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Hemi ?

What is more desireable motor 331, 341, or 292. What is easier to get parts for?

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The bigger Chrysler hemi's have the best aftermarket support. 331, 354, & 392

Here's a good early hemi article from hotrod

Part 1

http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/h...h/viewall.html

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http://www.hotrod.com/techarticles/e...2/viewall.html


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you can buy a new one for a hot rod,and it makes a lot of power
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"you can buy a new one"..........yea maybe YOU can, I sure couldn't, you didn't tell the OP how much a new hemi costs. To answer the question, the 57/58 392 is the most desireable but the 331 and 354 are still very collectable....just like any early hemi. If you can find one for a reasonable price buy it, they are turning into gold.
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wonder what it would cost to find a 392,rebuild and warm it up? It cost me almost 11k for a good stroker small block chevy,a few k more gets you a 528 HEMI,that is not a cool old rebuild junk engine from 40 years ago,thats brand new everything and its a hemi!
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a 51-53 331 Chry is the best bang for the buck.

Here's mine
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Here's a nitro burnin 354.........nice!!!!!
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Looks like he's got the good '54 331 heads.

I picked up a pair of '54 heads for my '52 331

I like the white eng paint too. Here's my fav looking early hemi (Chrysler Photo)
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As far as costs go, my complete 331 was around $800. Granted a rebuild will be more than a SBC, but the wow factor is worth it.

This is the perfect hotrod IMO. Model A with a 1954 Chrysler 331 (Bass's car)
No other engine even comes close to the early Chrysler hemi for the cool factor

THE Bass Hemi Model A Coupe - THE H.A.M.B.





Centerline has a nice hotrod too
Here is his early hemi website..

http://www.hotrodsandhemis.com/




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Here's some more early hemi stuff for reference - good info



Here's a funny factory picture with a couple of guys drooling over a hemi

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and the sound.

Nothing can beat the sound of a Hemi at Bonneville running Flat out, YOU can still hear it going thru the 3 mile marker.
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Rocket 88 (very cool and popular build back in the day)
That's a car, not an engine. You either mean the 303, 324, 371 or 394. These were all available in 88's and as we all know, every Olds engine is a "Rocket". The most well known would probably be the 371 J2 "Golden Rocket" with three two-barrel carbs. That's what I would picture in a hotrod at least, though I'm not silly enough to draw conclusions about what was used at that time without living during it.

If that's the engine you're referring to, it wasn't produced until the late 50's and was more than likely seen on 60's rods as well.

Either way, I love Olds V8's and I have to say that I'd rather see a Hemi in an old Ford than any wedge-headed motor. The only motors that could look as cool as a Hemi in a rod would maybe be a 348/409 and would certainly never be a plain-jane SBC.
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...That is why no one ever used them in there hotrods...
So, Don Garlits didn't use a hemi?

I think you need to double check your internet sources.

Hey well I like 'em, and that's what matters
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No he did use hemi engines but when? not the older hemi engines. I am talking about hotrods built in the 50's not race cars built in the 60's. Here is don talking about the 32 ford. He said himself that it is only once in a while you will see a mopar in one. Im just saying is was never a popular upgrade for the fords. I did not need to check any internet sources for this post. Seen about a million old fords in photos and actual builds not just bs from the net like yourself.

Don Garlits and the '32 Fords - YouTube

Here is another video where Big Daddy himslef talks about his frist hotrod being a 40 ford with a caddy motor. Thats what they did back in the day its a matter of history now. hemis didnt come into the play until years later.
AutoFocus - Billetproof Traditional Hot Rods - YouTube


What I am saying is a typical 50's style hotrod did not use the hemi that had just come out they used older engines that were very cheap. And since they didnt make more power than most engine until the 60's the hemi was not a popular motor for your typical weekend racer.

When i say rocket 88 I mean the 305 v8 released in 49 and 50. You know the one that is actually famous for powering the rocket 88 to so many of its nascar wins. The first rocket v8.
I was answering the original poster's question about early hemi's. I have an early hemi, so I thought I'd give him some input. I don't understand how that is BS. BTW, even though I have never owned an early Olds, I damn sure know it wasn't a 305...
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I was answering the original poster's question about early hemi's. I have an early hemi, so I thought I'd give him some input. I don't understand how that is BS. BTW, even though I have never owned an early Olds, I damn sure know it wasn't a 305...
Your intuition is correct. Like I said in my previous post it displaced 303 cubic inches.
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