A home-built ex fire truck, now fitted to a bagged S10 frame, powered by a 7.3L IDI International turbo diesel…this truck is cool as hell! Not to mention it gets driven hard over long distances. I’m not sure who submitted this, as it’s been sitting in my drafts for a while, but about 20 pages into the thread I noticed my buddy Dave from Stance Is Everything had featured this very truck on his site. I highly recommend heading over to his post to check out not only the fantastic photos he snapped (some which are featured below), but also the story he put together which sums up the build way better than I can.
Big-body truck builds interest me because it’s not something we see much of here in Australia. Our most popular trucks are what would be considered medium sized in the US, such as Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger. In fact I think I’ve only ever seen one Raptor with my own eyes, a personal import. So when I saw this Super Duty thread it really drew me in, because not only am I not used to seeing these trucks, but I’m really interested in watching them get cut up and re-worked. The Cougar House Garage guys sure know how to document their build, with the thread almost being a step-by-step how-to guide. Aside from the obvious reduction in ride height, this truck will also receive a 24 Valve Cummins, converted to a 2wd dually setup, and a whole host of torched and welded metal innards. Considering the tiny stature of the Fiat 850 featured recently, it’s trip to see the difference in scale of the parts that make these things go together.
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Time to change gears again, it’s been a while since we’ve had something that isn’t a car/bike/garage to soak our eyeballs in. A little while back, Alex submitted his 1985 Hino truck to me. But this isn’t just any truck. While it might have started out as a regular flat-bed hauler, Alex and his partner spent many a day and night converting it into a bespoke wood cladded home complete with extendable slide-out sections, allowing them to explore the New Zealand landscape in the comfort of their own hand-built multi level mobile home. Make sure you check out the finished images at the bottom of the post, it just looks so damn cosy!
Not extreme enough for you? Click here for another camper van build of the more military persuasion.
Not the kind of title you’d see every day, right? After overwhelming feedback on the Facebook page, I bring you this very unique piece of machinery. What was originally a Porsche 911 is now merely a Stuttgart shell sitting atop a Chevy pickup dually chassis, with a 454 V8 and 4-speed, riding on air. The build isn’t finished, the thread goes cold after just over 2 pages. If anyone knows what ever happened to this thing, please let me know!
Thanks to Samuli for submitting. Click here for more Porsche builds.
This next build was found via Instagram of all places. I noticed a new follower pop up in my feed, clicked on his profile and I was greeted with images of this Pro Street ute build. After a few comments back-and-forth I located the build thread online and now I want to share it with you. The car in question is a 1966 HR Holden – an Australian car manufactured under our local GM banner – being transformed to a full chassis drag car in the owners garage. By the way, there is no official Build Threads Instagram account, but feel free to tag your projects with #buildthreads to share and connect with other readers.
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Here’s another car that’s already done the internet rounds, so there’s a good chance you might have already seen it, but I don’t care, it needs to be on the site. Retrieve a half-burried ’47 Chevy pickup from a farm (after a tree has fallen on it), mate it to a modded ’84 S-10 frame, throw in a bunch of free and/or cheap parts, and create one very unlikely Auto-X car.
Thanks to Carl for submitting. Click here for more Chevrolet builds.
An enthusiastic car fan drags his grandfather’s old work truck from his uncles farm in very poor condition, with the intention of restoring it to it’s former state, prior to it’s neglect. Nothing unusual about that, we’ve certainly heard similar stories before, but you don’t usually hear about a job like this being undertaken by someone whose previous automotive experience is limited to changing spark plugs on a Taurus. To my delight (and surprise), the restoration was taken on with vigor, and piece by piece the truck was brought back to life, completing what many other family members said they were going to do, but never did. Right here is the essence of this game we know and love so much, just a guy restoring a car and learning things along the way, doing as much as he can on his own, bringing back a piece of history.
Thanks to Pixel for submitting.
Okay, I’ve waited long enough and I’ve made an executive decision. I’ve been watching this build for a while, waiting for it to be finished but I can’t wait any longer. It’s going to be debuted at the upcoming SEMA show, where I’m sure it will be photographed by numerous websites, so I wanted to show it to you guys first. Just take a look at the Solid Works renderings of the parts built for the project and you’ll see why I’m such a fan of this build. I wonder if the people who built cars at the factories back in the 50/60s/70s would ever dream they’d be getting this much love in the new millennium. We have the pro-touring crowd to thank for that (and their deep pockets!)
Some quick stats:
LQ4 6.0L V8, 4L80E transmission, custom chassis, air-ride, C4 Corvette suspension, rear mount twin turbo, C6 Z06 Corvette brakes.
It’s funny how things work out. After reading an article on Speedhunters, I was briefly skimming over the comments at the bottom of the article, when I noticed someone talking about a suicide-rod being built for drifting duties. I googled the persons screen-name and found they had an account on Zilvia, so I promptly headed over there and pm’d them asking for more details in the hope of getting some pics & info for you guys.
As fate would have it, the project had been put on the back-burner. Fortunately for us, the team behind that car has something else in the build.
Presenting, Industrialized Metal, a 1994 Chevy Dually custom truck.