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
have done just that. After picking up a '78 Monza for $3,000,
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?
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