All cars that are American

1971 Ford F100 NORRA Mexican 1000 Baja Race Truck Build

September 29, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Modification Thread / Race Car

This 1971 Ford F100 was the subject of a race truck restoration and build on, by forum member “bajaxp”. As his on-line name suggests, the truck was being prepared for competition in Baja for the 2013 NORRA Mexican 1000. It’s truly a no-holds barred, balls out build that started picking up sponsors as quickly as tumbleweed rolls through the desert (“quickly”…we were going for “quickly” here…) throughout it’s full 24 page thread. Continue with us on the next page as we follow the project from the time of purchase to beyond race day…

1968 Ford Mustang BULLITT Movie Tribute Car

September 22, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Modification Thread / Movie Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop / Sleeper

UPDATE: This car was one of our original features here at It just sold at the Bonhams auction in Arizona today (January 16th, 2014) for $88,000, as seen HERE

Original Feature:

This 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback is a “Bullitt” tribute car built by a collaboration between Gateway Classic Mustangs and Year One, as seen on The Highland Green car was made in 2008 for Steve McQueen’s son, Chad, with the intention of recreating the same character of his father’s original movie car while at the same time utilizing improved modifications that have been developed since the movie’s debut.


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2015 Corvette Z06 Cutaway Display

September 13, 2016 in American / Cutaway Pictures

Being the car nerds that we are, we are always fascinated at looking at the inner workings of cars when they are apart so we can see what really makes them tick other than our right foot and lazy steering inputs. We have previously done a few features here in the past which showcased cutaway drawings, but what’s better than an actual car that has been dissected wide open like that poor frog you had to cut open back in high school for Biology class? took it upon themselves to be the professor in this case and highlight all of the engineering marvels showcased in the new 2015 Corvette Z06 that was on display at the Detroit Auto Show just a few days ago. Rather than high jack their own tutorial, we have included a link to it at the bottom of the next page. Some of the more standout features of the car include 15.5 inch carbon front brakes, carbon fiber torque tube and driveshaft, and a 6.2 liter supercharged LT4 engine producing “at least” 625 hp and 635 ft lb of torque along with an 8 speed transmission. Enjoy.


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PART 2 of Abandoned Cars: A Sad, Sad Pictorial

September 7, 2016 in American / English / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Movie Car / Race Car

#Here we have a continuation of the “Abandoned Cars: A Sad, Sad Pictorial” feature we did not too long ago. A few from that past post may have sneaked their way into today’s segment that we have overlooked, but what we find most interesting is that that we have featured 2 of the basket cases here as restoration projects. The goal, of course, is to track down and find the remaining to showcase on our site. Until then…

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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 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…

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.

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 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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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.
Continue with us on the next page as we follow this build start to finish…

4 Barn Finds At Once

August 2, 2016 in American / Barn Find / English / Italian / Race Car

While we normally like to feature mostly vintage car restorations here at CarBuildIndex, we always tend to favor those rare occurrences of discovering an unrestored, original barn find or even a sympathetic restoration story. Today we ran across the collection of the late Stan Hallinan of Bow, New Hampshire. Upon seeing the cars he stored away, Stan immediately become our poster boy for restraint. The reason why is because he held onto and kept preserved in his garage some of the most iconic sports cars in history somehow without driving them for 40 years. Although many knew of his stored cars, it was still a “barn find” of epic proportions in our books. We can’t help but wonder how on earth he he had the self control to keep a 1962 Shelby Cobra 260, a 1951 Ferrari 212, a 1958 Lister-Chevrolet “Knobbly” and a 1966 Lotus Cortina Mk I all locked away in a shed for so many years?? Flabbergasted, we just slap our foreheads and move onto the subject of the cars themselves since we will never be able to comprehend the answer to that question our feeble selves.

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Bonneville Salt Flats Roadster Build

July 27, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Race Car

This Roadster is in the process of being built up by volunteers of the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association (USFRA). The entire build is made up of donated parts and volunteer’s time so that when finished, the car can be driven as an reward to the numerous volunteer staff who repeatedly offer their free time at the races but who have never actually had the chance to drive one of the race cars themselves. We are moved by the honorable gesture, and of the stories in the article that tell of all of the parts and items that have been donated to make this dream a reality.

