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Got my Hemi engine yesterday

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kennb, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. kennb
    Joined: Jan 8, 2008
    Posts: 178


    Got my hemi yesterday. 56' Desoto 330. Guy said he removed it from a running car years ago and stored it in his garage since then. Crankcase is full of clean fresh oil. Cylinders appeared to be oiled and engine turns by hand. I think it was a score for $800. Everything is there, he even gave me the Firedome plug wire covers. This will start a long term project for me. I'm going to rebuild this and power my 29 Essex with it. I bought the car about 6 years ago, it has a 318 in it and was just slapped together. I haven't driven it in the last year because I feel it's unsafe. Wil need to make a new frame. What's the opinion of the transmission that came with this engine. Looks like a boat anchor to me. Is it worth anything, or should I just put it outside next to the old dynaflow and cover it up.

  2. George
    Joined: Jan 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,523


    Get an adaptor, I prefer the horseshoe style made by Q.E.C.(73RR here), & put a S/B 727 behind it.
  3. Congrats! Cool score!
  4. lizzie
    Joined: Sep 7, 2012
    Posts: 108


    I am SO jealous...I have a 55 Desoto Firedome that that would have fit so nicely in.

  5. brady1929
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 8,831


  6. pinkynoegg
    Joined: Dec 11, 2011
    Posts: 1,136


    nice score. yeah get rid of that tranny and stick something fun behind it
  7. servi53
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 338


    great score, 727 and adapter sounds like a good setup
  8. Mopar Jack
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,363

    Mopar Jack

  9. 41 C28
    Joined: Dec 17, 2005
    Posts: 1,772

    41 C28

    Good deal. My 56 330 and 727 should be in my A by Wednesday.
  10. expavr
    Joined: Jul 28, 2006
    Posts: 78


    Sounds like you got a great deal on the engine. Think about a Dodge A518 trans. Its a 727 with O/D. Makes for a good cruising setup. I'm using one in my 33 Imperial behind a supercharged 392. So far its been up to the challenge.

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