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Old 03-10-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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Question How much is a '62 392 Hemi worth?

I have an opportunity to acquire a '62 Imperial with the original 392 still in it. The car and the engine are complete, un-touched and original. No idea at this point what the condition of the engine is, I just know its all there. Don't know if it turns or if it's blown up, etc. Assuming the engine is salvageable, what's it worth?

The car is junk - been sitting in field on its belly for decades. No wheels on it, etc.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:52 PM   #2
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The last year of the 392 hemi was 1958.
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Old 03-10-2013, 05:55 PM   #3
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Hmmm...the car is definitely a '62 model and it definitely has an early Hemi in it. I would assume the car shoulda had a 413 in it then...perhaps someone put this Hemi in it a long time ago.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:00 PM   #4
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We gotta have pictures....... Or it never happened..
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:02 PM   #5
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We gotta have pictures....... Or it never happened..
I agree - however I reckon this guy that has this car for sale doesn't know what he's talking about. He tells me the car is a '58-'60 model, however the car in the pictures is clearly a '62 model car - which wouldn't have had a hemi, it woulda been a 413. I'm not going to bother with it any further - be wasting my time. Thanks for the input guys.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:03 PM   #6
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:04 PM   #7
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Look at the numbers stamped at the front of the block at the edge of the valley pan and verify it is a 392. They only came stock in the 57-59 Imperials.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:05 PM   #8
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1 million dollars since they never made one that year
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:07 PM   #9
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If he told him over the Internet then THAT would make it true, wouldn't it?

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Old 03-10-2013, 06:11 PM   #10
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One glance at the engine will tell you if it is a hemi or 413. If you have a chance to buy a complete, original, untouched 62 Imp for a decent price what are you waiting for?
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:13 PM   #11
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It might be a repowered 1962 ?
And it might be one of those 392ish331s too
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:16 PM   #12
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Occasionally someone has put a 392 in something that didn't come that way originally. It probably isn't a 392 but sure would be worth finding out for sure.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:28 PM   #13
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There is a Stock bodied 61 Imperial up here with a 392.. whether or not its original.. it has the Hemi in it.. who cares about the body.. the engine is whats important..
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Yeah, it'd be a real bummer if it isn't a matching numbers hemi car that your going to scrap anyway? Offer to buy it by the pound (scrap price) and get it done
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i have a buddy who has a cousin that has had a hemi in every car he ever owned, only they were 426 's---even in his factory original big block chevelle---rare special order option i'm sure...
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:40 PM   #16
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One glance at the engine will tell you if it is a hemi or 413. If you have a chance to buy a complete, original, untouched 62 Imp for a decent price what are you waiting for?

lol...I'd rather be forced to vomit a coat hanger than have that car on my property. However if I was sure it had a hemi in it, I'd go get it in a heartbeat, promptly remove the hemi and then haul the rest up to the sweet little fat lady at the scalehouse at my local recycler.

The car is a 4-door sedan...and its been sitting on its belly in a pasture with no wheels on it for 25 years. There's no way in hell the car could possibly be any good. I have not personally seen under the hood (yet), however the guy that is advertising it is saying it has an early hemi in it. I called him on the phone and he admitted to me right away that he doesn't know anything about cars or engines - "his mechanic" told him it was a hemi. This same mechanic also told him the car was a '58, '59 or a '60 - but the car is clearly a '62. So - what we have here is a whole committee of people that don't have a clue what they're talking about....I try to steer clear of situations that involve so many idiots. lol
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:26 PM   #17
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OK so it is a rotted out 62 Imp with a junk 413 owned by an ignoramus whose mechanic friend is an ignoramus and a liar to boot. Don't waste your time.
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All mopar V8 engines are HEMIs just ask any white trash mullet wearing redneck.
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I'd go and look at it, at the very worst it's a 413. That's still a great engine and worht $$ to a guy with the right car and if it has long or Mid Rams on it you have blown an opportunity for sure. At the very best it has a 392 in it. It's a win/win however it turns out. I love buying stuff from people that don't know, stuffs usually pretty cheap even after I have properly ID'd it for the deal. Go look it might even have the finned super rare front brakes on it.

