|Chrysler Hemi engines
||Last updated on September 28, 2013|
Since its introduction in the 1950s, no other engine has come close to equaling the role the Chrysler Hemi has played in
Top Fuel drag racing or on
the salt flats.
Hot rodding pioneers like
Joe Mondello did great things with Oldsmobile engines as Mickey Thompson did with
Tommy Ivo did with Buicks. But the Chrysler 392 quickly became the engine of choice on
the strip, as well as on
the salt, and the dry lakes.
The 392 was built to last. I've owned one, a '58, which I bought when I lived in
Harrisburg, North Carolina. I can tell you that having carried all three, a stock 392 cylinder head
feels more than twice as heavy as a Donovan small block Chevy block or a Holman and Moody aluminum 427 Ford block. Even a water pump off a 392 weighs more than
two or three good mountain bikes. But if the Hemi hadn't been built so stout, it never would have survived to achieve its status.
Once the Hemi had established its dominance in
drag racing, engineering visionaries that included Keith Black designed and produced reinforced
aluminum blocks and free-breathing aluminum heads for the Hemi which were better suited to blown and injected nitro racing.
To this day the engines used in virtually all
Top Fuel cars and Funny Cars, back to the Keith Black engines, and the JP1 engines that were made by
the late Joe Paisano, are all based on the Chrysler 426 Hemi.
It's unfortunate that there are some of you that have yet to experience the sound of a Hemi on nitro. I'll extend myself just a tad by summing it up this
"Now I've been to church and I've been to the drags, and brothers and sisters, for those of you who have never heard a Hemi on nitro, get thee to the drag
strip when the Fuel cars are running. Get thee a pit pass, and bring thyself to a Fuel car being tuned up. Listen to the overwhelming sound of what must be the
closest thing you can hear in this life to The Sound Of God. Reach out, brothers and sisters, and bask in the glory of the almighty Hemi. For I have heard the
Hemi testify. And I believe! Yayass, I believe."
Chrysler Hemi sites
AllPar by Steve Boelhouwer
Mopar Parts and Accessories
Mopar's Infamous Hemi
Fred Ristagno's Pro Stock Hemis The original Sox and Martin Pro Stock Hemi Duster, and the world's quickest and fastest Road Runner 7.21
You'll find links to more Mopar-related Web sites on the
Muscle Cars page.
Chrysler Hemi parts sources
You'll find thousands of links to speed equipment manufacturers' Web sites in the
Speed equipment directory, and have a look on the
Muscle cars page too.
American Hemi Speed Center in Australia
BAE Brad Anderson Enterprises, Inc.
Billet Machining Technology, Inc. 392 and 417 heads
Keith Black Racing Engines
Capanna Company transmission adapters and valve covers
Cavalieri Racing Equipment
DLI Dick Landy Industries
For Hemis Only
Hot Heads Research & Racing, Inc. trick 392 parts
Alan Johnson Cylinder Heads
Koller Dodge crate engines and parts
Mooneyes valve covers
Mopar Performance Parts
Nielson Vintage Racing Cams
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