We can always count on the "Roadkill" duo of Mike Finnegan and David Freiburger to provide quality gearhead entertainment, the most recent example being the epic Prius crush episode with a tank. This time, the outcome is far less destructive, but no less entertaining. With a seemingly endless supply of partially built project vehicles in various stages of completion or roadworthiness, the latest episode revives a two-year-old LS6-powered 1974 Chevy truck, which the duo plan on taking to a 1/8-mile track outside of San Diego for some nitrous-infused track action.
Typical of vehicles that have been sitting for a time, the truck had a tank of stale gas, a dead battery, and various mechanical components in disrepair or neglect that needed to be addressed. To get around,while the hot rod truck was being worked on, Freiburger managed to score a pair of vintage Honda Trail 70 minibikes. Typical of Honda products, the bikes fired up with little drama, and provided reliable transport to and from the Hot Rod garage as the truck was being prepped for its track debut.
After some fine-tuning, the carbureted LS6 roared and crackled to life, and a 5.13 rear-axle ratio provided ample acceleration and response, at the expense of a high-rpm highway drive. Packed up with the Honda bikes and some spare tires, the two headed down to San Diego, determined to be kicked off the short track for being "too fast." Despite their best efforts and a bottle of nitrous, the truck wasn't able to break the vaunted 7.50-second 1/8-mile mark. But there's always next time. Use the video link below to watch the square-body Chevy strut its stuff at the track!