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Old 03-10-2013, 07:48 PM   #20
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I MIGHT go look at it tomorrow morning. Just depends on how I feel after I've slept on it. I've never been a mopar guy, however I have always wanted an early Hemi to put in something.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:53 PM   #21
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Let us know,inquiring minds and all
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:54 PM   #22
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I figure I'll get up in the morning - get my trailer all loaded up...then drive an hour up there and find out it has a 2 barrel 318 in it out of a '76 Scamp. That's usually how my luck runs.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:04 PM   #23
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This is too easy. Early hemi dist. in rear. 413 dist. in front.
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LOL.We must be related.

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I figure I'll get up in the morning - get my trailer all loaded up...then drive an hour up there and find out it has a 2 barrel 318 in it out of a '76 Scamp. That's usually how my luck runs.
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:05 PM   #25
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just missed some nice wide early wheels on an "old Ford pick up" that had sat with shit stacked all around it just down from the shop....they were clearing the property...but I just didn't need another space taken up - dove by a day or two while they were cleaning up...now it's sitting at the illegal "no tell" body shop around the corner....kicking myself the last day or two....
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The last year of the 392 hemi was 1958.
Some 1959 Imperial limousines were built with leftover 392s. But of course they were long gone by '62.

OP, at least get some pictures for someone that might actually want it. And don't be so quick to crush that Imperial. There are some cool parts on those, like square steering wheels and standalone headlights for a '60s show rod. And they're so tough that they really were banned from demolition derbys.
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If it's only an hour away, it's worth a trip. Like you said, if you go it'll be a 318.
If you DON'T GO it'll be a 392 that you'll read about on the HAMB that someone else scored!
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Old 03-10-2013, 10:50 PM   #28
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The Hemi name didnt come back till I think 1963 and then it was a 413 based motor. The 62s had an option (not on Chryslers) to get the max wedge and I think streat Hemi in 63 or streat wedge it was called. I belive the 64s had the option of getting a 426 Hemi. I might have my facts wrong or off a little.

I think 1963 is the year Petty lapped the field in a Plymouth at Daytona and it had a Hemi in it.

Anything in the early to late 60s being Chrysler didnt have a HEMI in it. Also the motor could be a 361.

A lot of trucks came with the 413 motors so if you see a truck in a yard or for sale look under the hood it just might have the 413.

Chrysler aslo put Hemi's in boats.

If you get the vin you can run it on the net to see what motor came in the car. I have seen more the one seller try to sell a six pack car (V Code) when the car left the factory with a 318 (G Code),
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The Hemi name didnt come back till I think 1963 and then it was a 413 based motor. The 62s had an option (not on Chryslers) to get the max wedge and I think streat Hemi in 63 or streat wedge it was called. I belive the 64s had the option of getting a 426 Hemi. I might have my facts wrong or off a little.

I think 1963 is the year Petty lapped the field in a Plymouth at Daytona and it had a Hemi in it.

Anything in the early to late 60s being Chrysler didnt have a HEMI in it. Also the motor could be a 361.

A lot of trucks came with the 413 motors so if you see a truck in a yard or for sale look under the hood it just might have the 413.

Chrysler aslo put Hemi's in boats.

If you get the vin you can run it on the net to see what motor came in the car. I have seen more the one seller try to sell a six pack car (V Code) when the car left the factory with a 318 (G Code),
The only BB Hemis were 426.
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The Hemi name didnt come back till I think 1963 and then it was a 413 based motor. The 62s had an option (not on Chryslers) to get the max wedge and I think streat Hemi in 63 or streat wedge it was called. I belive the 64s had the option of getting a 426 Hemi. I might have my facts wrong or off a little.

I think 1963 is the year Petty lapped the field in a Plymouth at Daytona and it had a Hemi in it.

