Driftworks ASCAR/AE86 update

I’ve just updated the original post I made about the Driftworks AE86 drift car. Click here to check it out.


Mercedes V8 Unimog


Anyone else wondering what a Unimog is? If you are, like I was, I’ll do the Wiki-ing for you…

The name Unimog is pronounced [ˈuːnɪmɔk] in German and is an acronym for the GermanUNIversal-MOtor-Gerät”, Gerät being the German word for machine or device.

The more you know, hey? This Mercedes Unimog (we can pretend we knew what that meant all along now) was bought sight unseen, with what turned out to be a blown motor. The owner sees to break it down from it’s ex-military looking guise, throw an assortment of parts and fabrication at it (over the course of 2 rebuilds), and ends up with a mud-ready 347ci Ford V8-powered off road assault vehicle, perfect climbing steep trails, dashing through the now snow, or being covered in sweet, glorious, dirty mud. All this while seating 5 people in open-air (somewhat) comfort.

Thanks to Chris for submitting. Click here for more off road builds.

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NA MX5 nut-and-bolt OCD rebuild


Imagine for a second that you just bought a car, but that car was located 1800 miles away, meaning you had to travel that distance to collect the car, and then drive it all the way back home. Now, keep your imagination going, and ponder how you’d feel if that same car got stolen from your driveway less than one week after you bought it. Pretty shattering, right? Well, what if it wasn’t just stolen, but also crashed, flipped, and completely totaled by the theif? I think I’d curl up in a ball and just cry. But not Jeff, the owner of this turbo’d Mazda Miata/MX5. After taking a week to grieve, he sought about buying a replacement car and rebuilding it piece by piece, ensuring no dirty or unpainted/polished product so much as touches the car. It culminates in one of the cleanest MX5′s on the planet, better than when it rolled off the production line.

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VR HSV Senator LSX454


I always love when an Australian car shows up in my inbox, I have a soft spot for our local product (even though our industry has all but shut down), and I even owned a Commodore some years ago. This particular piece of Aussie machinery is a VR Holden Commodore of the HSV variety, HSV (Holden Special Vehicles) being Holden’s tuning arm, much like AMG is to Mercedes. For the international readers, you can read up on HSV here.

What I love about this car is the incredible attention to detail and the no-expense-spared attitude given to the build, it’s not often you see these cars receiving this type of attention. If the details don’t get you, I’m sure the bright orange LSX motor with individual throttle bodies will melt your eyeballs and warm your soul. Another really neat touch is the rear wheels, they’re CNC machined to look exactly like the factory cast alloys, except much wider. It’s a subtle touch, but speaks volumes of the owners taste direction with the car.

Thanks to Ismail for submitting. Click here for more builds of Australian cars.

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Diesel GC8 Subaru WRX


Talk about thinking outside the square. If you bought yourself a dead-stock GC8 Subaru Impreza to attack Pikes Peak, what engine choice would you go for? A single turbo EJ20 as found in the WRX? Or maybe the twin turbo version from a JDM Legacy? Perhaps you’d be more inclined to go for the bigger capacity 2.5 EJ25 from the later model Impreza? Or, if you wanted to be really different, you could step up to the EZ30 or EZ36 flat 6 engines?

Well not Gregoire, he went for a flat four Subaru engine that I didn’t even know existed, it’s called an EE20 and it’s diesel powered! Rolling coal in what looks to most people like a 22B? Yeah, that’s very cool! Don’t forget to check out the build summary video at the bottom of the post.

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Austin Mini GT-Four [video build]


The folks at Bad Obsession Motorsport must have a bad obsession with building bonkers cars, because they’re putting together quite the ball-tearing package. They’re taking a Mini (or what’s left of it) and stuffing it full of running gear from a Toyota Celica GT-Four. Yes, that’s a 4 cylinder turbo with all wheel drive. What’s better is that they’re documenting it all on video, with some token British dry humour (my favourite kind). Watching the guys cut, linish, fold, and weld hand-make bracketry and structural sections is making me want to get out into the garage more than ever. “Project Binky” will be one serious little Mini once completed.

I’ll be sure to update this post and let you know via the Facebook page when more videos are released.

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Jet-powered land-speed motorbike


Just when I think I’ve seen it all, when I think I can’t possibly be surprised at what pops up in my inbox, along comes Anders with his gas-turbined powered motorbike. When I actually figured out what I was looking at, all I could do is sit back and laugh in amazement. I consider myself so lucky that people like Anders want to email me their amazing projects, built using techniques that I can’t even begin to comprehend. To get to the point, I’ll let him explain what he’s got cooking…

I just found your website and thought I should show you my little project that has been going for 4 years and counting, it is a scratch built gas turbine motorcycle with which I aim to set a land speed record in the APS/Omega class at Bonneville Speed Week.

The turboshaft gas turbine is built by myself around a Garrett TV94 rotor with everything cast, turned and milled on my manual tools at home, I´ve spent three years on it and now I am about to test it for the second time in the bike frame. It should be capable of producing somewhere between 150-180hp on the rear wheel once everything is tuned in.

