Harry Henke and Tony Thoman from Ontario stopped by in this Inglese-injected ’65 Chevy pickup.
We spied the “Fuel Injected” badges on the hood sides. This, paired with the license plate from Ontario, Canada, had us guessing what was under the hood. It wasn’t long before it was open and we were staring at an inline six with Inglese injection. Wait, what?
As we talked with Harry Henke, the story of the truck became just as cool as the one-off induction system. He’s from Canada, but the truck is a Texan. It belonged to his wife’s grandfather, who purchased it new on March 14, 1965. One of the earlier vehicles sold by Hoffpauir Chevrolet in Lampasas, Texas, the truck still has the embossed “dealership bumper.” Jim Hoffpauir bought Burns Chevrolet on the town square in September of 1964 and then moved the dealership to its current location on N. Key St. in 1968. He grew the dealership into several other endeavors before passing away in 2007, but his son Lee continues the family business today.
The Chevrolet dealership celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, and Harry plans on bringing the truck by on his way through Texas. He was driving the truck on a road trip with his buddy Tony Thoman to visit his wife’s family in the Lone Star State. He stopped by our location in Memphis to let the tech guys who have been helping him dial the EFI in see the truck in person.
Harry says when he got it, he drove the truck back home to Canada from Texas. It still had the original 292 and three-on-the-tree and puttered right along. When it came time to “hop it up a little” he decided to keep the inline six history intact. Fortunately for him, his sons Jesse and Jordan run JH Restorations in Ontario. They are also a proud CPG dealer.
They had a friend who builds NASCAR engines assemble this 292 with a massaged marine head and short-skirt pistons. Harry milled the carb bases off of an Offenhauser twin-carb intake and grafted in a set of manifold runners from a Weber intake. After fiddling with the carbs for a while he decided to convert it over to Inglese injection. He added Inglese throttle bodies and an XFI Sportsman system, calibrating it to work with his application. The rest of the driveline uses a 1995 Camaro 4L60E transmission with a TCI® TCU and a 3.73-geared rear end. Cruising at highway speeds is now virtually effortless.
Since grandpa’s truck was in “gently-used” shape, Harry decided to keep the exterior untouched as best as he could. He did repaint the original dealership bumper and added a quartet of ‘63 Impala taillights. They also added the JH Restorations logo to the doors in a weathered fashion to blend in with the truck’s patina.
Inside, however, is as nice as a new car. The interior has been completely painted and detailed in a modernized fashion. Comfy seats from a new Mustang flank a late-model console, and the dash has been painted in shades that match the leather upholstery. Harry contacted Dakota Digital to buy a gauge cluster calibrated for Kilometers which came out great and uses blue LED backlighting and illuminated needles.
Projects like this six-cylinder push the envelope of what can be done with our FAST XFI Sportsman and Inglese injection. While our technicians help many customers over the phone, it’s always a treat when they stop by and let us see and appreciate their efforts in person. Harry’s truck has done a great job keeping a family truck’s legacy intact while updating it enough to cruise the continent in style and comfort.