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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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Oct 14

Google Street View at the Abarth Factory in Turin

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Take a virtual tour of the Abarth factory in Turin with Google Street View. Check out the multitude of Assetto Corse’s race cars under construction, and be sure not to miss the reproduction of Karl Abarth’s office, too. Get lost in all of the Italian goodness on the following page…

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Oct 14

The 2014 COPO Camaro DIY Home Garage Build Guide

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Here we have the beginning stages of a 2014 COPO Camaro drag car being built up from scratch using a bare “Body In White”, purchased directly from Chevrolet Performance. Forum member “gump” from Camaro5.com started the build thread to show how to do it yourself in your own home garage with the help of a few qualified buddies. Rather than start with a used car and stripping it of all its non-essentials, this is the cleanest approach since it avoids the gathering of unneeded components and clutter that would be difficult to unload anyways, which is exactly why Chevy sells it for everything from road racing to Pro Street and Competition drag racing applications too. During the height of the muscle car era in the 60′s, COPO (Central Office Production Order) was created as a way for dealerships to order cars with large displacement engines and performance packages in models that wouldn’t normally be available together. Then, because of the gas and oil crisis of the next decade, cars became strangled with emissions equipment, robbing them of their horsepower and making them a mockery of their former glorious history. Huge 350 cubic inch V8′s pumping out a mere 150 hp became commonplace, a sad statement to the state of affairs at the time. Certainly because of those issues, the COPO program disappeared until 2011 when the concept was reintroduced at SEMA with such an overwhelming response that they had to make it a reality again. Since then, only 69 fully custom, hand built COPO drag Camaros have been made available to serious racers per year, and if you are fortunate enough to be one of those buyers you are even invited to join in on the build at the Chevrolet Performance Center in Wixom, Michigan. But if you are not one of those who had a full drag race car built for you at the factory and want to build one up from a bare shell, here is how to do it…

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Oct 14

IMSA GTU Datsun 240 Z Race Car Restoration

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This IMSA GTU Datsun 240 Z race car’s restoration was recently finished by Z Car Garage in time for it to compete at the 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion this past August. For the previous 2 decades it had been left unused in storage after a hard life of racing, but the car was finally just brought back to the spec that it competed in during the late 1970′s, complete with Atari influenced livery and all. Privateer driver Joel Anderson raced it with much success after purchasing it from the Datsun Competition Department in 1979 for just $1.00, a benefit of being a proven driver and having inside factory connections. In his interesting interview with Z Car Blog on the following page, he talks about his past racing and the fact that he re-purchased the car in 1989 after deciding he wanted all his old race cars back again. What’s great is that once complete, the vintage race car was brought to the Laguna Seca event on the same trailer that he used to tow the car to Road Atlanta with. Insert any one of the numerous “the old race days were so much better than today” comments in here that you wish and enjoy the build photos on the next page…

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Oct 14

Textbook Build Thread: Modified 2009 VW R32

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When creating a build thread, there are various forms of methods that people employ to share their cars with fellow enthusiasts, but this 2009 VW R32‘s on golfmkv.com should be used a template for all future projects. Forum member Phil in Hong Kong created the textbook example of how it should be done, going so far as to organize each mod into a bullet point presentation, complete with what was done to his car at what given mileage, links to pictures provided of said modifications as well as the shop or manufacturer where it could be purchased, too. In addition, a brief description and review of each performance mod is given, as well. There isn’t much more that I can do here except to cut and paste it and point you in the right direction to see it for yourself. I am sure you will agree that this R32 has been very tastefully built without going overboard, and if you are listening Phil, don’t bother going for that turbo or supercharger. There is such a thing as overkill and right now you’re in the perfect harmonic spot both mechanically and cosmetically. Well done, sir. Check it out for yourself on the next page…

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