If you like milling, machining, lathes, jets, flames, welding, casting…hell, if you like anything mechanical, you’re going to love this. Don’t forget to check out the test video at the end of the post, and another bonus video of something else Anders and his crazy Swedish mates have added jet propulsion to. All hail the Scandinavians.

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Scratch-built Mid-engined sports car


Build, built, building. “I built my car”, “check out my build“, “have you seen this guy’s build?”. Has the word lost it’s meaning? I hear these sentences getting thrown around a lot, maybe too much, it seems to be the go-to word instead of saying you’ve “modified” a car. While I’m not prepared to sit and discuss the merits of this one term, I want you to take solace in knowing that there are still people out there who truly embody the word “build”. Just like the folks at Invision Prototypes, who take that simple word and turn it up to 11, by putting together this completely hand-built car, a mind-boggling exercise in metal shaping and forming. Seriously, just click below to see what I mean, you’ll be blown away by what you see.

Thanks to Peter for submitting.

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Top 10 builds of 2013

Just like last year, I thought I’d round up the most viewed builds of 2013 and post them up in a list. Looking back and seeing what you and your fellow readers like the most is very interesting to me, and it’s a great reason for you to re-check some great builds from the year gone by.

Here we go!…


10. LSX E39 BMW Wagon – Kicking off the list is this very detailed build featured back in June. This unassuming E39 BMW wagon was the recipient of an LSX engine transplant, all documented very thoroughly in an enjoyable thread with great photography. Definitely one of those ‘make a cup of coffee and get comfortable’ builds.

9. 1969 Porsche 911 GT3 Restomod – Ahh, classic Porsches, the darlings of the internet. I’d be a fool not to feature them, especially ones as nice as this, packing a carbon wide-body and late model watercooled GT3 engine conversion.

8. Lifted MKV Golf – I’m very glad to see this car make the list and I always get a kick out of re-posting it. This is a perfect representation of someone bucking the trend and going in the complete different direction to those around them.

7. Mach 40 Mustang/GT - Big dollar car, with big dollar mods. A Ford Mustang morphed with a Ford GT, classic looks with modern supercar performance, purely awesome.

6. Bagged Porsche Dually – Remember what I said about the car in the number 8 spot? Times that by 100 for this. There isn’t much information out there about this extremely different Porsche (if you can even call it that).

5. Lancia Delta Evo1 – Part 2(JZ) – This was actually a car that I had featured before in it’s former state. It had undergone such a transformation that I didn’t even recognise it when it was submitted to me again. Thanks to Speedhunters’ coverage of Gatebil, this would now have to be the words most well-known Lancia Delta, and for good reason.

4. 4-Rotor Volvo 142Scandinavian builds are always a big hit, generally due to the fact that they’re almost always incredibly crazy and impressive. This one is no different, a home-made 4-rotor powered Volvo, because, you know, that’s no big deal, right?

3. Peugeot 205 Hillclimber – Bringing us to the top 3 is this little Pug. Home-built with lots of welding and copious amounts of tubing, this is what people want to see. Changing the drivetrain direction never hurts, either.

2. Satan’s Lady Bug – Just look at this thing, how could it not make the list? There’s not much Beetle left here, but I’m sure Satan would be right at home tearing up the molten rocks of hell in this V8 powered beast.

1. Ferrari F40 LM Restoration – The above builds from numbers 10 to 2 received between 8,000 and 16,000 views over the last 12 months, but the F40 post clocked up an amazing 66,000+ hits! The amount of time I spent putting this post together surpassed any other I had done before. Hours upon hours were spent copying, pasting, and re-hosting images so that everyone could enjoy the thread without having to sign up to Ferrari Chat, which requires a membership to view images. I even had to make a few posts on their forum to be able to unlock the private message function so I could ask the owners permission. As a result, people didn’t link to the actual build thread when sharing this around, they linked to the Build-Threads.com post, sending a shed-load of traffic my way. F40′s are generally loved and admired by most car nuts, so to have one being documented while undergoing an intense restoration is pure ecstasy for people like us, so I just knew this would be taking the top spot.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and patience during 2013. I know this isn’t the worlds flashiest blog, nor do I post nearly enough content, but you still send me love and keep checking the site, so I thank you for that and can’t ask for any more. You should all know by now that I never promise any more than I deliver, so you should be pleased to know that 2014 will be much of the same; builds, builds and more builds! So please keep me in your bookmarks and remember to like the Facebook page for more content between blog posts. 2009 – 2014, 5 years strong!

- anth

W12 powered VW Fridolin


What is this I don’t even? Apparently the VW Fridolin was designed as a postal service car, something I never knew (thank you Wikipedia). Somehow I think this particular one’s mail hauling days are over, especially considering it’s W12 (yes, W-freaking-twelve!) power-plant and Touareg rear end.

Thanks to Henning for submitting.

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