So yeah... as many of you know I'm actually originally from a little town called Hammond, WI. Well this past weekend was the town celebration and my dad had informed me a few weeks back the Tractor/Truck Pull still need some volunteer workers.
I figured what the hell. Get to see some BA pulling rigs and maybe have a few beers whiling doing it.
Saturday night was the Tractor pull and I ended up getting the Tractors back to the pits off the main road. Couldn't see the track from where I was at... and people were still showing up 3 hours after Registration was over... so yeah, didn't get to see much of the Tractor Pull. Weather was also kind of crappy, but the rain held off long enough to get most of the Pull done. Anyway, I'm digressing from the main point here...
Sunday was the truck pull. Turns out they had enough people so I just went down to watch. Guy rolls up in a full-blown Semi with a Featherlite Trailer with built in living quarters and this truck rolls out. Needless to say, this guy must have some bank.
Very cool. Anyway, while I was looking at the guy happens out of the truck so I figured I'd quick ask him a few questions. Conversation, word for word:
Me: Hey, really nice truck you have here. What is the body based off? I was thinking Dodge Powerwagon, but not sure anymore.
Him: '35 Ford.
Me: Nice. Just a Ford Big Block for your Block right?
Him: Ford Hemi.
At this point, he promptly looked away and headed off. Not sure if he was mad at something else, or just doesn't liked getting bothered, but at the time I figured he just didn't want to deal with some "Long-Haired Hippy" kid asking questions, especially with the Ford Hemi answer. Ford never made a Hemi... or so I thought. I went back and started talking to my Dad and he was pretty much in agreement with me. We both thought it would be possible with some custom heads and cylinders, but couldn't think of anything that ever came with a Ford Hemi straight off the assembly line.
Turns out, I was right and wrong. For those of that don't know Ford did, in fact, make a Hemi, more commonly known as the Ford SOHC 427 Cammer. It was Ford's answer to the Hemi (as most of us know it), as the Dodge Hemi was destroying them at the track. It was never released in anything because Chrysler and the boys had a big hissy fit that Ford's Hemi was going to smoke their Hemi at the track so they got it banned from NASCAR before it was even in a single race (therefore Ford never implemented it in any car). While it was never released straight from the assembly line, Ford did sells them as Crate Engines to Drag Racers, etc. Thing generated 616 HP @7000RPM out of the crate. I can only imagine what this guy had it up to in his pulling truck.
Couple links for more info:
Ford FE engine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ford 427 Cammer Build - 800 HP SOHC Big-Block Race Engine Assembly - Hot Rod Magazine
Anyway, I thought it was really cool that I was that up close and personal with a Ford Cammer. I'm really curious to know if it's an original block at this point, as there were only around 1500 made. From some google searching, it appears you can buy a complete one from scratch now with the help of aftermarket now, but that wasn't the case 5 years ago. It appears that it's expensive as hell to make one of these engines as well. An original will cost you $25,000+, with an aftermarket one being around $15,000+.
Anyway, thought I'd share. Sorry I didn't get any pictures or videos of him pulling. I had to leave before his class was up. I'm hoping my dad got some, but I'll let you know.
EDIT: While all the above information is fine and dandy... as is pointed out below by karbass4life, this engine is in fact the Boss 429 which is also a Ford Hemi based engine. Who knew?