1995 BMW M3 Hill Climb Race Car Build

August 30, 2016 in German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

This 1995 BMW E36 M3 was the subject of a build thread on http://www.bimmerforums.com/ by forum member “bimmerbumm193” (real name is Kendrick). In it, he set out to build a race car on a budget to compete in his local Weatherly Hill Climb in Pennsylvania. We at CBI always appreciate a dual purpose street/race car, especially when it has tasteful mods such as this car and is daily driven. After all, what true car enthusiast doesn’t respect a properly set up black on black M3 with a roll bar and race parts? We couldn’t agree more.

2013 Ford Focus ST Build

August 29, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Modification Thread / Sleeper / Video

This 2013 Ford Focus ST is the subject of a current shop project thread on http://www.focusst.org/index.php by Rally Sport Direct in Utah. The shop bought the car new and set about creating the absolute most comprehensive build thread that we have ever come across, covering each and every modification with before and after reviews of each product, a plethora of pictures for their each and every DIY guides that even included some video, too. This, our dear friends, is how it’s done. The bar has been raised and set to the highest possible level, of which Rally Sport Direct has created the template for how a build thread should be written, no matter what make, model or year of car. Tahhh Dahhh. And now following that grandiose smooch ass build up, how about a little bit about the car…

1986 Renault R5 Turbo 2 Restoration Video

August 26, 2016 in Build In Progress / French / Home Garage Build / Video

We have been looking for a good Renault R5 Turbo restoration to feature here for some time now, so we were happy to have come across this video. Nothing speaks louder to us than box flares, a roll cage and BBS rims all wrapped up in a mid engine, rear drive platform, especially when that vehicle was originally sold as a front wheel drive econo box. Would that qualify it as a “sleeper”? Normally yes, but in this case not a chance in hell. After all, you did see those flares, right?
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Jay Leno’s Mercedes Benz 300 SEL 6.3 with AMG Engine Swap

August 25, 2016 in Engine Swap / German / Modification Thread / Sleeper

While doing a search for an interesting AMG engine swap to feature here, we came across this story that we actually remember reading about a few years back. It involved taking a brand spanking new 518 horsepower, 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine normally found in the late model E63 and S63 AMG series sedans and transplanting it into a vintage 300SEL 6.3. It apparently already had tallied up around 300,000 miles on it, which we thought we should mention just in case the period-correct police began to turn on their sirens…

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1200 hp 1972 Chevy Nova: The Ultimate Sleeper Build

August 24, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Modification Thread / Race Car / Sleeper / Video

This 1972 Chevrolet Nova was the subject of a sleeper build by Kurt Urban at Wheel 2 Wheel Powertrains in Michigan for their customer, Dru Diesner. And when we say “sleeper build”, we should really have emphasized that with the much more descriptive word “ultimate” in front of it, because that is exactly what we have here. From looking at it as a casual glance, you would be hard pressed to have noticed anything to give away the fact that this bad boy is generating 1,160 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 825 lb-ft of torque through use of a twin supercharged LS2. Everything in this build was custom fabricated with the goal of hiding every last bit of it’s true potential. Can you say “bad ass”? This thing just screams of anger management issues, which is exactly why we love it.

425 hp 2008 VW R32 HPA Turbo Build

August 23, 2016 in German / Modification Thread / Sleeper / Video

This 2008 VW R32 was the subject of a turbo engine build thread on VWVortex.com, which can be found linked at the bottom of the following page. The car had already received a host of proper suspension and brake mods before the installation of their HPA 20th Anniversary Turbo Kit began. We were glad to have run across this one to feature here because we are big R32 fans and this one was tastefully set up by the crew at New Jersey’s Linden VW and HPA, who were both contributing to the thread. Continue on the next page for more detailed info and a boatload more pictures, too…

2005 Mercedes Benz G500 Off Road Build

August 22, 2016 in Factory Photos / German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

This is a short but sweet build thread featuring a 2005 Mercedes Benz G500.  We have been wanting to spotlight a G Wagon build for some time now, but always seem to come up short when trying to find a worthy subject. Maybe that’s because we are more interested in finding one that has been built up with the intention of going on an off-road expedition rather than the overwhelming majority which have been pimped out with silly bling mods. Mercedes Benz originally built them as military vehicles, then offered them for sale to the general public in 1979. It’s unfortunate that the most off roading the majority of G Wagons will ever do is when their trophy wife owner is backing one of them out of the driveway and into a flower garden, not that we have anything against trophy wives. In any case, before we stick our other foot in our mouth too, we finally have one to talk about here that has been built up with some solid modifications, exactly how we like them.


