Roadkill

The WORST episodes of Roadkill

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Ride along with HOT ROD's David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan as they continue their love/hate relationship with hot rods, street machines and other highly strung performance vehicles. In Roadkill, Freiburger and Finnegan hit the road in everything from a 1968 Ford Ranchero to a 1500 horsepower Camaro called the F-Bomb. Just getting to their destination is an adventure.

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The Rubber Duck Firebird’s Ultimate Drag Test!
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#1 - The Rubber Duck Firebird’s Ultimate Drag Test!

Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/15/2021

Taking a 1,000-mile road trip in a '67 Pontiac Firebird that sat in a barn in Georgia for over 16 years is crazy. But drag racing it every day along the way is true Roadkill. Finnegan and David Newbern take the Rubber Duck Firebird on an endurance drag racing event, hitting four dragstrips in five days.

Charger vs. Charger!
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#2 - Charger vs. Charger!

Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/14/2021

This is what you’ve been waiting for: It’s twice the Chargers! On this episode of Roadkill, Freiburger and Finnegan bring their buds Dulcich and Tony Angelo along to take the General Mayhem and the Death Metal Charger for a road trip and thrashing at DirtFish. See how the 440ci V-8 compares to the turbo six-cylinder 2JZ in an epic battle of wildly different ’68 Chargers

Hemi Gremmie Fails, Race Truck Wins!
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#3 - Hemi Gremmie Fails, Race Truck Wins!

Season 11 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/7/2022

Freiburger and Finnegan attempt to road-trip the Hemi Gremmie, only to be foiled by engine trouble. Instead of roadkilling fully and risking more damage, they do the only sensible thing -- continue the road trip by "street legalizing" an off-road race truck and driving it 400+ miles on the highway.

Sick Week Trans Am Test Drive!
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#4 - Sick Week Trans Am Test Drive!

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/4/2022

Freiburger and Finnegan buy an '86 Trans Am and take it for its first road test on the drag-and-drive event known as Sick Week. With a swapped 350 V8 and six-speed transmission, the big question is, will they be able to make it faster each day or even finish the race at all?

Dream Car Found and Rebuilt!
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#5 - Dream Car Found and Rebuilt!

Season 11 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/2/2022

Finnegan and Freiburger attempt to get a bucket-list '66 Corvette -- abandoned halfway through an LS swap and restoration -- back on the road. With multiple iterations and attempts, the 'Vette hasn't been on the road for 30 years. Will the guys change that?

C2 Corvette Road Trip!
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#6 - C2 Corvette Road Trip!

Season 11 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/31/2022

Finnegan and Newbern light the tires as they road test their bucket-list, LS-powered '66 C2 Corvette from Oakland to Las Vegas with the smokiest burnouts ever seen. Follow along as they blaze the coast and hit the drag strip with Dulcich before breaking down in Sin City.

Rat Rod Jeep Death-Wish Trip!
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#7 - Rat Rod Jeep Death-Wish Trip!

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/3/2013

David Freiburger claims that this road trip on this episode of Roadkill is the most stupid thing that he and Mike Finnegan have ever done. Freiburger wanted to do a Jeep trip, so Finnegan bought an old Willys flatfender--one that had been turned into a two-wheel-drive rat rod using some very sketchy fabrication. The guys made it semi-safe, then hit the road to drive to the Desert Bar in Parker, Arizona, where they sold the Jeep to a guy for the price of their bar tab. ep015

Roadkill Shootout Special: Battle of the Network Stars!
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#8 - Roadkill Shootout Special: Battle of the Network Stars!

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/23/2018

It’s a Roadkill challenge like no other. David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan are joined by Motor Trend originals' hosts for an all-out war on tires on this episode of Roadkill powered by Dodge. Watch as Head 2 Head and Ignition’s Jethro Bovingdon, Junkyard Gold’s Steve Magnante, HOT ROD Garage’s Tony Angelo and Lucky Costa, and Roadkill Garage’s Steve Dulcich all join the guys for two epic days of tire destruction on both a road course and on the dragstrip. We know the Best Driver’s Car winner, but who is the “Best Driver of Cars” among these maniacal motorheads? Will the Roadkill guys be able to drive a new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye without destroying it? Will Bovingdon be able to drive a Roadkill car without contracting tetanus? What will blow up first, the racers’ egos or whatever car Angelo is driving?

