I’m not sure what to say about this one, I’m pretty gobsmacked! If you like Formula 1, engineering, and…uh…old Volvos, then this one’s for you. What we’re looking at is a Volvo 360 with a turbo AND supercharged power-plant, peppered with an assortment of genuine F1 parts like wings, diffuser, wheels, hubs and wishbone suspension, built by a Mr Peter Schmidt. If you’ve seen Speedhunters latest post, you might have seen the finished product already, but I think the build thread is worth a mention too. I’m sure they’ll do a spotlight on the car soon, so we can see the completed car in detailed hi-res shots. I’ll be sure to update this post with a link once that happens.
There’s a twisted tale that goes along with the feature of this car. Dan, the owner, bought a Build Threads sticker pack when I was offering sketches with every order (NLA!). Once I found his car online to use as a reference for the sketch, I really liked what I saw and thought everyone else would, too. It was only after clicking through a few pages that I realised I had actually shared pictures of his oval-exhaust build technique on the Build Threads Discussion Group earlier in the year. Funny how things work. The journey of this thread begins with a car that’s already been deemed magazine-worthy, but that doesn’t stop Dan from continuing development on the ‘stang. The big-on-detail thread begins with an IRS swap and fitment of a pro-charger, then continues along with airride, oval exhaust with cutouts, sound system, interior, and much more. It’s far from over, so be sure to add it to your bookmarks and check up on the sharply photographed progress in the future.
Even though I’m not into off-roading myself, I really enjoy reading builds from this dirt-loving subculture. Reason being is that I get to see the same metal-working techniques being implemented for a different purpose, it’s just interesting to see the similarities and differences. High instead of low, mud instead of asphalt, dirt instead of shine, but at the end of the day we are all modifying our vehicles so we can enjoy them beyond the expectations the manufacturer had in mind for them. This particular build is a 1976 Scout Traveler, a vehicle made by International, and it’s being built to a very high standard for the purpose of long and remote hunting trips in the countryside.
Thanks to Jess for submitting. Click here for more off-road builds.
Buried inside one of the many great 2012 SEMA posts on Speedhunters was this highly customised Ford Mustang, a car that some might dismiss at first glance. Actually, calling it a Mustang is probably a bit of a stretch, because this extreme 1-off build is actually based on a rear-engined 2006 Ford GT, with the appearance of a lower and longer ’69 Mach 1. While there isn’t a build thread as such, you can still head to the bottom of the post to see hundreds of photos of the build process on the creator’s own website, Eckert’s Rod & Custom.
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Thanks to Geoff for submitting.
Petri from www.pjp.fi in Finland emailed me this very interesting Rolls Royce build, not your typical cheuffurre driven Silver Shadow. I’ll let Petri explain…
car is coming to have all chromemoly sfi 25,2 double frame chassi with four seats (am not kidding we must give our sponsors a ride) .Engine is Oldsmobile 462 cid with Mooneyhamn 14/71 fullteflon supercharger and 200 horsepower nitrous.
There’s a couple of reasons why I love this build. First of all, coming from Australia I’ve never seen a Mustang of this year, let-alone a modified one. I’ve seen plenty of mid/late 60s, early 70s, and a few current models, but never one like this. I guess I’d have to go to a Mustang-specific show to see one in the flesh. Secondly, how freaking cool are retro pace car graphics!? This retired race marshal receives a new millennium freshen-up, with air ride, some big billet wheels, a carbon/suede combo interior, and a DOHC supercharged donk set to be fitted in the not too distant future.
Submitted by Dan, a friend of Tom who built the car. What a guy!
I’ve noticed a little bit of backlash whenever I feature a Golf on the site. Not much, but enough to make me second-guess posting the next candidate I come across. I like Golfs, I own one, and if you think they’re too common, modded in the wrong way or even if you don’t like the owners for some reason, I don’t really care. So, here’s another one, but it’s modified in a very different fashion, so it should shake things up a bit, consider it the ‘anti-stance’.
Thanks to Nicolas for submitting.
Recently I created a new post tag called “People who get it”, for those occasions where an owner or builder will put extra effort into their threads to make for an enjoyable and informative read. But where to from there? Is that as good as it gets? Is it possible to take it a step further than slick photos and well-structured posts? Yes, my friends, yes it is. Let me introduce you to Wil and his foray into the roadster life. Wil decided to document his new found obsession in a light-hearted comic-book style format, much to the delight of his audience. Is this the future of build threads? I can’t wait to see what other ideas people come up with, the bar has been set!
More MX5 builds here.
Here’s a vehicle type I’ve never featured before, a trike! Greg & Jeff from RX8club.com emailed me this crazy creation a while ago, definitely something worth checking out especially when you consider it’s going to be rotary powered and supercharged. Greg is actually involved in the build and is responsible for the slick prototype drawings. A scratch-built creation, thinking completely out of the square, this isn’t something you’ll come across every day.
The generous parts interchangeability offered to enthusiasts by Nissan is a beautiful thing, from the old Datsun days to the cars of the present, it’s as if the bean-counters at head office have always secretly been catering to the people who love to modify by transforming the local spare parts counter into a virtual buffet.
Here we have a true diverse mix of the Nissan bloodline. Take one S15 Silvia, the front bodywork from a 180SX, an RB30 bottom-end/RB26 head, a supercharger, stir vigorously, and this is what you get…