David Freiburger and Steve Dulcich are Working on Three Project Cars at Once on the Midseason Finale of Roadkill Garage!
David Freiburger and Steve Dulcich have a problem similar to most car enthusiasts: not enough time to work on their project cars. But where the average time of the weekend warrior is consumed by work, family and household chores, the Roadkill Garage team has just too many project cars! That’s why they will tackle three at a time in the mid-season final: Clevo Commando, Crusher Impala and Caddy Gremi.
In an effort to wrap up as many cars as possible before the end of this Roadkill Garage season, Freiburger and Dulcich will be working hard for five consecutive days so that these three project cars are sorted and ready to rock – or as close as possible. as they can. Clevo needs drive shafts, but first the Dana 60 rear must enter to be able to measure for them. The Impala crusher was improperly stored in the MotorTrend outdoor storage lot and the engine could be completely ganked. Caddy Gremi eats lifters in his new Cadillac 500 engine, and Freiburger and Dulcich must understand why.
Clevo Commando Axle Swap
If you’ve never seen the Clevo Commando before, Freiburger’s plan is to build a dune-effect 4×4, built around the tires, which can also do 10s on the engine at the asphalt runway – it seems easy, right? Starting with a Jeepster Jeepster Commando from 1972, Freiburger and Dulcich have already integrated a Ford Cleveland engine with 406ci engine entirely built developing 650 hp – that’s where the Clevo part of the name comes from – coupled with a GearStar Turbo 400 trans and an Atlas case transfer, both built to handle the prodigious torque of this beefy Cleveland. They’ve already trimmed the wings and installed Jeep TJ flares to accommodate not only the 33-inch mud tires for off-road shenanigans, but also the largest set of brake pads that Freiburger has ever owned: Hoosiers of 33 inches.
The original Dana 27 front and Dana 44 axles are now the point of the week in the transmission line, and Freiburger has already rectified the front situation with a Dana 44. For the rear, the Dana 60 limited-slip, 4 , 10-speed and disc brakes from Dulcich’s Jeepster Commando – sorry, Dulcich – locks and now Freiburger can measure Calvert Racing CalTracs custom driveshafts and drawbars. While the boys wait for the new parts to arrive, an appropriate safety cage (not made of galvanized water pipe this time) will be made outside the camera. Boom! One finished, there are two left!
Recovery of the large blown block in the Impala crusher
Steve Dulcich’s yard is full of project cars, and when Freiburger and “store” a car there, they know they can expect it to rain and come in and have a furry friend or two in the engine compartment or inside. This is not the case with the Crusher Impala. Freiburger absolutely loves this thing. Originally built to give Marty and Moog of Mighty Car Mods the ultimate absurd experience of the American car, the big block Chevy 489ci made 700 of the most wispy horses the team has ever seen. But it could be gone. In the MotorTrend project car exterior storage yard, the Crusher Impala did not get a tarp on this glorious engine and now it could be filled with rainwater and totally ruined. Freiburger swears it wasn’t his fault this time!
As David and Steve set out, their conclusions are not optimistic. The double Holley with four barrels is a little corroded, but the 8-71 Weiand blower seems to have been spared. The intake manifold has corrosion and mold in the slides – this is not a good sign. The pick-up wheel on the distributor is completely rusted and the valves are also rusted – things are not going well. The oil pan and filter are filled with the worst milkshake ever, oil mixed with water and – worst of all – the engine is completely seized. Freiburger has never been more devastated.
Once the heads are detached, the truth is revealed: water and rust in the cylinders. Freiburger is almost positive, the block is garbage, but Dulcich is hopeful. A quick sharpening shows that the pits in the cylinders are not as bad as they seem and that the pins on the crankshaft are also rust free. There may be hope, but only the machine shop can determine if the block can be saved. Will the Crusher Impala still live to melt the tires?
Why does the Caddy Gremi eat pushers?
The 1974 AMC Gremlin that Freiburger picked up at the Roadkill 3K $ Hooptie Challenge is a beast. The combination of the Cadillac V8 500ci, the Turbo 400 transmission and the GM 12-bolt rear make this little monster fast and totally fun to drive. Distance burnouts rival the Crusher Impala and the Buick-powered 455 Chevelle. But the Freiburger rod hit him having too much fun the first time. When he and Dulcich dropped off a freshly rebuilt Cadillac 500, it worked very well at Dulcich, but by the time they got to the Zip-Tie, something went wrong and Caddy Gremi was only turning 6 cylinders.
During the inspection, a push rod was developed and another was completely missing. Shooting the intake revealed the real problem – something Freiburger and Dulcich never saw – two lifters separated. Fortunately, all of the parts were found in the lift valley and a new set of lifters built for a small / large Chevy Dulcich block was almost perfectly adjusted. A quick adjustment on the rocker set to compensate for the difference in piston size on the new lifters and the Caddy Gremi is almost ready to strike to strike the belt again. But first, the gas tank needs to be repaired where a reckless tow truck driver punched it with an axle hook.
A quick test reveals that the carburetor could use a little adjustment. Fortunately, the boys were still within walking distance of Dulcich’s house when the Caddy Gremi stopped at the side of the road. While Dulcich takes him back to the garage to get the reconstruction kit, Freiburger tears up the carbohydrate to find the problem. The main squirter was too big and the boosters pour fuel into the carbohydrate. While Dulcich pulls the bowl from the main float to check if the needle is correctly positioned, it falls completely into the bowl (they are not supposed to do this), so that a small main squirter, new needles and new seats and floats are adjusted to reduce the amount of fuel in the bowls. Now the Caddy Gremi is new and works like a top again and the burnouts for the distance can resume!
Don’t miss a second of the action and stay tuned to the MotorTrend app to find out if the explosion of the project car pays off! Will Clevo Commando go to the new dragstrip of Pismo and Famoso Raceway this year? Is the Impala crusher broken down?