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2012 Volkswagen Scirocco R Modification

March 1, 2017 in Build In Progress / Featured / German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

This 2012 Volkswagen Scirocco R is the subject of a 79 page modification thread on by it’s owner, forum member “Rev555”.  While we normally don’t feature slammed stance rides with flat wraps here, we have made the exception for this particular car because of it’s impressive list of modifications. Also because we have a soft spot for the “new” Scirocco that is unfortunately not being imported here into the United States, which makes it even more difficult after seeing these photos. In any case, when a car is as modified as this feature R, there are always decisions to personalize it to one’s own unique taste that not everybody will agree upon, but we can respect that when the overall end result is more about performance than appearance. With 513 ft lbs of torque, we have no problems at all here. Moving on…

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UPDATED: BMW E30 M3 Race Car Restoration/Build

February 1, 2017 in Build In Progress / German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Restoration Shop

Update: Since our original November 6th post, this M3 build is almost finished and can be seen on the following page after the original feature starting below.

We ran across this BMW E30 M3 race car’s build featured on, linked at the bottom of the page. Appropriately titled “E30 M3 Perfection”, it is the undertaking of MSW Dubai’s Jon Simmonds, who’s goal was to restore it as a no expense spared project utilizing modern race technology. The quality of the build is nothing short of astounding. We have said it before and we will say it again…there is always just something about seeing a caged E30 M3 on jack stands in the corner of a shop that gets us all fired up, especially in white for whatever reason. Probably has something to do with the motorsports connection. And we always appreciate when the stock dashboard is kept in place in an otherwise stripped out interior. This one is already off to a good start…


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1968 Fiat Dino Spider Restoration

January 30, 2017 in Home Garage Build / Italian

This 1968 Fiat Dino Spider’s restoration project was posted in a thread on by it’s owner, forum member “fredfrey”. The car was light blue when it originally left the factory 40 something years ago, but had been re painted resale red at some point by a previous owner. We are guessing that the Ferrari prancing horse emblem was slapped on the front grill at the same time, which is something that was never applied by either factory during their production run. A small quibble perhaps, considering otherwise discerning good taste is witnessed by both the light blue “Ferrari” Dino color that was chosen for it to be resprayed in and the fact that it has an awesome Alfa Romeo Jr. Zagato and a Fiat 600 both as stablemates. Sometimes, just seeing a garage with interesting cars gives their owner credibility to some of their personal choices that are made during another car’s restoration. Call us car snobs, but would we be second guessing his color choice and emblem decision if he had a PT Cruiser instead of a Zagato as one of his other cars? Probably.


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Volkswagen Super Beetle Build by APR and VW of America

December 22, 2016 in Engine Swap / Featured / German / Modification Thread / Sleeper

This Volkswagen Super Beetle is a featured build on by APR in Alabama, linked at the bottom of the page. It was created in collaboration with VW of America, who chose the shop because of their well known reputation for OEM-quality modifications. The goal of this build was to create a monster all wheel drive turbo Beetle that would appear like something that might have come straight from the factory, only slightly altered for performance. They used an AWD system out of a donor Golf R 2.0, and it’s stock 4 cylinder 2.0 Turbo received modifications giving it in excess of 500 horsepower. Naturally, big brakes and suspension upgrades were installed to handle all of it’s new found power.


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2010 KTM X Bow Build

October 17, 2016 in Build In Progress / English / Modification Thread / Race Car

This 2010 KTM X Bow was the subject of a couple of modification threads by Backdraft Motorsports in the U.K. In our quest to scour the internet and find the most interesting build threads humanly possible to share with our CBI fan(s), we happened to have run across two web sites which had the same build. We figured that was a sign from a divine power greater than us, so we ran like hell with it. Also, we had recently featured a few other (non-USA) street legal race cars in the not too distant past, but as a side note we feel we have to be brutally honest here…between the KTM X Bow, the Ariel Atom, the Radical RXC and the BAC Mono, we have got to admit we are smitten by the BAC by far the most. That is probably because it is able to replicate the look of a formula car the closest since it is the only single seater between them, which perhaps says something about our selfish nature. Not that we care, of course. Whatever, moving on back on target.
Please continue on the next page as we follow the trials and tribulations of this X Bow’s build while it receives a slew of modifications…

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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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Bruce Canepa Offers Porsche 959 Upgrades

September 19, 2016 in German / Modification Thread / Restoration Shop

Since Porsche 959’s are now legal to be roaming freely on our open American highways, Bruce Canepa of Canepa Design in Scotts Valley, California offers a conversion available in 2 phases to really bring them up to their full potential. To most die hard automotive enthusiasts, Bruce needs no introduction, but in case you still aren’t sure of who he is, maybe the video of his shakedown of a Porsche 917 on a public highway embedded in our previous 917 restoration feature here will help the comprehension process: To say that this guy knows his Porsches would be a gargantuan understatement. Continue on the following page for more details on the warmed-over 959…


