Roadkill Extras: Learn To Build Your First Engine With Freiburger & Dulcich

It’s time to update you on some free Roadkill Extra episodes you might have missed, but we also want you to know a very special series of RK Extra episodes begins today. If you’re a first-time engine builder or maybe even someone who’s slammed a few motors together, David Freiburger and Steve Dulcich recorded some great videos on assembling engines.

Roadkill Tech Series – How to Build an Engine

Starting today (Wednesday, October 4), Roadkill Extra will include a 16-part series on how to put together your first engine. This one features Freiburger and Dulcich putting together a Chrysler 360 V8 for Roadkill Garage’s Vanishing Paint Dodge Challenger. However, you will find their advice applies whether you’re building a 1.0-liter Geo Metro three-cylinder or a Big-Block Chevy.

We’ve gotten a lot of feedback in and around our 300th RK Extra episode, which aired Monday, and we know that tech tips are a big part of what Roadkill fans want from RK Extra. So check out the first episode on MotorTrendOnDemand starting today. If you STILL aren’t ready for the sign-up, here are some freebies to show you what you’ve been missing.

Roadkill Extra – Crop Duster Update

Our fans love the Crop Duster and so do we. That’s why Freiburger and Dulcich are breathing some new life into it. On this free episode on Motor Trend’s YouTube channel, Dulcich gives you the lowdown on the bodywork fixes he made to the ‘70 Plymouth Duster while preparing it for paint.

Roadkill Extra – Welding Tips with Finnegan

If our fans are interested in building engines for the first time, we know that they’ll also be eager to fire up the welder. Despite the occasional hack jobs in the interest of time, we know that Mike Finnegan is one hell of a welder, so he takes a few minutes while shooting Roadkill Episode 69 with the Earle Camino to give some practical welding advice. Want more Earle Camino content? Check out some outtakes from that Roadkill episode on MotorTrendOnDemand here.

Dirt Every Day Extra – How to Plan a 4×4

Our man Fred Williams knows a thing or 30 about building off-road toys. He’s planned and executed enough 4×4 builds that you really should heed his advice in this Dirt Every Day Extra episode. In it, he talks about building your ride to meet your needs and to meet the terrain you plan to encounter. A lot of people tend to go overboard, but Fred’s nuggets of wisdom like “Keep it as stock as possible while you learn to drive it on the terrain” are priceless. He’s got a ton more in this great DED Extra.

Put Up or Shut Up – X275 ⅛-Mile Drag Race War

Look, the world of drag racing can be complex, but few classes produce more excitement than X275 drag-radial racing. These cars make big horsepower and low elapsed times on a small tire. Our pal Brian Lohnes is absolutely the right guy to introduce you to this class and this insane showdown between Dean Marinis and the Bruder Brothers? Well, it captures everything incredible about X275 in a best-of-three race series. Watch it here on MotorTrendOnDemand; you won’t regret it.

You can watch even more Roadkill Extra episodes on MotorTrendOnDemand right here. That includes awesome bonus stuff like episode outtakes, tech tips, car knowledge (aka “Freiburger Mind Barf™”), Q&A with show hosts, and updates on vehicles in the Roadkill/Roadkill Garage/Hot Rod Garage/Dirt Every Day fleets. Check it out here with a free 14-day trial.

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2 thoughts on “Roadkill Extras: Learn To Build Your First Engine With Freiburger & Dulcich

  1. I’m really lookin forward to this since I have to overhaul my first engine sometime next year.
    After ~25 years it still works fine but burns oil like mad, James Bond would be jealous about my smoke screen. 😉

    I hope I can learn a lot from Freiburger and Dulcich.

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  2. Just saw the extra on Prime. I’m currently rebuilding a LA 360 for my roadkill project – 1976 M880 (aka “Private Pile”). I got the engine out of a ’91 W250, so it has a roller cam. I plan to put a mild .480 lift 210/220 @50 cam in it, which is a bit less duration than the cam shown in the extra episode. When I was pulling the engine apart, I wasn’t paying too close attention to the stock cam and lifters. I’ve rebuilt engines before, but never with a roller cam. Before I actually pulled the lifters out, but already had the timing chain and gears off, I notices the the rollers on the lifters nowhere matched the area where the lobes on the cam were. I know you guys are covering the basics of building an engine, but I hope you also cover the installation and proper adjustment of a roller cam with the “cam button?), so those of us with roller cams ton’t mess up! Thanks!

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