2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Build

July 25, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

This 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the subject of a build thread by “LethalPerformanceTX” on The Texas performance shop, Lethal Performancethrew a slew of mods at the beast to increase it’s already hair raising stock horsepower/torque figures from 540/536 to a whopping 715/730, measured at the rear wheels. The list of mods are outlined at the bottom of the following page, but may we suggest first taking a look at the video on the following page. The glorious sounding supercharged V8 sits idling all cammed loppy-style, as it should, before making a staggering 10.159 quarter mile pass at 144 mph on 19″ Nitto drag radials…

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March 84C IndyCar Strip Down Re-Build

July 21, 2016 in American / Race Car / Restoration Shop

This March 84C IndyCar was the subject of a restoration back to it’s original configuration by AR Racewerks in Scottsdale, Arizona. Andrew Riggs opened the doors to this fabrication/restoration shop in 2007, having worked with some of the top drivers and teams in the industry for the previous 30 years. When we ran across the multitude of pictures of this ground-bound fighter jet’s tear down (did that just rhyme?), we immediately knew we had to feature it here. After all, are there ever enough turbocharged, mega horsepower open wheel race car build features? We couldn’t agree more, and this particular one gets extra unicorn brownie points for having been driven by Geoff Brabham and Michael Andretti, two of the most prominent figures in IndyCar racing. After all, if you were to ask a stranger off the street to name the first Italian race car driver that pops in their head, 9 out of 10 times it’s going to be an Andretti.

Vintage Race Car Hauler Pictures

July 13, 2016 in American / French / General Discussion / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car

We always love a good ‘ol vintage car pictorial to scroll through, especially when the subject is race car related. There is just something about seeing the haphazard way that things used to be done that gives us a nice warm fuzzy feeling inside. We hope you enjoy looking at this feature of Vintage Race Car Hauler Pictures as much as we did in finding them.

0 - 1 -Helldrivers - Toronto Canasa - 1970

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July 6, 2016 in American / Video

Well, Tom’s back again with another feature and he is apparently silly for horsepower. While we normally do not spotlight brand new cars here at, we felt compelled to include this 2014 SRT Viper as it mixes in well with our street car/track-day car theme we have going on here which we obviously like so much. Let us apologize in advance for a few far-too-obvious cliche words here, but we couldn’t refrain ourselves from anyways…these snakes produce a venomous 640 bhp (477 kW) @ 6,200 rpm and 600 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5,000 rpm. Follow the story on the next page, starting with the video presentation of “Inside the 2013 SRT Viper Powertrain” featuring the absolutely beastly 8.4 Liter (512 Cubic Inch) motor. Also, a  very informative Adam Carolla video with Ralph Gilles of SRT and the 2014 Viper TA is included.
So, without any further animal or reptilian analogies, please continue reading and viewing on the following page…

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1974 Ford Bronco Restoration/Modification by Nicks Trix

July 1, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Restoration Shop

This 1974 Ford Bronco underwent a full frame off restoration by the experts at Nicks Trix in North Carolina, who took the opportunity to throw some tasteful modifications on it at the same time. We always appreciate these first generation Broncos when they still retain their original uncut rear fenders without the highly popular dealer-added flares. It’s a classic look that is very rare, especially when paired with steel rims and hubcaps, wrapped in some meaty tires and raised slightly, just the way we like them.


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200th Post CBI Celebration in the Form of a 70’s Custom Van Pictorial

June 24, 2016 in American / General Discussion / Home Garage Build

For our 200th published post, we wanted to do something a little special and out of the ordinary. We thought what could be better than a post featuring 70’s customized vans? Rather than follow one from start to finish during a restoration, behold 55 pictures on the following page of an assortment of custom rigs with air-brushed unicorns, wizards, warlocks and crashing wave scenarios. From the factory, these rigs were a virtual blank canvas for the imaginations of the era’s psychedelic artists and craftsmen, and now looking back at them they surely represented that time period with flying colors, not to mention shag carpeting, bubble windows, CB radios, louvers, captain chairs and of course, beds. Water beds if were so inclined. And if the f*#k truck has a name, all the better.
So, that’s it folks for the rest of the weekend, enjoy the pictures and keep on truckin‘! Don’t come a knockin’ if the trucks a rockin‘. (Raises hands above head, drops mike and walks off stage)…


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Vintage Dealership Photos

June 8, 2016 in American / General Discussion / Uncategorized / Vintage Dealership Photos

With your help, we would like to develop a new category that features vintage dealership photos to expand further upon what we have attached here. Although we always enjoy seeing pictures of recently restored vintage cars, nothing beats seeing old pictures of them when they were still brand new and sitting on the showroom floor. It’s amazing that the dreadful tradition of haggling over the price of a car is still commonplace in our society, a practice that everybody hates to do and yet it unbelievably still exists to this day. In any case, please enjoy the few photos we actually have gathered up so far on the following page and if you have something interesting to include, please put a link to it in the “Comments” section below, or e-mail them to us [email protected] for us to update here. Help us make this into a new category filled with showroom shots of all types of vehicles from all different time periods. Until then, enjoy the 70+ photos on the following page…

1968 Chevrolet Camaro T/A Custom Build From Sweden

June 7, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

This sinister looking 1968 Chevy Camaro T/A is the subject of a build thread on by it’s owner, forum member “Openers” in Sweden.
The thread-in-progress walks you through the thought process of the project car owner’s decision-making. We like his philosophy that “if you need turbos, NOS or superchargers, you’ve built too small of an engine from the beginning”. Obviously this is a guy who likes honking big American V8 muscle, in this case a 407 cubic inch engine with All Pro cylinder heads and titanium valves.
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