Roadkill is back for a new episode, this time with an engine swap that fans have requested for years. Starting with a rotted-out old Cadillac, the crew transplants a trusty Cummins diesel powerplant under the acre-long hood.
Fans have clamored for a diesel-powered project for quite a while now, and thanks to help from Tony Angelo and Lucky Costa of Hot Rod Garage, they created a wild Cummins/Cadillac Frankenstein’s monster.
Unsurprisingly, the episode begins with the crew scrounging around a junkyard for their next project car. They settle on a saggy, rusty, worn-out Cadillac from the early 1980s. It’s not pretty; the car is peppered with rust holes, wears heavily pitted chrome, and sports an interior that is missing a great deal of trim. For the Cummins, a crashed Ram 3500 is found, packing the tried-and-true Cummins B Series 5.9-liter engine.
Thanks to the Cadillac’s cavernous engine bay, the diesel plant fit in with little issue. After reconnecting hoses, wiring, and a quick fuel conversion, the “Bro-Ham” Caddy is ready for the road. Initially, the Cummins didn’t impress, leading the crew to label it as the slowest project car they’ve worked on to date. Tony Angelo is familiar with these engines, so after tweaking the fuel system, the Cummins turns into the tire-smoking, coal-rolling dynamo they were hoping for.
After a few mechanical bugs were ironed out, they hop into the chop-top Caddy and burn diesel and rubber down an abandoned drag strip.
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