1971 Chevy C3 454 Corvette Restoration

September 3, 2015 in American / Build In Progress / Home Garage Build / Restoration / Video

The following home garage restoration of Tim Cote’s 1971 Chevrolet Corvette began in 2005 and is almost complete, save for an upcoming paint job that it is about to receive. The reasons why most of us choose to buy or restore a vintage car usually stem from a connection we made with a particular brand or model from a much younger and more impressionable age, and Tim’s story is no different. His inspiration for choosing a C3 hearkens back to his childhood when he regularly saw a black example in the grade school parking lot, and he would always look out the bus window to see if it was there again on each successive morning. Now that he has his own, he has been generous enough to share his impressive work through a website dedicated to its restoration where he chronicles each and every step along the way in 78 individual chapters, and a few time lapse and instructional videos thrown in for good measure.
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1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Autodelta Spyder 25 Year Warehouse Find

September 3, 2015 in Barn Find / Build In Progress / Italian / Race Car / Restoration Shop

We ran across this 1968 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/2 Spyder on Michael Sheehan’s Ferraris-online.com site, having been sold in 2005. While not technically a build thread or even a feature of it’s restoration process, we felt obligated to include it here regardless if for nothing other than the photos of it’s exposed chassis. In addition, as an Autodelta team car, this particular example played a significant role in automotive racing history, and in hardtop Stradale form they are still considered some of the most beautiful cars ever produced. We can’t argue with that, especially considering that we have our eyeballs stuck,fixated & glued to the dish of those rear rims, which is masterful in their own right.

A Ferrari for the Princess

September 2, 2015 in Featured / guest contributor / History / Italian / Reader Submission / Wallace Wyss

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When you are a coachbuilder, you have to build a lot of prototypes at your own expense. This is to see what the car looks like in real metal.

Of course now they can project what it will look like in 3D with software but I’m talking back in the Sixties.

One mitigating factor is if you have rich customers who are willing to buy your experiments. And pretty much let you do it your own way and they’ll be waiting, checkbook in hand.

This explains the raison d’etre for the 330GTC of this style, the first one made for Princess Lille de Rethy, wife of the King of Belgium. She already had two Ferraris when she ordered four more, all Speciales bodied by Pininfarina.

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Car and Driver 1987 Review by Rich Ceppos of the ’87 BMW M6, titled “Mmmm, good”

September 2, 2015 in German

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From July 1987 issue of Car and Driver, written by Rich Ceppos:

Logic and order go out the window when a car like the M6 rolls into the Car and Driver parking lot. Pencils drop, word processors are clicked off in midsentence, and a line forms in front of the sign-out board as the troops jockey for seat time. Before the editorial “we” turns a wheel, the standard yardsticks by which we judge normal automobiles are locked away in the back rooms of our minds.

This is as it should be, because the BMW M6 is one of those wild, wonderful cars that throw the scales of automotive justice totally off balance. This car doesn’t make any sense, for three important reasons: money, money, and money. Average folks just can’t understand spending $58,720 for anything that doesn’t have at least two bedrooms. Car guys rightly point out that you can get this brand of supercar performance for a heck of a lot less. The M6 shouldn’t generate the rave reviews that it does—but it does, and we love it… Continue reading →

For Sale: 1988 Ferrari Testarossa Project

September 2, 2015 in For Sale / Italian

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This 1988 Ferrari Testarossa project was just e-mailed to me from a viewer to post for sale. It is located in Edmonton, Alberta, Calgary. More photos, description and contact information is available on the following page. The only requirement we at CarBuildIndex.com ask is that if you buy it, please keep us up to date on the rebuild! We don’t have any further info than that which is given on the next page, so please be sure to contact the seller directly with any questions…

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The Brit, the Ferrari and the Cutaway Door

September 1, 2015 in guest contributor / History / Italian / Reader Submission / Wallace Wyss

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It was a time of glory for a British driver named Peter Collins. He had found his true love, and found his true vocation—Grand Prix driver for Scuderia Ferrari– and things just looked peachy.

