Comparing HEMI to Flathead Engine Design – How Stuff Works

Hemi v Flathead

Article from How Stuff Works on the Hemi engine and the comparison with the venerable Flathead.

Read the complete article here

 

Book – The Critical Path: Inventing an Automobile and Reinventing a Corporation by Brock Yates

The Critical Path: Inventing an Automobile and Reinventing a Corporation

The Critical Path: Inventing an Automobile and Reinventing a Corporation

I’ve recently read this book, and as always with Brock Yates’s work it’s a really enjoyable read.

Here’s the overview

The story of  how Chrysler’s minivan team created an automobile that captured the 1995 Motor Trend Car of the Year and other major awards – and reinvented a perilously entrenched corporation in the process – is as dramatic and inspiring a story as any in business today. Brock Yates, one of the most respected writers in the auto world, was given unprecedented access to Chrysler – every planning session, presentation, budget review, test drive, assembly line start-up, and marketing launch. The result is a book that unveils the mysteries of modern car-making, revealing how cars are shaped through countless interlinked decisions ranging from size and power to door configurations, color selections, and innumerable other interconnected details. It also captures the complex process by which the thousands of separate pieces that make up a car are designed, tested, manufactured, and marshaled into place at the exact moment they are needed. For any reader who cares about cars, this is the most intriguing look inside the mysteries of their creation ever written. At the same time, The Critical Path recounts an extraordinary drama of all-too-human managers attempting to make something new, in a new way, inside a corporate culture that resists them at every turn. The story of how Chrysler’s minivan platform team kept their commitment to quality, schedule, and budget – with a $3 billion investment and the company’s fate palpably in the balance – is as encouraging a tale as has emerged from American business in years. The unprecedented triumph and Chrysler’s resultant comeback is a lesson in successful management that will be savored by any reader interested in how great companies make breakthroughproducts

The book was originally published in 1996 and is available here

The Classic Motor Show 2016

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Took a trip to the Birmingham NEC to visit the 2016 Classic  Motor Show.

A number of celebrities such as Edd China and Mike Brewer were in attendance.

American cars were well represented across the board in terms of both vehicles and clubs.

I popped in and had a chat with the guys on the MAFCGB stand and was made very welcome!

A day out all around!

Chrysler Lost Heritage: The Norseman – The Chrysler Blog

Chrysler Lost Heritage: The Norseman, Virgil Exner

Chrysler Lost Heritage: The Norseman

Back in the 1950’s one if my favourite car designers Virgil Exner was experimenting with a whole new look for Chrysler. An important factor in these developments was a partnership with the Ghia design studio in Italy. One of the highlights of this collaboration was “The Norseman” concept car.

Read the story  here & here

Chrysler Lost Heritage: The Norseman, Virgil Exner

Chrysler Lost Heritage: The Norseman

 

Seeing in the New Year at the Phoenix Inn Hartley Wintney

Took a drive over to Hartley Wintney for the New Years Day meet at the Phoenix Inn, pretty well attended considering the weather wasn’t great. A good smattering of American cars, along with coffee and some decent grub was on offer!

Some nice vehicles included:

Hudson Super Six

Chrysler New Yorker

Ford Ranchero

Model A Coupe & Roadster

Mustangs

Plus a really cool Mercedes Hot Rod, not my normal thing, but very nice..

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“Most documented” Hemi Charger heads to auction | Hemmings Blog: Classic and collectible cars and parts

Five years ago, we asked on the cover of Hemmings Muscle Machines whether this 1970 Dodge Charger was the world’s most documented Hemi car. It’s no idle question, either: Documentation can make or break a car on the marketplace, and the value of this particular Charger’s documentation will soon be revealed when the car goes up for auction at Mecum’s Indy event.

To begin with, Dodge didn’t build all that many Hemi-powered four-speed Chargers in 1970: 56 total, and only 10 in R/T trim with the SE package. After decoding its broadcast sheet and fender tag, owner Steven Segal figured he knew as much as there was to know about the Charger when he bought it from ibaey role in discovering the rest of its backstory. Segal restored the Charger with a non-numbers-matching but era-correct Hemi to replace the original engine, long since scattered in a street race by the original owner. By coincidence, a subsequent magazine feature on the Charger landed in the lap of the man cleaning out old sales files at Suburban Dodge in Metuchen, New Jersey, where its original owner bought the Charger. A muscle car enthusiast, he found the car’s file, saved it from disposal, and sent it on to Segal, who found within it the car’s original dealer order form, Chrysler invoice, notes from the negotiating process, delivery paperwork, and dealer prep work order.

 

Segal didn’t keep the car babied, either. At the time we photographed it, we took it out for a spin and got to hear the Hemi clear its throat through those over-the-counter headers, still with the car. Sometime later, Segal has located and installed the Cragar mags and Parnelli Jones tires that the original owner put on the car, giving it an authentic Day Two vibe.

 

Since our article appeared, we’ve yet to hear of any Hemi car with more documentation than Segal’s Charger.

 

Mecum’s Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis will take place May 14-19 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. For more information, visit Mecum.com.

 

 

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