You may know David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan from their popular YouTube series Roadkill. The pair are now running a second additional show called Hot Rod Garage, where they will give viewers an inside look at the work they do on some of the cars in the Hot Rod fleet. For their series premiere, they drop a supercharged Chevrolet small block in their “Draguar” from the Roadkill series, and install a new transmission in Finnegan’s 1969 El Camino.
The 383 ci engine going in the Jaguar is built by Blue Print engines and includes a forged steel crankshaft and rods, forged pistons, aluminum heads and a Weiland 6-71 supercharger, among much, much more. Its producing 700 horsepower, except in typical Roadkill fashion, they’re leaving the stock transmission on, which makes for an interesting pass at the drag strip later on in the episode.
After the engine swap is complete, Freburger and Finnegan replace the stock transmission in Finnegan’s El Camino with a brand new Gear Star 4L60-E unit. They walk you through how they install the trans and give you other small tips while doing the work. Just as Roadkill appears on Motor Trend‘s channel every fourth Friday, Hot Rod Garage will now have new episodes every fourth Thursday.