Tanner completely rebuilt the 355 cubic inch small block Chevy V-8 in his Henry J, building his own headers and air cleaner in the process. The combination is capable of scooting the little car down the drag strip in the high 10-second range.
Not many folks immediately recognize the Henry J for what it is, thus the appropriate vanity plate on the rear of the car. Note the custom roll pan louvers, fuel cell fittings and fat Hoosier rolling stock.
The snug interior accomodations include a shortened '55 Chevy instrument panel, a Grant steering wheel, B&M shifter and a pair of toggle switches mounted in a console that includes cup holders. One switch turns on the electric fuel pump, the other activates a 100-horsepower shot of nitrous oxide.
The surprisingly stylish seating accommodations are provided by a now-forgotten Ford Fiesta. The blue bottle peaking out from between the seats supplies the nitrous power when extra umph is required; the 5-point racing harness keeps the driver firmly planted in the seat.
The well-worn steering wheel hints at the Henry J's life as a road car, with trips to Loveland, Colo. and the Texas Motor Speedway near Dallas-Fort Worth on its log book. Auto Meter gauges are used to keep track of under-hood goings-on.
The curvaceous rear fenders were left basically unmodified, thanks to the shortened Ford 9-inch rear end and the big wheel tubs that easily accomodate 12.5-inch wide Hoosier tires mounted on Weld Racing wheels.
A closer look at the Weld Racing wheels neatly tucked up under the rear fenders. The 31-inch tall Hoosier tires, coupled with a 3.73 gear ratio, allow the Henry J to yield about 14 miles per gallon at 70 mph -- an important consideration when you factor in the 12-gallon fuel cell.
The paint scheme consists of PPG Ebony black primer wet-sanded and buffed to a satin finish, over a Sandstone cream lower body. Tanner installed a forward-tilting fiberglass hood and modified a Z-28 cowl-induction scoop to fit.