Video(s): Henry J Breaks Out Of The Mold With A Turbocharged 5.3L

Built between 1950 and 1954, the Henry J was a car built by Kaiser as a small, affordable, and practical car. However, with its odd styling, sub-par build quality and immense competition from the Big Three, it was less than popular with the buying public. Despite the fact that it was rebadged and sold as an Allstate through Sears (yes, the same one in the mall), and even built and sold by Mitsubishi for the Japanese market, it still wasn’t enough to keep the car alive. 

Now, working for an automotive publication, we tend to see some pretty weird stuff. It’s like we’re getting to the point that we can say that we’ve seen it all – until now. So when we saw this video of a turbo 5.3L bolted down between the frame rails of a Henry J, we sat speechless for a few minutes asking ourselves if it was for real. Apparently it is, since the first video quickly feeds into a loop of videos from YouTube user SumterGram that show the turbo Henry J in action.

According to the video description, the engine has been lifted from a 2002 Silverado and has 189k miles under it’s belt. It’s high mileage didn’t keep the car’s builder from strapping a GT45 eBay turbo for a little boost pressure.

The 5.3L has also been topped off by an LS1 intake and F.A.S.T 85lb. injectors, while a 4500 RPM stall converter sits between the engine and a Turbo 400 automatic gearbox. A set of Hoosier 27.5×9-inch Hoosier Radials keep that power of unknown specifications on the road. 

We’re still dumbfounded by this thing.

About the author

Rick Seitz

Being into cars at a very early age, Rick has always preferred GM performance cars, and today's LS series engines just sealed the deal. When he's not busy running errands around town in his CTS-V, you can find him in the garage wrenching on his WS6 Trans Am, or at the local cruise spots in his Grand National.
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