In fact Enzo Ferrari liked him so much he gave him a Ferrari. Not just any Ferrari but the first 250GT cabriolet. I don’t recall him giving Phil Hill a car when the American drove for him, so maybe he liked Peter because Peter had become best friends forever with Enzo’s son Dino.

Collins supposedly bought it for his American wife, Louise, and she liked it.

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The car is chassis number 0655.

Collins didn’t get the car as signing bonus. It came later. Peter John Collins was 24 when, at the end of 1955, he was signed on as a Ferrari works driver. Ferrari saw  Collins as a potential world champion, both in Formula 1 and sports cars, but he became more than a driver, in that he became a family friend and  confidente of Dino, Enzo’s invalid son.

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Share- CarBuildIndex Wants Your Stories!

September 1, 2015 in guest contributor / Reader Submission

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CarBuildIndex is expanding and we are looking for fellow vintage car enthusiasts who would like to contribute stories. Don’t worry if you are not a professional writer or have never had anything published before…in fact, not unlike an original unrestored car, an amateur story often reads more personable and inviting than one polished up beyond perfection by a pro. But if you’re just an absolute gorilla with a pen we understand, we have a couple guys around here with degrees in English that can whip your story into presentable shape. What we want are your pictures, and the who, what, when, where, how and why and we’ll make an entertaining story out of it.

In addition, if you’ve submitted cars for sale to one of those other sites and had a hard time getting them posted, send them to us to help expand our “For Sale” section. Have some photos, video or story to tell from this weekend’s Monterey Historics race and concours? Send it on over. Where? To: [email protected]

Then what’s planned next after that? A forum, perhapsss…. Let us know what you think would help us grow and what you’d like to see happen here at CarBuildIndex, we are looking for suggestions and constructive criticism so dish it on out, we want to hear from our viewers. Criticisms? Bring them on! Tell us the good, the bad and the ugly, we’re ready for it.

(Reader Submission story: 1974 Ford Capri Perana clone build)

1956 Abarth 750 GT Corsa Competition Coupe Sympathetic Restoration

August 31, 2015 in Italian / Patina / Race Car / 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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Alfaholics Alfa Romeo 1750 Boat Tail Restoration/Build

August 31, 2015 in Build Site / Italian / Modification Thread / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Shop / Tuner

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When Alfaholics in the U.K. take on an Alfa Romeo restoration, they don’t mess around, especially when the client supplies them with what appears to be an open check book. With all of the custom parts on hand to restore and modify this 1750 Spider any way they see fit, it’s no surprise this Avorio on burgundy leather boat tail ended up with a virtual plethora of jaw dropping performance bits that consist of the following specifications:

  • Alfaholics GTA-R Suspension Package
  • Alfaholics GTA-R Brake Package (4-pot version)
  • Alfaholics 155BHP 1750 Engine built from original matching numbers engine with its original 40mm Webers
  • Alfaholics lightweight steel flywheel, Alfaholics propshaft, Alfaholics LSD
  • Alfaholics s/s sports exhaust
  • Alfaholics 7×15″ GTA Wheels with custom paint finish
  • Wilton Wool carpets with correct Spider heel mat logos
  • Full burgundy leather interior with custom sports seats, bespoke made leather door cards and rear seat drape, all Alfa plastic trim cappings and dashboard wrapped in charcoal leather
  • Boot fully boarded out and trimmed in Wilton wool carpet
  • Alfaholics billet aluminium pedal set

Check out the build pictures on the next page that began with a rusty Florida car…
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1976 Porsche 934

August 31, 2015 in German / Patina / Race Car / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration

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Although this 1976 Porsche 934 is neither the subject of a build or a restoration thread, the original unmodified and unrestored condition that it’s in (which is the same as way back when it left Porsche’s racing department almost 40 years ago) was reason enough to feature it here today. In fact, I can’t recall ever coming across another all original 934, as they were built to be raced and most every other one has been modified into a 935 slant nose or other such concoction to stay competitive. This bad boy here is the real deal. After living in private collections for most of its existence, we’d say it’s most likely due for a sympathetic restoration to get it in reliable up-and-running condition again, but that’s a job for the new owner since it was recently sold by Symbolic Motor Cars in La Jolla, California. Lets just hope they don’t take a buffer out and polish the hell out of it and slap Armor All all over the tires, we think it happens to look good wearing a little bit of age on it. In any case, it is one of only 2 black on black 934 ever produced and has an interesting history, as told on the following page…

