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Remembering Jim Thornton, Dodge Performance Legend

Jim Thornton (Photo: Chrysler Historical Collection via We Were the Ramchargers)

On Monday, June 2, 2014, the drag racing world and fans of Dodge drag racing history lost Jim Thornton to an autoimmune disease and a rare form of cancer. He was 77. Thornton was the man behind the Super Stock and Factory Experimental Max Wedge and Race HEMI® vehicle platforms that carried racers to victory in the early and mid-sixties. Born in Richmond, Missouri, Dodge Performance Legend" />


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…

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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…

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The Max Wedge Story