51 Henry J

51 Henry J Owned/submitted by:
Dave (Last Name Unknown)

From:
City Unknown, Illinois, United States

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Specifications:
  • 565 Profiler Headed.
  • Powerglide.
  • 2/1105 Holleys.
History:


Came out of the Arizona desert, sat for 25 years. Took three years to build.

The car has run 7.17et at 192mph. The fastest steel body Henry J in the USA.

We are building a street version. An old style b/gasser for the street. Straight axle and pie crust style slicks.

Additional Facts:

The Henry J was a brain child of Henry J. Kaiser. His goal was to increase sales of his automotive line by offering an inexpensive car for the average American similar to the Model T. Kaiser-Frazer Corporation got a government loan for financing the project in 1949. This loan specified that the vehicle’s base model would retail for no more than $1,300.00 including tax and delivery (equivalent to $11,860.00 in today’s dollars).

The vehicle was to have the capacity to seat a minimum of 5 adults, be capable of reaching a minimum of 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) and be able to sustain that speed for long periods of time. It also had to be ready for purchase no later than September 30th, 1950. To meet these conditions, the Henry J’s design was kept to a minimum of components.

Also to keep production costs low, early Henry J’s had no rear trunk lids (access to the trunk was only possible by folding down the rear seat) and were only available as two-door sedans. Other cost-savings included no glove compartments, fixed rear windows, passenger-side sun visor, flow-through ventilation and armrests.

The power plant of the Henry J was a four cylinder 134.2 cu in (2.2 L) 68 hp (51 kW) engine. In later models an L-head six-cylinder 80 hp (60 kW) 161 cu in (2.6 L) engine was available. The engines were provided by Willys-Overland.

My Ride’s Pictures:
51 Henry J Description of Picture on the Left:
Great picture of the 51 Henry J at the end of a pass. This is the fastest steel body Henry J in the USA according to his owner. Also according to his owner, the car has run 7.17et at 192mph. This certainly is an extremely fast machine. It is powered by a 565 Profiler Headed, 2/1105 Holleys, with a Power Glide Transmission putting all of the power generated by this power plant to the wheels. Click on this Picture to enlarge.
Description of Picture on the Right:
Another nice picture of the Henry J. This one shows the car staged, ready to go. This car is an extreme machine. It came a long ways from its original beginings. It has reached speeds of up to 192mph on the drag strip. This is a long ways from the original speed of about 50 miles per hour. Back then though (1949-1950) this was a respectable speed. To see a larger picture, click on this one.
51 Henry J
51 Henry J Description of Picture on the Left:
This is another great picture of the Henry J. Look at all that white smoke, this is what I call a burn. Definitely this machine has power. Many modifications went into this car to make it an extreme Drag Car. Hard to believe that originally the power plant of this car was a four cylinder 134.2 cu in (2.2 L) 68 hp (51 kW) engine. In later models an L-head six-cylinder 80 hp (60 kW) 161 cu in (2.6 L) engine was available. Click on the Pic to enlarge.
Description of Picture on the Right:
Look at the Henry J on this picture. It looks very slick and powerful with the para shute open to slow it down after it completed a pass. These cars reach such high speeds that they need more than brakes to help them stop. This is where a para shute comes into play. I like the slogan on the bumper (actually the front skirt also known as front apron) “Remember When”. Want to see a larger picture? Click on this Pic to enlarge.
51 Henry J
51 Henry J Description of Picture on the Left:
Very nice picture of the Henry J “smoking” the tires. It is obviously warming up the tires for another pass. This is another slick picture of this drag car. The way that this picture was taken make the car look wide and low to the ground. But the truth is, this car doesn’t really need any help to make it look like a real powerful and mean machine. Click on the picture to enlarge.

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