Tag Archives: HEMI

The Mighty Dodge 426 HEMI®

 

 

426 Hemi

 

So far in Dodge history, there have been three generations of the fabled Hemi® V8. There’s the state-of-the-art HEMI® engine offered in current Dodge vehicles including the Charger, Challenger and Durango. There’s the original, groundbreaking Red Ram Hemi V8, produced from 1954 to 1957. And there’s the mighty 426 Hemi of the 1960s, which became a legend in its own right.

 

There were two basic versions of the 426-cubic-inch Hemi available to the public. The first and most common was known as the Street Hemi, and it was…

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The Mighty Dodge 426 HEMI®

The Max Wedge Story

The Max Wedge

 

As the Detroit muscle car wars of the 1960s began, the Chrysler Corporation and its Dodge and Plymouth brands were pacing the sidelines. But not for long: Midway through the 1962 model year, the Maximum Performance Wedge package was introduced—the legendary combination that soon became known as the Max Wedge.

 

This first Max Wedge displaced 413 cubic inches and was offered in two versions: an 11.5:1 compression-ratio model with 410 hp, and an even more radical 420 hp model with a whopping 13.5:1 compression ratio. Both engines were…

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The Max Wedge Story

This $1,000 1962 Max Wedge Dart Is Better Than Nothin’

While attending the 2013 Carlisle All Chrysler Nationals as part of the Dart Road Trip, I had the good fortune of seeing some special displays at the show. Since I am a long-time Mopar fanatic, the Max Wedge Reunion was at the top of my “must-see” list for the weekend, and I made a dash for it first thing on Friday! It was truly a collection to marvel at, with a selection of street and race examples on hand and plenty of opportunity to talk with the cars’ owners, which I gladly did! I was privileged to spend some…

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This $1,000 1962 Max Wedge Dart Is Better Than Nothin’