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Jul 14

Share Your Build or Restoration

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Do you have a car that you are currently modifying or restoring or an interesting vehicle that would make a good fit to feature here at CarBuildIndex.com? We are looking for cool cars to feature, whether it be a barn find, vintage car restoration or even modern car that you are modifying. Send pictures of it along with a description for us to share it with your fellow car enthusiast audience. Include information about yourself as well and what your particular car has that inspired you to choose it. It doesn’t have to be a finished product either, we would love to feature a car from the beginning to the end, so don’t be shy. We look forward to your submissions, which can be sent to: [email protected]
Click HERE for our previous feature of the restoration story of a 1977 Lotus Esprit S1, as seen in the title picture above.

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Jul 14

Photo of the Day – Richard Petty Hammering His Own Vinyl Roof

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Today’s Photo of the Day is an awesome display of how things used to get done. Seen in full size on the following page, Richard Petty is pictured at the 1968 Daytona 500 race on the hood of his own race car in the pits, making repairs to his vinyl roof that was flapping away in the wind. Check out the NASCAR race official who also joins him, as well. Imagine this happening today, not one bit of it would be allowed to happen. Too bad, because this is what brought so much character to racing back then compared to what has become of today’s ultra sanitized and corporate events. For that matter, imagine a vinyl roof on a modern race car, now that’s something that I’d like to see if for nothing else other than it’s nostalgic factor…

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Jul 14

UPDATE- Completed 1976 Lancia Stratos Group 4 Restoration

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Update 7/23/14:
One of our first in-build restoration features from August 21st of last year has since been completed. Find the pictures of it in it’s full glory on the next page after our original story below…
From 8/21/13:
This 1976 Lancia Stratos Group 4 is the subject of a restoration that is in-build and almost complete at www.alfaholics.com. Based in the U.K., Alfaholics is a well respected worldwide distributor and dealer for vintage Alfa Romeo parts who have performed numerous street and race prepared Alfa restorations, but when a good customer asked that they would find and restore a Lancia Stratos for him, they agreed to accept and take on the new challenge…
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Jul 14

1949 Fiat Topolino “The Outlaw” Cackle Restoration

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Nobody would blame you if things didn’t quite add up so quickly when reading the “1949 Fiat” title and then seeing the dragster frame with a huge honking Hemi popping out of it. The Frankenstein meshing of those two manufacturers normally don’t occur together very often, however you happen to be in the right place right now so don’t go anywhere. This 1949 Fiat Topolino was made into an AA/FA Cackle Dragster, appropriately named “The Outlaw”, the subject of today’s featured story. It’s restoration was found on Cacklefest.com, which is linked at the bottom of the next page. The intention for this particular car’s reconstruction was for it to hit the tracks again as a “cackle” car, which is a new term for us so we did a little bit of research to find out it’s definition and history. We found that the term was coined in 2000 to refer to vintage 1950′s to 1970′s dragsters that are restored and brought back into the drag racing track scene, which until then had no place to gather. Thanks to the recently formed “Cacklefests”, these newly renovated classic dragsters now have a place to get together and stretch their legs, a quarter mile at a time…

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Jul 14

Photo of the Day- Phil Hill at ’58 Le Mans Driving Ferrari 250TR

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Our Photo of the Day, displayed in full size on the following page, shows race driving legend Phil Hill behind the wheel of a ’58 Ferrari 250TR at the 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans. If we didn’t know his racing credentials any better than we actually do, it might appear by the looks of the photo that he got lost on the rainy course, although we’d prefer to think that he took a few minutes out of the race to do a couple of exhibition doughnuts for the crowd since he was out so far ahead of the competition. In any case, he went on to take 1st place in the race whether our fantasy is accurate or not…which we don’t need to tell you it’s not.

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Jul 14

1968 Ford Bronco Restoration

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This 1968 Ford Bronco was completely restored with help from The Bronco Graveyard over the course of just 1 week on (where else) the TV “reality” show Overhaulin‘. While my own personal preferences normally don’t coincide with Chip Foose’s choices of multi-toned striped paint jobs and giant billet aluminum rims to go with his slammed resto-mod look, I still respect the man’s talent for what he’s capable of accomplishing, nonetheless. During this project he thankfully respected the truck owner’s wishes for it to remain stock appearing with uncut fenders and the tasteful end results look like something we at CarBuildIndex would have spec’ed out ourselves…

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Jul 14

XCAR Video “Jaguar: From C-Type to F-Type”

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In the video on the following page, XCAR takes a look at Jaguar’s sportscar heritage with a trip down memory lane, beginning with a C Type and ending with the current F Type, without failing to leave their most beautiful D Type and E Types behind…

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Jul 14

1956 Abarth 750 GT Corsa Competition Coupe Sympathetic Restoration

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The story of this 1956 Abarth 750 GT Corsa Competition Coupe‘s sympathetic restoration is graciously shared with us by it’s current owner, John K. of North Canton, Ohio. He created a website dedicated to the car’s history, but was kind enough to send me additional pictures of it during it’s resurrection back to exactly how it was originally raced in-period, which can be found on the following page after an abbreviated summary of it’s colorful life story…

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Jul 14

27 Photos of the Day

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Instead of just a single photo of the day, how about 27 of them?

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Jul 14

1985 BMW E28 Alpina B7 Turbo Sympathetic Restoration

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This Polaris Silver 1985 BMW E28 Alpina B7 Turbo was the subject of a sympathetic restoration on www.myE28.com by it’s owner, forum member “wkohler”. These early Alpina Turbos are very rare in North America, and this one is thought to be 1 of only 5 total cars here in the States. We especially like it’s adjustable turbo boost knob in the center console, very reminiscent of the original Kramer and DP Porsche 935′s of the 70′s and 80′s. We are huge fans of these first generation 5 Series, and their large greenhouse design looks better to us today than it did back when they were new. Maybe it has something to do with the wayward direction BMW has gone since then with the whole Chris Bangle styling debacle of more recent years, but that is a discussion that could easily turn into a rant, so we will save it for another time.

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