We have moved!

•February 8, 2010 • 3 Comments

Well it’s been a great year for BuildThreads.wordpress.com, I’ve learnt a lot over the past 12 months considering I’ve never done anything like this before, and through this blog I was able to make some great aquanitences along the way from all around the world. This site did much better than I ever imagined, and it did it quickly! To move on though, I needed to get this blog onto it’s own host/server or whatever you web people call it (I’m a print designer, this is all foreign to me). So without delaying any further, I present to you build-thread-heads…


It’s not much at the moment, but it should turn out rather well after a few tweaks, so head over there and check it out! All of the posts from this blog have been migrated, so you’ll find all of your favourite previous builds over there.

Thanks for everyones support over the past 12 months and I hope to see you over at the new site.

– anth

A change is coming…

•February 5, 2010 • 3 Comments

Just ticked over 300,000 views the other day, and we’re still a touch under 1 year old. Stay tuned for a bit of a change due to come very soon.


•February 1, 2010 • 1 Comment

Here’s a build thread I’ve been reading for quite a long time, and I’ve got a slight suspicion that a lot of you are going to enjoy it. It’s another build based on the “X-chassis underneath Y-body” formula, and this time the culprits are Mazda MX5 subframes/driveline/shock towers being attached to the body of a Datsun 520 pickup.

When it all comes together after a long and creative build process, Bob takes his DIY hybrid creation to the track and shows up some much more expensive machinery. Here’s a small snippet from one of his race outing results to give you an idea:

Position 3 – 1:08.886 – 1966 Datsun MX520
Position 4 – 1:10.366 – 2003 Corvette Z06

You can’t help but sit back and smile when that happens. Check after the jump to see how this track day sleeper was built…

Continue reading ‘MX520’


•January 28, 2010 • 1 Comment

Just the other day I was reading through one of the blogs in my blog-roll, Go with SOLO, when something freaky happened. I opened up a new tab and checked my emails to find a fresh bit of mail sitting in my inbox from none other than Solomon himself. He gave me the low down on a build he just completed on his buddies Lexus LS460. Slick and subtle is the name of the game for this VIP ride named Project Synergy, which was completed with the help of various workshops in an incredible time frame of just 6 weeks.

Continue reading ‘WALD LS460’

ABR Golf Racing Caddy

•January 26, 2010 • 4 Comments

I caught a glimpse of this animal on the MK1 section of VWvortex (another one of my favourite places to lurk). Luckily someone located some more info on the project and posted up a link. I can’t wait to see this thing completed, it’s definitely something different.

Continue reading ‘ABR Golf Racing Caddy’

Tales of the Rat Fink

•January 23, 2010 • 3 Comments

Speedhunters have just done a nice writeup on Ed “Big Daddy” Roth as a part of their “Misfits and Mavericks Month”. Whilst reading through the comments at the end of the story, I noticed someone posted up a non-descriptive Youtube link related to the subject. When I clicked the link I was greeted with a full length movie/documentary over 1hr in length. If you’ve got the time, I highly recommend watching this piece. Not only does it focus on Ed’s crazy creations, but it also touches on the history of hot rodding and how it boomed into a successful commercial industry, something I find very interesting. 1950’s California sure would have been a fun place to be growing up as a young gear-head.

Cardboard Honda NSX Super GT build

•January 22, 2010 • 2 Comments

While on my daily blog haunt I was checking out one of my regular reads, The Chronicles, to get my Honda fix. Now most of you have probably seen images from the Tokyo Auto Salon that just passed, and one of the cars getting heaps of attention would have to be the Epson NSX GT car made entirely out of cardboard. If you were to merely scroll down a page full of pics from the show, you won’t even realise that it’s not a real car, it’s so damn realistic.

Well, Joey managed to go one better than most and post up the page which features the actual build of this paper beast. Click here or click on the images to head to The Chronicles to read Joey’s piece and you’ll see he has posted links to the build in both it’s original and translated forms.

Mercedes W124 500E

•January 20, 2010 • 1 Comment

I was getting a few hits from Datsun Nissan Sports Cars of Finland Forums, so as usual I followed the link and found myself in a thread on their forum. This happens all the time, so I try to make a point of seeing if I can find anything to feature while I’m there. Luckily, there was another link in the same thread to the project you’re about to see here.

This build is spearheaded by Stefan who’s piecing together a super-touring styled Mercedes W124 500E, complete with a carbon fiber wide-body and plenty of CAD-drawn/CNC machined parts.

Continue reading ‘Mercedes W124 500E’

Retro Rides Awards 2009, 2nd place x2!

•January 14, 2010 • 10 Comments

Retro Rides holds annual awards with a range of categories, from Thread of the Year to Best Magazine, letting the members have their say on what they liked and didn’t like over the past 12 months. Build Threads was nominated for Best Blog, while the below photo I took was nominated for Best Static Shot.

I didn’t tell anyone, as I wanted the voting to happen naturally, and I ended up getting 2nd place in both categories. Pretty happy with that! Retro Rides is a great forum if you’re into classic metal so I hope you all check it out, and thanks to everyone who voted!

You can see the results from all of the different categories here.

Datsun Life

•January 13, 2010 • 9 Comments

Foreground: Alex’s 610, awaiting SR20DE conversion.
Middle: Stu’s 120Y 2 door sedan, Z18ET powered.
Background: My 510, catching some rays.