Anything in the early to late 60s being Chrysler didnt have a HEMI in it. Also the motor could be a 361.

A lot of trucks came with the 413 motors so if you see a truck in a yard or for sale look under the hood it just might have the 413.

Chrysler aslo put Hemi's in boats.

If you get the vin you can run it on the net to see what motor came in the car. I have seen more the one seller try to sell a six pack car (V Code) when the car left the factory with a 318 (G Code),

Well...here is what I am thinking...this guy swears it has a hemi in it. He has described the valve covers to me over the phone and it sure sounds to me like it is definitely a hemi....and on that note, knowing without a doubt that this car is indeed a '62 model and that it in fact did leave the factory with a 413 in it....IF it has a hemi in it now I am thinking that it very well could be a 426 that someone bolted in place of the 413. Now I'm not too schooled on mopar trivia, but I am fairly certain it would be a lot easier to put a 426 in place of a 413 than it would be to install an earlier hemi. I would assume the mounts and other bolt patterns might be much different on the early hemis. A 426 should bolt in place of any BB or RB motor, shouldn't it??
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You know I thought about the 361 also....but the only engine options for the Imperial from '57 to '66 was either a 392, a 413 or a 440. The 392 was obviously in the earlier ones and the 440s were in the later.
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Well...here is what I am thinking...this guy swears it has a hemi in it. He has described the valve covers to me over the phone and it sure sounds to me like it is definitely a hemi....and on that note, knowing without a doubt that this car is indeed a '62 model and that it in fact did leave the factory with a 413 in it....IF it has a hemi in it now I am thinking that it very well could be a 426 that someone bolted in place of the 413. Now I'm not too schooled on mopar trivia, but I am fairly certain it would be a lot easier to put a 426 in place of a 413 than it would be to install an earlier hemi. I would assume the mounts and other bolt patterns might be much different on the early hemis. A 426 should bolt in place of any BB or RB motor, shouldn't it??
Yes, a 426 would bolt up, a 392 wouldn't w/o an adaptor & the tranny would have to be a small block, not BB. He may consider a 426 hemi to be an early Hemi vs the new current ones.
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Sure, it would technically be "easier" to swap a 426 Hemi into the spot vacated by an RB, but the 426 was always considered kind of an exotic race engine. It's not likely someone would do that unless they wanted to drag race their 4700lb Imperial.

The early 331/354/392 Hemis were much more common and were DIRT CHEAP at the time a '62 Imperial engine would be crapping out. All it would take is a farmer with a torch, a welder, a rusty '50s Mopar, and an imagination. Also keep in mind it could also be a DeSoto or a Dodge Hemi.

No matter though - if the plug wires go through the valve covers, it's worth an hour drive to check it out. Might be something really cool.
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I can't believe you haven't left yet.......it could be a hemi or a poly or 413 all 3 desirable engines by anyone belonging to the clan mopar. And if it's just a lowly 318 pull the engine and tranny, steering wheel and column, spaceship dash and sell the rest for scrap....hell it could be a pushflite transmission!

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Could he take a picture of the engine and email it to you?

I'll never forget the time I drove 60 miles to buy a Harley 80. The owner swore it was very old and had a flathead V twin engine.

When I got there it was a Harley 80 all right, it said so on the gas tank. But it was an 80cc 2 stroke from the 1970s.
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at least get us some pictures, hope you score a hemi early or late.
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Occasionally someone has put a 392 in something that didn't come that way originally. It probably isn't a 392 but sure would be worth finding out for sure.
What???? You mean people use 392 hemis in other cars?? I gotta go call my buddy and tell him that 392 in his '38 Plymouth isn't stock!

