BMW M1 Sauber Group 5 Replica

Sweden; where else would you find someone building an M60 V8 (twin turbo, of course) powered BMW M1 Group 5 replica? The owner/builder has already built an AWD Turbo V8 Volvo Amazon that was completed rather quickly, so this considered his long-term project, with a track-ready date of 2020 on the cards.

Thanks to David for submitting. Not enough M1 for you? Check out this previously featured build. Want more insane builds from the Scandinavian region? Klicka här!

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FrankenFerrari – V12 Ferrari 308

Well this one is waaaay over my head, so I’m just going to spit out some facts from the build thread:

  • 1984 Ferrari 308GTS qv
  • 5.4l V12 swap from a Ferrari 400i
  • Testarossa 4-valve heads
  • Head stud locations, water passage location, oil passage locations, all welded/modified
  • Custom made cams from 8620 billet
  • 54mm Ducati 999 TBs
  • + a whole lot more (I should also mention that OP made hovercraft from a disused lawnmower engine when he was 11 or 12, make sure you check out the build thread to see the amazing picture!)

If you’re an engineering genius, or a mere mortal like myself who looks up to said geniuses, you’ll enjoy what you’re about to see..

Thanks to Jerome for sharing the link to this build in the Build Threads Communal Garage discussion group. Feel free to join if you’d like to connect with like-minded individuals!

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1985 Chevy G20 Van

Let’s kick off 2019 with something a bit different, shall we? How about a bitchin’ 70s van made for drift car towing duties – with more style than a Tacoma or F-truck could ever dream of. It gets a minor refresh of the mechanicals but a massive style injection in the way of paint, period-correct body kit and oh-so-dished American Racing wheels to set-off that perfect 70s look.

I stumbled upon this thread while browsing Ziptied one night. It’s so great to see people still flying the build thread flag in 2019! Follow Jason Turner Drifting on Facebook and Instagram.

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The Justang (Subaru Justy/Ford Mustang)

A few minutes ago, I don’t even know what a Subaru Justy was. But now I can tell you that it’s a small, light hatchback and would be a pretty great recipient to have the innards of a 4.6L Mustang Cobra stuffed into it. Wait…what?

Thanks to Robert for commenting on the last post and adding a link to this project. The Justang was built by Circuit Motorsports.

Want to read about more projects like this? Try One Very Swift Lemon, the V8 tube frame Pontiac Firefly or the Chevy Lumina/Pontiac G6

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The Restoration Garage

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!

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InZanity – the fabricated s30Z

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.

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V8 tube frame Pontiac Firefly (Suzuki Swift)

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).

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Grey Ghost – ’69 Porsche 911

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.

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Project 510 gets meaty

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.

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Subtle Shuttle – Ford E350 4×4 build

Gregor Halenda is a man whose talents I’ve followed for many years. Long-time readers will remember the post I wrote up about Gregor’s multiple projects (with no less than 6 links to various threads) that he had a hand in, including his gorgeous home that opened my eyes to the wonders of mid century modern architecture. That post was made over two years ago, and Gregor has not been idle. Along with his busy photography schedule, he has turned his attentions to creating a capable adventure vehicle for quality family time on (and off) the open road. The base vehicle? An airport shuttle bus!

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