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‘Who And What’ On Route 66 Make Road To AAPEX Exciting

The Brougham is running like a champ – but is the smooth ride just the calm before the storm?

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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.

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Luckily, the 33-year-old Cadillac Brougham was running well. Babcox Media’s ASE-certified technician Joe Keene fixed it up with high-quality components from the aftermarket for the 2,500-mile drive from Akron, Ohio, to Las Vegas for AAPEX.

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’

Vehicle Stats

  • Make/Model: Cadillac Brougham 
  • Year: 1989
  • Hometown: Arlington, Texas
  • Mileage: 180,000+ miles 
  • Engine: 307 LV2 Olds V-8
  • Power: 140 hp and 245 lb./ft.
  • Weight: 4,500 lbs.
  • Length: 20 ft.
  • Fuel capacity: 21 gallons
  • Fuel economy: 15 city/22 highway
  • Tires: 225/65R17
  • Transmission: Remanufactured turbo-hydramatic 200-4R
  • Brakes: Front vented disc/rear drum brakes
  • Air conditioning: R134a conversion
  • Air bags: None

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