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Reminds me of one; A "local" guy I kinda knew came by the house. He's whispering, "Mike, "Ole Carson" has a flat-fender jeep with one of those aluminum Ford S.V.O. race engines in it!!" I said, "Why are ya whispering?" He looks around, "I don't want anyone to hear about it!" Cloak and dagger, as if it was a nuke he was hawkin'!! LOL, so, yeah you know the score, if I do it isn't, if I don't someone else gets a race engine for a "hunert bucks"!! So I asked him; "Where's the distributor at?" "In the front, the engine is definitely aluminum", he said! I went over to "Ole Carson's" with him! Yeah, here's this miserable old flat-fendered jeep; been sitting out in the weather under trees for 50 years! The engine; one of those stinkin' Buick-Olds-Pontiac aluminum 215" V-8s! And yeah, the distributor is in the front!! Have a wonderful day!! P.S., this one was only 10 minutes away!!
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426 don't say chrysler firepower industrial imperial marine on the covers like the early hemi does.
426 has distributor in front and early 331-392 has it in the rear .

A crappy blurry picture would get you instant verification on hemi - 426 or early , if its early block numbers or good pics would verify 392
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I'm waiting on the guy to call me back!! CALM DOWN!

My trailer is hooked up and I got my winch and snatch block ready to go.
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Reminds me of one; A "local" guy I kinda knew came by the house. He's whispering, "Mike, "Ole Carson" has a flat-fender jeep with one of those aluminum Ford S.V.O. race engines in it!!" I said, "Why are ya whispering?" He looks around, "I don't want anyone to hear about it!" Cloak and dagger, as if it was nuke he was hawkin'!! LOL, so, yeah you know the score, if I do it isn't, if I don't someone else gets a race engine for a "hunert bucks"!! So I asked him; "Where's the distributor at?" "In the front, the engine is definitely aluminum", he said! I went over to "Ole Carson's" with him! Yeah, here's this miserable old flat-fendered jeep; been sitting out in the weather under trees for 50 years! The engine; one of those stinkin' Buick-Olds-Pontiac aluminum 215" V-8s! And yeah, the distributor is in the front!! Have a wonderful day!! P.S., this one was only 10 minutes away!!

Great story!! I have also been duped by a tale of a garbage dumpster buick motor. lol
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I'll add this though; if a guy told me about a "62 T-Bird, "looks like a 390 in it". And it was, and if it wasn't totally rusted up, and it was cheap enough; the way big-block stuff is disappearing, anybodies B.Block, I'd probably buy it! Just sayin'!
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Welp - I'm headed out to check this car. I just printed off an early hemi id sheet to take with me. I got my fingers crossed!
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Let's see there are 3 possibilities.

1) Somebody put a hemi engine in a 62 Imperial and left it in a field to rot.

2) The seller doesn't know what the hell he is talking about.

3) The seller is a liar.

I would say the odds of the first are about 1:1,000,000, the second 9 out of 10, the third 99 out of 100.

One more possibility. Are you sure you know the difference between a 1962 Imperial and a 1958 Imperial?
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can't wait for Paul Harvey to return with, THE REST OF THE STORY
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:35 PM   #48
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I think the 426 Hemi had a different K member then a 413 car would have had. There is something that sticks out in my mind about that.

I know you can bolt them into cars that had a 318, 383 and 440.
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I've bought 7 early Hemi's each one was said to be a 392. Turns out and I bought 354, 330, 291, 276, 270 and two 241's
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Let's see there are 3 possibilities.

1) Somebody put a hemi engine in a 62 Imperial and left it in a field to rot.

2) The seller doesn't know what the hell he is talking about.

3) The seller is a liar.

I would say the odds of the first are about 1:1,000,000, the second 9 out of 10, the third 99 out of 100.

One more possibility. Are you sure you know the difference between a 1962 Imperial and a 1958 Imperial?
Out of your 4 possibilities -
1 is highly possible
2 has been admitted by the seller
3 sad but true to give this any credit
4 OP has stated that he's not a mopar man & just wants a hemi.
... Not that there's anything wrong with that just saying.

So I'd give 1 a 50/50 , 2 a 90% 3 another 50/50 and 4 a 50/50 also
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I'll bet it comes back as a 426, but I'm a sucker for a long-shot....
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...the suspense is killing me , and I don't give a rat's butt about Mopars , but the story is fascinating . Stay tuned .....

