Gary Hart is a long time land speed racer and hot rodder. He’s decided to concentrate his considerable energies and skill on a truly bitchin’ 1951 GMC project that is 100% BangShift approved on multiple levels. Firstly it is an old GMC truck, that’s a check in the good column, secondly it has a turbo and electronic fuel injection, two more checks, thirdly, that turbo and EFI setup are bolted to a vintage GMC Jimmy six cylinder engine!
Believe it or not, there was a time where the GMC Jimmy six was sought after fodder for hot rodders. They were torquey engines, and when combined with a light car, made for a stout street package. After compact V8s began to proliferate the ranks, the Jimm six was relegated to the back burner of rodding history. The engines have definitely picked back up in popularity, especially with the traditional rodding set.
We’ve never seen one with GM LS ignition coils mounted ona custom made side plate though! The combination of vintage engine with modern technology in the turbo and EFI really appeals to us. Yes, there are ways to make more power, easier, but none of them will have the soul or perhaps more importantly, the sound that this baddie does.
Gary is a talented fabricator as you’ll see with the work he did on the stainless tubing used for his turbo and exhaust cutout plumbing. Make sure to hit the video below to hear the first fire up of the truck. Watch it thought the end to hear Gary pop the exhaust cutout open and how happy that straight six sounds with the turbo whirring away next to it!
BangShift Project Thread LINK: Gart Hart’s 1951 GMC truck with a Turbocharged and EFI’d Jimmy Six