‘Lockdown Wagon’ engine reveal – Carnage Plus episode 83

We reveal the monster powerplant that’s destined for the Valiant ‘Lockdown Wagon’ restoration

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WORK is well underway on the Carnage VE Valiant Lockdown Wagon restoration project, an old car of Scotty’s we dug out of a backyard that had definitely seen better days.

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While the main focus so far has been stripping it back and repairing the large amounts of rust, our minds have always been drifting off to the future – specifically what we’ll use to repower this thing once it’s painted and ready for a new life.

We're back in the workshop! - Carnage episode 58

We tossed up the idea of a budget LS or Barra swap, but Carnage fans made it quite clear they wanted to see something from the Chrysler stable make its way under the bonnet of the wagon.

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That led Scotty to get in contact with our friends at ACM Parts to see if they had a late-model Hemi V8 in stock for us. After initially teasing us with a 5.7L Hemi from a Jeep, the boys came through in a big way with a 6.4L Hemi V8 from a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

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With decent Mopar donks a bit thin on the ground here in Australia, a mill like this to power our old wagon is a major win. The 6.4 offers 470hp on tap – and that’s before we start throwing mods at it.

We’ll keep plugging away at the wagon in between our vast number of Carnage projects, with Scotty setting a deadline of Red CentreNATS 2021 in Alice Springs, 3-5 September, to have the car finished and road trip-worthy. No pressure then…

 

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