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The suspense is killin me. Its probable just one of those rare M/T pontiac hemi
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i have a buddy who has a cousin that has had a hemi in every car he ever owned, only they were 426 's---even in his factory original big block chevelle---rare special order option i'm sure...
Think I met him at a cruise night. Except the one in his Roadrunner was the special order 383 six-pack hemi. Same guy?
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The 392 and 426 dont have the same K-member. If it is a 426 i want to buy it cheap
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ESGEE I am sure that will be a long line
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Yeah if it's a 426 he should just leave it there to rot
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if I don't someone else gets a race engine for a "hunert bucks"!!
Actually happened to me, or something very much like it. For decades, I had heard a story about a local guy who had a low mileage '67 hemi GTX with a spun main, and another car, bunch of parts, ect. He had blown up the motor when the car was practically new, was so pissed he'd just parked it in the barn and left it, bla, bla, bla, all the earmarks of the typical cruise night bullshit, elephant graveyard story. Heard it a couple times, just laughed it off.
Decades later, I'm at a Mopar show, 40 miles away and get into a conversation with this guy. So I tell him I'm from Maple Ridge, and he says "oh wow, small world, last year I bought two hemi cars from a guy in East Maple Ridge, a low mileage GTX with a spun main bearing, and a Coronet R/T with no motor." Starts hauling out photos and the whole nine yards. I just about shit a brick. Since then, no matter how cockamamie the story is, I go check it out. Boy, have I ever looked at a lot of 318 Chargers since then...
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this thread has piqued my interest.
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tick tock tick tock tick tock , ...... what will it be ? hope it is a hemi , atleast it will be a good story , no matter what it is
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IF it's a '62 I'll betcha a dollar to a dough-nut it's a 413!! My years on the parts counter, a lot of people didn't know the difference between a hub cap, or a distributor cap or a snow cap!! LOL!!
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Let's see there are 3 possibilities.

1) Somebody put a hemi engine in a 62 Imperial and left it in a field to rot.

2) The seller doesn't know what the hell he is talking about.

3) The seller is a liar.

I would say the odds of the first are about 1:1,000,000, the second 9 out of 10, the third 99 out of 100.

One more possibility. Are you sure you know the difference between a 1962 Imperial and a 1958 Imperial?

Welp - I went - I saw - and I promptly left. Possibility #2 was the correct answer.

The car had what was left of its original 413 in it - partially torn down, half of it missing and a nice large animal nest of some sort right on top of the intake. The engine looked like a fossil really. The car did have a lot of neat parts left on it, however I'm not interested in it at all. In retrospect, I really don't think the current "owner" has ever even looked under the hood of this car. The guy that owns it now is a recent "new" owner of the car. The car has been sitting right where its at for many, many years. You can actually see it on google earth.

Here's the craigslist ad if anyone else is interested - it's in Rosenthal, TX.
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Edit: I see the "owner" has now updated the craigslist ad to indicate the correct year model and engine size. Originally it was listed as a '58-'60 with a hemi engine in it. lol
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Here's the car on Google maps, it's in the upper left portion of the photo:



A panned out view:


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Hmm...for whatever reason...that first photo will not display. I have fiddled with it and can't figure out why.


Fixed it - guess the file names were too close for photobucket.
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Can undertsand that it sucked driving there and seeing that 413 under the hood. Was still a great thread, thanks for sharing it...
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Yeee haaaaw

That's not a bad deal if a guy needed a parts car.
Front clip would make a neat desk
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Still a decent car. If you only wanted the hemi, I can see why you passed on it.
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You could part it out there are Mopar guys out there needing parts or would take the whole four door car and resto mod it.

The motor would be worth keeping it if wasnt a cracked block or anything. You could build a Max Wedge motor out of it and those where good motors.

Good story.

