfortable ride. DEI’s New Muffler Shield Kit, developed with the same race proven technology as DEI’s popular Floor and Tunnel Shield II™ product, is constructed of 10 mil dimpled aluminum with a 1/8” needle glass insulator.  The result is a clean-looking shield that greatly reduces radiant heat resulting in a cooler cabin interior and overall component protection from the effects of extreme heat.

Easy to trim, it is designed to wrap around most any size muffler with a secure fit.  The kit includes one 42” x 24” Muffler Shield, two 40” x ½” wide heavy duty 304 stainless steel positive locking ties and locking tie tool.

For more information about DEI’s new Muffler Shield Kit, part #010455, or other Made in the USA DEI thermal products, visit www.designengineering.com

Narrowed first gen EFI tank

EFI Fuel Tank for Mini-Tubbed 1967-69 Camaro/Firebirds

Tanks Inc. now offers a narrowed corner EFI tank for first gen Camaro and Firebirds.  Finally, there is an alternative to buying an expensive custom gas tank.  No longer do you need to spend hours modifying your current tank.  Built to clear up to a 345 tire with 3” exhaust Tanks Inc. has designed an affordable stock style powder coated gas tank ready for fuel injection.    When installed, this tank has the appearance of a stock gas tank.  However, the tank has all the internal baffling needed for late model engines.  In addition this tank features a recess for the fuel pump and sending unit to ensure that you have adequate space for all of your fuel lines and wiring with no modification to your floor.  Tanks Inc. has replaced the factory sending unit with the standard SAE 5 bolt sending unit to make gauge swapping a snap.  Call us at the V8 Speed & Resto Shop for more info on this tank today - 314.783.8325 .   Read more for fuel pump options and more photos!