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Checking Out a 1966 Fiat 600 Jolly Restoration

December 11, 2015 in Build Thread / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This 1966 Fiat 600 Jolly was the subject of a restoration thread on by  “zingercustoms“, the shop who apparently performed the work of the finished product seen above. If you watch Chasing Classic Cars with Wayne Carini with any regularity at all, then you probably already know a bit about these oddball Italian beach cars that were originally built for the rich and famous to tout around in as their yacht tenders and estate runabouts. We particularly like this example which made in the last year of their production run (1957-1966), painted in an elegant and so befitting Coral. They were built by Ghia, using Fiat 500, 600, Multipla and Giardiniera as the platforms for their conversions and feature wicker seats, a nice item to help air dry your wet bathing suits as you drive to pick up your light Mediterranean lunch (or have the help do it). Check out its full restoration process on the following page and be sure not to miss the video at the end…
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Reader Submission: Blank Slate 911- A 911 built in a downtown LA loft complex parking lot

November 17, 2015 in Build Thread / German / Home Garage Build / Reader Submission


The brutish Porsche 911 pictured above is a strictly business build brought to us by 2 brothers via Reader Submission. We’ll let them tell you the full story about it themselves, which is accompanied by an overload of tasty photos. It was too difficult to choose which ones to post and which not to, so we included all of them. All we had to do is take one look at those Hoosiers mounted on deep dish rims and we knew we had a winner. Check it out for yourself on the following page… Continue reading →

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Reader Submission- 1970 Porsche 911 T “Pendulum Outlaw Build”

November 15, 2015 in Build Thread / German / Home Garage Build / Reader Submission


11/15/15– We are happy to report that Tom Elder has sent us a video update of his project which was originally featured here this past July 24th. The car looks absolutely killer and has some great unique touches. You can find the short film at the bottom of the following page, and we look forward to future updates once the 2.7 is built and swapped in too. Enjoy:

Original Post from July 24th:

CarBuildIndex reader Tom Elder just sent us his 1970 Porsche 911 T outlaw build that is unfolding on the virtual pages of, the highlights of which I have included on the following page. There’s a lot of custom work going on here which I can appreciate considering the majority of other 911 builds are just various years slapped together to personal taste, as opposed to this build which incorporates unique features we have never seen before. Be sure to check out the full build thread linked at the end of the next page, where you will find the full details and will be able to stay abreast of all of the updates as they unfold…
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UPDATED BUILD: Over-The-Top SEMA/ Track Day Chevy Camaro Build

November 2, 2015 in American / Build In Progress / Build Thread / Engineering / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

Updated photos from this build-in-progress can be found at the bottom of the following page, originally posted here last year below. Talk about obsessive projects, we look forward to seeing the end results.
From October 7, 2014:
This Generation 5 Chevrolet Camaro is the subject of a home garage build, our absolute favorite kind. The build-in-progress thread is currently at 22 pages long and can be found on by its owner, forum member Nathan Moreno. While I normally try not to use too many expletives when writing about the build threads here, after fully reading about the project and trying to wrap my head around what exactly is going on here and why, it’s a bit difficult because the attention to every single little bit of detail in it is utterly mind blowing. Its purpose can be best explained as being because it is being built as a SEMA show car with hopes of getting an invite to the 2014 Optima track challenge. The 418 cubic inch V8 engine has already been spotlighted in the media, now his goal is to remove 400-500 pounds from the car and move the motor’s center of gravity down an inch and back 2 in order to improve balance further. This is how it’s being done…

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A left-for-dead BMW E30 M3 brought back to life

October 21, 2015 in Barn Find / Build Thread / Engine Swap / German / Home Garage Build / Homologation / Restoration

Ok, this one isn’t exactly for the concours judges or nitpickers out there, but it makes for a good story nonetheless and it’s been awhile since featuring our last restoration thread so here we go. Over on, forum member Tippey764 from Maryland happened upon info about an E30 M3 that appeared to have been long abandoned, so he made it his mission to track down the (original) owner and offer to buy it. Turns out it was put out to pasture after the S14 engine blew up and basically forgotten about, so a purchase price of $2,500 was agreed upon and the beginning of a project began…

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Build Thread Referral: Ferrari F40 Receiving Engine and Suspension Mods

August 31, 2015 in Build In Progress / Build Thread / Engineering / Homologation / Italian / Modification Thread / Video


