Restoration

1968 Ford Bronco Restoration

June 26, 2017 in American / Engine Swap / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Sleeper

This 1968 Ford Bronco was completely restored with help from The Bronco Graveyard over the course of just 1 week on (where else) the TV “reality” show Overhaulin‘. While my own personal preferences normally don’t coincide with Chip Foose’s choices of multi-toned striped paint jobs and giant billet aluminum rims to go with his slammed resto-mod look, I still respect the man’s talent for what he’s capable of accomplishing, nonetheless. During this project he thankfully respected the truck owner’s wishes for it to remain stock appearing with uncut fenders and the tasteful end results look like something we at CarBuildIndex would have spec’ed out ourselves…
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Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 Heading for Restoration

June 22, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Elvis Presley’s infamous 1957 BMW 507 that he purchased while being stationed as a G.I. in Germany has recently resurfaced and is heading back to Germany for restoration at the BMW Classic Center. While the “King of Rock and Roll” originally purchased the sports car second hand, the car’s history before and after he owned it (shared on the following page) is equally as entertaining as the singer who once owned it…

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1952 Frazer Nash Mille Miglia Restoration

June 19, 2017 in English / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Since we were on the subject just yesterday of English cars of historical significance that have sat around since the 70’s waiting to be restored, it would only make sense to include today’s feature, a 1952 Frazer Nash Mille Miglia. It was purchased by it’s current owner, Bob S. in a neglected and dilapidated state of disrepair in 1975 and it’s restoration didn’t begin until 2004. He had purchased S/N 421 100 168 in ’75 along with 2 partners on a shoestring budget while going through law school, knowing that the car was special and deserving of a resurrection back to it’s former glory one day when he had time and could afford it. While each and every Frazer Nash is normally always unique and rare, what makes this particular example stand out is that it was actually originally Frazer Nash’s very own company show car used for display at the 1952 Turin Auto Show.

 

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Barn Find Porsche 917-024 “Le Mans” Movie Car Set for Auction

June 9, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Movie Car / Race Car / Restoration / Video

Today, on this otherwise redundant and mundane Monday morning, we have the intriguing story of the barn find, restoration and coming sale of Porsche 917-024, the actual vehicle used in the filming of the iconic car enthusiast’s cult classic race movie “Le Mans” with Steve McQueen. It is set to hit the auction block this August with Gooding & Company in Pebble Beach, and as we all know, anything with the “King of Cool’s” name attached to it adds a multiplying factor of many times it’s value to it’s final price. Expectations of this famous car’s sale are projected to hit in the neighborhood of an astounding, yet not surprising, $20 million. The accompanying barn find story of how it had dropped off the radar for 23 years…
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Restoration of the Oldest Surviving Jaguar E-Type-“9600 HP”

June 8, 2017 in Barn Find / English / Featured / prototype / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Video

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The subject of today’s main feature is the restoration of what happens to be the oldest surviving Jaguar E-Type left in existence, taken on by the marque experts at Classic Motor Cars in the U.K. What has become internationally reknown as simply “9600 HP” was originally built as a factory prototype, used for road testing and development before it was used for the debut at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. Could this be the very car that Enzo Ferrari laid his eyes upon for the first time when he was famously quoted as calling the new E Type “the most beautiful car ever made”? Perhaps, but considering the drop dead gorgeous cars that he had built up until that point I suspect that it was more likely an open top roadster he was looking at, although that possibility still remains. After the show 9600 HP was also used as a press car for motoring journalists to expose to auto enthusiasts around the world, therefore labeling it as possibly the single most famous E Type ever made wouldn’t be a far stretch. On the next page, check out some photos of it’s restoration, but first how about some classic old video footage of it as it leaves the Jaguar factory after production way back in 1961…

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Lotus Restoration Project-1967 Europa S1

June 8, 2017 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / Home Garage Build / Restoration

This 1967 Lotus Europa Type 46 S1 is undergoing a home garage restoration that includes an engine swap, all documented on a site that is dedicated to it’s build. We always love finding these types of sites, although this one does not leave any type of indication whether it has been completed yet or any type of date stamping. What we do know is that it’s heart is being/has been transplanted with a trusty Toyota 4A GE 1600 Twin Cam 16V unit, but before anybody scoffs at the notion of the cross breed in effect here, let’s not forget that modern Lotus’ are the same mix. Check out the build (in progress?) with us on the next page before passing judgement, and then draw your own conclusion. Since we enjoy driving more than wrenching, we welcome the reliability factor…
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1968 Ford Escort Restoration Video

