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Apr 15

Ford GT: Heffner Performance 841 Horsepower Twin Turbo Build

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This Ford GT is the subject of a 841 horsepower twin turbo build story by it’s owner, Chip Beck on HeffnersPerformance.com. For those of you who are as-of-yet uninitiated, Heffner Performance is a very well respected, while clinically insane speed shop in Sarasota, Florida. They take otherwise seemingly “quick” (to everybody else) exotic cars and move them into a whole other level of madness, as witnessed by the GT at hand. What we like about their builds is that they are strictly business, which means no SEMA-esque chrome plumbing, funky colored manifolds to match their custom painted bodies or LED lighting in the engine bays. Just raw aluminum and stainless steel, beautiful welds and craftsmanship that scream of utter quality. Those traits are not easy to come by in the land of high performance modification shops where big boosted horsepower engine builds often equates to equally as large inflated egos and the quest to find out who can stand out as the loudest and most tasteless. Not the case here. At all. Behold…

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Apr 15

The GM Motorama Firebird III: In the car field, it was as much of a mind blower as the SR-71 was in aviation, by Wallace Wyss

2Thinking back more than a half century ago, I think I saw a wooden Marquette scale model of the gas turbine-powered Firebird III skeletal body shape before I ever saw the real car. I thought it looked like the bleached skeleton of some dead killer whale that washed up on the coast somewhere. I had seen the Firebird I and II earlier but they looked more like jet planes with severely clipped wings. The Firebird III was a great leap forward. I remember the car got a lot of ink back then. Around ’58, it had the tallest tailfins going, in fact it had not only fins at the fender tops but also a huge central fin. Not to mention tiny fins splayed out at the bottom–similar to those on a shark. Utilizing an ultrasonic key, the Firebird’s large, butterfly doors opened via high frequency sound waves…
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Apr 15

1991 Mazda Miata with Lexus V8 Swap For Sale- The Ultimate Gen 1 MX-5? We Think So

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This 1991 Miata with a 4.0 liter Lexus V8 engine swap is currently for sale in Texas for an asking price of $17,500. It was recently featured in a /DRIVE video posted below with Matt Farah and looks like an absolute hoot to drive, having been built by a Mazda factory race team employee about 7 years ago. A good portion of the time when you read the words “engine swap”, the details go south quickly as you get further into the specifics, but this one just keeps getting better and better the more you get into it. Come check out the video and info on the following page…
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Apr 15

Friday Edition of Vintage Car Photos

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Mercedes Benz representing at the 1955 Frankfurt Motor Show. I spy a 220S Cab up front, a 300SL and a 190SL, with a pair of sleek SLR racers thrown in on top because, well because why not? It’s their home market auto show after all. 31 more mesmerizing Vintage Car Photos on the following page…
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Apr 15

UPDATED WITH MORE ART: CBI Contributor Wallace Wyss to Display Ferrari Fine Art at Concorso Italiano

Wallace Wyss, fine artist and contributor to CBI, is painting up a storm in preparation for his one-man show at his booth at Concorso Italiano in Monterey August 15th. He says almost all of his work will be on Ferrari, with the occasional Lamborghini or Maserati. Wyss, who describes himself as a “primitive” (“like Granma Moses” he jokes), paints his artwork in acrylic oil and then makes affordable prints. At the show there will be over 50 prints to choose from, many depicting classic Ferraris of the ‘50s and ‘60s, often cars featured in his “Incredible Barn Find” series of books.

6“I always like to come to Monterey to see the art work of the AFAS group at Pebble,” he says, adding “automotive art work is moving up in the memorabilia world with the display of art at the newer museums.”

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Apr 15

Davide Cironi Drive Experience Video: The Maserati Biturbo 2.24-Is It a Hit or Miss?

Engine and exhaust notes are glorious, agreed, but what does the Davide Cironi Drive Experience think about the rest of the Maserati Biturbo 2.24? Handling, braking, acceleration…is it a flop or over the years have enthusiasts groups gotten together and remedied the flailing Italian’s known weaknesses? I won’t give it away, check out the result for yourself…

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Apr 15

Tasteful 1990 Volkswagen Corrado Restoration/Build with 1.8L Turbo Engine Swap

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On ClubGTI.com there’s an overall pretty tasteful 1990 VW Corrado restoration/build posted worth checking out, which is unfortunately far too uncommon of an occurrence. We like these Karmann built little sports 4 seater sport coupes so it’s good to see one of them being properly sorted out by someone with some skills, but what’s surprising to find out at the end of the build thread is that he was only 15 years old when he began the impressive project 4 years earlier. Going by the username “20vt” on the forum, he begins by swapping in a 1.8 liter turbo that he later modifies, plucked straight out of a 2001 GTI. The first page teaser of the 11 page build thread is shared on the following page and you’ll find a link to it in its entirety right after, so let the process begin!

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Apr 15

Have a Car FOR SALE? Post it with Us for Free!

for-sale-sign Have a classic car you want to sell? Send it our way and we’ll post it in our new “For Sale” section. No charge, no strings attached, in fact no involvement whatsoever. Your direct contact information will be displayed, so e-mail the pertinent information on over to: [email protected] and we’ll put it up. We just want to see it go to a good home!

01111_kXDqLTOoBGr_600x4501Above photo of modified 1982 911 SC for sale sourced from Bringatrailer.com.

