Adding Forced Induction To The CUCV
Last time on Dirt Every Day, Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off-Road’s Technical Editor, Fred Williams showed us how to give an old CUCV some much needed ground clearance by installing a Skyjacker lift kit with MX95 mono-tube shocks as well as Detroit Locker in front and some new 38-inch BFGoodrich KM2 Mud Terrain tires.
After running around a on a few trails and roads, Fred realized that the old Army truck was in serious need of more power. Everyone knows the 6.2-liter Detroit Diesel V8 is a legendary engine known for its reliability and fuel economy but when you’re building a truck that needs to sling its way through some seriously deep mud, there’s nothing quite as good as adding force induction.
If you were guessing that Fred was going to add an old school supercharge of some sort to this old clattering 6.2-liter diesel, you might want to turn away when the forklift starts yanking it out of the engine bay. Instead, Fred and the crew at the Off Road Connection had bigger, much bigger plans for the Alabama Army Truck. How big, well the engine that was shoehorned under the hood is still a 6.2-liter V8 but this one won’t be using the green pump at the gas station.
On this episode of Dirt Every Day, The Alabama Army Truck goes under the knife for a much needed power adjustment with a new 6.2-liter V8. This 6.2-liter V8 isn’t the old faithful diesel, this is the all new Chevy Performance ERod LSA engine out of the Cadillac CTS-V which produces 556 tire shredding horsepower all day long!
Check out the video to see what’s involved when swapping a modern power plant into an old iron rig!