The Journey begins





December  14, 2008

The mystery and journey began a little over a week ago when I spotted this “car” online and took an interest in it. After discussing with my wife and then my father, he and I decided to persue purchasing it and work on it together.

At this time we don’t know  much about the car, but this is what we do know.


· The chassis, engine, transmission and running gear are from a 1951 Henry J. 

 · The Henry J was purchased in 1954, three years after it was made, for $200.00 directly from the Kaiser Company. 

 · It was picked up at the Willow Run (Kaiser) factory and the paperwork lists it as being NEW. Despite being three years old then (and 57 now), the gauges and odometer that are with the chassis only show 35.4 miles. 

 · The yard release paperwork has, hand written, a reference to a prototype body and associated parts., and type written Automotive Materials. – The lack of a secondary, or authoritative signature next to the hand written notes makes the time/date of this addition unclear and suspect, as all By Product paperwork was supposed to be typed or the gate attendants/guards were not to release the “additional” items. 

 · The original title, from 1954, also is with this car/body, indicating only one licensed owner, but the car has changed hands several times since 1954. 

 · There is a paper drawing of this car/body in both long and short wheelbase form with it (a scanned copy to be posted soon), including dimensions that match the Henry J and 1951 Kaiser Deluxe wheelbases. 

If you know anything about this car body (fiberglass) or know of someone who would have worked at the Willow Run/Kaiser company anytime between 1946 and 1954, please post a comment and we will follow up with you.

Side View - Body on Chassis

Side View - Body on Chassis

Photo of the rear of the body - off chassis

Photo of the rear of the body - off chassis

Body front - off chassis

Body front - off chassis

December 14, 2008

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