It’s no secret that I’m an avid reader of The Garage Journal. You’ll find that most of the garage builds on this site come from that very forum. One thing I love about GJ threads is that once the actual garage/shed is complete, the OP will continue to update the thread with their tinkering activity of choice, so you never know what subject matter the thread will end up being about. But in this case, the garage is used for restoring and maintaining classic cars to a very high standard, perfect fodder for Build-Threads.com!
Watch this crew of knockabout Irish lads pull a sad and sorry AE86 out from mother nature’s grip, and slowly bring it back to life in a series of vlogs. Juicebox are some of the funniest and most genuine guys on Youtube (to me, anyway!), with fast and frantic editing and colourful language adding to the smile-inducing viewing experience. I’ve had some genuine “laugh out loud” moments watching these guys over the past few months, and hope you will too.
InZanity is a build by fabricator/artist/magician, Kyle Kuhnhausen. No stone has been left unturned, with pretty much every part hand fabbed by the man himself, with styling inspiration from Rampage Camaro. An LSx nestled between the braced and dimple-died engine bay ensures this Z will be as fast as it looks, and it looks damn fast. Calling this build “detailed” is selling it way short, so make sure you check it out for yourself and peep what an untold amount of man-hours and skill can do to a car.
After a short hiatus, Build-Threads.com is back online!
Thank you to everyone who messaged me while we were in our downtime phase. It appears the site was attacked through some old and outdated themes and plugins, and needed to be re-installed, which is all sorted now.
If you would like to help out with the costs associated with getting us back online, please head to the store and consider buying some stickers, it would help out a whole lot: buildthreads.bigcartel.com
I’ve got a few new posts lined up, so stay tuned for those in the coming days and weeks.
In the meantime, I implore you to get reacquainted with the hundreds of posts already on the site and celebrate (with your warm or cool beverage of choice) our little corner of the internet. Check out some of the popular post tags and see what comes up, you just might find something new!
When Gordon Murray contacts your restoration shop to enquire about a project car, you’d better bring your A-game. Luckily for Retropower, it looks as though A-game is the only game they know. They’ve been tasked with building the Gordon Murray a Mk1 Escort, and are bringing us along for the ride via a video series. The filming has a nice relaxed pace and you have a great opportunity to listen to the thought-process behind the build from all members of the business. Will this be the worlds most sorted and best-built Mk1 Escort when it’s complete?
Has it been a year already? Wow! Definitely a slower year for posts, with not only my personal circumstances changing (new job + new arrival in the family), but also the dreaded Photobucket scandal putting another nail in the coffin for the forum platform that we all know and love. With all things considered, even though the quantity might have been down, the quality and breadth is still what we’ve come to know from this site which is now in it’s 9th year, thanks to all the talented builders out there continuing to swing spanners late into the night. Build-Threads.com still has a strong and loyal readership (that’s you!), and for that I’m very thankful. This is a specific corner of the automotive media realm that we call our own, and we’re all on the same page.
Driftworks is one of many companies who have stepped up their vlogging game in 2017, giving us a glimpse into not only their fleet and products, but the personalities behind them. Just over a week ago, the guys released a great video of the team looking back over the build of their ASCAR-based AE86 drift car, discussing in detail the process of the build, ups and downs, etc. Enjoy!
I’ve said this before, but it’s the humble yet amazing DIY garage builds that truly encompass the mantra of this website, and it’s a sentiment that Greg, the owner of this Swift, agrees with. His words: “1987 Pontiac Firefly (That’s a Canadian-Market Suzuki Swift or Chevy Sprint), with a full tube-frame, full cage, small-block Chevy, converted to front-engine-rear-wheel-drive. It all fits under the body work, and looks a sleeper.” The best part? The total cost came in at $3200CDN (roughly $2500US), an exercise in true DIY (see: transmission tunnel sheetmetal pillaged from dead freezer).
Never underestimate the power of the internet! A short while back, I sent some Build-Threads stickers over to one of my favourite YouTubers, Home Built By Jeff for his mailbag segment (here’s a screenshot). One of Jeff’s viewers, Michael, was watching that very episode and decided to get in touch to show me his own project, this very sorted longhood 911. It starts out as a rusty ’69 with plans for a freshen up (way back in 2005!), but quickly snowballs into a full build with no stone left unturned, spanning over 10 years, and still continuing today.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@buildthreads) you might have seen a story I posted on the weekend showing some upcoming mods planned for the car. One of those being a fresh set of rubber! The tyres I had on the car were getting close to a decade in age, and even after a couple of track days, skid pans, and plenty of mountain runs, they just wouldn’t quit. While the tread was still plentiful, the compound had become hard and useless (yay free horsepower!), and a great deal on some Hankook R-s3s saw me getting the credit card out.