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2003 Mercedes Benz G500 Expedition Build

September 1, 2016 in German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

This 2003 Mercedes Benz G500 was the subject of a recent build thread on by forum member “mk216v” in Oregon. After selling his 1980 300GD, he picked up this later model-year version and set about customizing it with all of the do-dads necessary for an extreme expedition vessel build. Considering the nature of the project at hand, his first order of business was to de-suburbanize it by removing all of it’s badges and shiny chrome bits and then powder coating them all in satin black to give it an overall more purposeful off-roader look. We are always big fans of these vehicles when they are returned to their all terrain roots rather than left in the shopping mall configuration that they have been sold in from the factory in recent years. Granted, even stock G Wagons are apt off roaders straight off the showroom floor, but it’s always preferable to see them being enhanced to take advantage of their true original purpose. Follow along with us on the next page for a deeper look of this one’s return to grace…

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.

425 hp 2008 VW R32 HPA Turbo Build

August 23, 2016 in German / Modification Thread / Sleeper / Video

This 2008 VW R32 was the subject of a turbo engine build thread on, which can be found linked at the bottom of the following page. The car had already received a host of proper suspension and brake mods before the installation of their HPA 20th Anniversary Turbo Kit began. We were glad to have run across this one to feature here because we are big R32 fans and this one was tastefully set up by the crew at New Jersey’s Linden VW and HPA, who were both contributing to the thread. Continue on the next page for more detailed info and a boatload more pictures, too…

2005 Mercedes Benz G500 Off Road Build

August 22, 2016 in Factory Photos / German / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread

This is a short but sweet build thread featuring a 2005 Mercedes Benz G500.  We have been wanting to spotlight a G Wagon build for some time now, but always seem to come up short when trying to find a worthy subject. Maybe that’s because we are more interested in finding one that has been built up with the intention of going on an off-road expedition rather than the overwhelming majority which have been pimped out with silly bling mods. Mercedes Benz originally built them as military vehicles, then offered them for sale to the general public in 1979. It’s unfortunate that the most off roading the majority of G Wagons will ever do is when their trophy wife owner is backing one of them out of the driveway and into a flower garden, not that we have anything against trophy wives. In any case, before we stick our other foot in our mouth too, we finally have one to talk about here that has been built up with some solid modifications, exactly how we like them.


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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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Fiat 500 Abarth Build Thread

July 29, 2016 in Build In Progress / Italian / Modification Thread / Race Car

This late model Fiat 500 Abarth is the subject of a build thread by Road/Race Motorsports of Santa Fe Springs, California on The “Urban Warrior Abarth” has been given a whole shindig of cosmetic and performance upgrades to showcase what the shop has to offer. While it may look at bit conspicuous for such a small car, the parts list that is incorporated into this project reads a bit more seriously. And please, just don’t call it “cute”. Apparently they don’t like that too much. Knowing the potential of this car, we can respect that request.

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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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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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Ferrari Challenge Stradale 6 Speed Manual Conversion Build Thread

June 30, 2016 in Build In Progress / Home Garage Build / Italian / Modification Thread / Race Car

This Ferrari 360 is the subject of a DIY project on to build it up as a 6 speed manual Challenge Stradale. As you are most likely already aware, the CS’s were all built as F1 paddle shifts, with the exception of only 1 made from the factory as a manual. You may remember this car’s owner, 360Trev, from our feature of his brilliant, fully functioning exact model car replica build of a 312PB. Find it’s link here at: If you missed it’s feature a few weeks ago, be sure to watch it today, it is remarkable and makes us feel like quite the dullards in comparison.
Follow along with us on the next page as we include a huge majority of his Fchat build photos for your viewing pleasure, which are not normally accessible unless you are a member.

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Lamborghini Gallardo Twin Turbo Build

June 22, 2016 in Build In Progress / Italian / Modification Thread / Video

CBI team member Tom has jumped in to assist with a few interesting tales that he thought our readers would enjoy, and who are we to argue with him when he has a penchant for Lambo builds? Since his first previous story on the Diablo the other day, this Gallardo twin turbo caught his eye, too. What this thread is lacking in specific build information, it makes up for with great pictures and the obligatory dyno-pull video with shop workers walking by plugging their ears. Hey, we just noticed it…while Ferrari guys “chat” on-line, Lamborghini guys “talk”, apparently. What that means, we have no idea.
Without further ado, please follow along on the following page for a plethora of glorious undressed Lamborghini photos of the car as it gets more horsepower thrown at it during a forced fed induction modification build thread, wrapped up and summarized for your viewing pleasure on the following page. We like where this is going already…


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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.

1955 Chevy Gasser Build Project

June 6, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Sympathetic Restoration / Video

This 1955 Chevy “Gasser” is the subject of a build thread on 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.


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