The VW scene is one i truly admire. The haters can hate all they want, but I’m always browsing v-dub sites for inspiration and ideas. People who modify VW’s tend to try new things first without caring what other people think, and they also strive to be different and think outside the square. I see their culture as being closer to hot-rodding then “tuning” (hate that word), as their rides have a real emphasis on character.
One such ride is Roxy the Mk3 Golf, a themed build with a vintage racing/bobber Harley feel, the real highlights are in the details. Check out the seats, custom fuel-cell, hinged in-dash gauge pods, hand-made badge, vintage cloth wrapped spark leads, etc etc.
Roxy is built by jkrate, graphic designers from Virginia. Graphic Designers make the best car builders, and I’m not saying that just because I am one, but because I know that they see their car as a complete composition, not just a bunch of parts thrown together. I love builds like this, and I can honestly say it has inspired me.
Thanks to Ray for the heads-up on this one.
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Take one 1987 Ford F150 chassis and mate it to a custom H1 Hummer body and what do you get? a H150 of course.
Here we have another DIY home-made build. This particular creation resides in Montreal, and is the mastermind of Francois. Thanks to Raiss (aka CEPAT) from JDM Style Tuning for the tip-off. The full build thread is up to 47 pages and counting, so I’ll get straight to business. Here’s some teasers;
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One word that gets thrown around way too much these days on the internet when describing cars is “clean”. Someone bolts a set of rims on their car, lowers it, and apparently its “clean”. Well the following car is the true definition of clean, no fan-boy-isms here. Pick any surface on this car and chances are you could eat off it. Owned by Brendan and built with the assistance of C-Red over in Perth, Western Australia, this S13 has been rebuilt down to every last nut and bolt.
I like to think of this car as a special edition that Nissan Japan would have built if they had to re-release the S13 Silvia using carefully selected after market parts. Brendan’s blog dates back to August 2004, and the car has only recently been completed. If you want to see what 5 years of hard work gets you when you let loose on an S13, keep reading…
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Up north in the sunshine state of Queensland, Australia, Grant has built one of the sweetest looking AE71 Corollas to grace the pages of many a car site on the internet, even going as far as getting a feature on Speedhunters. Not only does it look the part, but it gets thrashed around race tracks regularly.
Most AE71s tend to be modified for power, handling, and drifting abilities first and foremost without paying attention to the bodywork, but this one has all the bases covered.
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Like i said in the Garage Re-Vamp post, it’s not just cars that get build threads. Another example of a non-car build thread is this guide on refurbishing a set of BBS RS Wheels on the Wheel-Whores Forum. If you have a keen interest in wheels (especially the multi-piece variety), make sure you head over and have a look around, you’ll find all the info you need and then some.
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Another DIY masterpiece, Nigel has hand fabricated his S13 Silvia in such detail that puts most “show cars” to shame. Built to slide, this is a car that is universally admired in the S-Chassis scene. Created in an understated Japanese street-drift style, it works to a simple formula that is easy to replicate, yet so many people still manage to get it wrong: Subtle factory bodykit, low offset wheels, slammed ride height.
In a world where many people only go as far as bolt-on mods will allow them, its refreshing to see a late model Japanese car with some hardcore custom modifications, all done by the owner too.
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I can’t remember how I stumbled across this build way back in 2007, but I’m sure glad I did. A talented guy named Mike over in Oregon has been cutting, chopping, and welding his 1969 Chevy Tahoe wagon into a work of art. It’s been converted from long-wheelbase to short-wheelbase, had an extra door added, custom suicide hinges, one piece tailgate, rust repairs, airbag suspension, the list is endless!
The most amazing thing about this build is that he’s doing it all himself in his garage.
If you like metal fabrication, this is one build you can’t afford to miss.
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If you’re a fan of old school JDM rides, then you probably love Hakosuka Nissan Skylines.
Kev from Sydney, a member of Japanese Nostalgic Car and JDM Style Tuning, has been slowly working on his freshly imported KGC10 for the past year.
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Chances are if you’re into VW’s, you’ve seen The Bucket numerous times. But for those of you who haven’t, prepare to be entertained by one of the lowest, rudest and most charismatic Rabbits of all time. I’m tempted to call it “rat style” or “hood ride” but I can’t do it the injustice of trying to categorise it, it’s in a league of its own…
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Over in Chicago, a guy named Marty – in conjunction with some key sponsors and talented workshops – has been building his ultimate GMC Syborg pick-up. The car is being created in Pro-Touring style, with many custom touches and countless hours of labour invested in the project. This is a high caliber build, using the latest technology and all the best parts.
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