The topics are all over the place on this episode of the V8 Radio Podcast! Kevin and Mike respond to some listener mail, covering topics like oil additives and buying versus building your dream car. There are some shop updates from V8 Speed & Resto, some personal stories, the mandatory automotive trivia, and much more in this randomized episode of the V8 Radio Podcast!
This beautiful 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible was restored a few years ago, and is a really clean car. It is powered by a 428 Cobra Jet backed by a 4-speed transmission, but the engine doesn't run as it should, so our team at the V8 Speed and Resto Shop will be doing some diagnostics to see what's up with the Cobra Jet. Follow along to see the progress!
This 1976 Chevrolet Corvette came to the V8 Speed & Resto Shop seeking some modern upgrades for improved performance. It already had a Chevrolet Performance ZZ2 crate engine making 345 HP, but the V8 team added Holley fuel injection for increased reliability and performance. Then they swapped out the 4-speed manual transmission for a Tremec TKO 600 5-speed from Modern Driveline and a hydraulic clutch. These provide an overdrive gear for highway cruising, and a smooth, easy operation. Brakes are improved significantly with a Hydratech hydraulic brake booster. Vintage Air A/C was added to keep the occupants comfortable. The V8 Interior Shop went to work recovering the seats and installing new door panels to freshen the inside, and the black paint was treated to a polish job. It's a slick ride that far outperforms the original, and is great fun to drive!
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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.
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.