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Features I bought my 4 year old son his first Car last night ( a Henry J )

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Piston Farmer, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. So here is my 4 year old son Henry James with his new 51 Henry J.

    Last edited: Oct 5, 2012
  2. metalix_421
    Joined: Mar 24, 2010
    Posts: 890


    perfect!!!!! start them young.
  3. awesome! wish my dad got me into cars earlier. He looks happy!
  4. okiewelder
    Joined: May 10, 2008
    Posts: 218

    from central Ok

    is it one with the trunk?

  5. Dammmmmmm. Wish I was that lucky. Been saving since I was 14 for a car, still dont have one. wana adopt me lol
  6. Midwest Rodder
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,768

    Midwest Rodder

  7. Kool, lucky kid, I can't even find one of those!!
  8. does it run?
  9. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Shit! And here I have been wracking my brain trying to think of how I can talk my wife into letting me buy a t coupe body. I'll just tell her its for our kid! Merry Christmas Emily!
  10. Lucky kid. I don't think I even had a tricycle when I was 4.:eek:
  11. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Lucky boy! I had my Henry J when I was in the service, got transferred, tried to sell one cared in rural now rests at the bottom of Lake Eufaula. The Cadillac 365 V8 I had machined and ready to assemble along with the Turbo-Hydramatic and rearend went to the scrap yard for freaking $4.50 because I couldn't give them away either.
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  12. falconsprint63
    Joined: May 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,359

    from Mayberry

    where's the like button--that kicks ass.
  13. Jack60
    Joined: Nov 25, 2009
    Posts: 117

    from Maryland

    Way COOL, I hope Henry knows how lucky he is too have a Dad like you............................:D

  14. It does not have the trunk or the glove box.

    No it does not run, it does have the original motor and trans in it.

    The plan so far is the 283 and powerglide i have in the garage will go in it. would like to tub the rear a bit to get some fat tires under the rear. And he says he wants it painted a dark blue color. It will actually be the wifes ride till he is old enough to turn the keys over to.
  15. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 3,925


    Simply awesome...
    What a great gift......Good for him..(and yes you too!!)
  16. iammarvin
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 1,197

    from Tulare, Ca

    Kid's car ????? Wife's car ?????? Powerglide ??????? Henry J ???????
    Something does not compute. ( You sly dog, making a gasser and telling the family it's for them! ( insert evil laugh here) )
  17. That's one lucky kid, and you'll be one lucky dad as the two of you begin this adventure together. Building cars with my dad is one of the greater joys in my life and I'm 50, unfortunatly, none of my kids got the bug!
  18. Dont tell anyone but this car is not going to be a straight axle gasser :eek:

    Heres the story on this. My son is named after my grandfather and the wifes grandfather. Mine being named henry, and hers james. We have been looking for a henry j for 4 years since he was born. and we finally found one close enough at a price we could work with. But ( yes there is always a but) the wife said if we bought this one now her 49 cadillac would have to go, so this will be her ride till its my boys. Our other son is named Hudson so I get to do this all over agian too! So being a little sly absouletly :D haveing an agreeable wife is what makes it all work tho
  19. alwayzarat
    Joined: Sep 22, 2010
    Posts: 232


    I just went by there yesterday. Saw some gators near by and that shocked me. I am a transplant to Alabama.

    I've got a 4 year old too, maybe its time to buy another car? Sometimes it surprises me what a 4 year old can do!!!
  20. I was about 4 when my dad traded in the '38 Pontiac coupe for a 52 Henry J. Same model - no trunk or glove compartment. We drove from Kansas City to St. Louis and back in the summer heat, Mom, Dad, my sister and me. My dad overhauled the engine in my uncle's junk yard, found a bent valve stem and broken rings, and fixed them. I was so impressed with that (and so was my mom, who knew that my dad had no previous mechanical experience). It left a big impression with me, and was a major reason I became interested in cars.

    So what you do with that 4-year-old watching over your shoulder will have a lifelong impression.
  21. So we got the old flathead 6 out today




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  22. is it wrong to buy a car for a kid you dont have yet?
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  23. My son laid claim on my '51 392' for his 2 year old. Nothing wrong with starting them young.
  24. twochops
    Joined: Feb 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,510


    Here's a photoshop that I chopped a old Henry J that
    the young Henry J might fit in better.


    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Nov 6, 2011
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  25. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438


    That's awesome, my 8 year old has already laid claim to the Studebaker in my avatar. I think it will be neat if she follows through and actually drives it to high school

  26. I've tried that......!

    The most important part is have him involved and helping. Even if its a simple task to us like jacking the engine hoist, it really makes them feel good.

    My friends son was watching me mill down a piece of aluminum in my Bridgeport, and he seemed very interested. So I let him try it, and he did a great job! I asked him what he thought an he replied "It sure is alot more fun doing it than watching."

    He's right!

  27. No, they claim them anyhow.
  28. That's a great idea. I think if I have another girl, I'll name her Model A Victoria.
  29. tablepad
    Joined: Sep 12, 2011
    Posts: 2


    yeah that's cool..i wish i was that lucky too

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