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History Tired of over rated Hemis

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by birdman1, Feb 19, 2021.

  1. banjorear
    Joined: Jul 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,865


    This post reminds me of those old bench racing stories we've all heard.

    [Insert year] Vette got dusted by [insert year] Mustang, Camaro, Impala, whatever. All the 'Vette saw was the tail lights, yadda, yadda.

    9 times of 10 the car that got dusted is a 'Vette, but in this case it was an old Mopar. LOL!
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2021
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  2. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,496

    from Nicasio Ca

    The Birdman's not afraid to stir the pot.
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  3. Bert Kollar
    Joined: Jan 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,018

    Bert Kollar

    My current build is a Hemi powered RPU I'm building it JUST because I wanted to build a Hemi engine. I'm 82 years old possibly my last build and I don't give a s--- if anyone else likes it

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  4. Good plan, Bert. You go for it!
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  5. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,588

    Atwater Mike

    <<Anyone who doesn't like 'X' engine will find a need to call them something. Me? I don't care for shiverlays...:confused:
    I'll bet that at least one other guy doesn't like something.......:p>>

    "Everybody doesn't like something; but Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee."
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  6. AldeanFan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2014
    Posts: 736


    I’ve got a friend who loves to tell the story of the rainy day when he street raced his Volvo p1800 against a Hemi polara and won. He only won because the dodge sat there spinning but a win is a win.

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  7. SEAAIRE354
    Joined: Sep 7, 2015
    Posts: 273


    I love your attitude. I’m also building a roadster for the same reasons. I’ve built/rebuilt/restored all makes of engines but aside from head work and odd machine work have never done a Hemi. And I’m a Chevy guy. I will say though flatheads have always been my favorite to build when I’ve had the opportunity. [​IMG]

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  8. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,588

    Atwater Mike

    I have only 2 Hemis left, a nice '56 354 Chrysler and a 276 DeSoto. (having a hard time finding ONE spark plug cover for it!)
    Chrysler goes in my '27 roadster, DeSoto into my '27 tub...Both have '37 LaSalle trannies, different adaptors.
    Everything interchanges from crank flange rearward. Fun stuff.
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  9. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 1,410


    I'm a spring chicken by comparison at 68, but I got the Hemi bug about 2 months ago. Found a 241 Dodge pretty quickly and promptly disassembled it. It's currently at my machinists to be hot tanked and crack checked. When I know what I'm working with I'll start collecting parts for a rebuild. Not quite sure yet what it will go in but I have another Model A coupe waiting it's turn in the shop, so it might become "just another Hemi Coupe".


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  10. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 5,531

    from Ks

    Lynn, no such thing as just another hemi coupe! LOL Lippy
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  11. Guy Patterson
    Joined: Nov 27, 2020
    Posts: 134

    Guy Patterson

    354 to go in my 36 plymouth coupe
  12. jimpopper
    Joined: Feb 3, 2013
    Posts: 115


    4F20C025-1B80-40A1-A682-1F35F9CAA37C.jpeg U 344BB94C-42D2-4D32-A574-4A0B8DF153C0.jpeg 325 Dodge in mock up 30 model A pickup
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  13. Pete Eastwood
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 1,010

    Pete Eastwood
    from california

    no words needed . . .

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  14. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,772

    Marty Strode

    How about a little Hemi noise !
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  15. GearheadsQCE
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 2,750

    Alliance Vendor

    That was awesome!
  16. big john d
    Joined: Nov 24, 2011
    Posts: 219

    big john d
    from ma

  17. fordcoupeguy
    Joined: Apr 26, 2014
    Posts: 163


    I put an early 331 hemi in a modelA years ago. It only had a 7: 1 compression ratio and was fairly gutless. So I put a blower on it,that woke it up! Hemis love to be blown.
  18. SEAAIRE354
    Joined: Sep 7, 2015
    Posts: 273


    Just so I’m clear this started out with the OP saying how he was tired of overrated Hemis and now we’ve basically turned it into the “glory that is the Hemi”thread?

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  19. phat rat
    Joined: Mar 18, 2001
    Posts: 4,517

    phat rat

    A 270" in my roadster at 1900# it goes just fine with that little motor. A Hemi always has eye appeal.

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  20. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 5,634


    I had the same combination in my "T" bucket (well, it did have just a 4 BBL and only weighed 1835 lbs). As I have said before, with a Dodge three-speed and a 4.30 rear end, it was a block to block beast.
  21. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 2,371


    I always hear about how this car/motor beat that car/motor. The stories never end, and some get quite humorous.

    Through the years I've learned that when things get close, the better driver usually wins. I have a buddy that used to be the best driver I knew. Put him in anything and he could make it work after a few minutes in the seat. A driver that looses a race because he isn't smart enough to control tire spin proves the point. A good driver knows that you spin the tires to show off, but its traction you want when you are racing.

    Now, back to the my car beat your car stories. I beat a lot of cars with my junk. They were sitting there spinning the tires as I was leaving the line at 1/2 throttle until I knew I could mat the gas pedal and not spin. Gene
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    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,210


    Meet "Hemi". Sorta fits the guy, no?

  23. grumpy65
    Joined: Dec 19, 2017
    Posts: 925


    Like a glove, man, like a glove.............:cool:
  24. D2Denny
    Joined: Jan 17, 2012
    Posts: 58


    Purchased a 54 Dodge 1 1/2 ton truck 20 plus years ago and pulled the 241 out and stored it in the barn until I retired 6 years ago. This was my retirement project. Built with 10:1 pistons, a Delta regrind on the cam, and a 390 Holly. Runs sweet and puts a big grin on my face every time I take it out. Life is good..... IMG_0125 (2).JPG
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  25. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 4,160


    If ya look at the timeline.....Duntov spent a lot of time messing with flatheads and hemi heads before he gave up on both and spent a lot of time making power with SBC'S. He didnt seem to look back. :D

    I cant afford any version of a hemi that makes decent power, so I gotta sit on the sidelines and play with the bellybutton sbc.
  26. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 1,410


    "Hemi" is his name? So did you name him thinking sometime he'd be a pain in the arse? Actually, he looks like a great companion!

    At the risk of hijacking the thread....back in the '33 Willys burnout video I noticed the "surging" of the engine. I have never quite understood, what causes so many (all?) blown engines to surge like that? Loading up, almost dying, but lighting off again? :confused:

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  27. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,496

    from Nicasio Ca

    Very nice! Do those small ones have the same size heads and valve covers as the bigger ones?
  28. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,397


    From website
    What makes the blower “surge”?
    This is caused by a rich/lean cycle at idle. As the motor leans out the RPM’s increase and richen up the motor, when the motor richens the RPM’s decrease and the motor leans out again. This continual cycle is known as “blower surge”. With proper tuning, some of this surging should be able to be eliminated.
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  29. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 1,410


    Thanks! I'm embarrassed now since the cycle that causes the surge is kinda opposite of what I thought. Doh! :confused:

  30. George
    Joined: Jan 1, 2005
    Posts: 7,413


    Covers interchange. The low deck heads have smaller ports & valves. you can use the heads on either block. The sealing along the top is marginal when using 241 heads o the high decks.

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