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Build Thread Referral: Ferrari F40 Receiving Engine and Suspension Mods

August 31, 2015 in Build In Progress / Build Thread / Engineering / Homologation / Italian / Modification Thread / Video

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If you’re here, then it’s safe to assume that you’re into pictures of vintage cars, stories by Wallace Wyss and interesting eclectic build threads gathered from all over the web and put into one place. If that describes you then today I’ve got something definitely worth checking out that won’t leave you disappointed: a Ferrari F40 getting a host of engine and suspension modifications. The current in-progress build thread appears on Ferrarichat.com by forum member “Carolina Dyno”, a humble and very talented fellow who works in a small but specialized shop located in Wilmington, North Carolina. While you would normally have to be a member of fchat to view the pictures, I have included them on the following page for those who are not signed up but suggest joining because there are many more great build threads there that I haven’t covered (yet). Without any further ado, behold!
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A Period Look “Inside the Walls” at Autodelta with Robert Little

August 29, 2015 in Factory Photos / Factory Tour / guest contributor / Italian / Race Car / Reader Submission

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Vintage Alfa Romeo expert and connoisseur extraordinaire Robert Little has graciously granted us permission to share a shortened version of his story from when he worked and lived at Autodelta, the competition department of Alfa Romeo, during a break in college in 1972. The full 3 part series, titled “Inside the Walls” can be found recounted on his site at www.robertlittle.us, where he speaks about the opportunity of a lifetime and shares pictures for the first time since he took them 42 years ago. Enjoy…

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BRE’s 1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration

August 29, 2015 in Japanese / Restoration

This 1971 Datsun 240Z was the subject of a recently completed restoration by the 1969-1972 Championship Datsun racing team, Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE). Since the original car was destroyed in an accident just a year after it went into a privateer racers hands, team owner/manager Peter Brock and driver John Morton were overdue to build another as a tribute in order to finally commemorate their success they had with it back in the day, so they found this one owner, no accident car on ebay to use as the foundation. Being in the Datsun aftermarket business didn’t hurt either, as they could use all the trick parts they sell to build it as a showcase of what’s possible with an early Z when put together properly by those with the know-how learned while at the track…

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On Second One: 1981 Fiat X1/9 with Honda Engine Swaps

August 29, 2015 in Engine Swap / Home Garage Build / Italian / Japanese / Modification Thread / Sleeper / Video

This 1981 Fiat X1/9 with JDM Honda B16a engine swap might be considered all that’s un holly and sac religious on the planet (and possibly universe) to most purists upon hearing about the mash up for the first time, but once you actually contemplate all of its benefits over the standard 75 hp 1.5 liter lump it replaces, it starts to all come together and make sense. First, let’s take a look back at the original X1/9, shall we? Their immediately-rusty-as-soon-as-they-left-the-factory issues aside, they were fantastic handling, super light weight, mid engine little cars, an additional benefit being they had rear wheel drive. The perfect little package, right? Their only other detriments were an unfortunate total lack of power and spotty reliability, both of which happen to be resolved with the Japanese power plant conversion. With 170+ hp in this particular 1.6 liter replacement, you could now coyly say those problems have now been “addressed” while making air quotes, if you enjoy making understatements during conversations for effect. Personally, I have been wanting to feature one of these little Italian/Japanese hybrids since discovering Midwest Bayless’s 240 hp K20a with 6 speed transmission conversions (first video on following page) a while back, so I was glad to have finally come across this lightweight sled’s site dedicated to its build by its owner, Walter B…

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Growing Up with Bugatti’s

August 29, 2015 in Featured / French / guest contributor

1The following story is brought to us by Stewart Dean, a man who had the privilege of growing up with a father consumed with a passion for great cars and of living life to the absolute fullest. As such, he wanted to make sure his sons were exposed to the finer things in life for not their material value or worth, but for the exceptional engineering involved in their construction. On the next page, Stewart gave us permission to share his experience with a Bugatti T40 from his site, linked after it at the bottom…

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