• Dec 11th 2011 at 10:00PM
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A man in Indiana has strapped an engine equivalent to 1... A man in Indiana has strapped an engine equivalent to 10 Bugatti Veyrons to his Impala (Indy Boys/Caters)
Paul Stender outfitted his 1967 Chevy Impala with a cruise-missile engine, because why the hell not?

Stender, 44, who claims he's never held a "real" job, is an obsessive auto junkie who makes a living through airshows, racing, and TV features with his company Indy Boys Inc. He grew up on a farm in Big Bend, Wisc., and has been into motor-sports from drag racing to snowmobiling for years.

His interest in jet engines began in 1996.

Stender said he heard a story once ( a probably tall tale) of a farmer who strapped a missile engine to his car, and drove it into the side of a mountain.

Intrigued, he just so happened to come across a cruise-missile engine and a '67 Chevy Impala. He won't say where he got the missile engine, which should worry us all.

"When you get a cruise-missile engine," he said, "You don't reveal your source. That's confidential."

After developing a jet-powered toilet and jet-powered bus that he claims went over 750 mph, he thought it was time to dust off the Impala and the engine at his home in Indianapolis.

"They'd both been sitting in my shop for a while," he said. "We got it all wired and fired up and here we are."

The Toilet Eureka

It all started with the toilets. He had an aha moment at a Texas airshow when a gust of wind sent some portable toilets moving across a racetrack.

"One of those big desert storms came blowing through," he said. "All these port-a-johns blew away, and I thought that looked kind of cool."

He put a call to some buddies at the Charlotte Motor Speed Raceway and figured out a way to rig the port-a-potty with an engine, making it drivable. It's got wheels, and the urinal works as a fuel tank.

"We tried to use a toilet paper holder, but it kept getting sucked in the engine all the time," he said.

The propane powered toilet wasn't perfect from a drive perspective.

"I flipped it once," he said. "Wham: It went pretty hard."

The Jet-Car

Now he's rigged his Impala, which is a bit more stable than the port-a-potty, to go 300 mph, he claims. But that speed is starting to become a bit mundane for Stender.

"I'm so used to doing it all the time," he said.

Still, he can't get used to the heat emitted from the 10,000 horsepower on the roof of his car that dragon-spits 30 feet of flames behind the vehicle and leaves a smokey cigar trail in its wake.

"This one is on top of your head, so you look in the rear view mirror and you have all this fire behind you," he said. "The windshield glass gets really hot. You usually you sweat your butt off, pretty much."

The engine is affixed to the car by two roll bars on the inside and takes 10 gallons of fuel to go one mile.

But something says fuel efficiency isn't the end game here.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      That would be great on the road until you burn and melt-off the paint of the car behind you.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I watched the video and got 22.4% stupider !
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a jet engine all right but, a cruise missle? ,.. Please!
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a bunch of crap - that was not an operating jet engine, it was basically just a flame thrower. You couldn't see any appreciable acceleration when it came on.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can do the same thing if I eat Tex / Mex food fast.Put me on top of a car & a match to my ass and watch me go.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I Knew a guy from Nashville in 1969 when I was in the Army. ( U.S. of course ! ) that did that when all of us were in the back of a truck going somewhere. A small blue flame came out through his Fatigues for a couple of seconds, and he had a sore butt for a couple of days... Other then that, the look on his face was so Funny when he jumped up rubbing his butt, I can still see it like it was yesterday..... ( What a Memory !!! ) LOL. !!!!!!!!!! ( WE ALL LAUGHED SO HARD THAT DAY, what an Army Story I have !!! )
      Elroy Jetson
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the Impala is his second attempt at strapping a cruise missle engine to a port-a-potty... hmmm...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a good way to get hurt, spend some time in the hospital and let the taxpayers pick up the tab. He has waaaayyyyyy too much time on his hands. Never had a real job? Dude, get one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      MORON, LIAR...That's NOT a cruise missle engine, looks like the engine out of a T-37 trainer jet. Nor will that hunk of **** hit 300 mph, the tires would disintergrate. His inspired story is a myth.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I believe it is just a big ugly roof mounted hot rod flame thrower.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That doesn't look anything like a real cruise missile jet engine - more like a mockup of an old J-57 from the 1950s, perhaps. The Mythbusters did a followup on the myth about the rocket-powered Impala that flew into a mountain. That may be where this guy got the concept.
      • 3 Years Ago
      About every other year they try and fraud us with this garbage. It didn't happen and its all fake... Please stop trying to fake us out. We may be dumb enough to elect the wrong people to lead this country but we are not so retarded to know the jet engine on a car thing is fake
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