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Apr 15

Vintage Car Photos- Thursday

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What starts with a Lamborghini Countach and ends with a Urraco? No trick questions here, it’s today’s Vintage Car Photos feature which begins on the following page. But first, how about that title picture of a 1960 Jaguar E-Type convertible prototype driven by Norman Dewis, the factory’s chief tester? Enjoy:
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Apr 15

Mustang Proposals That Never Were: Of all of them, the wagon idea was the road never followed…by Wallace Wyss

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Long ago, when I was interested in poetry, not seduced by cars, I went to see a reading by Robert Frost who wrote the famous poem entitled “the road not taken.” Well, now that I am a car guy through and through, I am interested in the roads not taken in car design–the directions explored as far as clay but never offered in cars we could buy. It is really amazing that, since the first Mustang broke cover in ’64 ½ (model year) that Ford has managed to keep the car more or less on track as America’s sporty car. Not sports car, but sporty. It is a car that has a mission—one that can’t be filled by European or Japanese cars, no matter how sporty. When you look at some of the old clay models you wonder “What were they thinking?” But even the worst of them made some contribution toward the whole…

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Apr 15

Road & Track Car Culture: Daily Driver 1977 Mercedes Benz 450 SEL 6.9

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I really like this format that Road & Track implemented with their Car Culture segment a while back, basically just quick interviews with owners of vintage cars. If anyone has a car they would like to submit in this fashion, send it on over to me at [email protected] Check it out on the following page…
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Apr 15

Vintage Car Photos

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Todays Vintage Car Photos segment contains a good amount of Mercedes Benz W113 bodied SL content, as well as more than a few 1968 Bertone designed Alfa Romeo Carabo concept car shots. Don’t know about you, but I’m seeing quite a bit of Vector W8 stifled from that design…
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Apr 15

VIDEO: “911 Canyon Carving with Chad McQueen & Nicolas Hunziker”

Since this has been a Steve McQueen oriented day so far already, we thought why not continue the theme with this video of his son Chad and Nicolas Hunziker taking a drive through the Malibu canyons on Mulholland Highway. Turn up the volume and enjoy, because this is the good stuff:

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Apr 15

The McQueen Effect: It Sure As Hell Was In Force When This 1970 911S Sold, by Wallace Wyss

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Now, you see lots of cars in lots of classic movies and sometimes it’s a car anyone could have bought at the time. What I mean by that is it wasn’t a special order race car or custom built, it was just as the automaker was building them at the time. So I was surprised when I came across mention of a huge price paid a few years back for an old 1970 Porsche 911S once owned by Steve McQueen. The car, by the pictures, doesn’t seem to have anything that special about it. It’s who owned it that makes all the difference in the world…
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Apr 15

Share Your Car or Car Related Story

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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] I am also always looking for interesting build threads, so if you have one or know of a good one, send it on over. In the meantime for some inspiration on your own project, check out our previous 1962 Lotus 7 restoration, as seen in the title picture above.

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Apr 15

Tuesday Vintage Car Photos- But This Isn’t A Daily Thing…

100Steve McQueen’s infamous 911 S on the set of Le Mans. More random vintage car pics on the next page…
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Apr 15

Petrolicious Video: “The Volkswagen Scirocco Rekindles A Forgotten Fury”

Another great weekly video by Petrolicious.com, this time around about a car we have a soft spot for: the 16V VW Scirocco. And here’s why:

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Apr 15

Video: When Harry Met Clio- A Renault Clio 182 Trophy, That Is

When Harry Metcalfe talks, we listen. In this edition of Harry’s Garage, he takes a closer in-depth look at a car that’s been in his collection since his Evo magazine tested it back in 2005- a Renault Clio 182 Trophy. With such trick components from the factory as remote reservoir front shocks and the power to weight ratio of a Lotus Elise, we’d love to get behind the wheel of this hot hatch to give it a go in the canyons, which is exactly what sold him on it after outgunning a Lamborghini Gallardo in the twisties. We’ll let him tell you all about it…

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Apr 15

Velocemoto’s 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider

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We previously featured a pair of videos showing this tastefully restored and improved-upon 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider here and have since contacted its owner, Pete Hughes (aka “Velocemoto”) in hopes of finding out a little more about it. He got back to us shortly after, informing us that his father purchased it in 1978 with 50k miles on it, having hopes to fully restore it after the original owner had unfortunately wrecked it. By the 90′s Pete took over the stalled project, additionally putting on a new top, interior, brakes and clutch to make it a runner. It has since been given a much more thorough restoration which can be seen in part on the following page, along with a link to a site he created where the Alfa’s whole history is outlined. The latest upgrades have been a recent Alfaholics suspension package earlier this year, along with a stainless steel exhaust. We have always been big fans of the earlier boat tails, but this Series 2 (1970-1982/3) has us questioning whether we now prefer these Kamm tails, as this is one of our favorites we’ve ever seen. Other than the original design’s rounded tail gone in these later S2 editions, other smaller changes included a slightly different grill, new door handles, a more raked windshield and top hinged pedals. Check out the photos and video on the next page and judge for yourself whether you’re a Kamm tail convert now too…
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Apr 15

Wallace Wyss’ Report of The Fabulous Fords Forever Show in Buena Park, California

The Fabulous Fords Forever show this past weekend was very well organized this year and the weather at Buena Park was perfect–in the mid-’80s. I would say there were over 1,000 cars there. I noticed huge influx of new Mustangs which shows why Ford promotes this show–it’s good for exposing fans of the old cars to the newest ones. Ford did not reveal any prototypes there–no 2016 Ford GT, however they did have on the grass infield some drag racing Thunderbolt Fairlanes. I believe these came with 427 Cobra engines.

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