If you’re here, then it’s safe to assume that you’re into pictures of vintage cars, stories by Wallace Wyss and interesting eclectic build threads gathered from all over the web and put into one place. If that describes you then today I’ve got something definitely worth checking out that won’t leave you disappointed: a Ferrari F40 getting a host of engine and suspension modifications. The current in-progress build thread appears on by forum member “Carolina Dyno”, a humble and very talented fellow who works in a small but specialized shop located in Wilmington, North Carolina. While you would normally have to be a member of fchat to view the pictures, I have included them on the following page for those who are not signed up but suggest joining because there are many more great build threads there that I haven’t covered (yet). Without any further ado, behold!
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Lancia Fulvia Receiving a Ferrari 348 Engine Swap and Rear Wheel Drive

August 28, 2015 in Build In Progress / Build Thread / Drivetrain Swap / Engine Swap / Home Garage Build / Italian


How’s this for a build thread? Over on, forum member “Speedmade” is taking a Ferrari 348 engine and sticking it into the front engine bay of a Lancia Fulvia. The current build-in-progress started 2 years ago and is making slow progress, but we can’t wait to see the finished outcome whenever that is. Hopefully sooner than later. It will be rear wheel drive and tube framed, using a Ford bell housing to adapt a Borg-Warner T5 transmission. The engine was picked up over 10 years ago on eBay for just $4,000, we’re wondering how much a 355 or 360 engine can be picked up for now from a wreck. Not surprisingly, this project has got our spun brain doing donuts and rockfords inside our heads! Check the build out on the following page for more details…
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Reader Submission: DDR Motorsport Miami GT Kit Car Build

August 14, 2015 in Build Thread / Home Garage Build / Reader Submission / Video

4Today’s Reader Submission comes to us from James S. from the U.K., who recently completed his very first build in the form of a DDR Motorsport Miami GT kit car. An impressive achievement considering he had only ever done very minor maintenance on his cars previously. While we have been known to get a bit snotty in the past over some kit cars, you have to give respect to anybody who has a goal and reaches it, especially with a task as large as building a vehicle. The fact is you can judge other people’s rides all you want, but when it comes down to it did you actually go out there and build the one you are sitting in when making those judgments? Until then, enjoy the tale of this McLaren F1-esque look kit car build on the following page. We’re down with it!…

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Renault R5 Turbo II Restoration

August 7, 2015 in Build Thread / For Sale / French / Homologation / Rally


We’ll make any excuse to talk about Renault R5 Turbos, so when this restoration recently popped up on we were more than happy to take the opportunity to share it just for that reason. As legend has it, Renault needed a rally car to go up against Lancia’s successful Stratos back in the glory days of racing so they employed Marcello Gandini at Bertone to take on the honors. He was assigned to design the box flared rear bodywork for the otherwise pedestrian 5 hatchback model since they were about to take the economy car and twist everything about it around in a full 180. You see, they would need those wide arches to house steamroller tires since the engine would be now transplanted to the middle for better handling and more direct rear wheel drive action. The first run of 400 Turbo 1’s satisfied Group 4 homologation requirements, but they continued production with the following Turbo II’s outside of the Alpine factory just for the glory of it all. And who could blame them? Stock the 1.4 liter turbo 4’s had about 160 hp in the lowest available configuration, but with the modifications this example has seen it should make quite a bit more. Racing “Maxi” examples were known to make well over double that amount, and we’d love to test drive this car, which happens to be for sale by the way, to give our own seat-of-the-pants estimate. Check its restoration out on the following page… Continue reading →

A 1969 Fiat 124 Spider’s Restoration Back to Full Glory

July 28, 2015 in Build In Progress / Build Thread / Italian / Restoration

28This 1969 Fiat 124 Spider is undergoing a full restoration by Xtreme Restorations of Rhode Island, its owner “cibon1” keeping his fellow board members on abreast of the shop’s progress. These Pininfarina designed convertibles were first debuted at the Turin Auto Show in November of 1966, and the model was continued all the way up until 1985. We are big fans of the early cars such as this example with their slim bumpers, small taillights, front turn signals and flat hood, their simple features creating an overall very elegant design. Sometimes less is more. There is no mention of what engine is being installed, but judging from the rest of the build we would have to reason that it is remaining with the stock 1,438cc 4 cylinder good for 90 hp at 6,000 rpm. If it were ours, we would have probably gone with more of an upgraded sleeper route with an Abarth Rally spec 1,756 cc with 128 hp along with suspension and brake modifications to match, but those are subjective personal choices and we can’t argue with the quality of this restoration. Come take a closer look at it with us on the following page…
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Reader Submission- Ferrari 308 GTBi Project Saved From Crusher

