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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Jeff is just a regular Aussie bloke; a guy who wants to tinker with cars in his shed and share his progress with whoever wants to see it. 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.
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I love a good Volksrod, and if previous posts are anything to go by, so do most of you! Each of the well-modified Beetles I’ve featured have always done well with readers and generated plenty of track-back links to the article. This particular one was only submitted to me very recently, but when I saw the quality of the work and the documentation I knew it had to go up on the site as soon as possible. The thread is only four pages but is jam packed with great imagery covering the whole modification process. What sets it off for me is the perfectly oldschool colour choice, I love it!
Thanks to Hunter for submitting. The build is actually by his dad and uncle! Click here for more Beetle builds.
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I love hearing from owners of previously featured cars, especially when they tell me about how people ask them about their car after seeing it on Build-Threads.com. Very recently I heard from Petter, the owner of the extremely bright green 993 that started it’s life as a Targa. With the car now complete I thought I’d post a little update on it. You can click the image below or click here to go back to the original post, where you’ll find some new images and the link to the build thread.
I’ve lost track of how long this build has been sitting in my drafts, but I look at it every time I access the back-end of the site and check it’s link for updates but sadly come up empty handed. It’s one of the many threads out there that sit forever in cyber limbo, forgotten or neglected by their owners for whatever reason, the prospect of another update dwindling, sustaining life only by the few readers who bump the thread periodically with an optimistic “any updates?”, or “what ever happened to this?”. Well, I don’t care if it isn’t finished, or if it ever will be, because I think it’s cool enough for everyone to check out, even if only for the amount of awesome garage photos there are.
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If I ever have the opportunity (and I hope I do) to travel down the air cooled VW path, my weapon of choice would definitely be a Type 3 wagon. I just love the shape, ever since I first saw one back in highschool with deep black paintwork and brightly contrasting chrome, I’ll never forget it. But enough reminiscing, there’s an interesting story about the wagon in this feature. From what I can gather, apparently it started it’s life as an Australian Delivered model which was imported at some point during it’s lifespan over to the United Kingdom. The story picks up in the present day with the wagon being restored with the utmost detail to show-standards, before being sold to a lucky buyer back in, you guessed it, Australia.
Thanks to Chris for submitting.
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Not many people can lay claim to bringing a car back from certain death. Yes, there’s plenty of skilled guys and girls out there who have saved cars that might have otherwise been shipped off to a wrecking yard if no one else claimed them, but what about an old rusted and twisted shell that wouldn’t even be used as parts by most? That’s how I’d describe this depleted and distorted 356 Porsche which had been sitting idle for 30 years, I just can’t fathom how anyone would look at it and think to themselves “Yeah, I can work with this”. But that’s exactly what the guys at Kustom Coach Werks did by beating, heating, and caressing this 356 back to life. You’ve seen the preview image, now come and see what becomes of it…
Thanks to Alex for submitting.
(and someone else who submitted it a long time ago but I accidentally deleted their email, oops!)
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Have you heard the one about the Thai guy who makes his own replacement metal panels for air-cooled VW’s? Well you have now! This build has been doing the rounds for a while, I always see it pop up on forums within various “best builds” style threads, and for good reason. The man with all the skill is Pat, a metal magician from Thailand who works in a very humble shop, bringing classic VW’s back to life, one hand-formed piece of metal at a time. Come and see for yourself how he restores his brothers very rusty 67 split-window Kombi ute, you won’t believe your eyes.
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More crazy contraptions from our Scandinavian friends. This time it’s some Finns who have created a VW Kombi trailer made from an unused cab, complete with airbags, tubs, and some big American Racing hoops. If that isn’t enough, it actually gets towed around by a matching full-size Kombi.
Thanks to Jani-Matti for submitting this one.
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What happens when you’re a 4 year old kid with a father who loves aircooled VW’s and knows how to weld? Well, you get your very own scaled down version of a VRod, of course!
Possibly the coolest dad in the world, Kristian from Finland transforms a regular Beetle shell into the baddest fully functioning kid-car going around for his lucky son.
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