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8 Doors, 400 Cubic Inches, and a 20-foot Wheelbase: Roadkill Is Back!

I dont know if I told you, you do have 400 Chrysler two-barrel power, says David Freiburger , totally deadpan. That excites me. Got a column shift. And a positive attitude! We can make this happen. Mike Finnegan doesnt sound totally convinced, as he and Homeless Dave (Freiburgers its way too cold for sandals persona) sit in a frozen parking lot, waiting for the 1971 Chrysler Newport airport car to warm up sufficiently before the customary brodie and embarking on a Roadkill road trip to Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska. Related: Sign up for a free trial to the MotorTrend App today! Stream 100+ episodes of Roadkill, Roadkill Garage, Roadkill's Junkyard Gold , Engine Masters, and Faster With Finnegan. Plus, enjoy 8,000+ episodes of more hit car shows! Those are a bunch of familiar words, but in an order you might not have heard before. Airport car? Whats that? And a speed-parts retailer has a museum? Where did this car even come from? We have got a question for you: How big of a Roadkill fan are you? 1971 Chrysler Newport Airport CarIs it a Limo? Theres a simple answer to that question: Would you take your date to prom in it? If yes, its a limo (or maybe you have a perverse sense of humor). If no, what is it!? Even though most of us have a supercomputer in our pocket that can summon transport with just a few lazy finger jabs, getting to the airport in 2021 is much like it was, well, since we had airports. You need a buddy to give you a ride or you gotta payeither someone to drive you or to store your vehicle at the airport. Related: Fate of The American Dream, World's Longest Limo, in Hands of Florida Man Enter the airport car: Pre-airport-shuttle-van-service transportation for at least 10 people. If you didnt want to get a taxi, these 20-plus foot behemoths were what American travelers often chose between the mid-1950s and late-1970s. We asked how big a Roadkill fan you were earlier because if you stuck around to the end of episode 106 , you would have seen that the end of the T-Bizzle Thunderbirds last road trip was in a snowy driveway in Minnesota (T-Bizzle was sadly totalled on a transport truck on its way back to California after filming), where Finnegan and Freiburger bought all 24 feet of moldy, musty, and rusty 1970s splendor you see here. --> Eight doors, four full-width bench seats, a Chrysler 400-inch big-block with a two-barrel carb, and the longest roof luggage rack youve ever seen equip this 1971 Chysler Newport. You wont find a crusty old Chysler build sheet in the moldy glove compartment, either; airport cars like these were built by aftermarket coachbuilders. In this case, Stageway Coaches Inc. (Body by Armbruster) of Fort Smith, Arkansas. You probably also wont find very much build quality; these stretched body-on-frame cars were often put together as cheaply as possible. Freiburger warns Finnegan not to look under the car to examine the chassis, providing only a two-word description: Its scary. Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed Speedway Motors is a familiar name for many hot rodders. Bill Speedy and Joyce Smith have been purveyors of speed parts since 1952, and somewhere along the way decided to build a monument to Bills namesake: speed. If it had four wheels and you could race it, Bill Smith probably had a go in it at some point. Meaning he raced everything. Homebuilt roadsters on county fair half-mile tracks, NASCAR stock cars, modifieds, sprint cars, Outlaws, Indy cars, drag cars, Pikes Peak cars, Bonneville Salt Flats streamliner carshe loved the pursuit of speed. So much so he and his wife dedicated 150,000 square feet of Lincoln, Nebraska, to the lifestyle. Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed is packed with hundreds of rotating displays, including significant race cars from all genres and eras, race engines of the same ilk, memorabilia, and so much more. It really is one of those automotive bucket list destinations that if youre a car person or racing enthusiast, you have to visit. Which is why Freiburger and Finnegan set out from Matts Automotive Service Center in Moorhead, Minnesota. Matt and the crew were kind enough to get the stretched Newport running and driving, but only gave Freiburger the 5-minute/50-foot warranty on their work. We cant blame them. If youre disappointed the guys didnt do all that themselves, blame the pandemic. But fear not, theres still plenty of everything you love about Roadkill in the season 10 premiere! The post 8 Doors, 400 Cubic Inches, and a 20-foot Wheelbase: Roadkill Is Back! appeared first on Hot Rod Network .

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