Bailiesdad wrote:"It was for a
Chrysler 392 Hemi marine engine.
"Sounds very interesting...
I read that too in the ebay ad. I think
the claim that it was originally intended
for use on a - quote - "a 392 marine
hemi" might be a bit of a
misconception and common urban
Most likely, the intended Coast
Guard application was for a marine
hemi all right - but a 331 or 354
hemi, not a 392.
As far as I know, Chrysler only ever
produced a dedicated factory "marine
hemi" in 331 and 354 cubic inch sizes.
No factory produced, dedicated 392
marine hemis. If you go on ebay or
surf the net you can find a lot of
references to so-called "392 Chrysler
marine hemis" - mostly from people
who "used to know someone, who
who new somone (else etc)., who
used to have one once"! But then,
also as evidenced by some of ads
and posts on ebay and elswhere on the
net, a lot of people seem to think too,
that any and all early hemis (even
DeSotos and the little Red Ram
Dodges for that matter!) since they
are "hemis", therefore must be 392's!
'A little knowledge is dangerous thing'
and the stuff that urban myths and
legends are made of! As far as I know
and from everything I've seen out
there, the 392 was only ever used in
1957 and '58, Chrysler only, high-end
passenger cars - mostly 300's and
Imperials - and there were no 392
marine, 392 industrials, or 392 Dodge
truck engines, ever.....at least *not*
from the factory.