Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Let's say you're embroiled in an all-out mega-grill arms race against your dastardly neighbor. What's a car guy to do? Create an incredibly unique grilling masterpiece from the leftovers of a small block Chevy engine.

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs

Small Block Chevy Grill Burns Meat, Not Mustangs


Two years ago, Trent Whatley got the motivation to act on an idea he'd cooking up for a while — combine the awesomeness of a small block Chevy V8 with the manliness of meat on a grill. Here's how Trent tells it:

My neighbor Terry Bacon had all the torches and welders so he played a big role in that department. The idea has been rolling around in my head for a couple years but I just hadn't found the time or all the parts to pull it off. I did some internet searching to see if anyone had already built one and that is how I found your site. There are some cars that have been turned into BBQ's and some BBQ's that are ran by an engine but I have yet to see an engine that has been made into a BBQ. It's been an interesting turn of events in the making. When I pitched the idea to some of my friends, most thought I was a little off but after they saw it in working order they were impressed. It is still a work in progress with lots of add-ons to come. Now that it has proved to be a functional unit it's time to dress her up a bit. I took it to a local car show this weekend and I think my grill had more lookers than a lot of the cars there. It was definitely the hit of the 4th of July BBQ.

Since the initial construction, Trent has done some modifications to the engine/grill, dolling-up the zoomies with an appropriate flame paint job and a new set of valve covers. Wonder how he sets the timing on that thing? [Neatorama, V8-Grill.com]