Some seventy years after its conception, the Hemi that started it all is still out here demanding respect like your grandad at the golf course. With the ability to hit high horsepower numbers in even the most modest of motors, we continue to see these first-generation engines shoehorned into everything from ‘30s hot rods to early A-bodies. No doubt, the modern version has catapulted itself into the limelight, but the original gear-slinger still has its place burrowed within hot-rodding heritage.
So much so is that gilded place of prominence that the aftermarket suppliers are still out here supporting the grand-Hemi with new performance products. Case in point are Pertronix’s new Flame Thrower billet distributors for first gen. Hemi engines. Designed to fit vintage 392 (P/N D144700) or 331, 354, and similar early blocks (P/N D145700), these spark-spinners are carved from solid chunks of billet aluminum for the utmost in precision quality.
Ball bearing and bushing support provide stability at high RPM while an adjustable mechanical advance mechanism allows super-fine tuning of the timing curve. A traditional vacuum advance canister is included for those that are mileage misers, but it can be locked out if necessary.
Hurling hellfire in eight directions is their Ignitor II module which has been shown to supply quadruple the spark energy from 3,000 to 5,000 RPM. An internal microcontroller dynamically adjusts dwell on the fly to maintain peak power throughout the rev range. A simple two-wire hookup is all it takes to have your Hemi breathing the heat.