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1956ish 331 Hemi Industrial engine questions

Hello everyone, new member here!

My dad just recently purchased a 1956ish airplane tug for $500 because it had the 331 hemi it. Once we started ripping apart the body however, we found out it was an industrial engine. So naturally, we are wondering what, if any, differences there are between the industrial and the normal 331. Also what vehicles this engine would be a good use for. Basically it was a spur of the moment kind of thing and now we are at a loss as to what to do, haha.

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could you post a picture of this engine? airplane tug? for gliders? is it air cooled? flat 6?
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I will try to get a pic here shortly. I'm not sure what it was used for. The guy my dad bought it from was a pilot, but never used it. I don't know if it is air cooled. And it is definitely a V8.
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If its an aviation engine then it wont be making very many ponies
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It's from the tug, not the aircraft.
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air plane tugs are the planes used for towing gliders into the sky.
you probably have an old 331 hemi that was used for industrial pumps and generators etc.Its old,hard to find parts for it and makes less than 200 hp.It would be cool in a rat rod or bucket,but would beexpensive for poor to fair power.
What was your plan for the engine? does it run?
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No, we have the actual tug. The one used on the ground to back planes up and maneuver them, not from a plane.
Edit: Yes, it does run, but barely. My dad said he thinks it's not getting fuel properly. Not sure though, we haven't had much time to mess with it.

This is what I am talking about, though this isn't exactly ours.


And here is the engine. Sorry it's kinda blurry.
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thats an old chrysler engine,have fun with it.about 200 HP stock and its a real hemi.The ground tow is very old,lol
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Are there any differences between the industrial and the normal hemi, other than the generator and governor?
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It would look way cool in a T bucket hotrod.
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Cam is a low lift short duration, dizzy is curved different for low speed operation. Flywheel may be much heavier also . Carb jetting and PV is also different.
Vinnie...Does this one also have a governor or not? (That little box with the rod and wires)
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We are still debating on what we want to do with it. I want to use the grill and seat off the tug and make a rat rod
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Cam is a low lift short duration, dizzy is curved different for low speed operation. Flywheel may be much heavier also . Carb jetting and PV is also different.
Vinnie...Does this one also have a governor or not? (That little box with the rod and wires)
It did have one, we took it off already
Sorry for my noobness, but would we be able to revert these to normal hemi specs?
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As vinnie was eluding to, you can get it to run good. I am sure parts will be costy. Thats the trouble.
Still a cool looking motor.
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it is a hemi already,just put on the equipment you want(and can find)not sure what items need to be upgraded,more a Chris or other Mopar guy question.Re rev/speed limiter? not sure,I do know that air craft are not towed quickly.most have a hydraulic drive or special transmission.
Usually the steering system can turn like or close to like a fork lift so they dont travel fast
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