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Jan 15

Share Your Car or Car Related Story

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Do you have a car or car related story that you would like to share with fellow CarBuildIndex.com viewers, whether it be a build-in-progress, already complete or an untouched masterpiece as-is? If you feel it would be a good fit here, submit it to me at David@CarBuildIndex.com. I am also always looking for interesting build threads, so if you have one or know of a good one, send it on over. In the meantime, check out this previous feature of a Ferrari 250 GTO restoration, as seen in the title picture above.

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Jan 15

Underdog Inspiration: The Prince Skyline GT vs Porsche 904 Carrera GTS

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As much as we are Porsche fans here at CarBuildIndex, we always appreciate an underdog who puts up a strong fight. In this scenario that long shot was the Prince Skyline GT when it was put up against the mighty (and late entered, we might add) Porsche 904 Carrera GTS at the 1964 Japanese Grand Prix. Although the all-out German race car ended up winning that race at Suzuka, the production based sedans’s lead for a full lap and 2nd through 6th place finishes inspired many faithful followers from that day forward. It also gave the manufacturer a fair dose of incentive to develop something even more competitive for future battles: the R380 series and later GT-R  “Hakosuka” while under Nissan rule.

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Jan 15

Photos of the Day

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After a pleasant weekend, how about a few select Photos of the Day to gander that represent best what we are all about here at CarBuildIndex. Enjoy them on the following page, why don’t ya?

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Jan 15

The Restoration and Build of an E9 BMW CS “L” with 3.5 Engine Swap

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This BMW 3.0 CS Coupe was the subject of a restoration on e9Coupe.com by its owner, forum member “gazzol”. 7 years after he initially purchased it in 1999, the task of tearing it apart to its bare bones and rebuilding it again began. It had been deteriorating greatly during that period of time from a less than stellar restoration by the previous owner in 1987, even though the sale included a photographic journal of the restoration that appeared to be kosher. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to end up in a similar situation with E9 Coupes as they are rather notorious for hiding copious amounts of rust under otherwise clean looking panels. In any case, this example had already been treated a 3.5 liter engine swap with dogleg 5 speed gearbox and LSD from an E12 M535i during his first year of owning it, so it seemed only fitting that it finally be given a complete cosmetic overhaul worthy of its healthy running gear, as well…

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Jan 15

VIDEO- Rally Group B Tribute

Below is a video tribute to the Group B giants of the mid 80′s, a look back at a period of time when there were virtually no limitations or restrictions placed on how a manufacturer should build their race weapon. Competition was fierce. Mix in dangerous tracks, almost non existent crowd control and rapidly evolving race car technology and you have all of the ingredients for a recipe of disaster. Oh, but what a glorious era in racing it was.


See the full length 30 minute film HERE with no background music.

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Jan 15

Photos of the Day

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Photos of the Day…

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Jan 15

Lotus Carlton Restoration

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This Lotus Carlton was the subject of a light restoration on PistonHeads.com by its owner, forum member “fesuvious”. Only a total of 950 of these twin turbocharged straight sixers were ever produced between 1990 to 1992, and all were painted the same almost-black Imperial Green color. We have always been secret fans of these 377 hp/419 ft lb tq factory sleeper sedans that went up against what Mercedes Benz and BMW were offering at the time with their AMG E55 and M5 models, even though they never made it here stateside. Those factory 17 inch rims made by Ronal look the business mounted up over four piston AP front brake calipers, while their 6 speed manual gearboxes were plucked straight from the Corvette ZR1 parts bin (which Lotus was incidentally involved with at the time with their ZR1 4 cam and 4 valve 5.7 liter V8 engine design). To continue the side note a bit further, let’s not forget that General Motors owned Lotus during that period, making us wonder what the king of lightness Colin Chapman would have thought about the big, heavy American car manufacturer ever having any say in his company would have thought. In any case, with stats like those it’s no wonder that back in the early nineties its appearance on the cover of a car magazine caught the attention of a young and impressionable boy who later grew up to finally purchase this example featured here today…

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Jan 15

1968 Toyota 2000GT Restoration

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As fellow car enthusiasts, we’re sure you’re all just like us and often wonder what happens to all of the cars and projects that appear on Bringatrailer.com after they are sold. Unfortunately, we don’t have an answer to that question the majority of the time, but we just so happen to have been fortunate enough to have run across this 1968 Toyota 2000GT that appeared for sale on their site back in May of 2011. Back then it was being offered through eBay in Portugal with only 1 previous owner and a seized engine with just 41,000 km on the clock. Since we don’t get exactly an overflowing amount of opportunities to feature 2000GT’s seeing that a scarce 351 were ever produced (1967-1970), we’re happy to have found this one which JD Classics in the U.K. got their hands on for a restoration before it was sold onto its second owner.

