Weiand Blower and Holley Carbs Help Roadkill's Stubby Bob Drag the Hitch

By: Todd Veney | 02/15/2017 < Back to Motor Life Home
Ever watch the YouTube show “Roadkill” on the Motor Trend channel? A lot of car guys do, and for good reason – it's awesome! If you have, you've followed Mike Finnegan and David Freiburger's antics and probably looked on in amazement as what began on a whim turned into one of the most popular projects they've ever undertaken: Stubby Bob. It was once just an ordinary 1950 Ford F6 2-ton dump-truck. Hitch-dragging, pavement-shredding wheelies were still way off into the future when Finnegan and Freiburger got a hold of it – the truck had no engine, no bed, and half of the existing frame had yet to be chopped off and thrown on the scrap heap. The guys yanked out the old Flathead it came with, and, instead of sticking a 460 or some other kind of big-block Ford in there, went with a blown 454 cubic-inch big-block Chevy.  For a blower, they chose – what else? – not just a Weiand 8-71 but a complete Weiand supercharger kit, including an intake manifold and belt drive. The fuel pump is a quiet, reliable 150 gallon-per-hour Holley suitable for the street or the race track, and the adjustable regulator is also from Holley. Earl's Ano-Tuff was their choice for plumbing, and for carburetors, they went with a pair of 850 CFM Holley double-pumpers designed specifically for supercharged applications. For exhaust, they opted for a Hooker weld-up kit that Finnegan crafted into a huge part of the brutish truck's overall look and appeal. Shortening the wheelbase by a almost a third – from 158 inches to just over 100 – made the '50 F6 the bobber rat rod they had in mind all along. There was nowhere for the engine to go but almost directly over the rear end, and, obviously, there's no driveshaft for that, so, like the wheelstanding pioneers the entertained fans on drag strips across the country half a century ago, they improvised. Their solution: mount the engine backwards, like a wheelstander or high-performance prop-driven drag boat might have, and use a V-drive to make it all work. And just like "The Little Red Wagon," "Back-Up Pick-Up," "Mexican Jumping Bean," and "Chuck Wagon" wheelstanders of the '60s and '70s, "Stubby Bob" reached for the sky when they dropped the hammer, leaving torn-up pavement in its wake. Click here and here for all the details!