Last time, Hollywood Hot Rods and Pure
Vision turned two minivans into supercars, but the Hollywood Hot Rod was
hot enough to put their team in the next round to take on the winner of
tonight's contest for the Los Angeles crown.
The teams this week also come
from the Los Angeles bracket...
Ruben Arzate, owner
class one racers
Eric Stewart, owner
class one racers
This week, Speed is
transforming an Olds hearse, while ES will take to a Caddy. Both heaps
were headed to the grave, but we're going to head them up a hill to be raced at
Glen Helen Raceway. Supervising the insanity
are mechanic Lou Santiago and muscle car champ ACP, Andrew Comrie-Picard...
and acting as judge, jury, and executioner... Chip Foose, designer
You have four days, $6000
cash, and a credit at Summit Racing to turn a $3000 hearse into
something far-more deadly... a hill-climber. Scoring will be based 33% on visual design (it has to
look the part) and 67% on performance and handling (it has to act the
part). Performance will be based on a single run up a hill. Whoever gets
to the top fastest gets the most points.
Winner moves on to the next
round. You have 40 hours to build, and 24 hours to paint... FROM NOW!
Speed Unlimited is planning
on building from the inside out.
- Strip the dead weight
- Upgrade the suspension
- Bigger dirt tires for traction
- 4WD drivetrain
- Roll cage for safety
- And a little nitrous oxide for power
ES Motorsports' build plan
is to attack the problem... starting with the motor. Because hearses are
not 4WD vehicles, he's going to swap bodies with a 4x4 truck. But if the
truck breaks down, they could lose time AND money.
- Buy used 4WD truck
- Install hearse body
- Add dirt tires
- Beef up suspension
- Install roll cage
- Nitrous oxide
Speed Unlimited starts by
stripping the dead weight. ES Motorsports is going across town to buy a
used truck. It only cost them $2000. And the engine stops. And starts
again. We may need a new battery for this. Or a new engine. Or a
Or maybe you just need to
NOT put water in the gas tank. Luckily for ES Motorsports, the truck has
TWO gas tanks, and the second is full of actual gas. Now the team is
back on track. Speed Unltd's new old axles have arrived as day 1 ends
with the separation complete on ES.
Speed Unlimited is working
on an adapter plan for the axles, which arrives. John measures that
their adapter... doesn't fit. Now they have to fabricate from scratch.
Their race takes a detour to the back dumpster, as they search for the
car's stream box, which it needs to run. Over at ES Motorsports, the
body swap starts. At ES, the axle on the old suspension is too unstable,
so they switch back to the truck's suspension.
ES has lost almost 10 hours
on suspension mods, while Speed Unlimited bought a fabricator that
doesn't fit. With too many things to do and not enough time to do them,
an already complicated build has become that much harder. At Speed, they
finish their adapter, but will it hold? At ES, the day starts slowly
after the suspension disaster. To make up for lost time, they have to
marry the hearse body with the truck chassis.
Over at Speed, only 12 hours
remain, as they have a long way to go. Underneath the car, the transfer
case adapter is finally in place.
ES can't turn over the truck
Both shops are stressed. ES
Motorsports is crippled by an engine that simply will not start. Ron
uses the rest of their budget to call in an expert. Meanwhile, Speed
Unlimited is ready for inspection. They find a problem with the roll
cage. The main hoop is not one continuous piece of tubing. They have
five hours to fix it, or else they don't play. They're allowed one
little fab, and they are clear.
At ES, they're getting an
expert to look at their engine. The motor... is sorted out. They're back
in the game.
From here on out, it's a
sprint to the finish...
... and TIME! Let's paint
it. Handling the honors are Maaco for Speed, and RADesigns for ES.
Time to take on the Glen
Remember, it's 10 points for design, and 30 for the climbing. Most points wins. Simple.
The scores are...
as judged by Chip
16.7s after the
starter smokes. Plan B's pull start work.
45 degree hill climb. A sandrail can do it in 7 seconds. The
benchmark is 14. Points deducted for each second.
28-25 in favor of ES
MOTORSPORTS. They'll move on to the LA final against Hollywood Hot Rods!
See who will take the first slot in the nationals next week!
Who'll they face? The answer
to that... NEXT WEEK...
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teams and the tournament, go to