June 7, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Video

The following video on the next page chronicles the complete rebuild of a 1968 Ford Escort Mk 1 in the style of the vintage Rothmans cars, although it’s livery is hopefully intentionally misspelled as “Rotmanns”. Not only does the inspirational film show the car being taken from a basket case to a very capable vintage stage racer, it also shows some epic in-car action shots during several competitions from when it’s finished. Now, if this doesn’t entice you to work on your own car this 4th of July weekend, maybe it’s time to pick another project car that will motivate you more. Say, an Escort Mk 1, perhaps? (see what we did there?) Enjoy…

 

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TheSmokingTire Video: Ferrari 348 Challenge 610 whp Twin Turbo

June 6, 2017 in Italian / Race Car / Restoration / Video

I apologize for the over abundance of videos lately, but this Ferrari 348 Twin Turbo video by TheSmokingTire was far too good to pass up posting here. This Italian started life out as a rare street legal 1 of 32 factory example with the Serie Challenge 348 package, and was transformed into a 610 whp animal that was tastefully built up with factory appearing modifications. Enough said, I will let the film do the rest of the talking. Enjoy it on the following page..

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Stunning 1967 OSI 20m Restoration

May 31, 2017 in American / German / Italian / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This 1967 OSI 20m TS Coupe was the year-and-a-half long project of “Nathan R”, who refers to it as one of the most difficult restorations that he has ever taken on. The rust was extensive, covering about half of the car and requiring the old world craftsmen at his shop in Vietnam shop to hand form new panels for practically half of the vehicle, but that didn’t stop them as it would others who have been defeated by less. In addition, during the process of restoring the car, Nathan found that the OSI classic car community could benefit from his company reproducing quality parts that would otherwise be unobtainable, such as grills, headlight pods, window rubbers and rear light surrounds, which they now offer for sale. With only around 200 of these rare Italian/German/American hybrids survivors left remaining today out of the 2000+ originally built, it’s great to see that the hobby can perpetually benefit from one man’s quest to restore his own example to the highest standard possible.
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Lotus Type 79/1 Restoration

May 23, 2017 in English / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This Lotus Type 79/1 Formula 1 vintage race car was the subject of a restoration by Classic Team Lotus in the U.K. The vehicle was originally used as a prototype for the development of under car aerodynamics with help from none other than Mario Andretti, and was also the first Formula 1 car designed using wind tunnel and computer design aids. Later, it was used as his spare race car for the 1978 season. When Lotus enthusiast Paul Rego of Regogo Racing in Texas found out that it was available for sale back in 2010, he took advantage of the opportunity to purchase the rare 1 of 5 car and promptly had it sent back to England where it received it’s renovation under the supervision of Clive Chapman, son of Lotus “add lightness” legend Colin.
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CarTorque Video: The Alpine A110

May 18, 2017 in French / Homologation / Race Car / Restoration / Uncategorized / Video

In the video on the following page, CarTorque brings us the story of an Alpine A110 restoration, a car which just seems to grow on us the more and more we learn about them. After viewing the video, make sure to check out our previous feature of the restoration of a 1975 Alpine A110 by AlpineLAB, then check out Petrolicious.com’s feature of them too, and tell us that one has not made it to the top of your dream garage must-have list. After all, even vintage Ferrari expert Tom Shaugnessy had one for sale recently on Bringatrailer.com

 

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1937 Bugatti Atalante 57S Barn Find

May 10, 2017 in Barn Find / French / Italian / Race Car / Restoration / Survivor / Video

Here’s an interesting video that I highly recommend watching. It tells the story of a doctor’s Bugatti that had been stored away unused for many years until it was discovered in 2008 after his passing, having only accumulated about 26,000 total miles. It has since (unfortunately) been given a full restoration, although you can’t argue that it doesn’t look gorgeous now, regardless of which rear bumper was ultimately used. Judge for yourself:

More information about it’s history and 2009 Bonham’s Retromobile sale HERE.

