Hemi Trucks

The HEMI engine was developed in 1948 by Harry Westlake. The first Hemi engine in an automobile was a 6 cylinder engine for the Jaguar. Then in 1951 Chrysler came out with a 180 horsepower HEMI V-8 engine on several models.

You may think that 180 horsepower doesn't sound like very much horsepower but back then it was quite a bit and people were skeptical of how it would hold up.

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Over the next 10 years or so there were alot of changes made to the HEMI in both the size and horsepower, an increase in each one. In 1964 the first, second and third place cars in the Daytona 500 NASCAR race all had a HEMI engine. The HEMI engine was a 426 block and is still available from Dodge to this day.

There are a few pro's and con's to having a truck with a HEMI. A pro would be that in a HEMI engine a surface area is smaller than in a flat head engine so it will allow less heat to be released.

Another pro of a HEMI engine would be the size of the valves. The valves are on the other side of the head so making room for the valves.

Some con's of the HEMI engine is that most HEMI engines no longer make the 4 cylinder HEMI engine.

The HEMI engine allows for 345 horsepower and when compared to other engines the HEMI wins hands down. The Dodge 5.7 liter with a V-8 has 345 horsepower, next was the GMC 8.1 liter V-8 with 340 horsepower, next came the GMC 6.0 liter V-8 with 300 horsepower and last was the Ford 5.4 liter V-8 with only 260 horsepower.

There are quite a few HEMI trucks on the market today and you are sure to find the right one for you. You can use a HEMI truck for a number of things, from pulling a boat or camper, hauling firewood or even just a leisure drive. With so many HEMI trucks to choose from in a wide variety of prices, colors and styles it may take you a while to decide on the perfect one, but when you find it you will know.

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