Jon Enyeart

Pony Carburetors

Jim Smart - September 06, 2011 07:28 AM

It is true each of us touches lives in way we never imagined.  It’s like George Bailey in the holiday classic “It’s A Wonderful Life”.  Each holiday season, we are reminded how each of us affects the world in some way or another — and when one us passes, we’re reminded again that each and everyone of us is significant to the course of history in some way.  To bounce out of bed ready and excited to go follow your passion and practice your craft is a gift.  Jon Enyeart, founder of Pony Carburetors, never forgot that.  He went after classic car fuel systems, in particular carburetors and ignition systems, with great passion and tenacity, founding Pony Carburetors in 1988 in western New York.  For more than two decades, Pony Carburetors has brought us concours-restored carburetors, breathing new life into vintage Fords and other collector cars.  Jon decided to escape those brutal New York winters, moving his Pony Carburetors operation to Las Cruces, New Mexico a few years ago.  He enjoyed the great southwest and loved being there.

Our world lost Jon Enyeart August 29 at the Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces, New Mexico after a length battle with brain cancer.  He was 59.  Jon was native to Nebraska, graduating from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  He loved the Cornhuskers. He was a pilot. He had a great time entertaining friends and associates.

Whenever Jon sat down and spent time with you, you quickly understood you mattered to him. 

More than anything, Jon was a perfectionist who never settled for anything less than his best in everything he did. He also expected it from people fortunate enough to be associated with his operation. It goes without saying Jon leaves a huge void, with most of us wondering how we’re going to get along without him.