My dad lost a 66 426 Hemi Charger that a friend had. The guy told my dad he could have it and before they could do the paper work on the car the guy passed away. The family would have given it to my dad because they were that close but my dad had no heart in the car after losing his friend.

The car sat with low miles due to a wiring problem. The family sold it at auction I think for 2K they didnt know what they had and my dad tried to tell them it was worth more then that.
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As a former (twice) Imperial owner I can tell you that would be a very good parts car. What year was on that license plate? Too rusty to tell from the CL photo. I'll post the listing to the 24 Hours of Lemons forum - would rather see its last thrill on a racetrack than a demo derby arena...
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Hey , that was fun ...kinda like a scavenger hunt ......too bad it couldn't have had a happier ending , like the farmer had a hot daughter or two .

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HAHAHA!!! "With a LITTLE time and money" clearly option 2 in a BIG way.
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A good rebuildable 392 is worth at least $2500.
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Good story.

My dad lost a 66 426 Hemi Charger that a friend had. The guy told my dad he could have it and before they could do the paper work on the car the guy passed away. The family would have given it to my dad because they were that close but my dad had no heart in the car after losing his friend.

The car sat with low miles due to a wiring problem. The family sold it at auction I think for 2K they didnt know what they had and my dad tried to tell them it was worth more then that.
When my friend from our little home town of Logan passed on, I knew what a WONDERFULLY impossible collection of great runners (Ford, GM and MoPar) that he'd collected since he was a boy in the '40s. I won't go into great detail here, as lots of guys would just say BULLSHIT.

So, since I have MoPar leanings, I'll just say that he did have a 392 Firepower (out of the car) and a 413 with the rare cross-ram manifold (awesome runner). I could not even bring myself to offer his wife (a close friend of me and my wife) money -- though I surely wanted both the "92" and the 413 runner. I might have had them for little more than asking, but I left it alone, as I'd just rather have had my friend back.

He was not only an untiring worker, he was a TRAD car guy, a trophy winner AND a guy with amazing visions for exciting projects. (When he died, I knew the '40 Ford retractible coupe he'd planned would never happen. And, he HAD all the tools, lifts, metal wizardry, welders, carb know-how, etc.) When I asked his wife much later about the collection, she just said it was "all gone." And I didn't even want to know how much she moved it all out for. This was over 25 years ago now.

I guess, my point is, if guys TODAY have the opportunity to get rare stuff in decent rehabable shape for a decent price -- from a stranger, not someone who felt like a brother to you -- then, try and swing the deal. They don't make the originals anymore.

But for me, if I'd weedled a deal for the 92 and the 413, I'd have felt like a cheap opportunist. Wherever all his collection went, I know that his spirit is present in every nut, bolt, car, block, manifold and tranny.

I sleep well at night, but I miss him just like I miss my own late brother. (But, yeah! I can't help thinking now and then about the 392 and the 413 Crossram runner.)
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What year was on that license plate? Too rusty to tell from the CL photo.
Ya know, I didn't even notice. I was so bummed after opening the hood that I almost didn't even give the rest of the car a second look. I did look inside though, it was intact. The dash looked pretty good and it did have the square steering wheel still in place. I'm sure someone will snatch it up. Be advised though, it's been sitting there on its belly for a LONG time. Unless you have a rollback, it is going to take a few calories to get it loaded on a car trailer. I doubt any of the hubs will turn. Probably the best bet would be to put bare rims on it with no tires and skid it onto a trailer. I have done that with pretty good success in the past.
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It cost a few bucks and time but you got a trip out and about plus a great story.
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"The Chase" is one of the reasons why I love old cars, atleast you tried.
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I DID NOT SEE THAT COMIMG!!! LMFAO But thanks for being honest, you could have told us it WAS a 426.

