To give the car a low-slung appearance the body was channeled 3 inches over the chassis and treated to wedge-styled rockers while the A&A Fiberglass tilt nose section was stretched 3 inches and a custom tube-style rear bumper was set in place all by the team at Rocky's. With the rolling chassis and driveline in order Tom brought the project to Corry Hunter at Six Deuces Speed Shop to complete the car, which included mounting all mechanical systems in place, fabricating a custom lower front valance, and designing the drag chute mounts and wheelie bars. Once all the body revisions were in order the vintage panels were blocked to perfection for Gary Hunter to lay down a vibe of Martin Senour two-tone green polished suede to complete the look. The Six Deuces team then focused on the interior by first filling a modified-stock dash with Auto Meter American Muscle series gauges then wiring the car utilizing an American Autowire kit.

Tom wanted to go fast and keep cool so a Vintage Air system was worked into the mix while a Mullins column topped with a Bell-style steering wheel helps navigate the course and a Hurst shifter pulls the gears. For comfort, a pair of Toyota bucket seats were recovered in black vinyl diamond pleats with matching door panels by Kevin Stayton of Milford, Delaware. To anchor numerous controls a Six Deuces–designed console does the trick while the floors were treated to Dynamat Dynaliner for added insulation and durability. When it came to safety a full rollcage combined with Simpson five-point harnesses completes the interior in perfect style. This is one Henry J that will never gather dust!

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Tech Tips


Clean Lifters Correctly

Properly clean lifters by soaking them in a parts cleaner or mineral spirits, then blow air in both the pushrod seat hole and the oil feed hole on the side of the lifter to completely clean any remaining checking fluid. Do not pre-soak hydraulic flat tappet or hydraulic roller lifters either, this will cause them to be pumped up and you'll not be able to properly pre-load.


Obstruct Interference

An EFI system is very susceptible to electrical noise. This is one of the main causes of aftermarket EFI problems. Here are some basic tips to reduce the interference.

1. Run the EFI power and ground wires directly to the battery.

2. Do not mount the EFI ECU near any of the high voltage ignition parts. This includes ignition boxes, coils, coil wiring, and plug wires.

3. Do not route any of the EFI sensor wires near any of the high voltage ignition parts.

4. Use high-quality, noise-suppression–type spark plug wires and resistor-type spark plugs.

5. Where applicable, verify proper distributor indexing.


Why do Carbureted Systems like a Longer Stack?

Carbureted systems typically won't make quite as much torque and throttle response as compared to their EFI counterparts as a result of differences in atomization, fuel flow, puddling, and so on. For this reason, longer stacks tend to make more low and midrange torque. Additionally, the air speed tends to pick up and thereby provides better atomization of the available fuel as it enters the combustion chamber via the intake valve.