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Aug 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 1968 Toyota 2000GT restoration from the title picture above.

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Aug 14

Prototype 1988 Corvette ZR-1 “King of the Hill” Restoration

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This 1988 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 was the subject of a restoration featured on www.ZR1.net by it’s owner, forum member “BlueFlameRestorations”. It is an actual pre-production “King of the Hill” factory prototype that was found in totally thrashed condition in a U.K. wrecking yard. It’s new owner brought the crushed remnants back to his home in Indiana in 2010 and documented his restoration of it, which he planned to have finished in time for a C4 gathering less than a year later at the Corvette factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The thread shows many interesting pictures of it’s parts labeled with hand written “KOH”, as the ZR-1 moniker hadn’t even been established yet when this early prototype was made…

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Aug 14

The Iconic 1967 Maserati Ghibli

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Today I have 2 recommendations for our faithful CBI viewers, both of which happen to feature 1967 Maserati Ghibli Coupes. We happen to love them for their low hoods, large greenhouses and ability to carry 3 of our closest friends, because really, what could be more fun than sharing the sound of that quad cam V8 engine note while rowing it throw the gears? The iconic Italian grand tourers were first shown in public at the 1966 Turin Motor Show and then went on to outsell their Lamborghini Miura and Ferrari Daytona counterparts. These early examples are considered the most pure of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s original 2+2 design, before they were slapped with federally mandated side markers and bumper over riders to disrupt their clean lines. Check out the video on the following page, then a link to the current restoration blog of serial number AM 115/128 after…
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Aug 14

Ex-Walter Rohrl Fiat 131 Abarth Rally Car Restoration

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This ex-Walter Rohrl/ Christian Geistdorfer Fiat 131 Abarth rally car is the subject of a an impressive build thread on www.131mirafiori.com by it’s owner, forum member “Enzo”. Although it was originally raced with a 16 valve head, this project was built using an 8 valve head but with many other Abarth specific parts. The majority of the pictures from the 29 page build are attached on the following page where it can be seen going through it’s transformation from a 131 Sport into a Group 4 spec that is beyond which it was ever originally raced in. Regardless, it was christened by both Walter Rohrl and Christian Geistdorfer with their signatures on it’s hood upon it’s completion and then subject of a short film with them behind it’s wheel reliving their old rally days from the 1980 Arganil race in it. Be sure to check it out after the build next…

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Aug 14

1968 Corvette “LT2″ Factory Ringer Clone Build

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The following 1968 Chevrolet Corvette LT-2 clone was recently completed to exactly replicate one of the original General Motors ringer press cars that were built and modified specifically to impress automotive journalists with. Their goal was to excite them enough that they would want to come back to their new car previews each year and write about some of their less exciting models in their upcoming publications…

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Aug 14

More Abandoned Vintage Car Photos

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Seeing pictures of worthy vintage cars in such dilapidated states as the ones are in the following gallery always makes one wonder what the history is on each one and how they got to be there in the first place…
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Aug 14

Group B Revival: Ford RS200 Repaint

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The odds of finding a Ford RS200 full restoration to feature here are far and few between since not many were ever produced to begin with, so I lucked out to come across this example’s short repaint thread to share from RSownersclub.co.uk. While it’s apart, it gives us an opportunity to take a closer look inside the street version of the purpose-built mid engined, four wheel drive sports car originally designed for Group B rally competition. Ford had them produced from 1984 to 1986, but the short lived series was ultimately cancelled because the technology the race cars employed was considered as advancing at too quick of a rate. They were deemed as too fast and therefore too dangerous for spectators and drivers alike, especially after several unfortunate casualties…

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Aug 14

MotorWeek Video | Throwback Thursday: Ferrari F40

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MotorWeek.org shares the following in-period video review of the Ferrari F40 on the next page. The short film had gone missing from their elaborate collection up until now since it had been stored under “A” for “Awesome”, appropriately enough, so we can thank them for locating it and just re-releasing it. One thing we can learn from watching it is to always check the road ahead for cyclist coming when you plan on going for a little bit of opposite lock around a turn. See for yourself at 5:10…

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Aug 14

1973 Porsche 911 T to RSR Build

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The subject of today’s feature is a 1973 Porsche RSR tribute that started it’s life as a Sepia Brown T, which was not exactly Porsche’s most performance oriented offering back when new and wasn’t entirely original either when forum member “squirdan” started it’s transformation outlined on www.ddk-online.com. While it retains a mostly period correct look, Tuthill Porsche in the U.K. assisted with it obtaining it’s FIA papers for vintage racing and giving it a more powerful kidney punch with 2 engine builds paired with suspension and brake modifications to back it up with all while retaining it’s street registration…

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Aug 14

1979 Ferrari 512 Boxer Restoration

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Since we just featured a couple of Lamborghini Countachs over this past weekend, what better way to follow that up than with this 1979 Ferrari BB 512 restoration that’s nearing completion over on Ferrarichat.com? The Boxer was owned since new by the father in law of forum member “exotic30″, who is now having it restored to what they refer to as a very high driver level, although we’d have to say the attention to detail this Boxer is receiving definitely qualifies it to better than new in every category imaginable. I have gone a bit overboard myself and attached over 200 of it’s build pictures here because you won’t be able to see them if you’re not a member on their site. I still recommend reading the build thread anyways (linked on the following page) for a learning experience about every detailed nuance of a 1979 Ferrari Boxer imaginable if you want to become a marque expert, or just check out all of the pretty pictures and Cliff Notes version here, your choice…

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