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1958 Dodge 700 Truck - Junkyard Crawl

Yeah, It's Got a Hemi

Photography by Steve Magnante

As Hemi hysteria continues to spread from coast to coast, some of the iconic dome-head's more obscure applications are coming to light. While the new DCX Hemi engine is installed in just as many Ram trucks and SUVs as it is in Chargers, Magnums, and C300s, the previous generation of 426 Hemis were factory installed in nothing but high-performance passenger cars. But going back a generation to the first Hemi engine of '51-'58, it's a mostly forgotten fact that loads of Dodge trucks were Hemi-equipped in the mid- to late '50s. We stumbled onto this burly '58 Dodge 700 truck at Constantineau Auto and Metal Salvage (508/867-6071) in the wilds of East Brookfield, Massachusetts.

Groovy Factoids
*Dodge Power Giant trucks were produced between 1957 and 1960.

*While the new 350-413 big-block B and RB Wedge head V-8 family replaced the early Hemi in all passenger-car applications in 1959, the early Hemi enjoyed continued truck availability until the '60 model year.

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