Project Car Showdown & Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge!
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#9 - Project Car Showdown & Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge!

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/25/2019

Surprise again! Remember when we did the last project car showdown for Episode 74 instead of 75? Well, we’re keeping up with the chaos by serving up this one for Episode 101 instead of 100. You knew we wouldn’t let you down and not deliver a Roadkill-style showdown around another milestone. On this episode of Roadkill, David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan bring their best Dodge project cars out to the M1 Concourse for the annual Roadkill Nights event powered by Dodge in Pontiac, Michigan. This time it’s a road course, skidpad, and drag racing with seven favorite project cars. And since this is an all-Dodge showdown, we had to bring out the Mopar man himself, Steve Dulcich, to partake in the action. Will he lose the course and kill maximum cones? Find out on this epic showdown!

Racing One Lap of America! Kinda
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#10 - Racing One Lap of America! Kinda

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/4/2017

The Tire Rack One Lap of America 2017 was a race involving 19 events at 8 tracks over a 3,500-mile road trip. Can you imagine Roadkill surviving that unscathed? No! If you saw our last episode you know that Mike Finnegan's 1969 Pontiac, which we built in three days, blew up an engine early in the race. Along with guest hosts Tony Angelo of Hot Rod Garage and Elana Scherr from Roadkill.com, Finnegan and Freiburger dive in to fix the Pontiac engine and hit the road to redemption! Roadkill is powered by Dodge, and it's easy to see why when Tony caps it all off with merciless drifting in the Challenger SRT Hellcat that Elana and Freiburger were using to stomp the One Lap tracks.

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Viva Ranchero! Alaska or Bust!
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#11 - Viva Ranchero! Alaska or Bust!

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/16/2012

David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan build a clone of the 1968 Ford Ranchero that the magazine ran in the very first Baja 1000, then head north for Alaska. But sometimes when you hit the road, the road hits back, and their ambitious journey quickly transforms into the road trip from hell. Undaunted by sleepless nights, multiple breakdowns, derailed plans, 0-degree weather and the lack of a passenger-side window, the guys create an adventurous win from a comedy of errors. It's American road tripping at its best... and worst. ep002

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Thrashing Roadkill Project Cars!
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#12 - Thrashing Roadkill Project Cars!

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/22/2016

In this episode you’ll see a huge road trip that includes Freiburger-versus-Finnegan showdowns with crazy burnouts in the General Mayhem and General Maintenance; drag racing with the Blasphemi, General Mayhem, Draguar, and Vette Kart; and road-racing in the Vette Kart and General Maintenance. It’s all part of Roadkill Takes America, presented by Dodge, an event that was held in August of 2015.

Winter Beater Battle and Road Trip!
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#13 - Winter Beater Battle and Road Trip!

Season 11 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/7/2022

What do you do with access to a sprawling, deserted, snow-covered factory? You buy cheap beaters for a winter adventure battle and real-life road testing! Freiburger picks the adventure and Finnegan picks the vehicles, a survivalist 2001 VW Jetta TDI and a horribly modified 2001 Toyota Sequoia. Find out which one survives the road trip to discover their next project.

Rat Rod Custom 1950 Mercury Rescue!
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#14 - Rat Rod Custom 1950 Mercury Rescue!

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/18/2013

It's always a good idea to buy a car off the Internet sight-unseen, right? That's what a friend-of-a-friend of Roadkill did with the kustom Merc—and maybe he made an even worse decision when he allowed Freiburger and Finnegan to wrench on the thing and deliver it to him. This deal was set up by a Roadkill fan, Jim Norman of Norman Vinyards in Paso Robles, California. The road trip involves the '69 El Camino from Episode 4, The Dog from Episodes 4 and 17, lots of burnouts with the guys from Hot Rod Ranch and plenty of fun with Alex Gambino of Gambino Kustoms

Junkyard Rescue T-37 Pontiac!
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#15 - Junkyard Rescue T-37 Pontiac!

