We would wager that Motor Trend‘s “Roadkill” series is one of those that will simply never get old. Watching the torturous automotive misadventures of Hot Rod‘s David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan is the next best thing to buying a sub-$1,000 hoopty ourselves, trekking across half the country, troubleshooting and spray painting along the way.
Actually, perhaps better.
In the latest episode of “Roadkill,” Freiburger and Finnegan discover firsthand the perils of not having a dedicated workspace on the road, as they drive a 1969 Buick station wagon over 1,000 miles to Kansas in the middle of February, without working heat in the car. Nor rear windows. Nor hatch glass.
But these are only minor details to Mr. Freiburger and Mr. Finnegan, and if you think it’ll stop the Hot Rod personalities from respraying the Buick’s roof and front doors, installing an MSD fuel-injection system, and attempting to configure a nitrous setup, you’d be dead wrong. After 1,000 miles of freezing torsos and frostbitten toes, they reach Kansas to hand the ’69 Buick wagon over to its new, proud owner.
… Arriving a bit late, mind you, with a car only slightly better off than when they left. Still, despite the freezing weather and mechanical mishaps of Freiburger and Finnegan’s jalopy road trip, we can’t help but envy the adventure.