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Old 01-15-2016, 06:48 PM   #26 (permalink)
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The classic FED's were the best-looking drag cars ever. Remember those by Tony Nancy?
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You got the hemi part right, but forgot one...
I was only talking about the cars that actually won.

And that's not a Hemi...
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Old 01-15-2016, 06:58 PM   #28 (permalink)
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And that's not a Hemi...
They most certainly were hemispherical chambered engines.
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This is the guy teaching the Mastercam class I'm taking

I know it's TA/D,and he's running a TA/FC these days but really some great stories.







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Old 01-16-2016, 12:27 PM   #32 (permalink)
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They most certainly were hemispherical chambered engines.
Agreed but anytime anyone mentions the word "Hemi" everyone automatically thinks Mopar. It's also a registered trademark of Chrysler. The 427 SOHC engine was never described as a "Hemi" until benchracing morons started the "me too" bullshit since pretty much every engine in drag racing is overshadowed by the Chrysler Hemi. The 427 SOHC was usually referred to as a "Cammer" or sometimes a "Sock" in it's heyday. Unfortunately it just didn't have the impact that the Hemi did and never became a household name.
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Wasn't the first true "Hemi" actually in a Studebaker?
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Wasn't the first true "Hemi" actually in a Studebaker?
The first hemispherical combustion chamber was in a boat motor around 1901.
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Wasn't the first true "Hemi" actually in a Studebaker?
Motorcycles were all hemi design from maybe 1915 to 80's All the radial aircraft engines were hemis...
The most powerful engines per cubic inch are all penthouse multivalve valve .....Top fuel is in a class of it's own...
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Old 01-16-2016, 02:58 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I wouldn't say all. There is a big difference in having a true hemispherical combustion chamber and just having opposed valves.
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"And, you might be on fire!"

Awesome. Thanks for that.
I was looking at some stuff today and realized that this is a pic of the guy who said that.





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I was looking at some stuff today and realized that this is a pic of the guy who said that.





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yocbl6pn728
That is funny.

What that picture doesn't show is the other gurney that holds his balls.
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Agreed but anytime anyone mentions the word "Hemi" everyone automatically thinks Mopar. It's also a registered trademark of Chrysler. The 427 SOHC engine was never described as a "Hemi" until benchracing morons started the "me too" bullshit since pretty much every engine in drag racing is overshadowed by the Chrysler Hemi. The 427 SOHC was usually referred to as a "Cammer" or sometimes a "Sock" in it's heyday. Unfortunately it just didn't have the impact that the Hemi did and never became a household name.
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The first hemispherical combustion chamber was in a boat motor around 1901.
But... oh, nevermind.

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Well he was running a GM engine.



Of course it was going to explode. Duh.
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Well he was running a GM engine.



Of course it was going to explode. Duh.
He's always had a thing for BBC. When he was running comp eliminator in that car, he always ran an alcohol BBC. For a while he ran iron 392's, but they got to difficult to find. I believe he's running a 417 Donovan now. For nostalgia TF they have a 420ci limit.
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Well tell Brendon to get over to John Bianco's shop in Sunnyvale again so we can start up his blown alcohol BBC bucket T and rattle the windows. My brother offered to run it this year and get his NHRA license since Bianco doesn't want to drive it anymore...
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I first saw this thing in a Radlauer book.

That looks like version one of Tommy Ivos wagon master.






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Old 01-22-2016, 06:35 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Drag Racing Story of the Day - The EARLIEST Rear Engine Dragsters

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I wouldn't say all. There is a big difference in having a true hemispherical combustion chamber and just having opposed valves.
By all I mean bikes that were produced for the sale to the general public in any quantity...The real hemis have deep combustion chambers and valve angles around 90 degrees. A brief list is every Harley OHV from 1936 to the last Shovelheads in the early 80's all the 100's of British bike manufacturers with their own brand engines or using the JAP engines, Italian brands like Moto Guzzi ,Ducati, Laverda and many of the early Japanese 4 strokes.
Outside of Top Fuel/ alcohol funny cars...the low dome penthouse chamber is the choice for modern hi performance and racing engines.
Top fuel engine rules require an automotive type OHV 500 cubic inch V8 engine. No OHC or 4 valve head is allowed... The valve angles are even specified..
Rear engine dragsters smoking the tires are the show to see...
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Pat Bilbow of Lynwood welding/racing, was one of the OG of front engine dragsters in the 50's and 60's. Such a pioneer that he was inducted into the NHRA Hall of Fame a couple of years ago. Here are some vids with James Hetfield of Metallica fame starting one up. Hetfield was so impressed that he wanted the car to join the tour, so it traveled with the band for a year or so. The dragster in these videos is original except for engine rebuild. Bob Bilbow, his son shown in vids, is currently building one of his dads cars that he found in pieces.
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Old 01-23-2016, 11:07 AM   #48 (permalink)
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You guys are missing out on seeing this stuff in person if you dont go to the hotrod reunions and march meets @ famoso/bakerfield ca.

+ the wally parks/ nhra museum is in pomona whis is about 2hrs away
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