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Sep 14

2 Simultaneous Acura NSX Rebuilds From Scratch

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What’s not to love here with these two Acura NSX’s that are both subjects of a build thread on NSXprime.com by their owner, forum member “Hugabuga”. He found them from separate sellers after they had been sitting unused for a decade and each have very low mileage, the red one a ’93 manual with only 38,000 kilometers and the silver a ’91 automatic with just 26,000. Neither are his first endeavor into NSX territory, as he has a few others as well so it wouldn’t be a stretch to call him a fanatic, especially after seeing the complete tear down and rebuilds of each during the 10 page thread…

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09
Sep 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 feature about the VW Golf Time Attack Series build, as teased in the title picture above.

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08
Sep 14

More Random Photos of the Day

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More random photos of the day to explore from all over the place, so dive right in and indulge yourself:

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08
Sep 14

1987 Buick Grand National Restoration

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This 1987 Buick Grand National’s restoration by American Resto Mods in Georgia was documented with 1,160 pictures after it was “exhumed from the Louisiana mud” by its latest owner in 2011. Since then the car has been finished to a condition that’s unquestionably better than showroom new, which shouldn’t have been too difficult since this is an 80′s era GM product we are talking about here after all. Come take a short look at it on the following page along with a little bit of GN trivia thrown in, as well…
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08
Sep 14

The Porsche 918 Spyder During Production- A Personal Contradition

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Modern supercars such as the Porsche 918 Spyder have more handling, acceleration and braking capabilities than the majority of us mere mortals are talented enough of exploring to anywhere near their max full potential. But, as a car nut growing up in the 80′s they just don’t seem to push the same buttons for me as yesteryear’s crop of lightweight street legal Group B cars did back in the day. In comparison they are all now bloated and overweight due to their abundance of unnecessary complicated technology, so why not a much smaller LaFerrari, 918 or P1 that concentrated on weight savings instead of all that useless mega horsepower? With that said, though, I’d be in total denial if I said I wouldn’t drive one given the opportunity or possibly even own one if a complete miracle financial turnaround occurred. Who really knows? Does that make me a hypocrite that should have his vintage car enthusiast card revoked? I mean, just look at the photos of these 918 Spyders during production (taken by GF Williams for Jalopnik) on the following page. Sides don’t have to be chosen, imaginary lines in the ground don’t have to be drawn, we can appreciate them all old and new for their own merits, right? Obviously conflicted here, you be your own judge…

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05
Sep 14

Renault Clio Build with Rear Mounted VW VR6 and Rear Wheel Drive

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This Renault Clio is the subject of a build thread on ClioSport.net by its talented owner/builder, Andy Bloxsome. His appreciation for everything-VR6-powered led him to buy the lightweight economy car specifically to strip down and rebuild with a custom turbocharged 3 liter VW Corrado engine, although the German’s newly transplanted home is now in the rear of the little French car behind the front seats. With 430 hp and 430 ft lb of torque driven to its rear wheels to handle, the chassis was modified by cutting the floor out and fabricating the front subframe from a Corrado VR6 to fit in back, along with the wishbones, sway bars and hubs from a Mk2 Golf 16 Valve. If that’s not enough to pique your car enthusiast bone right to the marrow, just check out the 50+ pictures of the build on the next page, along with a dyno run video thrown in to back up the stupendous power claim. This is just the type of stealthy build we like best here at CBI, as the Clio looks like it could have been factory built in house by Renault’s own skunk works race department and its wolf in sheep’s clothing appearance would be the perfect tool to hunt down unsuspecting R5 Turbos to play with, too. Enjoy the top quality build here…
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05
Sep 14

Random Photos of the Day

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An assorted collection of random car photos that are pretty, pretty, pretty cool…

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04
Sep 14

1978 BMW 320i to 3.3L Turbo – Original DINAN Build

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Too soon for another BMW feature already? Nah, we didn’t think so either. What we got here today follows along the same build philosophy as the last one of a big turbo 6 getting shoe horned into a 3 Series, but the recipient this time around begins with a previous generation body style. It happens to be one of the earliest cars Dinan had ever modified back around 1980, starting with a Sapphire Blue 1978 320i . They stripped it down, added steel flares and painted it in Ferrari Red, the same paint job it still wears today. Its tiny emissions strangled 4 cylinder was tossed aside and an M30 3.3 liter inline 6 from one of the larger BMW offerings at the time was swapped in, then they did what they understandably had to do by adding a turbo charger, because who could argue with that? … Continue reading →

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04
Sep 14

1974 MGB-GT Build with Ford 302 V8 Engine Swap

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This 1974 MGB-GT project was featured on BritishV8.org and is worth checking out if you have even the slightest bit of interest in American V8 engines being stuffed into pint-sized English cars. If you’re anything like us, then you’ll appreciate what’s going on here. While we could nitpick here and there about a few personal preference details that we would have done differently, who really cares, just look at it! The overall package and its execution look absolutely jaw dropping stunning and we are sure a chance to hop behind the wheel would provide the same result.

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Sep 14

1987 BMW 325 to Alpina B6 3.5 Turbo Tribute Build

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This 1987 BMW 325 is currently the subject of a build thread on r3vlimited.com by its builder/owner, forum member “e30m3s54turbo”. He is creating an Alpina B6 3.5 Turbo Tribute using a virtual plethora of authentic period correct Alpina parts that he’s been collecting for years, along with an engine swap from an m30b35 (decoded from BMW-talk as a late 80′s to early 90′s 535, 635 and 735 model engine), plus turbocharger. Impressively, at the same time he has 2 other e30 build threads going simultaneously to cover the gamete of aftermarket German tuners during that epic pre-Bangle era in BMW history. Those include an AC Schnitzer project and an ’88 M3 being built as a tribute to a Harge H35-24, helping earn him cred in our books as an e30 3 Series authoritarian…

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