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Twin-Turbo Jeep Rat Rod Deathtrap at Drag Weekend West 2016: Video!

Posted in Features on March 31, 2016
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There are plenty of interesting cars competing at HOT ROD Drag Weekend West 2016 but so far, this one steals the show. It’s every bit as crazy looking as the Roadkill Jeep from Episode 15—but with significantly better engineering.

Chris Wadding saw the episode of Roadkill where Freiburger and Finnegan drove a botched rat rod military Jeep out into the desert, and he just had to build one for himself. So, in 2014 Chris went out and bought a rough M38 military Jeep from the early 1950s and went from there. He chopped and welded to his heart’s content and even installed a panther front suspension.

Once he got the look he wanted, Chris decided to give it some power. In came a $500 junkyard 5.3L LM7, a $200 Turbo 400 transmission and a $100 Ford 9-inch.

Tearing into the 5.3L, Chris noticed it had LS6 valve springs which he presumed were installed with an aftermarket cam of some sorts. With the junkyard engine in and the car running, he took it to a dyno to confirm his suspicions and the engine put down more than 400-lb-ft of torque.

Those numbers were decent, but not great so he then bought the cheapest non-Chinese turbos he could find on eBay and set to work boosting the rat rod Jeep.

Obviously, those junkyard sourced parts needed some help if they were going to hold up with the increased power. Chris upgraded the Turbo 400 transmission with a 3,200-rpm stall Roadrunner Converter and Hughes manual valvebody. Then, the $100 Ford 9-inch was given a Speedway Motors spool. Chris also built a full Funny Car style cage built for 8.50 second passes.

When all was said and done, the Jeep put down 661 hp and 805-lb-ft of torque.

Chris was able to achieve consistent 10.07 second quarter-mile passes and hopes to stay in that range here for Drag Weekend West 2016.

See All the 2016 HOT ROD Drag Weekend Coverage HERE

Baer Brakes are the Official Brakes of the 2016 HOT ROD Drag Weekend West

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