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Lamborghini LM002 Restoration

May 3, 2017 in Italian / Restoration

This Lamborghini LM002 was restored over the course of 2,400 work hours by the crew at Lamborghini Wycombe in the U.K. They started with what looked like a very nice blue on gray example, but then did what they had to do by stripping it down to the bone for completing it a to a full show quality restoration that included a color change to black on beige, their 6th LM002 rebuild to date. We have always been huge fans of the model and are trying to imagine a manufacturer today creating a modern interpretation that is as brute and so perfectly politically incorrect as the raging bull has proven to be, but somehow we just can’t envision anything to ever be as raw and sinister again…
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Stanceworks.com Story Referral:1966 Ford GT40 Restoration

April 26, 2017 in American / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Mike Burroughs from Stanceworks.com wrote a great piece titled “A LIVING LEGEND-HENRY A DAVIS’S 1966 FORD GT40 MK1 LE MANS RACE CAR” for their site, which shouldn’t be missed. The story is very well written and befitting to what we are all about here at CarBuildIndex, covering the car’s restoration and embarking upon it’s history, as well. If that doesn’t quite satisfy your 1966 Ford GT40 appetite though, be sure to check out RacingIcons.com for more detail on chassis #1040‘s restoration and then check out our three additional features below from our own past files for GT40-related overload bliss. How better to celebrate your American pride for this Memorial Day weekend? Enjoy!
1966 GT40 Mk1 Garage Find (chassis #1067)
1966 Le Mans Race Car Restoration by the Men Who Originally Built It (chassis #1032)
1971 Ford Supervan with entire GT40 driveline, chassis and mid engine

1971 Ford Capri Perana Gunston V8 Replica Project

April 17, 2017 in Engine Swap / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Video

This 1971 Ford Capri Perana Gunston Replica was the 8 year project of a South African man who set out to create an exact tribute to the original “A2” race car built by Basil Green. The South African Ford dealer originally made approximately 560 road cars and 6 race cars powered by Mustang 302 V8 engine swaps, which were the only modified cars other than Carroll Shelby’s that were authorized by Ford Motor Company to be sold at their dealerships while offering full factory warranties. Known as the “GT40 killers”, it’s no wonder that the owner of this vehicle chose a Perana to be the subject of his replica build. Until you actually hear it, you could almost get away with calling it a sleeper…
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Restoration of 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight with Low Drag Body

April 6, 2017 in English / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Jaguar announced just yesterday that they will be building 6 brand new 1963 Lightweight E-Type “exact reproductions” utilizing unused chassis numbers that had been laying dormant at the factory (link) for the past 51 years. Therefore, when better than now to feature the mesmerizing restoration story of 1 of those original 12 that was horrifically crashed on track back in 1964 and thought unrepairable but then resurrected some 50 years later? The U.K. based Jaguar marque experts at Classic Motor Cars were the brave souls who took on that very challenge, and as a consolation prize they rolled away with a pair of twins…
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Ford Mustang Convertible Shelby Resto Mod From Norway

April 4, 2017 in American / Engine Swap / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Other than the pictures attached of this Ford Mustang convertible Shelby resto-mod build by Pony Performance in Norway, we unfortunately don’t have any other information on this featured car. You don’t have to be a Mustang enthusiast to appreciate what is going on here though, with lots of custom fabrication including a side exiting exhaust, a hand made steel hood and independent rear suspension assembly. The shop’s site looks to have been down for a while other than the front page, but regardless of all of the dead ends I felt that we had to feature this car anyways. It’s that good. Sometimes pictures alone can tell a full story themselves. Judge for yourself….

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1986 MG Metro 6R4 Restoration by Mäkelä Auto Tuning in Finland

March 31, 2017 in English / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Video

What car nerd among us doesn’t thoroughly enjoy seeing a race car being built from the ground up, especially when it is from the golden era of Group B competition such as this 1986 MG Metro 6R4 (AD570091)? Mäkelä Auto Tuning in Finland is the shop that handled the honors, who you just might remember from our previous feature of their Ferrari 308 to Michelotto Group B specification build (found in “Related posts” on the next page) from back in September. The shop completes some absolutely astounding, jaw dropping to ground, tongue rolling out, eyes bulging out projects, which we are sure nobody here would argue with after seeing some of their work. So, while we try to compose ourselves, why don’t you watch the build of this obscure little MG unfold on the next page, which we hesitate to label “hot hatch” in fear of some brutal retaliation from it. This evil machine is far too serious for that nomenclature, check it out for yourself…
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