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Here Comes the New Hemi Hunter!

By Gary Peters

Carl Riegger, Kent Lewis, Dale Thierer, and Gary Peters at S&W Race Cars witness the birth of the new Hemi Hunter. Photo by the Hemi Hunter
Carl Riegger, Kent Lewis, Dale Thierer, and Gary Peters at S&W Race Cars
witness the birth of the new Hemi Hunter. Photo by the team

Here I come, ready or not. Remember that game?

I could hear the hum from the hydraulic motor on the tubing bender. The clattering noise and ringing sound of the tubing being pulled from the rack and placed in the die forms was music to my ears, if I had any ears. The humming became louder, and the first tubes were formed. My first tubes are placed in the jig to set my length and width. Boy, my front axle is really out there. But why so wide? Oh yes, Dale's about 55 pounds heavier than back in the old days. Must be Sally's good cooking, huh?

Here comes that big block Chevy. Does that thing ever feel good being placed right onto the firewall mounting studs! Some things sure are starting to feel familiar. Look at that rear housing! No old castings for me. How about a shiny new fabricated nine inch Ford? Boy the heat from all this welding sure feels good on a cold winter's day. Jeez, enough of me is in place to at least look like a dragster. S&W is doing a great job. Thank you, Scotty and the guys.

What's next? Oh, I'll need the full floaters and front and rear wheels. What the heck is all that noise? Good grief, look who's here, that bunch of bone heads. The crew and Dale. Hey Dale, if you weren't so wide we could have used some of my old body panels. Maybe I shouldn't pick on Dale; the day will come when he takes me down those quarter mile tracks again. In fact, I'd better not call the guys bone heads. What if they load me up for a five second run? I could hurt myself. I'd better look good; I see they brought some of the wives along.

Just listen to them. They're talking like they know what I need to finish myself. Why don't they ask me? Yes, you can use the upper water pump holes for my front engine mounts. I talked to Fred at Arias and he told me those holes are in an aluminum billet block. Jeez, when were they born, back in the Stone Age? Now look bone h----, er guys, you will paint me black again won't you?

What the heck was that -- not a blower explosion already? Oh no, just the flash from the camera. Don't tell me they are actually taking pictures this time around. Maybe they did learn something over those years while I rested. Well folks, if you want a peek at the new me, or the old me, check out my web sight at Hemi Hunter.com. Click on the flashing category. Say hello, but I can't talk right now. I'm so excited.

More pics are available here: http://www.hemihunterracing.com/returnpics.html

Your Friend, The Hemi Hunter.

Gary Peters
gary.peters@macktrucks.com
www.hemihunterracing.com

 

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