Rear-engine Replacement: the Econorado Is Born!

Mar 18, 2019 on YouTube at 6:00 PM


The Mazdarati is forever gone but still in our thoughts—so much so that David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan figure they could fill its void by taking the He Hate Me ’66 Ford Econoline and make it a rear-engine monster. Maybe this one will actually run... (more) 10s! With a 500ci front-wheel-drive powertrain donated (stolen) from Dirt Every Day’s twin-engine 4x4 Eldorado, the guys truly improve everything about the rusted, worn-out, and hated Econoline—that is, except for reliability and driveability. After shortening the wheelbase and eliminating the desire to ever run a quarter-mile for fear of death, the guys bring in Steve Dulcich to help finish off the Econorado. Meanwhile Finnegan takes the Blasphemi to the NHRA Winternationals for a grudge race against Jon Chase of Hoonigan in his ’55 Chevy Gasser. In the end, there’s really only one question: If the Econorado won’t run 10s, will it do stoppies or maybe even wheelies? Check it out on this episode of Roadkill.

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