JASPER® Engine Still Going Strong 43 Years Under the Hood
Bill Johnson, Jr. of Lexington, Kentucky, bought a remanufactured JASPER engine in the fall of 1974 for his 1965 Chevy Belair. The 230ci ‘Turbo-Thrift’ inline six-cylinder continues to deliver mile after mile performance 43 years after its installation.
Johnson, and his wife, Jane, were at Jasper Engines & Transmissions May 2nd for a walk-through tour of the Wernsing Road facility. Johnson is a member of the Vintage Motor Car Club of America. The group was participating in the first leg of a “Lewis & Clark” tour between New Albany, Indiana, and St. Louis, Missouri when they stopped at JASPER.
Johnson’s mother purchased the car new in 1965 for $2,600.00, and gave the car to her son during his sophomore year in college.
“I was kind of a perfectionist at that time, and the original engine started to use a little bit of oil,” Johnson said. “So I bought the JASPER engine for around $650.00, and installed it in October of 1974. Other than a cam gear that had stripped out its teeth, the engine has needed no repair work, and has been run approximately 120,000 miles.”
Originally a daily driver, the Belair is now considered a ‘Hobby Car’. Johnson drives the car on antique car tours across the country. It’s most recent trips include the summits of Mt. Evans, the highest paved road on the North American continent, and Pikes Peak, both in Colorado. “It’s been driven down to the southern end of US 1 (Key West, Florida), Times Square and Cape Cod.”
“It’s been a flawless engine that’s still getting us down the road,” he added.
Johnson is no stranger to JASPER remanufactured products, having purchased two gas engines, a transmission and a differential. “I had purchased new a 2000 model Ford E350 work van, and the pinion bearing assembly failed after 35,000 miles,” Johnson said. “We put a JASPER remanufactured differential in that van, and I sold the vehicle at 150,000-miles with no issues.”
“I would buy another JASPER product in a heartbeat,” Johnson said.