10 Top Superchargers Questions Answered By The Supercharger Expert Don Hampton

Published: 26th November 2008
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When it comes to information about Superchargers, Don Hampton owns the topic. As owner/operator of Hampton Blowers since 1957, Don's business has continued to grow. Always an innovator, Don's skills as a former Drag Racer, allowed him to add practical application to basic theories (that are often found in news articles).

Through the years, people interested in owning a Hampton Blower have asked numerous questions and Don has patiently answered each request. Here are the 10 most frequently asked questions about Superchargers/Hampton Blowers.

1. What is the difference between a Supercharger and a Blower?

Answer: There is no difference. They were 1st referred as Blowers and later called Superchargers by Drag Racers.

2. Can I put your blower on my foreign made car?

Answer: No.

3. Will a Supercharger increase my horsepower?

Answer: Yes.

4. How much horsepower will the Supercharger give me?

Answer: The blower is designed to force more air and fuel into the motor and it is your motors job to generate the horsepower. More air more fuel more horsepower, depending on how well your motor is built, the type of camshaft, and various other variables can contribute to a gain of double the normally aspirated horsepower of the engine.

5. What kind of oil do I use for the gears?

Answer: Use one pint of 90W gear oil. Do not use motor oil and do not overfill.

6. I have a V6-71 how much for a manifold and drive for it?

Answer: V6-71's are for diesel truck use ONLY, there are no manifolds or drive kits made to run these on anything other than their stock application.

7. Can I bolt the blower on to my stock motor?

Answer: It is possible to bolt a blower onto a completely stock motor but very impractical. Good forged pistons designed for blower use with an 8.5:1 compression ratio should be used.

8. Can I use roller cams for the street?

Answer: In most applications, roller cams will work as long as the camshaft grind is designed for the blower applications.

9. Why does my car backfire?

Answer: Holding the throttle open while cranking the engine over, is the most common reason that engines backfire with blown motors.

10. Why does my engine run hot?

Answer: Reasons for the over-heating of a blown engine could be:

A. An Inadequate or inefficient cooling system.

B. The blower drive ratio is too high.

C. Too high compression ratio.

D. Improper timing.

E. Water flowing poorly through the manifold.



Don's new Supercharger, The Hampton Super II, is an example of Don's hard work combined with years of research and development. Drag Racers are thrilled with the results. For more information about Don Hampton go to http://www.hamptonblowers.com







At the age of 13, Don began working at a service station his father owned in Bell, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. At that moment he also began saving money to buy parts for his first hot rod. By the time Don reached his 16th birthday, he had already built a '29 Ford Model-A Roadster with a Crager two-port cylinder-head-equipped four-banger engine, and drove it to the old Santa Ana Drags to begin his racing career.

During the 1950- 1980's, Hampton gained recognition as not only a driver, but also as a mechanical engineer, manufacturing blowers "Hampton Blowers" since 1957. Don's new Supercharger, The Hampton Super II, is an example of Don's hard work combined with years of research and development. Drag Racers are thrilled with the results. For more information about Don Hampton go to http://www.hamptonblowers.com






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