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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.
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 CarBuildIndex.com, 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…
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.
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)…
This 1955 Chevy “Gasser” is the subject of a build thread on pirate4x4.com by it’s owner, forum member “Chopperman”, linked at the bottom of this page. It is a true 3 generation family project, as he has his son and dad assisting in the build too. The thread is packed with photos and videos that keep it interesting and entertaining, making it a quick read. He originally built this Chevy with his father in the early 1980’s while he was still in high school, and raced it every possible Wednesday and Saturday night. The current plan this time around was to make it a Gasser without cutting up the original stock body work, with the exception being fabrication of a front sub frame. We always appreciate a build that remains largely modified in-period, but certain exceptions are always acceptable. In the case here, the modifications were not targeting any specific time period, but it does look largely from a vintage era, which we much prefer over most resto-mods that garnish over-sized chrome bling wheels. Ultimately, final decisions always come down to personal preference, but with this particular project, overall we are liking what we see.
This 1968 Dodge Charger R/T has undergone a full nut and bolt rotisserie restoration, including a color change. It’s build is posted at www.forbbodiesonly.com by it’s owner/restorer who goes by the name “ChargerMoneyPit”. With a user name like that, we may not need to point out that this project took a bit more cash than than he had originally anticipated. Hey, we are just happy this car was saved from some horrendous General Lee livery, as so many of these unfortunately meet their untimely early demise. Let’s have a moment of silence as we pour Jack Daniels on the ground and pay our respects for those fallen soldiers who have…
With your help, we would like to develop a new category that features vintage and current factory photos. We always enjoy seeing cars in their manufacturing phases or during their restorations and modifications. That is ultimately the reason for this site’s existence, so what could be more fitting than having them all together and categorized here in their own section? Until then,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 them in the “Comments” section below, or e-mail them to us at [email protected] for us to include and update here. Help us make this into a new category booming with an assortment of factory and shop pictures of all types of vehicles from all different time periods, OEM or aftermarket.
Since we are on the subject of COPO Chevrolet’s in our last feature, we couldn’t imagine a better time than now to throw some high octane fuel onto the Chevy/Ford fire with an inside look at the building of a 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet engine. The article is far too technically advanced for us, but we were able to decipher that only 50 editions are produced per year and for 2013, 47 supercharged engines were built alongside 3 naturally aspirated versions. Enjoy the article linked on the next page, then back to our regular planned programming with car builds, modifications and restorations.
#Here is a subject that we beat to death on our site over and over again: a car’s weight. We discuss it in one form or another in what seems like each and every one of our featured posts. The reason why is because the performance cars of today have gotten far too bloated in size, heavy in weight and complicated with electronic gizmos over the years.
Rather than reiterate everything that we have said before here once again, we have included this recent video from the guys at AFTER/DRIVE which absolutely nails every point that CarBuildIndex ultimately stands for. It hits upon topics which we hope to see in our car world’s near future, as well.
This half hour video interview is well worth watching for all car enthusiasts from every car culture background. After, please feel free to join in a discussion in the “Comments” section on the next page.
This 1965 23T Competition Roadster drag racer is the subject of a restoration on JalopyJournal.com‘s “H.A.M.B.” by forum member “Chuy” from Long Beach. He originally found the project for sale on E-bay and after nobody won the bidding, “Chuy” made contact with the seller and they put together a deal to pick up the original 3 point dragster chassis and body on the 2011 Memorial Day weekend. Soon after he figured out that he had purchased a piece of dragster history that had originally been driven by legendary racer Gary Cochran from 1965 to 1966. Further research revealed that the chassis was built by Bellflower Auto Center back in 1965 and it first had an injected 390 before moving to a blown Ford 427. In it’s original guise it ran 4 slot magnesium Halibrand rear rims with “pie crust” M&H slicks, and Boranni front wheels, which are very rare parts to try and find today. Thankfully, the H.A.M.B. community is very knowledgeable and resourceful, and it’s members helped to assist locating all of the necessary parts to bring this historic racer back to it’s original configuration.
Here at CarBuildIndex, we like jumping around from 47 horsepower micro cars to mega horsepower dragsters to keep you on your toes. Both are complete opposite ends of the spectrum, but equally as interesting and impressive in their own rights. The vintage photo of the driver ripping it down the race track with what appears to be only a wool beanie cap and goggles for protection is particularly awesome. Follow this quarter miler’s journey back to the drag strip with us below, starting with just some loose performance parts and a rusted-out shell…
This 1973 Winston West NASCAR Mercury Cougar is a restoration-in-progress by Shaun Coleman of Campbell, California. You may recall the impressive 2 month nut and bolt rebuild of his 1965 Chevrolet Impala NASCAR which we featured previously here at: http://www.carbuildindex.com/8296/barn-findish-1965-chevrolet-impala-nascar-restoration/ . This Cougar’s project was started a few years before that car with the goal of finishing it in time to race at the 2013 Sonoma Historics.
Just looking at the original 1970’s era NASCAR Grand National brakes and 1960’s Ford LTD beefed up lower control arms conjures up visions of cigars, cold beers in pull-away-tab cans and shirts with butter fly collars, the way the good ‘ol boys used to do it back in the day. We are particularly enjoying everything about the vintage photographs which are included. There are possibly a few Ricky Bobby Shake n’ Bake jokes in there somewhere, but out of respect of this bad ass car we will refrain from using any of them and keep the remainder of this post strictly business, at least the best way we know how…
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