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History All Hail Henry Junk

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by J.Ukrop, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 946

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    All Hail Henry Junk


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  2. And??
    Is there a final to the story besides "Where were you in '72?"
    Is is gone?
    Is it in the barn?
    Does he still have it?
  3. sdroadster
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
    Posts: 206


    These same cars were also branded Allstate, and sold in Sears catalogs.
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  5. Those cars are such fun! I had a 53 for awhile. 301/4 speed,straight axle etc etc Mine had all the stock, factory stuff on it the day I brought it home. 53henryJ.jpg
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  6. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,141


    Ugly and fast....
  7. Cool story,thanks.
  8. brad2v
    Joined: Jun 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,488


    Fuck yeah! My first exposure to a J was the Revell kit of a J gasser. There's no way that was a cool ride for anyone in the 50's, or any other time in the immediate future. But that Revell kit was even cast in yellow
  9. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 4,603


    I'd love to know more, too! We need a part 2 about this car.
  10. hotrod_tommy
    Joined: Jan 2, 2008
    Posts: 335


    Henry Junk - my brother's street/drag car, was sold in 70s body only (engine went one way, trans another...) and eventually some kids bought the body, and as soon as they rolled into their driveway the dad was all "Oh, HELL no!" and actually made them drag it straight to the Ames landfill, and he made them watch as the dozer took two passes over it. HA! the roll bar held up for first crush, but was defeated after solid sideways crunch. damn! Broke my heart when I heard about it. Title just into the trash.
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  11. hotrod_tommy
    Joined: Jan 2, 2008
    Posts: 335


    Dig the Henry Junk at Humboldt, IA Dragway in early 70s. Street leagal except for slicks...
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  12. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,620

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    If that's for real, I'd bet the kids left home right out of High School and "Dad" led a miserable, lonely life.
  13. Great story, however if you think that were kind of an odd ball on the drag strip...
    ...they were almost unheard of as stock cars!

    This Henry J ran the Fonda speedway is the only known surviving car that ran the opening night.

    The car ran of Warnerville N.Y. and is now owned by Mike Gray who is making in runnable.

    In the Fonda Speedway book.
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    Check out the tow bar made from the stock lower A frame, the car was changed to Ford front axle.
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  14. 1940Willys
    Joined: Feb 3, 2011
    Posts: 352


    I believe that my first exposure to them was when I saw one on display at our local Sears and Robacks Store In the automotive section. Everything in automotive was named Allstate: tire pumps, btteries, tire patch kits, b IMG_4604.JPG icycles everything. Then there it was painted black, I thought it looked like a Anteater Don't ask me why, I just did, I was a Kid. Later when I was a little older and was building models: my first 2 tone paint job 'J'
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  15. 18n57
    Joined: Jun 29, 2007
    Posts: 543


    Thanks for this post. Mac’s Henry J was well known by “car guys” , in Ames, whether cruising Main and hanging out at the depot. Never saw it drag racing, but thought it was super cool! Heard about the car’s “death” a few years ago ...not cool.

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  16. Ebbspeed
    Joined: May 7, 2007
    Posts: 69


    First time I saw a Henry J was at the Itasca Co Fairgrounds in about 63-64. I was 8. It was painted yellow, was number 7, and a guy named Chub Cristie was the driver. It didn't have fenders just the hood. It sounded different than the other cars. You couldn't see flames coming out the pipes as it passed the grandstand, only on the back stretch. My friends Uncle raced there and we got to tour the pits after the races. I still can see the Henry J script on the trunk lid. I was too young to know what kind of 6 it was running, but I've had a thing for 6's and Henry J's ever since.

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