Half A Hairy Hemi Video: Watch The Steinegger and Eshenbaugh F/Fuel Lakester Haul On Nitro With A One Headed Hemi!

Half A Hairy Hemi Video: Watch The Steinegger and Eshenbaugh F/Fuel Lakester Haul On Nitro With A One Headed Hemi!

I’m not much of a hunter but I know guys that are. They tell stories about times where they have come close to bagging a trophy but missed it by that much. Timing is everything, even at Bonneville and the video below is proof. Before you go ahead and jump down there to see what I’m talking about. I had seen the F/Fuel Lakester of Al Eshenbaugh and Jamie Steinegger before but it had only been in the pits or in the staging lanes. I had never so much as heard it run. Why is that a big deal? The engine is freaking magical, that’s why.

The car has an early hemi V8 block in it like many cars on the salt. The engine runs on a strong load of nitromethane like many on the salt. The big difference here is the fact that this car uses one cylinder head and runs as a four cylinder. Where the other cylinder head would be sits a steel plate bolted to the deck of the block. There’s a sheetmetal intake manifold that looks bizarre with only four runners coming out of it. The plenum looks like it is just kind of floating there. To add to the freakish nature of this whole thing, the guys have spun four plugs into the steel plate on the “dead” side of the block. Why? Who knows but it looks awesome and it probably made it easier to get the eight cylinder style magneto sorted out.

Al Eshenbaugh and Jamie Steinegger have raced together since 1958. Back then they got together and built a dragster. In the early 1960s they were one of the most stout teams in the Southwest. A few years ago they found and restored their last 1960s era dragster and the car is one of the first nine “cackle cars” ever. These guys are awesome and this lakester has been well over 200mph at El Mirage and while we do not know what the top speed it has ever achieved it, we think they whole thing is just beyond words awesome.

Oh…last year the head was on the other side of the block until they blew it up and wrecked that side. No bother, they swapped the head to the other side and came back swimming in 2017. This is truly the spirit of land speed racing captured on a short video.

Press play below to see the half a hairy hemi in action! This is amazing stuff –

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12 thoughts on “Half A Hairy Hemi Video: Watch The Steinegger and Eshenbaugh F/Fuel Lakester Haul On Nitro With A One Headed Hemi!

  1. Big Sky Dreamer

    I know it’s not an original idea but I’m amazed every time I see one – sprints, midgets, etc.

  2. Chevy Hatin' Mad Geordie

    Funnily enough I was reading Classic Ford magazine just last week and thought how great a Mk 1 Ford Escort would be with half an FE motor in it. More horsepower than a turbo Cosworth with a similar induction setup and different from all those Zetec swaps that litter the magazine.

  3. Steve Bryant

    Why does it have an 8 cylinder mag? There are also 4 spark plugs on the left side that\’s a flat head.

    1. Herb Ferguson

      They waste the spark energy in the other bank with a plate that has tubes welded to it on the bottom that go into the cylinders.

    2. Brian Lohnes Post author

      Talked to the guys. They said that they were burning up the mag trying to run it as a 4-cylinder only. Firing the other four plugs keeps it happy.

      That side of the engine is filled with concrete.

  4. Derek

    Wrong information. Jamie father and Al raced together.
    That car Al and Ted Olson build together with Jamie help. Also “Henny Penny”(don’t have his real full name…his name is on the car) was big part too. Ted Olson set record on 4cyl at El Mirage. He was inducted to Az HALL of fame too.
    Ted Olson is a driver at Bonneville. Please correct your article if you can or do follow up.
    Ted’s and Al’s sweat and blood is all over this car…please mention both together.
    Thank you. Derek
    I’m a long time friend of all racing team members.
    P.s. I helped loading car on trailer. Don’t need to be mentioned in the article. Lol

  5. Garen Martens

    I saw this car at El Mirage. I asked the owner about the spark plugs in the deck plate. He said that using the 8 cylinder mag with only 4 cylinders, he had all sorts of problems with spark flying around inside the mag cap and cross firing. When he put the plugs into the deck plate and allowed excess spark to feed to those plugs – then dissipate, the mag worked fine.

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