There's a reason I don't own a dyno. Well, technically there are around five thousand reasons I don't own a dyno, but the most prominent of those is the fact that I'd spend all my days tracking down horsepower in the most hairbrained of ways. You know, like bolting five leaf blowers to a 1978 Chevrolet Monza in an attempt to cobble together a make-believe supercharger. Fortunately for my lingering curiosity, the guys at Hot Rod have done just that. After picking up a '78 Monza for $3,000, Road Kill hosts Freiburger and Finnegan proceed to try to add a little forced induction to aged hatch.

Believe it or not, a little time on the dyno proves the leaf blowers to actually be beneficial when it comes to making power. Not as beneficial as yanking the stock 305 V8 and replacing it with a 350, mind you, but beneficial nonetheless. To find out whether that extra grunt meant any additional speed, the team headed to the East Coast Timing Association's Ohio Mile event to run a few passes. The first run sees the car clip past 135 miles per hour. How's that for insanity?

Check out the clip below for yourself.




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      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      i love these guys. great show. motortrend is so much better than topgear america
      56Jalopy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll be right back, I'm going to my shop to install my leaf blower on my 948cc Morris Minor to see if I can make it go 80mph.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess this proves that the ebay electric turbo is garbage...
      scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe it was $3000. WTF?
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Epic. That is some proper clowning around.
      RobbieAG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool video - that's the true spirit of hotrodding.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love Roadkill, these guys are crazy. Way better than those lumps on a stump on Top Gear USA.
      Luis A. Martinez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love that design,my uncle used to owned a Mirage Edition with stripes and plastic fender extensions,shame I was junk after 3 or 4 years of used.Then I learn when I was older that the car was a fancy Vega waiting for a rotary engine that never came.But nice European design just like a Opel Monza too
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      now that the topgear UK people are past there prime this is the best automotive show by far.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      That Monza was in pretty good shape. And they messed it up. Kinda sad.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        Besides the hole in the firewall for the boost tube, what have they done that was irreversible? All they did was put a better engine in, cut said firewall hole, and drill a few holes in the hatch area to mount down the leaf blowers. They could put it back how it was in 20 minutes, only now it would have a decent engine (although that wasn't half bad for a worn out old 305).
      Eddy A
      • 1 Year Ago
      That video was great. They really seemed to have a good time doing something totally unnecessary yet awesome.
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