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1971 Ford Transit Supervan

March 23, 2017 in American / English / General Discussion / Race Car / Sleeper / Video

Oh, okay now this is absolutely glorious. Not so sure this beast could get away with being labeled a “sleeper”, but nonetheless what we have here is a 1971 Ford Transit that is basically a GT40 wrapped in the body of a cargo van. It was built by Terry Drury Racing, who was no stranger to Ford GT40’s, having campaigned them in competition back in the days as a privateer. The “Supervan” had the chassis, along with independent suspension and brakes from the GT40, paired with a mid mounted 400 bhp Gurney Weslake V8 and 5 speed transmission. It first appeared at Brands Hatch on Easter of ’71 wearing typical Ford racing white paint and blue stripe livery and arched wheel flares to cover the wide rims. We’d love to know what happened to it since. Find a period video on the following page…

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Video Recommendation: Porsche 911 by Head of Design for Bugatti

March 21, 2017 in German / Video

In this short video, /DRIVEN takes a look at Achim Anscheidt’s 1981 Porsche SC. As the Head of Design for Bugatti, it is interesting to see his minimalist build, surely a sharp contrast to the luxurious power barges that consume his daily job duties. His 911 has been backdated to an early long hood car specification and was made extremely lightweight from use of Kevlar fenders, door skins and front and rear lids, as well as from gutting the interior, too. It’s beautifully simplistic yet effective build is exactly the kind that we like to feature here, and somehow we are sure that you’ll agree that this one was finished properly:

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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 http://www.vwgolf.net.au/forum.php 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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Reader Submission: 1960 Austin Seven Mk 1 Mini Restoration/Yamaha Engine Swap

February 6, 2017 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / Home Garage Build / Reader Submission / Restoration / Video

This 1960 Austin Seven Mk1 project is brought to us today by CarBuildIndex.com reader Joe, who wanted to share with fellow viewers his epic build that includes an engine and transmission swap from a 2003 Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle. The 11,000 rpm, 998 cc motor is said to produce in the range of 164 horsepower and weigh merely a scant 150 pounds. At 200 pounds less than the stock one it replaces and in excess of 30 more horsepower than a fully built 1275cc Series A engine, that’s a win/win formula which you will never find us arguing with. The project started almost 6 years ago and it is currently in it’s final stages of completion, so come take a closer look at it with us on the following page and then be sure not to miss his linked site that details his build in full.
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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 CrankAndPiston.com, 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 Fiat500USAForum.com 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 Golf Build for U.K. Time Attack Series

January 3, 2017 in Engine Swap / English / German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Video

This Volkswagen MKVI Golf is the subject of a race car build thread on VWVortex.com by forum member “[email protected]”. The car started as a wrecked plain Jane base model Golf, but was given the full work over for Time Attack racing by Milltek Sport in the U.K., which included a warmed over 415 hp Golf R 4 cylinder turbo engine. There is no mention whether it received the R’s 4 Motion drive system too, so we are left to assume that it retains the base model’s front wheel drive platform, perhaps for weight savings or race class regulations. We have always been big fans of modified VW’s when they are tastefully and properly built like this car, which shouldn’t be confused with a drift car, not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. Otherwise, the name of the series that this VW is racing in wouldn’t be called “Time Attack”, since going sideways isn’t exactly the quickest way around a track…
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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 vwvortex.com 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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1995 Porsche 993 RS Clubsport Tribute Build

November 11, 2016 in German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration Shop

We are back on track with more build-specific content, and what we have here today is a 1995 Porsche 993 RS Clubsport tribute build by Tune RS Motorsports in Florida. It’s difficult to limit the amount of Porsche builds that we feature here, especially when the outcome is as factory correctly done as this example. Since we in the United States never received the 993 RS model, the shop took it upon themselves to recreate it but as the even more rare factory Clubsport lightweight version using all factory parts gathered for years before the build. They then took it to the next level with a few upgrades too that the originals did not benefit from, which we will cover on the next page. So hop in, let’s take this one for a virtual spin…
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2012 Porsche RSR Getting Painted in Sponsor’s Falken Tire Scheme

