DALLAS -- Ray Huffines remembers some of the perks that he's enjoyed as a lifelong member of a prominent Dallas-area car clan.
In college, his grandfather, J.L. Huffines Sr., let him order a car from the Chevrolet factory.
The younger Huffines, now dealer principal for a nine-store group, Huffines Auto Dealerships, chose well: A Chevelle SS 454 with the stick. Only, when the car arrived, it seemed short on power.
Mechanics at his family's Chevrolet dealership discovered the problem: The carburetor's barrels had not been set up to allow maximum fuel flow. After the fix, "when you stepped on the gas, it would truly go," said Huffines, 64. But that's not the end of the story.
"Many years later, I was telling that story to someone, and my dad was sitting there, and he says, "Well, that wasn't an accident,'" Huffines said with a big chuckle. His dad had arranged to shave some muscle from the car.