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vintage Hemi tunnel ram

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Hey all you Hemi dudes.

I'm building a 396 Hemi but I wanted it to look different and not be blown…but still retain the tall look with 2x4 carb set up. I'm looking into scratchbuilding a tunnel ram intake because the one I have is from a Chevy. The old breadbox TR2 and Ridge Runners are cool but I'm not finding any online for the 392. Would a homemade intake be period correct for a late 60s Hemi gasser? Something similar to this pic without the slanted carbs.

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I agree with Rob. Early gassers were homebuilt a lot of times anyway, and guys did what they needed to do to make 'er go. I think your idea is spot on!

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+1 to what the others said. Look at some pics of what kind of thing was being used at the time and go for it!

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It may not be 100% accurate or within the rulebook, but it will be one of a kind and in the spirit of shade tree hot rodding.

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The JoHan Sox & Martin Pro Stock '71 'Cuda has a really nice tunnel ram and carbs for the Hemi engine.

That's a 426 Hemi, a totally different engine. 

There were no tunnel rams for early Hemis in the '60s, other than DIY efforts like the Ramchargers setup.  Aftermarket tunnel rams were developed for MP and Pro Stock applications using then-current production engines - BBC, late Hemi, Boss 429 etc. so there would have been no demand for one for an early Hemi.  Gassers still using early Hemis in the late '60s were mostly blown or ran fuel injection.

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I believe TIG welding aluminum became common practice during WW2, so I imagine aluminum sheetmetal intakes on 60s gassers should be period correct. 

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After scratch building an intake this weekend, I nixed that idea and am keeping it blown. 2x4 carbs on top of the blower. The tunnel ram looks better on a Chevy. I'll save that for a 55 gasser. 

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I used to have an old flatbottom  boat, that had a Keith Black 392 in it when I bought it, and it had a kinda homebrew tunnel-ram which was made from using a rather high Roto-Faze blower manifold base and a cast top for a tunnel ram bolted onto it of unknown original application. I don't think any company ever made a dedicated tunnel ram for that early hemi, but guys have made 'em. That's hot rodding!

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i know it's newer picture but, i would call this an early fabricated tunnel ram.

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Hey all you Hemi dudes.

I'm building a 396 Hemi but I wanted it to look different and not be blown…but still retain the tall look with 2x4 carb set up. I'm looking into scratchbuilding a tunnel ram intake because the one I have is from a Chevy. The old breadbox TR2 and Ridge Runners are cool but I'm not finding any online for the 392. Would a homemade intake be period correct for a late 60s Hemi gasser? Something similar to this pic without the slanted carbs.

s-l300.jpg

There's a guy on Shapeways who makes a couple of tunnel rams.

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/3d-model-specialties

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