BTW, I drove an hour and a half to buy a 401 Nailhead and it turned out to be a little aluminum Buick. But it was a fun road trip and sometimes the hunt is half the fun. I did score a running y-block for $100 some time later!
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I DID NOT SEE THAT COMIMG!!! LMFAO But thanks for being honest, you could have told us it WAS a 426.
Well...I considered it...but then I woulda had to produce pictures and ain't nobody got time for dat!
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I had a Hemi alert a few years back. One of the service techs at work was telling me at the office at the end of the shift that he did a service call for some widow and that there was a Hemi on an engine stand in the garage!
Now he's a non car guy but knows I'm all about cars. So I ask him, how do you know it's a Hemi!!?? He says there was a valve cover hanging on the wall that said Chrysler Fire Power on it but has a huge dent in it. Says he asks her about the engine. She tells him her Son got all of Dad's tools when he passed and the engine is leftover from a "hobby project" he had. That's all she-and my buddy know.
I pick his mind and he says yeah, the engine is a big ol thing and together on the stand minus the valve cover.
I haul ass over there on the way home from work. Visions of a Hemi dancing in my head. I'm wondering why the big dent in the valve cover? Did it come out of a rolled car? Did someone drop the engine off the stand? Maybe the engine is unrebuildable. Maybe the engine is rebuilt and just needs final assembly! Adrenaline surge.
I get there, check it out and it turns out to be a boat anchor 390 Ford on the stand. The old man apparently picked up the Hemi valve cover in a wrecking yard or somewhere years ago and used it for garage art!!!
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If I drop over dead tomorrow my wife will be a widow with no idea just how much money I've invested in all those Hemi parts sitting in the garage......
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Yeah if it's a 426 he should just leave it there to rot
Yer down there in the 'southern' end of the state. You ever hear 'this' story in the late '70's? I've heard it a couple of times up here, then fianlly at Y2-K MoPar Carlisle.

3 or 4 differnt people from Charleston, Prinston, Beckley, Bluefield, you know, down in there, all told the same story. So, there has to be 'some' truth if that many differnt people at differnt times related the same story.

There were these guys who worked in a sawmill up in,,,,, some place,,,,,, was telling 'this' one guy about this wild ass motor that had gigantic valve covers and two carbs powering this mill that would cut through ANY hard wood log like it was pine, but it sure would suck the gas! The mill owners stated they wanted some other kind of power plant that wasn't so hard on gas.

'This' guy, was telling a buddy of mine and 'another guy' at one of the Rod shows down there. My buddy told me at the time, he thought it was some crazy story like the hidden _____________ (fill in whatever exiotic car name) in some forgotten garage with a 3' diameter tree growing up in front of the garage doors, and promtly forgot about it.

Year or so (?) later, the buddy of mine, saw the 'another guy' with a 426 B-body, ( I can't remember which make of B-body. Too long ago, and me too with serious doubts with the truthfulness of this 'yarn.') at one of the Rod shows. Asked his where did he get a 426 car at. This 'another guy' was well known for not having much $$. (no way he could afford to buy ANY Hemi)

He bought the B-body from, 'someone' without a motor. Now, this is what my buddy told me, this 'another guy' said, and several other people have related the same story!

After 'this guy' related his story at the Rod Run, the 'another guy' remembered something about a mill with an unusual power plant that could really cut the timber! Said it took him several months, but he finally found it. HONEST to GOODNESS 426 Hemi power plant on a sawmill of all things!

Owners said they would like to get a 350 Chevy motor that would be easier on gas.

The 'another guy' went to Tag Gallion Chevy, stole a brand new Chevy PU off his lot, took it someplace, stripped the motor, took that brand new 350 and traded it even up for the Hemi!

Put the Hemi in the motorless B-body. That B-body was sold out into Ohio. This was all before Galen Goviear. After the B-body changed hands several times it was discovered it wasn't a legit 426 Car. Duh!

The motor then changed hands (?'s) then finally went into a '69 Road Runner HT. Black, all white interior. (the RR was an orginal legit Hemi car. The sawmill motor was correct date coded for the RR, but not matching #'s.)

