But the big question is: The second car is a Chevrolet Impala powered by a cubic-inch big block Chevrolet V-8 topped with a supercharger from Hot Rod magazine’s Crusher Camaro. At the time, optimism was high that the Z could leverage its Chevy V-6 and weight advantage to shut down the Kia Rio ringer that our rivals to the death, Motor Trend , brought to the event and at least show well against its RK brethren. The morning of the race, however, Mike revealed that the left rear axle on the Z was, well, more than a little loose, a result of it unbolting itself during the overnight drive. Will the Rotsun finally fail to fail? You will receive email newsletters from the MotorTrend team. These three separate but embarrassingly public and digitally eternal snafus sparked a desire to once and for all build a version of the Rotsun that would fail to fail. David Freiburger , Rick Pewe.

The first is the beloved Datsun Z aka the Rotsun. By subscribing, you agree to the conditions of our terms of use. A rematch was in order, and true to form, the Rotsun found a new way to break hearts—by exploding the output shaft on its weak T5 transmission before gliding to a stop on the side on the drag lane. Audible Download Audio Books. If the Rotsun was ever going to get one over at an autocross course on the Kia Rio—or cover more than a mile under its own power—some changes would need to be made to pretty much everything under the hood. Was it the hillbilly door latch that had the crowds at the Goodguys Spring Nationals throwing heaps of shade on the Rotsun as it rolled through the gate in Scottsdale?

Audible Download Audio Books. If the Rotsun was ever going to get one over at an autocross course on the Kia Rio—or cover more than a mile under its own power—some changes would need to be made to pretty much everything under the hood. The turbo from an older 7.

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Dead for the afternoon, the Rotsun sat out the all-hands side-by-side drag race that ended the episode. At Westech, the Rotsun got the oil changed just before it was strapped to the dyno and was given a successful tune on octane race gas—marking the first real milestone for the hater-piped rust bucket. The Honda Passport. With Finnegan fearing rod knock and the team distracted by the temptations of projects that run for more than a few minutes at a time, the Z sat idle for another year.

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It was probably all of those things combined, and by the end of the event the Rotsun gave attendees and organizers alike even more reason to hate its rusty guts. Ours is called the Rotsun. Will the Rotsun finally fail to fail? Or maybe if either of them can survive. He found another block for it and rebuilt the engine with CP Bullet high-compression pistons, a Comp Cams drivetrain, and a Holley carb, matching it with a five-speed gearbox pulled from another junkyard S We heard Ford 5.

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The mill had once soared to ecstatic hp heights, but it gave its life in the process, cracking the block and forcing its decade-long storage. Of course, RK time being what it its, it took a full year from that fateful Subaru race until Episode 64 when the Z graduated from a sketchy 4.

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Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. With seemingly undamaged internals ready to go, the Rotsun was started up in the pits only to shake and knock itself to death on camera.

These included a host of updates to the Rotsun: Confirming the feeling that everything had been going just a little too well, the 5. I prefer to receive occasional special offers from carefully selected third party partners. The unit was super cheap and leaked constantly even after several wrappings of Teflon tape and the application of RTV.

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The first problem reared its head when DF bought a Proform electric water pump so as to avoid any potential issues with aftermarket mechanical pumps. Season 6 Episode Running strong but suddenly unable to shift, the Rotsun returned almost immediately to the pits.

The first is the beloved Datsun Z aka the Rotsun. After prepping the cars, the duo take their respective cars to different e;isode shops to see how much power the cars make. Edit Details Release Date: Freiburger is convinced the supercharger is worn out. Pouring gas into the carb and goosing the push-button ignition yielded zero results.

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After breaking the crankshaft in the Chevrolet 4. A few months later in Episode 32, the Z would receive not just a fresh turbo exhaust housing from forced induction rotun Gale Banks but also a full engine-out rebuild to deal with the issues that had reared their heads at Goodguys—an effort that yielded horsepower and lb-ft of twist at the wheels. Photos Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this epiisode

Roysun old Datsun Z earned its fame with a junkyard turbo on a Chevy 4. This was paired with a wastegate that cost more than almost every other component in the turbo system combined.

Select a Make 2. Did any of this matter? After wrapping the fuel system in foil to fight a boil issue and judiciously using a beer can as a spacer and replacing the wastegate, a subsequent carb issue reared its head, forcing David and Mike to prowl through the pits in a search of a gasket for the Holley carb feeding the beast. After the axle was put back in place and a set of drag radials were installed, the Rotsun and the Impala lined up against each other for the first time.

In a test of endurance that pitted a brand-new Subaru Legacy sedan against a motley assortment of ROADKILL projects, the Rotsun lost then won when the Subie cut a tire then lost again after blowing up between the parking lot and the runway before the episode-ending drag race. Oh, and we needed to weld a barn door dead bolt to the passenger-side door in a futile effort to keep it closed.

Find out on this episode of Roadkill.