|11-24-2012 02:13 PM|
|11-24-2012 09:54 AM|
For racers/hotrodders wanting to build an early hemi try this sight for parts: Hot Heads Research & Racing Early Chrysler Hemi Home
I have bought parts for a couple of early builds. Good people to deal with, very knowledgeable.
Parts are pricy compared to building a SBC but I think you have to take into consideration on the supply and demand aspect.
|11-23-2012 10:48 AM|
People hoarding hemis arent going to sell you a good one. they will keep that for themselves. so your stuck with the best of the rest. which means you will be putting some cash down to get it right.
Machine shops dont want to work on your hemi blocks so they charge twice as much for blocks that cant be replaced. (not just hemi engines) If they make a mistake they have to eat a costly block and bits break and machinist do make mistakes and it happens just as much in the machine shop as it does in everyone elses line of work.
You cant blame the machine shop owner that would rather work on heads/flywheels from the dealer and local mechanics shops than work on a hard to find engine block with a nervous customer watching.
|11-23-2012 10:42 AM|
hemi's in the 50's
In the 50's I had an olds in my T bucket,I found my real steel body in 51, My brother had a caddy in his T, My older brother had a merc flat head with all the goodies, aluminum heads, 3 2's H C ignition in his 40 coupe... a buddy had an olds in his first coupe and an olds in his roadster, the most common "modern" overhead engines were olds and caddies but one kid whose dad owned a combinitation welding- machine shop had a chrysler hemi in his model a vicky and another kid had a stock hemi in his 27 t roadster pickup on a stock length model A frame , two years ago I was cleaning out the shop and ran across the adaptor for olds to flathead trans and listed it on Craigs list, the first guy was there in half an hour and I had a dozen calls that morning.
|11-23-2012 10:21 AM|
|1Gary||I did work for a company that rented Kalitta's planes.The mechanics on board use to tell me about Connie's aluminum farm that up in Mich is a warehouse fulled floor to roof with blown up Hemi blocks. They said you had to watch what you said about that when Connie was around because he was sensitive about that and you never knew when Connie was looking right at you.LOL.It is because he is cross sighted.|
|11-23-2012 10:08 AM|
The very first hot rod I built as a kid was a Hemi 354 in a 1953 Chevy coupe.Used trans adapt frame front mounts. Hehe-I put the sucker in that car and the front end dropped like a rock from the wt.of the engine. Yepper my early learning curve was in play.
Seems to me anytime a guy talks any Hemi build,the machine shop,the parts manufactures,well anyone kind of sees a guy as a cash cow.Early or late they are $$$$$$$ plus $$$$$$$ to build. Sure wish I could post something more positive but that wouldn't be the honest truth.Even the one I had in the 53 I had a boat load of money in it.
|11-23-2012 09:21 AM|
|11-23-2012 09:20 AM|
|vinniekq2||it was a 303 engine|
|11-23-2012 09:19 AM|
|11-23-2012 09:06 AM|
|11-23-2012 08:51 AM|
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.
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.
|11-23-2012 07:47 AM|
I think you need to double check your internet sources.
Hey well I like 'em, and that's what matters
|11-23-2012 07:47 AM|
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.
|11-23-2012 07:26 AM|
The hemi's are cool. Back in the day hotrods used mostly caddy and ford engines. Hemis didnt come out until later and werent really fast until the mid 60's. i think there is more cool factor than the hemi. an original 1940 caddy v8 and hilborn style injection would be more cool factor for me.
More Cool factor than hemi:
40 caddy motor.
Chevy 50's vette motor with mech. injection
501 caddy motor.
good old 350 with little pep
the actual engine that came in the car
Rocket 88 (very cool and popular build back in the day)
Any straight 8 engine
Any flat head v8
any LS engine that will last and let you drive the car like you stole it!
Hemi engines were always expensive. That is why no one ever used them in there hotrods. If you see an old hotrod with a hemi it was built in the 70's to present not the 50's. Sorry but true.
That being said here are some great engines. some are hemis but some that look like hemis are not.
15 of the Best Hot Rod Engines at LA Roadster Show | MyRideisMe.com
|11-23-2012 07:10 AM|
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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