Hailing from our very own Build Threads Communal Garage is a very creative chap who runs a channel called It’s Ben Modified. The ‘about’ page says “Anything with Wheels and a Motor”, and to be honest I can’t think of a better way to describe the types of automobiles being pieced together in this shop. The projects range from (but aren’t limited to) 400 Hp V8 VW Truck, an electric conversion of a VW Bus, a pedal electric motorcycle and even an Autobianchi Bianchina being converted to bike-power. Long-term readers might remember one of theseÂ unique creations from a previous post, the Hayabusa Reverse Trike. Don’t forget to join the discussion group if you haven’t already, you never know what you might find or who you might meet in there!
If you’ve been reading Build-Threads.com for a while, you’d know I’m a huge fan of Nigel Petrie from Engineered to Slide. In fact, one of the first posts I ever publishedÂ on this site was about his S13 (that is now in the midst of a track-focused re-build). In this new video, Nigel takes us on a tour of his jealousy-inducing garage space, with both the workshop and film produced in trademark ETS quality.
One thing I like more than watching car content on YouTube, is watching Build Threads readers output their own car content on YouTube!Â Geoffrey contacted me recently to share his newly started channel with me. He’s about to undertake a huge restoration of an Alfa Romeo GT Junior 1300. It’s a big job, but he’s got almost all the required panels to bring it back to life. I’m looking forward to watching not only the progression of the car, but Geoffrey’s channel and the production skills he’ll no doubt amass along the way.
The latest channel to be added to my list of subscriptions is Salt City Euros. These young dudes by the name of Nico and Max have a penchant for E30BMWs and some serious skills in the filming and editing departments. I’m looking forward to following the progress on their projects, especially the wagon!
Jeff is just a regular AussieÂ bloke;Â a guy who wants to tinker with carsÂ in his shedÂ and share his progress with whoever wants to see it.Â I don’t know his work background but he seems to be the kind of guy who can do a bit of everything, and he’s giving it a red hot go with a 1974 Porsche rebuild. There are no delusions of grandeur, no merch to sell, no special effects, no swearing and no trash talking for minutes on end. That’s what I love about this channel, the build, and Jeff. It’s just a refreshingly down-to-earth viewing experience in a booming YouTube market full of people who seem to love the sound of their own voice more than they do working on cars. Go Jeff! I’ll be sure to keep adding videos as they are released.
A little while back I received an email from a member of theÂ Clarion Builds project about advertising on this very site (more info here if you’re interested). Well their first project car is now complete, and don’tÂ I feel like an idiot for sleeping on this, especially when it was introduced to me at the project’s inception! It’s great to see a big company whose main game isn’t restoration getting in on the subculture we love so much; tearing cars down and building them back up. Corporate-backed promotional vehicles generally used toÂ be based on modern cars with a body kit and wheels (maybe some light engine work too), but lately the act of classic car restoration seems to be in the spotlight, and I’m damn happy to see it. Â I recently saw a video on my YouTube feed of Chris Forsberg driving this very car, which made me go back to the channel and realise there’s a heap of videos of the build process that I missed. I tip my hat to Clarion and their Clarion BuildsÂ project, and I can’t wait to see how the next car (Honda NSX!!) turns out. Apart from the 16 videos posted below, you can see an image gallery of the project here.
It’s like someone went and made a channel specifically for us! So far the series has videos detailing how to make a time attack roll cage and a tube frame front end, amongst other various fabrication topics. The complete Part 1 instalment of the tube frame front end video looks to be a paid video, but at over 2 hours long and less than a couple of bucks it sure does appear to be great value for money.
I’m not the biggest Fast & Furious franchise fan. I mean, I liked the first one when it came out, but I was already a car-obsessed teen at that point, so it’s not like it changed my life or started my obsession. I enjoyed the summer vibes of the second instalment, but by the time the third one came around it started to get lost on me, and I didn’t even bother with 4 onwards. But when I heard thatÂ Sung Kang had bought his own s30z project to build up, I thought “hey, this is kind of cool!”, a Hollywood actor buying a shitty old Datsun, not too dissimilar to mine, who’ll be building it up just as he wanted. When I noticed the build transformed from a “car guy passion project” into a “Workshop x Media Partner x SEMA” build, I went “okay, this is still kinda cool, but not as cool as it was before”. But I digress! I shouldn’t have let my narrow mind get the better of me before actually watching the start of the series. Once I sat down to view the first video, I realised there really is a hell of a lot of passion being poured into this, from everyone involved, including the owners, the builders, and the creatives putting this series together for us. I’ll be updating this post when each new video comes out, so keep checking back.
If you miss the old Roadkill (pre Dodge sponsorship days), then you’re going to love Dirt Every Day. While I’m not really into off-roading, I absolutely LOVE this channel. Fred is a down to earth guy who hosts his own series videos on the MotorTrend channel, which is why he’s allowed to poke fun at Finnegan and Freiburger (and their newfound viral popularity) whenever he so chooses. In this episode, he starts transforming a PlymouthRoad Runner into a turbodiesel powered off road warrior.