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Nov 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 David@CarBuildIndex.com. 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 our previous Reader Submission of a 1979 MGB Restoration story, as seen in the title picture above.

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Nov 14

1973 Porsche “914 R” Track Build with 2.7 Liter 6

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This 1973 Porsche 914 is the subject of a build thread on 914World.com that was created by its owner, forum member “campbellcj”. It started out the same as many others have in the past – as a nice clean example that had been given some healthy street modifications by a previous owner, but over the course of the past 12 years it has been transformed into an absolute track monster since. Ultimately what was created is a very cleanly built 914-6 with a 2.7 liter engine, show car-like qualities and 911 R influences, therefore earning it the well deserved title of “914 R”. It is currently on its 4th version of the transformation, so how about we walk through them on the following page, shallll we? Right this way, right this way…

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Nov 14

VIDEO: Jay Leno’s Garage 1966 Ford Galaxie Restoration

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The following video from Jay Leno’s Garage profiles the restoration and build of a 1966 Ford Galaxie Ultimate Edition, the same model year and car that his father purchased when Jay was still a teenager and ended up wrapping around a tree not long after. This rare version was only sold for one year before being offered as an option package the next, but quickly vanished after that. He was able to find this example in Canada and has since completed the full restoration, all summarized in the film on the next page. This time around, though, he got to build it up with all of the choice top pick components including a 7 liter Roush V8 crate engine with 575 hp, a 6 speed transmission and custom Hotchkis suspension. As usual, don’t miss the trademark burnout towards the end…

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Nov 14

Lotus Europa 47 Restoration

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This Lotus Europa 47 GT (#25) is the subject of a restoration on a site created by its owner that’s dedicated specifically to the build. Since featuring the photo the other day of another one with ludicrously fat rear Avon steamrollers in “Photos of the Day”, the on-line search began to find one being built up to give an excuse to look deeper into their history to see what these little go carts were truly all about. It turns out that the racing division of Lotus, Lotus Components, built somewhere between 55 to 71 (depending on which site you put most your faith in) of the race cars from 1955 to 1968. They had thinner fiberglass bodies than the standard Europa 46 street car, and incorporated side vents to circulate air into the engine bay and flared wheel arches to house the wider rubber. The Ford sourced 1.6 liter twin cam 165 hp Cosworth engines, as well as the Hewland F2 5 speed gearbox and magnesium rear suspension pieces were taken entirely from the Lotus 23/Lotus 22 Formula Junior open wheel race cars, while Girling binders were used to scrub off speed. Being a bit more familiar with the welterweight now, how about we check out the beginning of this particular example’s restoration on the following page…

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Nov 14

Stunning 1974 Citroen SM

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While we have no restoration photos of this 1974 Citroen SM, do we really need to explain a reason why we would want to post pictures up of such a nice example? We have been sold on them since seeing the chase scene in The Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds. All of the exquisite detail shots you will ever need are on the following page…

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Nov 14

Photos of the Day

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Some days we have stories, other days just random photos and videos that do all of the necessary talking for us….
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Nov 14

A Couple Videos From Guillaume Lab

Fantastic, had to share these…

ID from Guillaume Lab on Vimeo.

E12 from Guillaume Lab on Vimeo.

ID from Guillaume Lab on Vimeo.

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Nov 14

Clean and Tasteful BMW e28 535i

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Some pictures of a random clean and tasteful BMW e28 535i that I ran across, worth taking a look at. Seeing one next to a modern 5 series makes their proportions look tiny, and oh so much better. Especially love the euro spec and large greenhouses on these cars..
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Nov 14

Tribute Build to ’59 24 Hours of Le Mans Winning Aston Martin DBR 1/2

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Fine Sports Cars of San Diego have almost completed a painstakingly accurate tribute to Aston Martin DBR1/2, a car that Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori drove to victory at the 1959 running of Le Mans. Sadly, they both passed away in 2012, along with chief engineer Ted Cutting and so 53 years later this commemoration of the trio’s efforts was started to remember them by.

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Nov 14

BMW E30 Alpina B6 2.8/1 Restoration

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This BMW E30 Alpina B6 2.8/1 was the subject of a restoration by Ronny Thirteeners, a shop in Germany that looks to have saved a good number of varying Alpina models. Although no information is given other than the pictures provided, this particular example appears to have been in an accident and/or vandalized before receiving a much needed rehab. It’s hard to figure out exactly what happened to it, but it looks as though the hood was possibly up when it ran into the back of something. Either way, only 259 were ever built (this being the 200th) between 1983 and 1986 so we’re happy to see that it was saved rather than being put out to pasture.

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