Like every year after Detroit I come home wound up.Â Excited about hot rods…Â and unlike years in the past I came home with a plan a little different than years past.Â I came home with a new sense of optimism.
Anyone can build a car, but toÂ build a show car is a little different story.Â I guess this is where it starts and stops, the Engine.Â Its a 1954 331 Hemi that used to run in a 38 ford circle track race car.
To build an era correct car it takes time to collect the right parts.Â I finally located the last piece of the puzzle the weekend after Detroit.Â It was a set of six Speed Products “sp” tops to replace the stock Stromberg tops on my carbs.Â On the trip down to pick up that red Merc motor we ended up visiting Mark Moriairty…Â it was Mark who ended up offering to sell me the last pieces I needed.Â Thank God.
I’m running a Weiand Drag Star 6×2 Manifold.Â They’re a little hard to find for the early hemi’s as they have special water ports and a remote thermostat housing that sits in the front of the engine.
Here is a pic of the intake and carbs-
SP tops look like this:
The SP tops are lower cut and oval-Â They really make an engine look period sixties…
and so it begins.