Pistonhead Productions has started an Indiegogo campaign to help build a 1990 Mazda Miata drift car with a Cummins 4BT. The team will begin the project in the summer of 2016 and the build process will be accomplished in two days and it will be live streamed. To build list will consist of a Cummins 4BT diesel, Ford T19 four-speed transmission, Ford 8.8 rear, and any other extra goodies they can purchase with the funds raised from the campaign. After the team spends the year drifting the car all across North America, the car will be auctioned off with all the proceeds going to their local Huntsville High School Auto Shop Program. If you can’t donate money the team will also let you donate time. Get in touch with them to see how to put your mechanic/fabrication skills to work.
MotiveDVD is starting a new project called Erubisu (Japanese for Elvis) and documenting the process as they go. The project involves installing a VR38DETT from an R35 into a R34 Skyline V-Spec. The engine swap was performed by Brintech Customs. The 3.8 L V6 will be upgraded to handle two Garrett GTX3582R turbochargers and 1,200+ horsepower. Although it is being built to be a street car with a full interior, it will include everything needed to hold that power like upgraded suspension and brakes. Below is part 1 of the series and goes over the introduction of the build.
This pro-touring 1968 Camaro was built by Pro Comp Custom in Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. The car rides on a Martz Chassis suspension running Ride Tech Shockwave air bags.
The Camaro is powered by a 427 ci LSx (I assume LS7) running a pair of custom stainless steel exhaust. Connected to the engine is a 4L80E automatic transmission and Dutchman quick change rear end.
There was a lot of metal work that went into this project. The engine bay and dash are completely built out of aluminum. The roof has been chopped three inches and the body has been sectioned three inches. You can view more photos of the metal fabrication at the project’s homepage.
This 1956 Continental Mark II was built by Scott’s Insane Chops in Lake Havasu, Arizona won the Custom of the Year Award at Goodguys 33rd All American Get-Together in Pleasanton, California. The team calls the car “Mae” because during body restoration they found a signature on the underside of the trunk by Mae West.
Under the hood sits a Jon Kaase 520 ci V8 that produces close to 850 horsepower. The engine is based off a all-aluminum big-block Ford 429 ci V8. Two of the most obvious upgrades on the engine is the Inglese eight stack injection coming out of the Kaase Boss Nine semi-hemisperical heads. All this Ford goodness is controlled by FAST XFI system.
Although the body appears to be stock almost every panel has had work done. The top has been chopped a conservative 2 3/4 inches. The rocker line has been altered. To give you an idea of how much work it took to get the body perfect, in one 16 hour day a worker walked 14 miles around the car. All that work sits on a custom Roadster Shop chassis with Corvette C6 suspension and Accuair air suspension.
This custom hot rod called 69Ultra was built by Slicks Garage in Miami, Florida. The project started with the last of Slicks limited edition Ultra fiberglass body. The design is Slicks Garage homage to hot rodding and includes details from many influential decades. This car is incredible lucky to be powered by a 7.0 L LS7 with Mercury Racing SB4 DOHC heads. The heads feature a 43.25 mm intake valve, 35.0 mm exhaust valve, and 4 valve per cylinder. The exhaust flange shape is the same as a stock LS3 with a +0.3 degree tipped-out angle. The bolt hole locations are 1.82 inches lower and 0.53 inches further out. To give you an idea of how much a combo like this would cost, Slicks Garage says it would be around $169,000.
Source: Slicks Garage FB album