November 9, 2016 in General Discussion / German / Race Car

This 2012 Porsche GT3 RSR was sponsored by Falken Tires for the American Le Mans Series and for today’s feature it is seen here getting painted in their team colors. For us, race cars (and especially street cars) look their best with a very clean factory look before they have been wrapped with busy liveries or slapped with sponsorship stickers. Take a walk with us on the following page as we follow this race car through it’s unfortunate but necessary paint process…
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Short Take: Datsun 240Z with Viper V10 Engine Swap

November 7, 2016 in Engine Swap / Japanese / Sleeper

This unsuspecting classic Datsun 240Z was the recipient of an engine swap of all engine swaps, receiving a Viper V10. The low key sleeper looks extremely well built and we have been scouring the internet trying to find any information regarding this car’s build to go along with it’s pictures, but have come up short time and time again. Rather than keep it selfishly to ourselves any longer, we felt that it still had to be shared even without any solid details to go with it. If/when a build thread can be found, we will update it here at that time. Until then, find what pictures we do have on the following page.

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1968 Chevy Camaro Resto Mod with LS7 Engine

October 25, 2016 in American / Engine Swap / Restoration Shop / Video

This 1968 Chevy Camaro resto-mod was built by the experts at Bodie Stroud Industries for actor/comedian Tim Allen. Normally, we aren’t exactly huge advocates of most resto-mod builds. Even the name by itself immediately conjures up mental images of huge chrome wheels and other SEMA-esque anachronisms made to poor, unsuspecting classic car victims, but we can forgive the damage that term has caused when the outcome is as tastefully built up as this car here. The intention of the project was to build a car that reminded Tim of the hot rods from his youth, although this time around as an updated modern day interpretation utilizing a 427 LS7 engine with upgraded suspension and brakes, too. Finally, he wanted it to remain period-correct-stock looking to the untrained eye. Continue on the following page for a closer look…
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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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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 http://www.race-dezert.com/home/, 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…
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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: http://www.carbuildindex.com/19504/1972-porsche-91710-008-restoration/. 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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2013 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante Build On Video By Carrozzeria Touring

September 14, 2016 in Build In Progress / Factory Photos / Italian / Video

Last year ClassicDriver.com featured a 4 part series which documented the 6 month build by Carrozzeria Superleggera Touring of the gorgeous 2013 Alfa Romeo Disco Volante. The new stunner “embraces the spirit” of it’s mentor, the 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante by starting with an ultra rare Alfa Romeo 8C as the donor car. The coach builder then spent approximately 4,000 hours forming the Italian’s voluptuous body by the vintage method of hand beating it’s aluminum panels into form combined with the more modern use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Once finished it won first place in the Prototype category at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy. If you are fortunate enough to be one of the 500 total current owners of an Alfa 8C already and are willing to put it under the knife, Touring Superleggera will be more than happy to make you a Disco Volante that you can call your own too, for an undisclosed sum. Find the photos and build video on the following page…

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BMW X5 with 700 hp LeMans Race Car Engine Swap

September 9, 2016 in Engine Swap / Factory Photos / German / Modification Thread / Race Car / Sleeper / Video

Back in 2000,  BMW picked an X5 right off of their South Carolina assembly line and sent it to their factory in Munich to do an engine swap of all engine swaps…installation of ’99 Le Mans 6.0 liter V12 race engine with 700 horsepower. While the story of this ludicrous SUV has made it’s way around the internet for quite a few years already, we felt an obligation to include it here since it epitomizes what the hobby of car builds is all about. Plus, listening to a Le Mans race engine being wrung out on a track by driving legend Hans Stuck never gets old, even if we don’t understand a word of the German he speaks. Watch him rip it around the Nurburgring in the video on the following page…
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