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Jan 15

Video: 1968 Camaro Ownership Changes Life Path

Petrolicious.com produces quality videos every week, this one titled “Camaro Ownership Changes Life Path”. Enjoy:

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Jan 15

1968 Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior Restorations

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This 1968 Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior was the subject of a restoration on alfabb.com by its owner, forum member “donrencos”. He came across the barn find by chance in 2011 and found that it had originally been part of the 3 Autodelta-prepared race car team, Zetor Racing from the former Czechoslovakia. Research found that this example was over revved at its first race in Olomouce in 1969, then was used as a spare parts car for the other two until sold a few years later. During that subsequent ownership, it was updated with wider fenders, plastic doors with sliding windows and 13″ rims, as well some not so optimal modifications to the front air dam. He goes into more specific detail about each of the cars histories in the beginning of the build thread, but ultimately this example was put into a barn in 1982 after a strong racing career on tracks and in hill climbs, finally to be resurrected and restored over 30 years later…

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Jan 15

End of Weekend Photos of the Day

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We’ll be back tomorrow with some vintage race car restoration content, so until then enjoy the rest of your Sunday night with a few vintage car photos…

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Jan 15

The Very First 911 Turbo Ever: 1973 Porsche RSR 2.1 Turbo Factory Prototype

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This 1973 Porsche 911 RSR is sitting at Freisinger Motorsport in Germany awaiting for its restoration to start, one of our absolute favorite marque specialists shops. As a factory prototype that was converted in 1974 to 2.1 liter turbo spec and the very first turbocharged 911 ever built, we plead that they keep as much of 0576 R5′s cosmetic originality as humanly possible. It started out as a 1 of 8 2.8 liter RSR, and had such greats as Herbert Mueller and George Follmer behind the wheel driving it, but it only ran once in the new configuration at the 1000 Kilometers of Imola before retiring early with a turbo problem. Chalk that up to R&D, the rest is history. 

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Jan 15

Before There Was The Lancia 037, There Was The Abarth 030 Pininfarina

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Only two of these Abarth 030 Pininfarina race cars were ever built. Although they were strong performers at the 1974 Tour d’Italia, what really mattered in the end is that they didn’t finish the race ahead of the same parent company’s Lancia Stratos’, so any possibility of further development was then scrapped. In an odd twist of fate, though, the Fiat Group decided that their original Pininfarina X1/8 and X1/20 show car designs (from which the Abarth 030 Pininfarina were derived) should be made into the production Lancia Montecarlo/Scorpion road cars, the very vehicles which were later developed into the Lancia Abarth 037 rally cars that eventually took place of the Stratos. Leave it up to the Italians to create something so convoluted and twisted, yet have the turnout be so glorious. Check out more about the flared and rare specimen on the following page…
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Jan 15

IN-CAR VIDEO: Take a Spin in an Iconic BMW E30 M3 Group A Racer

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Here we have in-car video footage of an early 1986 Group A E30 BMW M3 at a recent Norwegian BMW Car Club track event to give a raw perspective of what the experience is like behind the wheel of the iconic race car. A few question are raised in the comments section on youtube about the driver’s skills when he spins at the 3:30 mark, likely the result of failing to properly match the revs while downshifting with any form of heel and toe action whatsoever…

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Jan 15

Photos of the Day

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Happy Saturday!
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Jan 15

The DP Motorsports Wide Body Porsche 928

1Now, to mix things up how about something completely outlandish from an over-the-top 80′s tuner? Bram Corts from www.1000SEL.com shares the story about DP Motorsport’s modification of wide body Porsche 928s from his site that specializes in custom coachbuilders of the late 70′s to early 90′s…

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Jan 15

2001 VW Polo with 300 hp Audi TT Engine Swap

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I normally don’t feature cars for sale here, usually leaving that to the sites that specialize in it such as our favorites BringATrailer.com, but this sleeper likely won’t make their pages and it has absolutely got to be seen. A 2001 VW Polo outfitted with an Audi TT engine swap, the modifications don’t end there alone. Approximately 300 hp is achieved through a bigger K04s turbo, upgraded coil packs and an upgraded intercooler and engine management system. Larger Golf G60 front brakes and Polo GTi rears, along with a Golf GTi turbo transmission round out the package, a Peloquin torque biasing differential helping transmit power to the ground. Check out the pictures on the next page and tell me if you would ever have guessed what this little roundabout was packing. Be humble. Be stealth. Be zen. Amen.
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Jan 15

Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 1 Show Quality Restoration

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From a Lamborghini Coutach to a Ford Escort, the point obviously here is that we are car enthusiasts of the highest magnitude. It doesn’t have to be a bazillion dollar super exotic for people like you and us to appreciate the geekdom involved, as witnessed by this RS Turbo Series 1 home garage restoration featured here today. The special edition 1.6 liter 4 cylinder turbo was made for the European market between 1984 to 1986, defining what the term “hot hatch” was all about with help from every last one of its 132 hp. Forum member “markswv” shares his show quality renovation on www.passionford.com, from which we liberated a whopping 171 pictures out of the lot to tell the story from rusted out bare shell to practically complete on the following page. He doesn’t include too much information himself other than apologizing in advance for the rims, which appear to be the factory 7 spoke 15×6 ware, the rest of the project finished to better than new OEM spec as well.

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Jan 15

Photos of the Day

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Time for another installment of Photos of the Day
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Jan 15

“Harry’s Garage” Video Starring a 1987 Lamborghini Countach Quattrovalve

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I wasn’t planning on making this a purely video day, but here’s another from “Harry’s Garage” about his 1987 Lamborghini Countach Quattrovalve that’s just far too good to pass up sharing here today. In it the founder of Evo magazine, Harry Metcalfe, talks about the history and finer points about the vintage exotic space ship, bringing up example after example of details I never knew before and quite frankly make me feel unworthy of holding my vintage car enthusiast card because of it. Let him school you too in the following video. After all, everyday’s a learning experience on this big spinning mud ball we’re all on, so enjoy it on the following page:

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