In Y2-K, I was waking along the car show at MoPar Carlisle, and suddenly overheard a person mention a West Virginia 'sawmill hemi.' I turned around, a guy was telling other guys about the hemi motor in that RR. I blurted out, "It must be true!"

I related them the sotry I mentioned above, about in the late '70s, a guy stole a new Chevy PU from Tag Gallion and traded the motor for that Hemi.

So where the black RR and the sawmill 426 is at now,,,,,,,,,,,, who knows.

I was just courious if you heard anything like that, since that is down there in yer 'neck of the woods'

There was another wild ass story from Charleston, that was floating around up here that turned out to be true.

A medical doctor walked into a Charlston Chrysler Dealer and ordered a 60 something 300 Letter Car painted a special non MoPar Gold color!

No way would a factory pull a already limited production vehicle off the line and paint it a non corporation color!

Sure enough in '03-'04 someone found a rusty high mileage genuine 300 Letter Car up some holler in (Roan County ?) with a bright gold color underneath peeling black paint. The gold was NOT a MoPar color. Some wealthy guy in the 300 club got the car and did a trace, and here it was the one of one built for Dr. Golden!

So, I beleive there 'was' a 426 Hemi powering a sawmill down there! Weird.
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:54 PM   #92
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If you are into Mopars or not and want to know if the car had a Hemi in it back in the day, take a Road Runner for example. We will make it a 68 and a 70. These two years have different codes for the 426 Hemi engine.

Check the vin tag and fender tag to make sure they match.

1968 Road Runner -
RM21H8J256826 The J in the code is the Hemi option and it would be for 67-69

1970 Road Runner
RM21H8R256826 The R in the code is the Hemi option and it was from 70-71

The code in 1966 would be an H code for a 426 Hemi.
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Yer down there in the 'southern' end of the state. You ever hear 'this' story in the ....
Sorry...didn't want to clog up the page with your complete quote....

Anyway, your username is interesting...whereabouts in West Virginia are you located? All of my family originated from Lincoln and Kanawha counties.
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Yer down there in the 'southern' end of the state. You ever hear 'this' story in the late '70's? I've heard it a couple of times up here, then fianlly at Y2-K MoPar Carlisle.
I'm in the south western end of the state (Cabell county) but have always been too poor to pay attention ... the story seems familiar though.

I've got a friend whose family has been in it for years so I'll run the question by him and see what he has to say about it. If anybody around here knows of it, it'll be him.
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Yeah I figured Andy had heard of it, here's the way he described it to me

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the guy that told me the story lives in grayson KY. i have told it to many. he went to the sawmill but they had traded the motor off for some barb wire, nails, and misc crap. sawmill guy said the carbs were a hassle couldn't get em to work right. idiots that got it scrapped it supposedly. grayson boy asked about the car the motor came out of. the old guy said it was a barracuda that had a big hole in the hood. it was scrapped because it was in rough shape.

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Hey man, thanks for the good read anyways. Maybe the next chase will hit gold, ya never know 'til ya check 'em.
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413's reallly diggin' in...The Beach Boys....even at free to rebuild a 413 is gone to cost at least $2-$3K and that is you doing a lot of the work. Call Mopar Performance and check the cost of crate engine, an informed desicsion. NO HEMIS IN a '62
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Sorry...didn't want to clog up the page with your complete quote....

Anyway, your username is interesting...whereabouts in West Virginia are you located? All of my family originated from Lincoln and Kanawha counties.
I'm up in Mon County right along the PA border, just outside of Morgantown.

In the '50's I would ride my bicycle up and down the roads picking up pop bottles and getting the 3 cent deposit. It was quite a treat to me to pedal that bicycle 10 miles to the next town and go swimming (75 cents) in the city pool, instead of the creek, where Farmer Spit 'erbaccy's cows were shitting and pissin in up around the bend.

I saved and mashed 2 and a 1/4 tons of aluminum cans there for 8 years and bought a Harley with them.

That's what the 'alumcan' signifies. The 'tandt' means tits and tailfins. The 'hd' is Harley-Davidson.
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