2016 Year in Review

Usually at the start of a new year, I’ll put together a “Top 10” post, listing the highest viewed builds for the previous year. You can read some previous ones here: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015. This year, I thought I’d do something different, since I’ve found that the rating system isn’t really fair for the builds that get posted towards the end of the year. So, for 2016, I’m going to simply list every build that was featured for the year! I hope you enjoy this retrospective look, and maybe even discover a build or two that you might have missed. Thank you all again for your support, and here’s to many more builds over the next 12 months and beyond!

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Modern Bullitt Charger

Along with the very popular and often replicated Bullitt Mustang, there was also a certain Dodge Charger featured within the same movie. The one in this feature here is set to be not just a replica, but a modern interpretation that would have no trouble leaving many a Mustang in it’s dust.

Starting with a clean base car that even had some un-touched factory panels, this very organised build quickly evolves to showcase an insane level of attention to detail, and a host of very impressive metal work. My favourite part would have to be the retrofitted air conditioning setup with custom lines in the front guards/fenders, along with their equally neat debris covers. Well, that, and the almost-too-cool custom wheels that were manufactured to mimic the original hub caps.

The car is yet to be finished, but has been seeing steady progress for almost 3 years and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. Definitely one to follow.

Thanks to David for submitting. Click here for more Pro Touring builds.

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1952 GMC 9700 Truck

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.

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What I’m Watching: ETS Garage Tour

If you’ve been reading Build-Threads.com for a while, you’d know I’m a huge fan of Nigel Petrie from Engineered to Slide. In fact, one of the first posts I ever published on this site was about his S13 (that is now in the midst of a track-focused re-build). In this new video, Nigel takes us on a tour of his jealousy-inducing garage space, with both the workshop and film produced in trademark ETS quality.

http://engineeredtoslide.com/2016/10/garage-tour-video-my-workspace/

Bagged, Body Dropped, Rotary powered Datsun 510

When I posted a small update about my own Datsun the other day, it reminded me of a build that I’ve been meaning to post for a while. This car may share a model name and basic shape with my own, but that’s where the similarities end. This 510 has been cut, chopped, grinded and welded to within an inch of it’s life, now sitting on airbagged Toyota truck suspension with an angry rotary engine on tyre smoking duties. It may look rusty on the outside, but underneath that wonderful patina are some surgical-grade underpinnings.

Click here for more Datsun builds. Click here for more rotary builds.

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Project 510: Short Shifting v2.0

Yes, this car is still around! In the last update, over a year ago, I made the trek over to Classic Auto Fabrications to have a custom short shifter made and fitted, which you can read about in detail here. Not long after, Lachy contacted me to let me know that he could now offer a CNC machined shifter to replace the cut-and-welded version he made for me. Well, my birthday was coming up, so who was I to say no?

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Chevy Lumina APV / Pontiac G6 GTP

Thanks to Jordan for submitting this build, and for emailing me a nice little intro to the project. So nice, in fact, that I’m just going to post it here…
“Built for the Grassroots Motorsports $2016 Challenge and a great example of scope creep. Originally, the build was going to transplant a newer version of the van’s engine into its tired and rusty chassis. Instead, the van body was placed onto the late-model, wrecked car.  I have to say, the low-slung look of the raked-body van looks amazing.”

I wholeheartedly agree! Click here for more chassis-swap builds.

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What I’m Watching: Raising Junior

One thing I like more than watching car content on YouTube, is watching Build Threads readers output their own car content on YouTube! Geoffrey contacted me recently to share his newly started channel with me. He’s about to undertake a huge restoration of an Alfa Romeo GT Junior 1300. It’s a big job, but he’s got almost all the required panels to bring it back to life. I’m looking forward to watching not only the progression of the car, but Geoffrey’s channel and the production skills he’ll no doubt amass along the way.

Click here for more Alfa builds. Click here for more “What I’m Watching” posts.

The Engineered 1UZ V8 Datsun 620

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you would have seen me post about Mike at least a few times. Mike is the owner of the 1UZ Supra (along with the world’s most insane welding cart) that I featured back in 2013, a car that belongs to what I call the best build thread of all time. After working at The Roadster Shop for a few years, Mike was keen to start a bigger and better project from the ground up with his highly developed skill set. While this build has been gaining traction on Instagram for a while now, it’s only in the past few days that Mike has made a build thread on a forum, so I wanted to get you guys on board as soon as possible. Get yourself acquainted with this build, because I guarantee you’re going to see it all over the internet!

Click here for more high-quality build threads.

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Mini Clubman Estate / Mazda MX5

Mini Estates must be destined for greatness, I’ve featured two previously (here and here) and they’re all just a little bit nuts. This one is no different, with rusted out shell as a starting point, and a not-so rusted MX5 brought into the mix, the two were combined in yet another fantastic Miata-based chassis-swap.

Thanks to Renaud for submitting. Click here for more Mini builds. Click here for more chassis swaps.

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