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1973 Porsche 911 RS Restoration

August 19, 2016 in German / Restoration Shop

This 1973 Porsche 911 RS was the subject of a nut and bolt rotisserie restoration by the marque experts at CPR Classic Restorations in Fallbrook, California. The master craftsmen have been in business for over 40 years, restoring some of the best 356′s and 911′s in the world to absolute show winning examples, and this particular RS is no exception. We can never go very long here without featuring a 911 build or restoration project of some sort, as the iconic model has been around for so many years in an assortment of so many flavors that we actually have to restrain ourselves from including too many. It is especially difficult when we have one of the best shops at our disposal at just a few finger taps away on the internet. They always include a multitude of detailed photographs of their meticulous projects, making it hard for us to hold back for the perfect timing. Unfortunately, what we don’t have is any back story of this car, so let’s fill in the blanks by starting with a bit of the 911 RS’s history in general, shall we?

Time Lapse Video: Scott Sharp’s Patrón Highcroft Acura Race Car Re-Build

August 18, 2016 in Build In Progress / Race Car / Video

During practice at the 2009 Petit Le Mans (ALMS) race at Road Atlanta, driver Scott Sharp majorly crashed his Patrón Highcroft Acura ARX-20a Race Car, luckily walking away. To prepare it in time for the upcoming race, the team had to build an almost completely new car from scratch, which they amazingly accomplished in 20 hours while retaining only 10% of the original parts. Find the 2 minutes and 41 second time-lapse video of that epic feat on the following page…


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VW Golf R 2.0 APR 420 hp Stage 3 Build

August 16, 2016 in German / Modification Thread / Sleeper / Video

This 2010-2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2.0 6 speed was the subject of a sleeper build by the VW/Audi/Porsche and Skoda aftermarket performance experts at APR in Australia. The shop transformed it’s stock turbocharged, 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine from 271 to 420 horsepower with their Stage 3 kit, and installed suspension and brake mods to help keep a handle on it’s new found power, as well.
We are huge advocates of sleeper builds and this particular VW couldn’t look any more sedate than with it’s plain white exterior color and sticker-less body, which is exactly how we like them. That is part of the appeal of flying under the radar since it’s not about winning stoplight races by surprise for us, it’s about wanting to drive a performance car without looking like a boy racer or poser. Welcome to the land of subtlety, where less is more and self confidence is paramount.

Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce Resto-Mod Build by Alfaholics

August 15, 2016 in Italian / Restoration Shop / Sleeper

This Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce was the subject of a resto-mod build by the U.K. marque experts at Alfaholics. Starting with a tired old donor car, the car’s owner wanted them to build him a track day car that would be as quick and handle as well as their own GTA-R showcase car, a feat which would not be easily accomplished with an open bodied road car. Since we are huge fans of the shop and of Spider Veloces in general, it was only natural that we feature this project car after running across it on-line. Continue with us on the next page as we cover the process that made it possible for them to achieve those lofty goals. Also, don’t miss taking a look at our previous story of an awesome 1970 Alfaholics Step Nose GTA-R resto-mod after this one, which can be seen in “Related posts” at the end…

1966/67 Meyers Manx Survivor

August 12, 2016 in American / Survivor

While searching for a cool Baja Bug restoration to feature here, we ran across this Meyers Manx dune buggy on http://www.dunebuggyrestorationmagazine.com/ and immediately knew that we had to share it here with our fellow eclectic auto enthusiast friends. It is in true original survivor condition, which we always prefer over a restoration whenever possible. Follow the short story with us on the next page…


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Ferrari Formula 1 Cutaway Drawings

August 11, 2016 in Cutaway Drawings / Cutaway Pictures / Ferrari cutaway pictorial / Italian / Race Car

Last week we brought you Cutaway Drawings of Ferrari’s road and race cars. Today we would like to highlight specifically Ferrari’s Formula 1 cars from 1948 to 2004. The majority of years are covered, and if you scroll over each of them you will be able to see each picture’s titles on the bottom left of your computer screen. Enjoy.

