If you’ve followed the previous garages I’ve featured, you’d notice a theme. I tend to like the ‘everyday’ car-guy garage, something a bit gritty with used cabinets, reclaimed timber, all the warm and fuzzies etc etc. But I always say that it’s nice to see how things are on the top end of the spectrum, […]
Firebug Subaru 360
It’s time for another memory test. Who remembers the rear-engine V6-swapped Geo Metro Lemons racer that was featured almost 5 years ago? Well, the same guys are back again with a new death trap, this time a Subaru 360 micro-car packing a Honda Fireblade bike engine (sadly no longer eligible due to new rules implemented […]
Honda NSX Track Car
It’s time to kick off 2016 with a new build! The Honda NSX is a bucket-list car for many people, whether you’re a Honda fanboy, a lover of 90′s JDM, or maybe you have a case of the feels from the original Need for Speed game. This one takes quite the transformation, starting off as […]
Build-Threads Project Garage: Plumbing & Driveway
Has it really been over a year since my last post about the then-completed Build Threads garage? I’m actually a bit stunned at that fact. I wish I could tell you that I’ve been cutting, grinding, and welding my days and nights away, but the truth is I’m still a little ways away from being […]
Subaru Leone EJ22T AWD
Sure, you could buy yourself an STi Impreza, but where’s the fun in that? What about taking an all original, low-milage 1986 Subaru Leone, converted to AWD thanks to an XT6 (Vortex) donor, with an engine consisting of a built EJ22T bottom end and STi Version 8 Type RA heads? Yeah, I’d choose the Leone too. The […]
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.
This build has been sitting in my drafts folder for two years, TWO WHOLE YEARS! I’m always fighting with myself over posting builds before they’re complete, but this one is just too good to sit on, so I figured it was finally time (plus I like posting follow-ups on popular builds as they evolve). This pro-touring PontiacFirebird resides in Sweden, and is being transformed with great attention to detail and craftsmanship during a love affair spanning 16 years. There’s plenty of fabrication and CAD design to keep you more than entertained, from big suspension components to the smallest detailed bracketry, and the photos are all top notch. Apart from the build thread you can also follow this extremely thorough project on it’s dedicated Facebook page, which you’ll find at the bottom of the post.
This build came to my attention via it’s eBay auction, of all places. A friend linked it to me and within the description was a build thread link. Now who of us here would be stupid enough to NOT click that link? What I found was an obscure little 70′s Honda whose body shape I was not familiar with. Reading a little further into it, I was delighted to see fabricated parts, various body modifications, a motorbike engine conversion and a narrowed MazdaMiata/MX5 rear end to top it off (there’s also a funky transmission setup that goes way over my head, so I’ll let you read about it yourself). It’s been a while since I’ve featured something bike powered, and this just might be the best one yet.
In much the same vein as the recently updated Bentley EXP Speed 8 and BMW M1 replica builds, we have another 2-seat endurance racing type vehicle being hand built by an enthusiast putting their own spin on things. This one starts with a blank canvas composite body and a drive-train donated from a 997 GT3, what a way to keep it in the family! Aside from the obvious appeal of this build, there’s also an abundance of CAD machining going on, for all you CNC freaks out there.
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 that 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.
After sifting through a mammoth 350+ page thread for last weeks featured build, it was a nice change of pace to receive an email from Matt Clark, a designer who has his automotive and non-autmotive work featured on his Tumblr page. Matt has built an assortment of cars from various eras and genres, each of which he’s applied his personal touch to, and I must say he certainly has a knack when it comes to cars. There’s something in here for everyone, ranging from a Datsun Roadster, some Camaros (one special one that you may have seen in a video), through to a couple of Hondas, and even a MitsubishiStarion!
Here’s some real home-grown fabrication for you. A V12 converted to twin 4-barrel carbs, shortened Jaguar rear end, BMW front end, endless amounts of body work, chassis fabrication, flat floor and wooden bucks to custom make sheet-metal panels. This is backyard ingenuity at it’s best. Edit: I should probably mention that the thread is over 350 pages long, so yeah, have fun with that!
Thanks to Brian for submitting. Click here for more Triumph builds.