David Freiburger and Steve Dulcich have an analogous downside to most automobile lovers: not sufficient time to work on their venture automobiles. However the place the common weekend warrior’s time is consumed by work, household, and chores, the Roadkill Storage crew simply has too many venture automobiles! That is why they’ll deal with three directly on the midseason finale: Clevo Commando, Crusher Impala, and Caddy Gremi.
In an effort to wrap up as many automobiles as they’ll earlier than the tip of this season of Roadkill Storage, Freiburger and Dulcich are going to wrench arduous for 5 days straight to get these three venture automobiles sorted and able to rock—or as near it as they’ll. Clevo wants driveshafts, however first the Dana 60 rear-end must go in to allow them to measure for them. The Crusher Impala was improperly saved on the MotorTrend outside storage lot and the motor is likely to be completely ganked. Caddy Gremi is consuming pushrods in its new Cadillac 500 engine, and Freiburger and Dulcich want to determine why.
Clevo Commando Axle Swap
If you have not seen the Clevo Commando earlier than, Freiburger’s plan is to construct a dune-blasting 4×4, constructed across the tires, that may additionally run 10s on the motor on the asphalt dragstrip—sounds simple, proper? Beginning with a 1972 Jeep Jeepster Commando, Freiburger and Dulcich have already dropped in a totally constructed 406ci stroked Ford Cleveland engine making 650 hp—that is the place the Clevo a part of the identify comes from—mated that to a GearStar Turbo 400 trans and an Atlas switch case, each constructed to deal with the prodigious torque from that beefy Cleveland. They’ve already trimmed the fenders and match Jeep TJ flares to accommodate not solely the 33-inch mud bogger tires for off-road shenanigans, but additionally the most important set of drag slicks Freiburger has ever owned: 33-inch Hoosiers.
The inventory Dana 27 entrance and Dana 44 rear axles are actually the week level within the drive line, and Freiburger has already rectified the entrance scenario with a Dana 44. For the rear, the Dana 60 with restricted slip, 4.10 gears and disc brakes from Dulcich’s Jeepster Commando—sorry, Dulcich—is getting bolted in and now Freiburger can measure for driveshafts and customized Calvert Racing CalTracs traction bars. Whereas the boys are ready for the brand new components to return in, a correct rollcage (not manufactured from galvanized water pipe this time) goes to be fabbed up off digital camera. Growth! One down, two to go!
Salvaging the Blown Huge-Block within the Crusher Impala
Steve Dulcich’s yard is stuffed with venture automobiles, and when he and Freiburger “retailer” a automobile there, they know they’ll anticipate it to get rained on and in and have a furry good friend or two transfer into the engine bay or inside. That is not the case with the Crusher Impala. Freiburger completely loves this factor. Initially constructed to offer Marty and Moog from Mighty Automobile Mods the last word in absurd American automobile expertise, the 489ci blown big-block Chevy made 700 of probably the most tire vaporizing horsepower the crew has ever seen. However which may all be gone. At MotorTrend’s outside project-car storage lot, the Crusher Impala did not get a tarp over that wonderful engine and now it is likely to be stuffed with rainwater and completely ruined. Freiburger swears it wasn’t his fault this time!
As David and Steve tear into it, their findings will not be hopeful. The dual Holley four-barrels are a little bit corroded, however the 8-71 Weiand blower appears to have been spared. The consumption manifold has corrosion and mould within the runners—not signal. The reluctor wheel on the distributor is 100 % rust and the valves are rusted, too—issues aren’t trying good. The oil pan and filter are stuffed with the worst milkshake ever, oil blended with water, and—the worst half—the engine is completely seized. Freiburger has by no means been so devastated.
As soon as the heads come off, the reality is revealed—water and rust within the cylinders. Freiburger is nearly optimistic the block is rubbish, however Dulcich is hopeful. A fast hone reveals the pitting within the cylinders is not as unhealthy because it seems to be and the journals on the crankshaft are rust free as nicely. There is likely to be some hope, however solely the machine store can decide if the block may be saved. Will the Crusher Impala reside to soften tires once more?
Why Is the Caddy Gremi Consuming Pushrods?
The 1974 AMC Gremlin that Freiburger picked up on the Roadkill $3K Hooptie Challenge is a beast. The mixture of 500ci Cadillac V8, Turbo 400 transmission and GM 12-bolt rear finish make this little monster quick and completely enjoyable to drive. The burnouts for distance rival the Crusher Impala and 455 Buick-powered Chevelle. However Freiburger rod knocked it having an excessive amount of enjoyable their first time round. When he and Dulcich dropped in a freshly rebuilt Cadillac 500, it labored simply advantageous at Dulcich’s home, however by the point they obtained it to the Zip-Tie drags one thing went improper and Caddy Gremi was solely operating 6 cylinders.
Upon inspection, one pushrod was mushroomed, and one other was fully lacking. Pulling the consumption revealed the actual downside—one thing Freiburger and Dulcich have by no means seen—two lifters broke aside. Fortunately all of the items had been discovered within the lifter valley and a brand new set of lifters constructed for a Chevy small/massive block Dulcich had mendacity round match practically completely. A fast adjustment on the rocker lash to compensate for the distinction in plunger dimension on the brand new lifters and the Caddy Gremi is almost able to hit to hit the ‘strip once more. However first, the fuel tank must be patched the place a careless tow-truck driver pierced it with an axle hook.
A fast take a look at drive reveals the carburetor may use a little bit of tuning. Fortunately, the boys had been nonetheless strolling distance from Dulcich’s home when the Caddy Gremi stalled along with the highway. Whereas Dulcich hoofs it again to the storage to get the rebuild equipment, Freiburger tears into the carb to seek out the problem. The first squirter was too massive and the boosters are pouring gasoline into the carb. As Dulcich pulls the first float bowl to examine if the needle is seating correctly, it falls into the bowl fully (they are not supposed to try this) so in goes a smaller major squirter, new needles and seats, and the floats are adjusted to cut back the quantity of gasoline within the bowls. Now the Caddy Gremi is mint and operating like a prime as soon as extra and burnouts for distance may be resumed!
Do not miss a second of the motion and stayed tuned to the MotorTrend App to seek out out if the venture automobile blowout pays off! Will Clevo Commando make it to Pismo and Famoso Raceway’s new grime dragstrip this 12 months? Is the Crusher Impala down for the depend?