Video: Muscle Truck Gets Desert Transformation, Takes on Baja Bug
Horsepower and Big Tires vs. Lightweight Agility
By now, you're probably well familiar with the Roadkill web video series on the Motor Trend YouTube channel, and all the low-buck, sleep-deprived antics of its hosts, David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan. Many of these colorful and entertaining episodes involve trucks, and one of the favorites of the past season has been the 1974 Chevrolet Sportside pickup with an LS6 swap dubbed "Muscle Truck."
Although originally built as a pavement-pounding sport truck, the Roadkill dynamic duo decided they'd try their hand at transforming the truck into a dual-purpose desert dueler. In theory, the transformation would require little more than swapping on some sand-worthy rubber and taking it out to the dunes.
Since the rear pontoon fenders of the Sportside unbolted with relative ease, putting the monster meats on the back end was not a major issue. However, stuffing off-road rubber under the front fenders required some slicing with the Sawzall. Freiburger looked on in dismay as Finnegan did some impromptu fender-sculpting with the precision tool.
The simple tire swap proved to be quite effective and combined with the ample power and gearing of the drivetrain, made for plenty of entertainment in the sand. That is, until the air line broke, rendering the front suspension essentially useless. Later, the pair met up with Fred Williams of Dirt Every Day for a matchup with his 1969 Volkswagen Baja Bug. Despite having just a fraction of the horsepower of the Muscle Truck, the Bug proved a formidable competitor in the Pismo dunes, and Freiburger and Finnegan agreed to trade the truck for the Bug with Williams. You can watch the bolt-on transformation and sand action in the video below!