This is the engine in its crate right after I got it. Below is the Charger it's going into. (Click on pics for larger image)
Ever since I bought my Charger in 1980 (I was 17! It was $700.) I've wanted a Hemi for it. Over the years I've chased several false leads to Hemis but they all panned out. In Oct. 1999 I saw a Mopar Performance catalogue with the Crate Hemi's, I was smitten, I had to have one! On Feb.10th 2000 I ordered a 528 from my local Mopar Dealer (I was the 14th one on order), when I realized it wasn't going to appear anytime soon(When I called to check on the order in mid May I was still 8th in line), I called Koller Dodge on May 26th and ordered a 528.It arrived June 6th, 2000.
I'm back to working on the Charger full time! I just came into a large sum of money and have quit my job again! Look for much progress to happen starting fall/winter 2002 and in Spring 2003 this car should actually get to the drag strip!
The engine ran for the first time Sat Aug 12th, 2000! It immeadaitely ate most of the lobes off it's cam. Please click on the Following links to see the rest of the story:
The Engine The Car The Parts My Other Cars