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Oct 14

Jack Olsen’s “One Car to Do It All” 911 RSR Build

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Many of you may already be familiar with Jack Olsen’s Porsche RSR since appearing in Petrolicious.com’s video, “One Car to Do It All”, which earned its title because it was built with the intention of being a street legal track weapon. His full build thread of it originally appeared on PelicanParts.com very shortly after a mishap in 2002 at Laguna Seca with his previous ’73 911T, a car that he had built up over a year and a half with modified suspension, brakes and a 3.6 liter engine from a ’95 993. Unfortunately, the accident rendered the tub of the first Black Beauty useless after hitting a wall, and so began the beginning of the subject car build here today, Black Beauty II…

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Oct 14

Share Your Own Car Here on CarBuildIndex.com

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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 [email protected] Ultimately, my goal is for the site to be filled predominantly with “Reader Submissions” about your builds, restorations, and cars in general, as told by you so bring them on. After all, first hand accounts of what makes your vehicles special are really what makes them interesting to read about so don’t be shy. In the meantime for some inspiration for your own project, check out my previous ’67 Renault R4 restoration with Gordini 1387 cc engine swap, as seen in the title picture above.

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Oct 14

Reader Submission -1973 Alfa Romeo Spider Restoration

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This 1973 Alfa Romeo Spider restoration is brought to us by Mike S. from Lake Tahoe, and where could possibly be more ideal to own a car like this? Personally, I have always had a soft spot for these drop top Italians which I consider as just a smaller Ferrari, as the marques share a similarly glorious racing heritage and both have gorgeous designs by the style masters at Pininfarina. These Series 2 versions were produced from 1970-1983 with the Kamm tail in place of the previous generation’s rounded boat tails (more often than not associated with the Dustin Hoffman movie, “The Graduate”) and were also updated with a more raked windshield, a different grill, new door handles and pedals hinged from the top, as well as some interior improvements too. I reached out to Mike recently after remembering his 2 liter silver Spider posted on Ferrarichat.com from awhile back, and he was kind enough to actually send me all of his restoration photos in the mail to scan and share with CarBuildIndex readers here. He also included the following story about the car, saying every single part was either replaced or repaired/refurbished during the comprehensive restoration…

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Oct 14

The Rotting Collection on Death Row

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Somewhere buried deep in Provence, France sits a collection of roughly 60 or so deteriorating, rotting and dilapidating classic cars, left outside exposed to the elements to wither away. It’s a story that we hear far too frequently but are never able to gather any valid reasons as to how or why this occurs. Their owner, or steward, is ex race car driver Gerard Gombert, which makes it even that much harder to understand how he finds this acceptable as race drivers normally form a man & machine bonding experience. The obviously eccentric man last parked the cars there sometime in the 70′s, and include many gems such as a Gordini R8 and an R12, a Lamborghini Miura engine, an AC Cobra, a BMW 700 Coupe and many others as witnessed in the collection of photos on the following page. One of the many crown jewels is a Renault Alpine A210 that he won his class with at the 1968 Le Mans, still wearing its victory wreath on its roof. But before getting too excited at the magnitude of possibilities that these pictures and story here present I should forewarn that his sacrilegious and soulless last request is that the whole lot of them are crushed upon his death. We can’t imagine an acceptable answer why, we can only hope that there is some form of intervention and amendment before that atrocity can occur, or that his estate lawyer is a fellow gear head and his family will intervene to save them from being destroyed. Tell us that this ain’t true!

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Oct 14

Reader Submission- A Very Special 1967 Lotus Europa S1 Restoration

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We are back with another Reader Submission for you to read all about, which is exciting not only because they are becoming a little bit more frequent now, but because this one involves a very special 1967 Lotus Europa S1. Rather than spoil it by telling you any more about the story now, I will let Serge tell you all about his restoration project himself on the following page. Then be sure to pop over to his very well put together and cohesive blog and video series documenting every aspect of the build that’s linked right after. Enjoy!

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Oct 14

The Spirit of CBI- Photos of the Day

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Here we have a variety of Photos of the Day that capture the spirit of what we at CarBuildIndex are all about. If you are here already, it can probably be safely assumed that these are a fair representation of your own vintage car beliefs, too…

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Oct 14

In Car Video of ’65 Ferrari 250 LM at Laguna Seca

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Only 32 total Ferrari 250 LM’s were ever built, which only adds to the mystique of what I personally consider to be one of the most gorgeous Ferrari street/race cars ever produced. We previously featured the unique story of the ’64 250 LM that was reunited with its engine after 40 years, now we have an opportunity of listening to 20 full glorious minutes of another ’65 example (or could it possibly be the same car?) being flogged at the 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion from a behind the wheel perspective, driven by hot shoe Gunnar Jeannette. Strap yourself in, turn the volume up and enjoy…

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Oct 14

211 MPH 2008 Porsche 997 GT2 Build by GMG Racing

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This 2008 Porsche 997 GT2 was the subject of a build by GMG Racing, a shop that I like to feature here from time to time because their work never fails to be anything short of absolutely immaculate. The goal this time around was to build a car capable of breaking the 200 mph mark at the Idaho Open Road Race Challenge, which it did with ease, averaging a bit over 211 mph. GMG added safety equipment for the race, tuned the car’s engine to 685 hp and modified its suspension with equipment and tricks learned from years of championship winnings in professional international racing, all of which are listed on the following page…

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Oct 14

VIDEO: A Look Inside The Abarth Museum in Belgium

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Today just happens to be Fiat Abarth day, and to top it all off I have attached the following video which takes a look at Guy Moerenhout’s Abarth Works Museum in Lier, Belgium. As a former Abarth rally driver and owner of a repair garage, early on he decided to specialize in the marque because of his appreciation of founder Karl Abarth’s genius ability of taking the best parts from Renault, Porsche, Alfa Romeo and Simca and assembling them together in one lightweight package using aluminum, polyester and magnesium. His enthusiasm for everything Abarth is contagious, which is apparently not something that he is trying to hide because his museum is free of charge, so if you ever happen to be in the area be sure to visit it and don’t forget to share the experience by sending us some pictures too!

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Oct 14

1972 Zastava 750 (Fiat 600) to Abarth TC Build

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This 1972 Zastava 750 is the subject of a build that is almost complete converting it into a Fiat Abarth 1000 TC. Produced between 1955 and 1985, the Serbian made cars were basically Fiat 600′s that were longer in length and powered by 25 hp 767 cc engines. The example shown today had only 46,000 km on the clock when purchased by the current owner, and is said to have only been driven on the vineyard its whole life. Its overall condition as witnessed while disassembling the car verifies that the mileage is most likely accurate, although nobody probably ever dreamed it would be reconstructed into a caged beast like this. Although there is no further information given, as they say a picture is worth a 1000 words (tempted to use “1000 TC words”…), so check out the gallery of the little racer coming together on the following page to see all the cool vintage Italian bits before they are hidden with the complete build…

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