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To compete with the all new Chrysler Hemi engine in NASCAR racing, Ford secretly developed an overhead
cam version of the high performance 427 Fe engine block. The legendary 427 SOHC was born. Known as the
Hemi-Cammer, it weighed in at 680 pounds and was virtually hand built. The hemispherical combustion
chambers with 2.5 inch intake valves and overhead cams transformed the 427 Wedge into a serious power
plant. Factory rating were 615 hp. @7000 rpm with a single four barrel and 657 hp. @7500 rpm with dual
The Hemi-Cammer, due to regulation changes, was eliminated for use in NASCAR racing. It did gain some
NHRA fame at the drag strip in AA/FD and AA/FC competition. A few guys even crammed it in their
Cobras. Although an awesome and impressive engine, it was short lived. Parts and pieces were very
expensive and factory support just wasn't there.
Revell released these engine kits a few years back and they are really neat.. They consisted of the Ford 427,
427 SOHC, 427 SOHC Dragster, Chrysler 426 Hemi, 426 Hemi Dragster and the Chevy small block and
427. I don't know how many are still available. No painting is necessary and minimal gluing is required. The
major pieces screw together and a small screwdriver is supplied in the kit. The detailing is amazing. Building
it strait out of the box, you can have one done in a few hours. Now if they'd come out with 1/6 scale cars to
put them in we'd really have something.
I built it out of the box. I did paint some of the small details like carb linkage, nuts and bolt heads. I also
painted inside the air cleaner and valve cover fins with a water based acrylic. You can brush it in the recesses
and wipe off any excess with a damp cloth. The only water base I have (I don't particularly care for water
base paint) is FS15050 Blue Angels blue and luckily it matches the Ford blue nicely. The block is the correct
Ford engine blue. The intake is silver. The real intake is aluminum and the silver doesn't portray it properly.
Overall, they're cool kits. I might even do a Chrysler or a Chevy. Imagine that!