July 3, 2015 in Build Thread / Italian / Reader Submission reader Daniel from Paraguay, South America recently submitted to us his 1981 Ferrari 308 GTBi he’s working on, a project which is outlined in detail on Going under the forum user name “matumorales”, his journey actually began from the moment he laid eyes on Magnum P.I.’s 308 back in the 80’s. That car made a strong impact on him and the impression has been ingrained into his brain from childhood ever since to some day have a similar car. Fulfilling that dream began almost 4 years ago when he purchased the hacked up 308 GTB shell on eBay for just $2,500 and had it shipped from Miami, saving it from its destiny of heading for the crusher. The process is very slow moving and will be far from concours correct in almost every conceivable manner, but regardless we have always been big fans of the hard top Berlinettas too so we look forward to seeing the end result sometime in the hopefully not too distant future. For us, it will actually be pretty refreshing to see a Ferrari that is being built to be driven and enjoyed, and wouldn’t even mind a banged up body and slapped together interior as long as all the parts remain factory and the suspension, brakes and engine are modified for performance. Let’s check out Daniel’s project beginning on the following page, after which a link can be found to the full thread…
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Fiat Dino Spider 2000 Restoration-in-Progress

June 4, 2015 in Build Thread / Home Garage Build / Italian / Restoration

This Fiat Dino 2000 is the subject of a restoration thread on by its owner, forum member “Zoraglub”. The daunting project is currently in-progress and nearing completion after a 5 year journey that started with an immensely rusted out hulk of a mess, which means lots of custom fabrication to bring the Pininfarina styled body back up to full muster once again. Fortunately, it is coming right along and being rebuilt to a tasteful level that will not include any prancing horse badges anywhere, thank you very much. Incidentally, the Fiat and Ferrari joint collaboration originally spawned when Formula 2 homologation requirements mandated that Enzo produce a total of 500 engines for use in road cars to allow him to go racing, so the Fiat Dino was born as a place to house some of those 160 hp 2 liter V6’s. The later 2.4 liter cars produced 180 hp and were built in Maranello alongside Ferraris beginning in 1969, whereas the earlier cars such as this example was originally built at Fiat in Rivalta di Torin. Let’s take a look at this one’s restoration… Continue reading →

Build Thread Referral: Volkswagen Golf Rallye with Seat Leon Cupra R Engine Swap

May 8, 2015 in Build In Progress / Build Thread / Engine Swap / German / Home Garage Build / Homologation / Modification Thread / Restoration

6Looking for a solid build thread to read through that’ll keep you busy for the whole weekend? Catching up with what’s been going on in this VW Golf Rallye restoration/build thread on might just be enough to pull you away from working on your own project as it includes such goodies as an engine swap from a 2010 Seat Leon Cupra R and a Lancia Delta Integrale hood (oh yeah, noww I see it…) to cover it. That potent 2 liter 4 cylinder turbo engine’s good for 261 hp in stock trim, which this build does not pretend to be in any aspect of the word whatsoever. Its owner, forum member “2fast4you” is taking the factory homologation special and modifying every last bit of it to create the ultimate Rallye, including upgrading the AWD system with a 2nd generation version of the Haldex system, a custom full cage with chassis reinforcements and also appropriate modifications to the suspension and brakes, as well. Last updated a few months ago and now nearing completion, this is one project that must be seen from the onset to be believed. Find a preview from the 1st of 16 pages on the following page to wet the appetite, then a link to the full build thread right after…
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Tasteful 1990 Volkswagen Corrado Restoration/Build with 1.8L Turbo Engine Swap

April 23, 2015 in Build Thread / Engine Swap / German / Home Garage Build / Restoration

On there’s an overall pretty tasteful 1990 VW Corrado restoration/build posted worth checking out, which is unfortunately far too uncommon of an occurrence. We like these Karmann built little sports 4 seater sport coupes so it’s good to see one of them being properly sorted out by someone with some skills, but what’s surprising to find out at the end of the build thread is that he was only 15 years old when he began the impressive project 4 years earlier. Going by the username “20vt” on the forum, he begins by swapping in a 1.8 liter turbo that he later modifies, plucked straight out of a 2001 GTI. The first page teaser of the 11 page build thread is shared on the following page and you’ll find a link to it in its entirety right after, so let the process begin!

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