Can both survive a 500-mile highway journey and a go down the drag strip?
On this episode of Roadkill, David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan pit two challenge automobiles in opposition to one another to see which one can come out on prime. Or perhaps if both of them can survive. The objective is to make the 500-mile journey to Tucson Dragway to see how every automotive does within the quarter-mile and half-mile.
The primary is the beloved 1971 Datsun 240Z aka the Rotsun. After breaking the crankshaft within the Chevrolet four.Three-liter V-6, the duo swap in a Ford 5.Zero-liter V-Eight. The turbo from an older 7.Three-liter Energy Stroke turbodiesel V-Eight was swapped to the brand new engine. The second automotive is a 1969 Chevrolet Impala powered by a 498 cubic-inch massive block Chevrolet V-Eight topped with a supercharger from Sizzling Rod journal’s Crusher Camaro. Finnegan desires to make use of the Impala, whereas Freiburger desires to take the Rotsun.
After prepping the automobiles, the duo take their respective automobiles to completely different dyno outlets to see how a lot energy the automobiles make. And by prepping, the fellows imply main repairs and modifications. Finnegan takes the Rotsun to West Tech, whereas Freiburger continues to work on the Impala.
On its first pull, the Rotsun made 410.6 hp and 482.6 lb-ft of torque on the rear wheels. After dyno tuning, the ultimate numbers got here out to 429. Hp and 493.1 lb-ft.
As soon as the Impala is prepared, Freiburger heads to West Tech for a disappointing 414 hp on the rear wheels. Freiburger is satisfied the supercharger is worn out. With a smaller blower pulley, the Impala is making 465 hp and 514 lb-ft on the rear wheels on 4 kilos of increase.
Freiburger and Finnegan go away late and make it to Blythe, Calif. on their method to Tucson Dragway. The duo has a number of setbacks alongside the best way.
Try the video under to see how every automotive fared on the observe.