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Old 10-06-2008, 07:02 AM
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My Frist Hemi.

Hello fellow Rodders

My name is Justin 27 years old and i have the Hot Rod Sickness. I'm just starting A 1936 Dodge truck and have found that trying to find parts and info is like trying to find a nail in a hey stack. To make thing even more interesting I just scored a 1954 DeSoto Hemi. So some guys in my Hot rod club told me to look up this form. Thanks allot Justin

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Old 10-06-2008, 07:38 AM
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Hemi's are fun. Ive got 1 and their are others here.
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Welcome Justin,
Great project you have...Plenty of knowledgeable Hemi guys here so if there's anything we can do, ask away!

For starters go here:
http://www.hothemiheads.com/hemi_inf..._complete.html

This is one of the best Hemi reference books you can get, whether you have a Dodge, DeSoto, or Chrysler, and also visit the parent website, Hot Heads Research & Racing. Bob Walker has been helpful to us all.

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Welcome Justin

There are a bunch of really knowledgable hemi guys on here who can help you with your project...

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Thanks Guys good to know that i'm not alone on this one. Im looking for the casting number in the block to see what it is that i have. Dose an one know i would find that, how to d-code it. thanks justin
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The casting number won't do you much good. There is a serial number stamped into the block on the top just behind the water pump and in front of the valley cover that will tell you what you have. If you have a '54 DeSoto then it should read S 19 XXXX. That would be a '54 276 ci. low deck DeSoto hemi.

Bob Walker at HotHeads is probably your best source for parts followed by Kanter. DeSotos are kind of the "forgotten" hemis. Although they had just as much potential as the Chryslers and Dodges for some reason there were never a lot of performance parts made for them. What is available you can find at HotHeads. They will have performance springs, pistons, cams, and all the rebuilding pieces needed to get you on the road. The hard part will be finding a performance intake manifold. HotHeads has a 4 2bb. and 6 2bbl. manifold for them and also an EFI system but it is quite pricy. DeSoto did make a single 4 bbl. manifold in '55 for their low deck hemi but they are pretty rare and about the only place you'll find one of them is e-bay and only occasionally there.

Good luck.
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I'll just throw out one more reference for hard to find engine parts:

http://www.egge.com/about.shtml

Egge Machine is the name, and if they don't have it, they may be able to make it.....

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Hemis are cool...we have several Hemi guys on this site that can help you..two that I know of right off hand.
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