........ A little information for those of you that like this sort of thing .................
The early Chrysler, Dodge and DeSoto Hemi engines were popular for hot rodders and drag racers back in the 50's - 60's and into the 70's.
The stock Hemi had more horsepower then the other V-8 engines with equivalent cubic inches and their huge valve covers just makes them look massive.
Because of their design, it was also easier to get more horsepower out of them then the normal overhead valve design engines.
Because they were so popular, you could get most anything to hop them up and to dress them up.
A couple of drawbacks with the engines was that their starters were on the left side of the block, as shone in this photo of a stock Hemi from a Chrysler 300.
In this location, the starter would be in the way of the steering box when putting these engines into an older car.
And the oil filter stuck way out from the block on the right side.
You could get ( and still can get ) adapters to mount the oil filter along side the block or pointing straight down.
Most hot rodders and drag racers did not use the stock Chrysler automatic transmission so adapters were available to use just about any other transmission with them.
This was a very popular adapter to bolt the Hemi up to the 32 to 48 Ford standard transmission.
This adapter moved the original Chrysler starter over to the right side.
Here is an adapter to bolt a Chevy automatic transmission to the Hemi and it also mounts the original Chrysler starter over on the right side.
When I first thought of building this car, I wanted it to look like the rods that were built back in the 50's and 60's.
So, naturally, I wanted an early Hemi.
......... ( I'm glad I bought mine when I did because I sure couldn't afford to buy one now at today's prices. ... actually, I bought three of them. ) ...........
As you can see on my car, there is no room for a starter on the left side of the engine.
I had already made my own transmission adapter to bolt a Chevy automatic transmission on my engine.
Instead of using the old original Chrysler starter, I wanted to use a more modern Chevy starter that I would still be able to get parts for it 20 years later.
So I built my own starter adapter to put the Chevy starter on the right side of the block.
Back in the 50's and 60's, power steering wasn't even a consideration when those guys were building their rods so ( as far as I know ) no one sold an adapter to move the location of the power steering pump.
If you look back at the photo of the stock Chrysler 300 hemi, you will see that the power steering pump was mounted up on the left side next to the water pump.
I wanted power steering on my car but I didn't want the pump in such a visible location.
So, I made a adapter to mount the power steering pump down low on the right side and put the alternator up where the pump use to be.
Edited by jdcrawler, August 09, 2020 - 03:25 PM.