The diesel-powered Toyota Hilux is among the most indestructible autos on the planet. This 1974 Hilux that David Newbern is loaning to Mike Finnegan and David Freiburger isn’t. However the Roadkill crew was invited to take part in Cleetus McFarland’s 2.four Hours of LeMullets on the Freedom Manufacturing unit, and so they did not have a automotive to drive to Bradenton, Florida, so why not take this small-block-Chevy-swapped mini-truck?
David Newbern picked up the brick-red Hilux from the $3k Hooptie Challenge, the place it was a succesful little truck. It had an LS bolted to a Turbo 350 going to a Ford 8.Eight with 3.73s, a spool and slapper bars, however Finnegan and Newbern pulled that engine to place into Newbern’s Tried Homicide Nova for episode 111 after they Zoom-raced Tony Angelo. Since then, Newbern has changed the LS with a Chevy small-block, however appearances are at all times deceiving on Roadkill.
The inside of the Hilux is clear: The home windows roll up all the way in which, the seats nonetheless have upholstery, and the carpet seems to be to be totally intact. So this Toyota mini-pickup is means too good for Finnegan and Freiburger. It is even worse on the surface and beneath the hood; no rust, engaging patina, and a small-block Chevy on Roadkill that does not leak a single fluid? Newbern, you do perceive that is Roadkill and your candy little Toyota won’t come again in the identical situation as you loaned it out in, proper?
However not all is because it appears. The engine Newbern dropped in is not the happiest. It is obtained some rocker tick and burns oil. Lots of oil. And the No. 7 exhaust rocker wasn’t even seated on the pushrod. The fellows burned by way of four quarts of oil in solely the primary 30 miles of the 500-mile journey to Cleetus’ private racetrack.
The highway journey is not the main target of this episode. We talked about that Cleetus McFarland is internet hosting an occasion, the two.four Hours of LeMullets—what’s that? How’s 42 automotive-influencer drivers racing 21 Crown Victoria Police Interceptors, all with a nitrous bottle plumbed in and able to rock, sound? For two.four hours straight. On the personal playground of the YouTube burnout king. This can be a spectacle that should be seen, as a result of phrases merely can not do it justice. Yet another query, can the Hilux do a burnout? Just one option to discover out: watch completely on the MotorTrend App!