Last time on the Showdown, it was the first of
two Motown Showdowns, as Alternative Auto's double-headed car left Team Z seeing
double. The end result, they're moving on to face the winner of this week's
Eric Gorges, owner
Matt Price, owner
This week, Lou, ACP, and
Chip will judge as both teams try to turn two offroad motorcycles into
one wheelied warrior. Voodoo Choppers start out with a pair of Kawasaki
KX250s. Monkeywrench Racing gets its hands on a couple of Yamahas, one
650 from '77, and one 750. You have four days, $4000
cash, and a credit at Summit Racing to turn these bikes into a
dual-engine wheelie hot rod. Scoring will be based 25% on visual design
(it has to look the part) and 75% on performance and handling (it has to
act the part), with the most points going to the longest wheelie.
Winner moves on to the next
round. You have 40 hours to build... FROM NOW!
Chad, the youngest
crewmember for Monkeywrench, will drive their machine. Now they have to
make their machine, a rear-end classic dragster.
- Add training wheels
- Balance front and rear
- Mount second engine on top
- Add braking system
Over at Voodoo Choppers, they decide
to strip the bikes and then keep the weight on the back.
- Long, wide chassis
- Install big tires
- Mount engines behind driver
Now that we have the plans, let's
strip the bikes and see what we're dealing with.
Monkeywrench decide on a new plan...
- Extra large wheels on rear
- Hang chassis below axle
- Install braking system
- Mount second engine on back.
Is this even doable?
Voodoo is starting to lay out the
chassis. They try to keep things as simple and as smooth as possible. They have
a solid axle in the back, but they want to have separate brakes. ACP knows how
to fix this... Does Voodoo? That axle is going to have to go, and in its place,
Mike over at Monkeywrench is now
considering... a THIRD build-plan. Lou sees a problem... and the solution: KISS.
Keep it simple, stupid.
Voodoo finds their differential in a
junkyard from a 2004 Jeep Liberty. The only thing is... someone forgot to close
the tailgate. After doubling back to get their driveshaft, they're back in the
Build plan #3 for Monkeywrench...
- Used ATV for front & rear end
- Motorcycle chassis in middle
- Second engine behind driver
And that is day 1.
Game on, as Voodoo starts
testing, while Monkeywrench starts building. While Monkeywrench is
trying to turn their bike into a car, Voodoo is going the opposite
director. Voodoo is taking a big risk by connecting their two engines to
one driveline. Across town, Chad at Monkeywrench is getting some ride
While Monkeywrench's parts
are coming in today, Voodoo is fabricating everything in house.
Monkeywrench's parts come in and are mounted. They hope to finish early
so that Chad can test.
Then... with 15 minutes for Chad to
test his machine... something goes horribly horribly wrong. One last wheelie
and... CRASH. Luckily, Chad isn't hurt TOO much.
Eric and the crew at Voodoo
have yet to start their engines. That will change today... but first,
ACP notices a leak in their gas tank. Over at Monkeywrench, it's almost
over but a third testing... and it does what it's supposed to. Back to
Voodoo, which has an hour to start the engine. They.... can't do it with
half an hour remaining. They may have to pull-start tomorrow. If they
can't get it started then... it's game over.
... and TIME! Tools down. Let's paint
it. Handling the honors are Big G Kustoms & Bishop Designs for Voodoo, while
Brothers Custom Auto handle it for Monkeywrench.
The scores are...
as judged by Chip
First attempt: FOUL
- bouncing and leaking radiator
Second attempt: 258 ft
Two chances to pull as
long a wheelie as possible on a 3/4-mile strip of tarmac
First attempt: 63 ft
- pulls to the left
Second attempt: 147 ft
38-27 in favor of
VOODOO CHOPPERS. They're going to move on to the
battle for Detroit against Alternative Automotive Technologies. Who'll
have the need to speed a tank through a swamp? Stay tuned.
For more information on the
teams and the tournament, go to