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/2/2019

How many times have David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan been burned by rescuing a car from a junkyard? Too many, but this time it’s a total win! Steve Magnante found an awesome ’71 Pontiac T-37 at L&L Classic Auto in Idaho, on Episode 15 of Roadkill’s Junkyard Gold and now he’s led the guys to rescue this treasure. After finally learning their lesson, Freiburger and Finnegan take the time to “do things the right way,” taking proper precautions to revive the motor that’s 38 years stagnate. “Spoiler” alert—it doesn’t all go smooth. After many speedbumps, the guys finally get the T-37 running, visit an Evel Knievel landmark, and even find out that their engine is something even better than they thought. What’s under the Pontiac’s hood? Find out on this episode of Roadkill.

Two Cadillacs, Too Reliable!
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#16 - Two Cadillacs, Too Reliable!

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/21/2019

For years Mike Finnegan has wanted to build a 200-mph Cadillac, and now David Freiburger has finally agreed to make it happen…or at least get it started. Step one is to acquire the right Caddy, which they found in Northern California—a 1961 Cadillac deVille. After purchasing the bubbletop sight unseen, the guys decide to go on a Roadkill road trip to Georgia. First, they’ll have to make it run and drive, as it’s been sitting for close to a decade. You know—normal road trip material. With some issues right out of the garage and dreams of replacing the 390 V-8, they hit the road for adventure. All is well except one major flaw: The Caddy is far too nice and extremely reliable. With concerns of failing to fail, the guys decide to pick up another Cadillac project Freiburger had stuffed away: a Cadillac 500 engine wrapped inside a ’73 AMC Gremlin. Will the Caddy Gremi give them the adventure they’re looking for? Will the 500 replace the 390 someday? Find out as the guys introduce two new projects to the Roadkill fleet.

Extreme Elco Engine Swap!
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#17 - Extreme Elco Engine Swap!

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/11/2012

David Freiburger, Mike Finnegan and a carsick dog drive a '69 El Camino 500 miles from home (on seven cylinders) to change an engine in the parking lot of Summit Racing. ep004

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Hemi Buildup on a '55 Chevy Bel Air!
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#18 - Hemi Buildup on a '55 Chevy Bel Air!

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/13/2014

In Episode 8 of Roadkill we introduced you to the greatest engine swap project ever—a Hemi into a 1955 Chevy Bel Air. Nearly two years later, we finally get Mike Finnegan's Mopar-powered Tri-Five on the road, but not without a few problems along the way. Blown head gaskets, frayed wires, and severe sleep-deprivation are all overcome as Finnegan, Freiburger, and friends push to get this polarizing project car running again in time for an epic road trip. The BlaspHEMI '55 Chevy rides on a Jim Meyer Racing Gasser tube chassis with Viking coilover dampers and Firestone Cheater slicks out back. Up front the car has a tubular straight axle, parallel leaf springs and tires small enough to fit on a VW Bug. The rear axle is a John's Industries 9-inch with 5.43:1 gears. The Hemi began life as a 528ci Mopar crate engine, which Finnegan rebuilt with a 0.030-inch overbore, ported aluminum heads, and a Comp Cams solid roller cam. The mill is topped off with a Hilborn stack injection system with EFI controlled by a FAST EFI ECU. An Aeromotive Stealth fuel tank and pump provides the fuel while MSD provides the spark. The engine is backed by a Tremec Magnum six-speed manual gearbox with an American Powertrain installation kit and a twin-disc clutch. The car was wired with a Speedwires kit and the guys built their own fenderwell headers using parts from Hedman. To save weight, the original steel front clip was swapped out for a lightweight fiberglass tilt front end from Unlimited Products and the windows were replaced with lexan parts from ProGlass. The rollcage is a 10-point arrangement built from chrome-moly steel and TIG welded to the floor and frame. To save a ton of time, High Tech Auto Wraps covered the car in flat black vinyl instead of paint while the last of the parts were installed onto the car. ep029

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Dirt-Track Challenger Rescue and Thrash!
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#19 - Dirt-Track Challenger Rescue and Thrash!

