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A Closer Look at Automotive Museums

October 14, 2016 in American / Factory Photos / Factory Tour / General Discussion / German / Japanese / Race Car / Survivor

Last week, Automotive News took a look at the exorbitant costs that manufacturers pay to keep their museums operating. According to the article, General Motors apparently spends approximately $1.8 million per year to keep their Heritage Center operating, while housing 600 production, race and concept cars. At the time of the federal bailout, they had almost double that amount of cars on hand before deciding to cut it down during the desperate times as an appropriate and necessary act of good faith.
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Most Beautiful Race Car Of All Time?

October 12, 2016 in American / English / French / German / Italian / Japanese / Race Car

David Malsher at recently asked his readers their own personal opinion of “the most beautiful race cars of all time”. The question is not limited to his own audience, so how about we join in, too? He requested that only 5 are picked at most, and the best replies will appear in an upcoming February follow up story with the chance at some prizes. The trick is that he asks that you try and be objective with your decisions and not choose only cars that have a winning competitive history that may have influenced your own personal reasons for picking them. Normally we are told not to judge a book by it’s cover, but in this case that is exactly what we are being asked to do here.
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1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe CSX2287 Re-Makes History

October 11, 2016 in American / Barn Find / Factory Photos / Race Car / Survivor / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

Since we have recently been on the subject of unrestored vintage race cars that still have their original patina anyways, we figured that it would be the perfect time to bring up this 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (CSX2287). Rather than delve into anything regarding Phil Spector’s later ownership of the car after it was retired from racing or the twisted legal battles it has been involved in since, we felt that the only appropriate focal point should be this Cobra’s glorious competition heritage. Apparently we weren’t the only ones, as the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) announced a week ago yesterday that CSX2287 “will become the first automobile to be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation.” We had been feeling the gravitational pull of this particular car in our Daytona Coupe-shaped hearts, and now we know the reason why.


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Short Take: Geo Tracker with LS1 Corvette Engine Swap

October 7, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Sleeper

This Geo Tracker is the recipient of an LS1 Corvette engine swap with a blower on top, no less. Although we don’t have much information about the build, we felt the absolute necessity to include it here since we knew our viewers would appreciate the pure insanity of the whole concept just as much as we did. Does it have to make sense? Not to us when it’s a sleeper build of such epic proportions.


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Pontiac Solstice Build with 427 V8 Engine Swap

October 5, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Modification Thread

This Pontiac Solstice was the subject of a project build at Hot Rod Magazine. With the additional help of General Motors Performance Division, the two joined forces and utilized the 2 seater’s rear wheel drive platform as the basis for a 7.0 liter, 427 cubic inch V8 engine swap. Since neither take any assigned task haphazardly, naturally everything in the car was torn apart and rebuilt around the new crate engine using mostly all GM parts numbers, including suspension and brake upgrades to match it’s new found horsepower. Continue with us on the next page for a closer look…

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Steve McQueen’s Rides: A Photo Retrospective

October 3, 2016 in American / English / German / Italian / Race Car

Much has been written about Steve McQueen and the cars he has had throughout his lifetime, and rightfully so because the “King of Cool” actor had discriminating automobile taste and he was a noted accomplished driver, as well. He was a true car guy through and through, having owned some of the most sought after and interesting cars in automotive history before his untimely death in 1980. Motorcycles and cars that he has owned in the past have recently sold for between 3 to 10 times the average selling price of similar models in comparison, which is referred to as the “McQueen Effect”. There has only been one so far that has not held true to that formula, it being a Siata 208S which sold for market value because there was never any proof of it’s true lineage found that proved his name was ever on the title. Although there was never any documents to support the claim of that particular car, it is still a well known fact that he did own a 208S that he stuck Ferrari badges on and that he referred to as his “little Ferrari”, most probably because of it’s resemblance to the 166 and 212 Barchettas. Furthermore, although pictured, it has been noted that he was lent the Cobra in the photos by Carroll Shelby, although never purchased one for himself. His exquisite taste will always be admired by us here at Now, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the following photo retrospective…
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TIME LAPSE VIDEO: 2009 Ford E350 4×4 Van Conversion Build

September 30, 2016 in American / Build In Progress / Modification Thread / Video

This 2009 Ford E350 was the subject of a 4×4 van conversion by U-Joint Off Road in North Carolina, and the whole shebang was caught on tape. Watch the short time lapse video on the following page of the crew’s “One Day Build”, where they started the job at 8 a.m. and finished it in record time by 3:30 p.m. the same day. We got to say, that is one impressive project, not to mention intimidating looking f#*k truck. Looks like barrels of fun.


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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.
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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.
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