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Dodge Charger Dukes Hemi

Dodge Charger Dukes Hemi

Dodge Charger Duke and the Hemi (The General Lee)

Most of the baby boomers and a few younger ones remember when the Dukes of Hazards raced across our TV screen in their 1969, Dodge Charger, the General Lee. It was a classy looking muscle car with a powerful engine and a sporty look. No one could catch them, as they raced about to make good come out of a bad situation. This show sparked a lot of interest in the Dodge Charger and the Hemi engine. Ah, those were the days of unique cars with personality that fit the driver and with power that made your adrenalin peak. The Dodge Charger had a Hemi engine that gave it its power. Hemi is short for, Hemispherical, meaning semi-circular.


Plymouth Satellite Hemi

Plymouth Satellite Hemi

When I’m looking for muscle in a car, I go for the old school models. The 1960s were the Golden Age of the American Muscle Car, and all across our country conscientious auto owners have taken the time and poured in the work to keep their performance machines up and running. Among the best (and perhaps most neglected) of the great muscle cars was the Plymouth Satellite, particularly the Hemi models. Here’s a quick look at this terrific piece of Detroit engineering at its peak.


Plymouth GTX Hemi

Plymouth GTX Hemi

The 1967 to 1971 Plymouth GTX was pure poetry in motion when it came to speed machines. This car conjures up memories of the old 50's and 60's drag racing, and old Jan and Dean songs. The car lived for the road, and hugged the turns like a true hot rod should.


Plymouth Barracuda Hemi

Plymouth Barracuda Hemi

I was looking online for classic cars for sale near my home, but not just any classic car: I was looking for one of my favorites, a 1968 Hot Rod Plymouth Barracuda. I have had a deep desire to have one my whole driving life and I am bound and determined to have one before I get any older! My friends told me the best place to look for one was on eBay, so that's where I started looking.


Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi

Dodge Coronet R/T Hemi

The Dodge Coronet R/T is a high performance vehicle featuring a Hemi engine that can really turn heads! When I fist saw this car I just knew I had to take one for a spin. Luckily, I have a friend who deals in antique cars and he just happened to have one.


Ford 5-Window Coupe

Ford 5-Window Coupe

Hitting the road in a Ford 1932 5-window coupe

There was a satisfyingly throaty roar from the engine as I eased out onto the open road; test driving the Ford 1932 was a thrill I’ll not soon forget. Anyone who watched the classic ZZ Top video clip with envy, (Not the same car, but a close relation to it) knows how I felt opening up the rebuilt Ford engine, happy the owner had thought to replace the standard brakes with modern disc ones, better to control all that power under the hood. At least I was sure it could stop in a straight line.


Dodge Charger Hot Rod Hemi 426

Dodge Charger Hot Rod Hemi 426

When you think of America's glory days what comes to mind? The first thing that pops in my head is the 1966 Dodge Charger, a true classic muscle car, and personally, one of my favorites. The standard engine in the '66 Dodge Charger was the 383 cubic inch, 325-horsepower V-8.


Chysler New Yorker Hot Rod

Chysler New Yorker Hot Rod

Every car guy knows full well that when it comes to performance engines, the Hemi is king. Richard Petty became “the king” of NASCAR driving with a Hemi under the hood. The Hemi was even banned from NASCAR in 1965 after its highly successful first season in stock car racing. Hemi motors have been blowing the doors off the competition on drag strip, dirt tracks, and super speedways ever since.


Dodge Challenger R/T 426 Hot Rod Hemi

Dodge Challenger R/T 426 Hot Rod Hemi

In the 1970's, muscle cars were at the height of their popularity and just about every automobile manufacturer produced some type of hot rod to keep up with the demand. There were several models of the Challenger made between 1970-1974, but the Challenger with the Hemi 426 is without a doubt the most highly sought after model of this time period. The Challenger was intended to be the most powerful car of its kind in existence at that point in time, and was hoping to compete against the Cougar and other popular pony cars.


Chrysler Saratoga Hardtop Hemi

Chrysler Saratoga Hardtop Hemi

Like classic rides? Back in the day, automobiles were all about engine size, horsepower, and how fast that car could get up and go. The bigger the vehicle, the better – there was no conscience for fuel consumption here. In 1939, the first Chrysler Saratoga was introduced by Chrysler Corporation as their least expensive full-sized eight cylinder model. In fact it was cheaper in cost than that of the “New Yorker Special” and the “Imperial”. This model continued to use the Saratoga nameplate off and on from its inception until 1960, at which time it retired the name from U.S. markets.

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Hot Rod Hemi

Hot Rod Hemi

True Muscle Car Power At Its Finest

There’s nothing like gut wrenching pure unadulterated horse power. The engine that comes to my mind when you talk about pure horse power is the 426 Hemi. Produced with heads, that had hemispherical combustion chambers and a set of valves sitting at a 58-degree angle, on top of the combustion chambers. This engine allowed a Hot Rodder more airflow and bigger valves. The results were mega power output! The Hemi was a sign of the times.

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