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/5/2016

The guys made a trek north to Oregon to hang out at a Mopar-and-llama farm to revitalize the winner of a Facebook coolest car contest, a 1970 Dodge Challenger that used to dirt-track race in the '90s.

Cheap Beater Battle: Chevy Vs. Ford, Old Vs. Newish!
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#20 - Cheap Beater Battle: Chevy Vs. Ford, Old Vs. Newish!

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/16/2019

David Freiburger and Mike Finnegan are always out to determine the best bang for your buck when it comes to a beater under $3K. This time, it’s a four-vehicle shootout in all of the most important match-ups: We’ve got Chevy versus Ford, truck versus car, and old versus newer! With the stipulation of finding the best vehicle for someone in high school, the guys went with one four-door V-8 and one pickup each. Freiburger chose newish with a 2006 Crown Vic and a 1999 Chevy S-10. Finnegan went vintage with a 1972 Ford Maverick and a 1976 Chevy LUV. From there it’s an all-out battle using the classic Roadkill measuring stick of drag racing, burnouts for distance, dirt circle driving, and autocross. Which beater is best? Find out on this episode of Roadkill.

Parking Lot Engine Swap: More Power for the Draguar!
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#21 - Parking Lot Engine Swap: More Power for the Draguar!

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/8/2019

The blown 383 small block Chevy powered ‘74 Jaguar XJ 12 known as the Draguar is back! After sitting neglected for far too long, Freiburger and Finnegan have decided to put a new heart in the disabled Draguar in true Roadkill fashion. They are back the Summit parking lot in Sparks, NV - the site of their original extreme parking lot engine swap fiasco from episode 4 of Roadkill. And if giving the Draguar a new heart wasn’t enough, the guys also follow up on a lead to fill the void of the stolen Mazdarati. Will this nostalgia trip lead to a rebirth of mini truck greatness, or just more epic destruction of Summit’s pavement with unbelievable Draguar burnouts? Find out in this episode of Roadkill!

Dirt Track Rally Shootout!
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#22 - Dirt Track Rally Shootout!

Season 9 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/21/2020

On this episode of Roadkill, Freiburger and Finnegan take on Dulcich and Newbern in a circle-track car shootout. On Episode 108, the guys picked up a beaten blue Duster circle-track car and promised a shootout. Now they're at a rally course in Texas to pit it against the Faster with Finnegan dirt-track Camaro.

Roadkill vs Laguna Seca!
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#23 - Roadkill vs Laguna Seca!

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/5/2021

Freiburger and Finnegan take the Rotsun, Nascarlo and the Super Camaro to Laguna Seca Raceway to see how their junk handles the corkscrew and stacks up against a modern V-6 Camaro. Will the guys set new records, or just get kicked off the track?

Trading Down and Giving Back!
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#24 - Trading Down and Giving Back!

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired 10/18/2021

Drag racing on Woodward is back at Roadkill Nights powered by Dodge! The grudge racing is between influencers and Eric Malone from Fastest Cars in the Dirty South. While they battle it out, Freiburger and Finnegan head in reverse by trading a clean Duster for a worse car every day, enabling true fans to step up their rides.

1,800-Mile Beater Rally!
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#25 - 1,800-Mile Beater Rally!

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/18/2017

The 24 Hours of LeMons people have a new rally series, and Roadkill powered by Dodge and sponsored by Optima Batteries, Jegs, Lincoln Tech, EBC Brakes, Pioneer, CRC Auto, and Cooper Tires, is down! Instead of the normal LeMons endurance races for dirt-cheap cars, the LeMons Rally is a road rally -- a time/distance challenge with ridiculous sights and contests along the way. In this episode, Roadkill signs up for the LeMons Retreat From Moscow event, an 1,800-mile trip from Moscow, Pennsylvania, to Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. The guys fly into town, buy a 1978 Lincoln Continental that’s been shortened from a four-door to a two-door (and formerly driven by an Elvis impersonator), and hit the snowy roads—with the expected Roadkill breakdowns, waffle wars, and off-road thrashing along the way.