It’s already been four years since Tom brought us the perfectly documented Project Thunderbolt LS3 Miata build. While he’s been keeping busy with his Figaro and AZ-1 projects, the time has finally come for the Turbo Garage to start another full build, this time an LS-turbo powered Toyota Tacoma. I can’t wait to see this one unfold with Tom’s token humour and build quality.
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!
I can’t believe I’m writing this, but today marks the 10th anniversary of the first post on Build-Threads.com (although back then it was buildthreads.wordpress.com)
I’d had the idea in my head for a few years before I started it, but had no idea how to execute it. I was even thinking about calling it “Ground UP” back then. My web browser bookmarks were full of builds, I’d even memorise some of them and show my friends when I went to their houses (this is pre-social media, remember). I don’t know why but I always loved seeing the process of a car come together. Even when I was a kid I’d squint to see the tiny picture in the corner of a magazine showing a half-built car in bare metal. Watching Home Improvement I’d stare intensely at the screen and hope I’d catch a glimpse of a rolling chassis in Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor’s garage. I would watch American Chopper not for the gaudy finished product and family beef, but to see the mock-up bikes sans-paint with solid wheels and no embellishments. I don’t know why I loved it, but I just did. When I discovered forums that love of all things build-related took on a new life.
The idea stewed in my head until I discovered free blogging software, and simplified the name to it’s core value. This was a time when Speedhunters had just launched, and I had the urge to be more than just a content consumer, I wanted my own way to share my passion with the world.
I finally put two and two together and Build-Threads was born.
I was 24 years old, I lived at home with my parents, had a girlfriend and a pretty relaxed job. I had just sold my S15 and the Datsun was only in my possession for a very short time. Fast forward to today and I’m 34, my girlfriend is now my wife, there are two kids at my feet, I’m onto my fourth job and have a mortgage. With life and age comes more personal responsibility, and unfortunately that means priorities shift and Build-Threads has taken a back seat in the recent years. With that being said, it’s still a big priority to me and I am continually aware that I owe it to the readers to keep it going.
In the early days I would use pronouns like “us” and “we” to try to make Build-Threads sound bigger than it was. But after a few years I realised being a one-man-band was something to be proud of. I work damn hard to make this whole thing happen, so why pretend it’s something that it’s not?
Has the site reached my expectations? Yes and no. After a year-or-so the site gained some good traction, I wondered if it would turn into a career path in the automotive media world, but it has always stayed as a passion project. I’m lucky to even make enough money to pay for half of my hosting every year. But the success came in other ways, namely the passionate audience and community the site has garnered. This isn’t a fly-by-night genre, builds aren’t a fashion piece, and the people who love them (I mean truly love them) are the ones who are willing to sit through a 100+ page build thread to get their fix, and are willing to wait for the next post to show up, sticking by me this whole time. That’s worth more to me than money.
It’s a community of like-minded individuals with a true passion. We all love the journey of the build. We’re not the ones grabbing onto the latest fad, this is what is inside us and what makes us tick as human beings. Whenever I put up a “show us your projects” post in the Build Threads Communal Garage, I can never believe what I see. To think that this site is a common factor in bringing those people together truly humbles me.
I had some help along the way. The first two people to really get my name out there was Judson Bryan from JDMego and Nigel Petrie from Engineered To Slide. To them it was a simple act of sharing a new website they’d just found with their own audiences, but to me it meant the world. I still follow each of them today and they both continue to inspire me for different reasons.
I was lucky enough to guest-post for Speedhunters on multiple occasions. What a trip! I never would have imagined that when I started this humble little blog in my bedroom that one day I’d have my name up in lights on one of the words largest car-culture websites, arguably the blueprint for all car blogs that have come after it.
The site even gained recognition in print, being named “Website of the month” on two occasions in Performance VW Magazine, along with features in Fast Car, NZ Performance Car and others. As a kid who grew up buying every car magazine he could afford, this was completely mind blowing.
I’ve been lucky enough to share words with some people whose work I’ve featured. I could never comprehend how they would be elated to find out their project made it onto the site. To me they’re the real heroes, I’m just a guy bashing some keys and pushing “publish”. I’m talking about insanely talented people like Lewis Peasnell, 3D Magic Mike, Kyle Kuhnhausen, Daniel Grub, Shawn Hibmacronan, Chris Purr, Gregor Halenda – just to name a few.
I see some big names like and comment on my posts, in the real world I guess it doesn’t mean much, but it’s nice to know I’m reaching the people at the top of the game and I hope they like what I’m doing.
The landscape has changed, blogs are old news and forums are fighting off extinction (although there are still more than a few holding strong with dedicated members and great content). I’m hopeful that there’ll be a renaissance, when people tire of hitting “like” and discover you can go on a real journey with someone when you read a multi-page build thread all through the night. I’d like to thank the guys and girls out there who know it’s not easy to document their build, who know it sucks to stop 10 times through the process to take pictures, and stay up all night uploading and writing captions. But these are the people who make this site possible. I’m merely the middle man between the creators and the audience.
I’d also like to thank all of you who have emailed, left comments, or Facebook/Instagram messages with builds you’ve found, your own builds, or even just saying thanks and acknowledging what I do. This means more to me than you’ll ever know, and has kept me going through times when I’ve felt like giving up on the site.
I’ve made some great friends along the way, even if I’ve never met them in person. Dave Thomas from Stanceiseverything.com stands out, someone who I call the hardest working blogger in the world. We’ve shared many a message over the years and have found common ground on plenty of topics, even though we’re at opposite ends of the hemisphere. His site is a constant source of inspiration and I’ve shamelessly re-shared his work on more than one occasion when I’m struggling to get a post together.
I can’t name everyone individually but there are countless people who I’ve chatted with that I’m better off for knowing. Sometimes it’s a one-off, and other times the connection lasts years.
I of course have to thank my family for being on the other side of the fence while I constantly bang on about needing to “get a post up” because it’s been too long since the last one. They know how much it means to me and have never once done anything except encourage me. To be a grown man with a blog that takes a lot of your time yet makes no money and still have the support of your loved one’s is priceless.
All I have left to say is, support your forum of choice, dust-off your log-in, update your avatar and signature, and get your build thread back up to date. We’ll all be better off for it.
Thank you all once again for joining me on this journey, here’s to 10 more years.
P.S. Special shout out to my biggest Mexican fan LCG for always keeping me in check.
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.
How many cars are subjected to the MX5 running-gear swap? Well, on this website alone, we’ve seen it done to a Mini Clubman Estate, a Volvo P1800, a Saab 96, a Datsun 411 wagon, a Datsun 520 ute, and now we can add a Ford 100e to that list! This project by Urchfab has seen multiple uploads coming at us in close succession (over 35 videos in 2 months!), and shows no signs of slowing down until it’s complete.
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.
For the past year or so, I’ve been driving a 1-hour commute to-and-from work, so naturally I started seeking out some great automotive podcasts to listen to. I’ve been following Kris Clewell around the internet for many years now, and have even featured his work on the site multiple times (first the Manilla Green Mk1 Golf belonging to he and his wife in 2010, followed by his previous and current 911s in 2014).
Kris, along with co-host Jake Solberg, are the guys behind Overcrest, a podcast centred around cars, car culture, and the past, present and future of motoring.
You can find them on all the usual podcast haunts, along with the below links. Enjoy!
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!
Click here for more garage builds.
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.
Click here for more 240z builds.