It’s the stuff road trips are made of — the unexpected, the interesting and even the bizarre. They’re the roadside detours that are so intriguing you can’t help but pull the car over and soak it all in. Luckily, the 33-year-old Cadillac Brougham was running well thanks to Joe Keene and some high-quality components from the aftermarket, which would be needed for the 2,500-mile drive from Akron, Ohio, to Las Vegas for AAPEX.
The car was running so well, in fact, that Keene had a chance to revel in the Route 66 sights and sounds and meet a few unlikely friends along the way — from a pair of famous brothers to a former president and a few of the unsung heroes that are today’s keepers of Route 66’s glory days. On the drive, Keene reflects on a few of the additional aftermarket component improvements he made to the Caddy before leaving Akron.
But is this smooth sailing or the calm before the storm? The Caddy’s performance in this episode could be too good to be true. Watch the episode to find out what happens.
Catch up on The Road To AAPEX
Make/Model: Cadillac Brougham
Hometown: Arlington, Texas
Mileage: 180,000-plus miles
Engine: 307 LV2 Olds V8
Power: 140 horsepower and 245 pound-feet
Weight: 4,500 pounds
Length: 20 feet
Fuel Capacity: 21 gallons
Fuel Economy: 15 city/22 highway
Transmission: Remanufactured Turbo-Hydramatic 200-4R
Brakes: Front Vented Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
Air Conditioning: R134a Conversion
Air Bags: None