TMCP #285: Blake Andermann of – Everything You Need to Know for Modern DIY HEMI Swaps!

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This weeks interview is with previous show guest Blake Anderman. Blake appeared back in episode 242 when he swapped an LS engine into an Avanti in his garage. The way he got into cars is very unique and also inspirational. He told me about it again and reminded me that God has a purpose for us all, even though we may not know it at the time.

Back in 2013, Blake started on a quest to build a Pro-Touring Cuda. He found a likely suspect with a 318 v8 in it and he started working on making a late model Hemi swap into the 1970 ‘Cuda. He knew there were many resources for GM LS based engines but he found little information available for Chrysler products. While he was gathering data for his project, he realized he would be doing a disservice to keep it all to himself, so he started!

Blake explained many details about what to look for in a used Hemi engine as well as an update on available parts in the industry. He also talked about helpful items to pick up for a swap such as the one year only bell crank fly by wire adapter that allows a kick down cable for old style transmissions.

In just a short amount of time has become a huge wealth of information and has become the go-to-place for HEMI Swap info (his website traffic is through the roof!). The site features engine model review and identification, wiring PIN outs, and everything else required to make a pull-out-HEMI from a new vehicle run in your old one. Personally, I think Blake has found a business niche here that was not being served well anywhere else….and I’ll bet he’ll be presenting on the SEMA Show Floor soon!

You can see what Blake is up to on his blog or you can email him at

Thanks Blake for the great interview!  Also….I’m going to need your help (at some point) with a ’69 Charger…..

-Rob Kibbe


This interview sponsored by our pals at National Parts Depot
your premier source for muscle car restoration parts!



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