1948-50 125 pic2

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A Look at the Maserati GranTurismo MC Tropeo Series Race Car

August 9, 2016 in Italian / Modification Thread / Race Car

Dubai based car enthusiast site http://www.crankandpiston.com/ recently did a feature story on what it takes to make a Maserati Gran Turismo into an MC Trofeo Series race car. When the race series made a visit to their local Abu Dhabi track for their World Series event, it gave their site’s contributor James Davison a chance to get up close and personal with the cars and ask Silvertro D’Amico, Maserati’s Racing & Sponsorship Coordinator, a few questions…
Maserati Trofeo

Sleeper 1970 Porsche 914-6 Restoration

August 8, 2016 in Engine Swap / German / Modification Thread / Sleeper

This Canary Yellow 1970 Porsche 914-6 was the subject of a bare metal rotisserie restoration and build by Vintage Excellence in San Diego, California. We always enjoy seeing a car that has been restored while taking full advantage of performance upgrades at the same time. More “sleeper” than “resto-mod”, if you will. With it’s modified 3.0 SC engine, Brembo AM brakes and reworked suspension and transmission, it’s builder says, “This car is now faster and handles better than a 911 RS lightweight”.  Not to mention the car looks entirely innocent and stock, exactly how we like them. Follow along with us below for more details of this particular car’s build…

1928 Bentley 6 1/2 Litre Sympathetic Restoration

August 5, 2016 in English / Restoration Shop / Sympathetic Restoration

Since it is ultimately our goals to bring a multitude of car cultures together for our own greedy personal agendas, how better to follow a Miata engine swap build feature than to next throw a 1928 Bentley restoration into the mix? Not much chance that the car enthusiast who frequents Mazda boards is going to jump next right into an old English car renovation, so that is exactly what we are here at your service for. After all, we are all car people here, and we all appreciate automotive innovations, whether they are from before our own personal lifetimes or happen to be in our immediate current period. So, let’s get on with this good ol chap to kick ‘er off, shall we? Tally ho!…


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2002 Mazda Miata Sleeper Build with Corvette V8 Engine Swap

August 4, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Japanese / Sleeper

This 2002 Mazda Miata was the subject of a sleeper build by Flyin’ Miata in Palisade, Colorado. The shop is known for their outlandish American V8 engine swaps that get squeezed into the tiny Japanese roller skates, a formula which we at CarBuildIndex absolutely love. Carroll Shelby started shoe horning Ford 289 and 427 motors into the small, British Ace roadsters back in the 60’s, a concept which never gets old.
Miata’s are known among true grit car enthusiasts (who are entirely secure with their own sexuality) to be awesome handling, fun to drive, lightweight, tossable canyon carving banshees. Stock or even lightly modified, they are referred to as “momentum racers” because they require a driver to be precise with their apexes and braking points to carry their speed through corners since there’s not enough horsepower to cover or make up for any possible mistakes. Ultimately, these are the qualities in a car that truly hone a driver’s skill behind the wheel.
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Not a Restoration: 1978 Porsche 935 “Moby Dick” Build

August 3, 2016 in German / Race Car / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1978 Porsche 935-007 was the restoration project of the marque experts at Freisinger Motorsports in Germany. Serial number 006 and 007 examples of “Moby Dick”, as they came to be known, were the latest developed iterations of the factory 935 series turbocharged race cars. Their elaborately shaped aerodynamic bodies were designed for high speed tracks, while still retaining the classic 911 silhouette. Many unique pieces on the factory racing specials, such as their “upside down” transmissions, larger one piece aluminum brake calipers and 3.2 liter, four valve, twin cam water cooled Type 935/71 engines had not yet been made available to private race teams. And who could blame them, because what hugely-funded factory racing effort wants a lowly privateer to beat them at their own game? In any case, continue on the following page for a brief history of #007’s journey from a 9 year hibernation stint in a Porsche storage unit in Germany to it’s new owner in Los Angeles in 1988, and then back to Germany again for the epic project seen here to begin.
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