B (as in “big”) V8 engines

300G cross-ram wedge engine

Despite our headline, the B in “B engines” did not mean “big.” The creation story Chrysler’s first V8 engines (such as the 392 shown below) were a success, but they were only intended for high-end, relatively pricey cars. As more and more customers demanded eight cylinders, though, Chrysler Corporation could not make enough of their … Read more

Original Hemi V8: dual-rocker powerhouses

Chrysler 1957 392 Hemi FirePower V8 engine

Chrysler Corporation was not by any means the first company to use hemispherical heads in their engines, but they are probably the ones best known for them, because of their high production and their high performance… and because they trademarked the term “Hemi™.” Ironically, the original Hemi engines were eventually stripped of their distinctive hemispherical heads, … Read more

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