"... The build was beyond my expectations in every way ... Your attention to detail borders on obsession or is that a passion for your love of all things HEMI.", Jeff Hamilton
"... The Hemi started and ran flawlessly!! I am the proud owner of a "Hemihaines" built engine. ... A Eddie Haines Hemi will exceed your expectations!!!!", Butch Verbeck
"I have just entered a car show in my area and the talk was, "where did you find that Hemi"? Of course I said, 'It was built by Mr Eddie Haines himself'.", Jay Kroess
"He is the most Professional, "stick to the word" person, I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with!!", Lee & Karen Prather
"I know and trust Eddie to do the very best job possible. I highly recommend Eddie Haines...", Dewey Parks
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In between building Hemi engines ,I built 440 wedge engines. These engines are a lot like the late model Hemi because they both have a deep skirted block, for additional strength. The wedge heads are less sophisticated and are less expensive. All of my projects, such as the wedge engines, take time for a great rebuild. I can't tell you how much went into each one, but let's just say a lot!
My first 440 I rebuilt was in 1998. I bought it from an ad in the local Pennysaver. It was in a garage for several years before I bought it. The rebuild consisted of boring .030 over, parallel decked, align honed. Heads were a 346 casting and received a three angle valve job. Of course new valves, springs and guide inserts. I ran a hydraulic cam from Crane. A Carter AFB carb. and cast iron exhaust manifolds. Behind this was a 727 Torqueflite trans. This engine powered a 1968 Barracuda fastback that I restored. It was a 1971 engine. I build wedge engines.
My second 440 I bought from a friends stepson in 1999.I bought the whole car. It was a 1967 engine that had closed chambered 915 casting heads. Crane supplied the Camshaft and the roller rockers. This also received boring .030 over with Keith Black pistons. Parallel decked and align hone. The compression topped out at 12 to 1. Aluminum intake, high dollar ignition. Hooker headers. I built this for resale and it was a great race engine. I build wedge engines.
My third 440 wedge engine that I purchased back in 2001. It was from a 1967 car that also had closed chambered 915 casting heads that I had hardened seats put in. It was bored.030 over, align honed and parallel decked. Compression was at 9 to 1. It was just a quick, street able rebuild for resale. I build wedge engines.
My forth 440 Wedge engine was in a 1969 GTX that I restored. It was bored .030 over ,align honed and parallel decked. The heads were 906 castings that I had hardened seats put in. New valves and springs. The camshaft came from Hughes Engines as well as the rest of the valve train. Rotating assembly was balanced. Topped off with the original Carter 4 barrel carb. Cast iron exhaust manifolds. I build Wedge engines.
Todays 440's can easily be replaced with new Mopar Performance 4 bolt main blocks for a stronger foundation. The ability to buy inexpensive aluminum heads today are the way to go. These engine make great horsepower numbers but just lack the statis of the physical appearance of the Hemi. I build them all.
In the background is a 500 cubic inch Wedge with an original cross ram intake manifold. It uses Indy EZ-1 aluminum heads.
This is a 383 that has been stroked to 496 cubic inches. It uses the factory 906 heads, intake and exhaust manifolds. It now resides in a 70' Cuda.
Looking to restore a WEDGE Engine or HEMI engine for one of the popular MOPAR cars during the 1950's through 1970's? You've found the right man for the job. Give Eddie a call to discuss your restoration or repair project. For over 25 years, Eddie has been excited about restoring the original beauty and performance of HEMI engines and American Muscle Cars. The HEMI engine was popular in production cars during the 50's and early 70's in cars and also in racing as one of the fastest engines on the market. Manufacturers such as Chrysler (FirePower Engine), DeSoto (FireDome Engine), Dodge (Red Ram Engine), and Plymouth were in aggressive competition during what is often called the "Horsepower Wars". The Chryster 426 HEMI Engine was so fast in 1964 that in 1965 it was banned from NASCAR races. HEMI Engines have a hemispherical combustion chamber that was great for efficient airflow and torque. The name HEMI has become synonymous with BIG and POWERFUL and these types of engines helped to shape the state of the art in racing and street cars during their time on the market.
Are you restoring a classic car that requires a HEMI or WEDGE engine under the hood, but yours is non-functioning, rusted out and a fraction of its former self? HEMI Haines has seen them all and can help you restore the engine or build a new one that will be to factory specs to make your car the ultimate replica and in like-new condition. Whether its a Barracuda, Charger, Road Runner, Coronet, Challenger, GTX, or another American Muscle Car, HEMI haines can bring it back to its original glory with a restored HEMI Engine that runs like new.