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1951 Henry J Lead Sled

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  • Member since
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  • From: Shepherdsville, KY
1951 Henry J Lead Sled
Posted by speedfische on Friday, July 4, 2014 7:28 PM

Some time in the late 1980s I built a box stock gasser version of Revell's Henry J.  All the time I was building that kit I kept on admiring the lines of that car and I couldn't help but think how beautiful a lead sled version would be.  I vowed that one day I would build another one as a lead sled, but that dream lay dormant for many years.

Then a couple years ago I followed along closely as Treehugger Dave built his stock-bodied sleeper version and I vowed that "now is the time" to build my dream Henry J.  (Thanks for the inspiration with your awesome build, Dave!)

So here it is, two years and 402 work hours later, and it is all done.

Body mods:  Top was chopped and lengthened, an angled rear fascia and fender skirts were molded in, hood opening was filled in, and the doors and hood were suicided.

Engine:  Supercharged 4.6L DOHC Ford V-8, scratchbuilt aluminum engine bay.

Suspension: Independent front and rear air-ride.

Interior: Mustang Cobra interior modified to fit, scratchbuilt console and rear seat side panels, headliner made from a suit coat elbow patch.

Thanks for having a look!  I'm so glad it's finally finished.

If anyone is interested, there is a photographic build diary located here:

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/speedfische/library/#/user/speedfische/library/1951%20Henry%20J%20Build?sort=2&page=1&_suid=140451951006508405196912078138

 

 

 

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  • From: Shepherdsville, KY
Posted by speedfische on Friday, July 4, 2014 7:29 PM

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Posted by speedfische on Friday, July 4, 2014 7:31 PM

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Posted by speedfische on Friday, July 4, 2014 7:32 PM

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Posted by speedfische on Friday, July 4, 2014 7:33 PM

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Posted by speedfische on Friday, July 4, 2014 7:34 PM

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Posted by High octane on Friday, July 4, 2014 7:50 PM

Wow, not only is that sweet, it's awesome and did I mention that it would look much better on MY shelf? Very, very nice build on that Henry J.

High octane

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  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Friday, July 4, 2014 7:50 PM

You were right, Steve. The Henry J makes an awesome lead sled! Your time was well spent: the detail and finish is spectacular. It's hard not to be influenced by Dave and his work and your build certainly contains some of that "Treehugger" vibe. Very nicely done!

chucky

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Posted by DAYTONA on Friday, July 4, 2014 8:33 PM

....stunning

...beautiful lines, details, sculpture

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  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, July 4, 2014 8:37 PM

WOW - 402 hours spent to perfection Yes.

I went on your Photobucket  website you posted, and checked out all 11 pages.

You my friend have learned the "ART" of being patient, precise, meticulous, and it's very clear your committed to a very high level of exceptionally, well executed detailing - BRAVO Thumbs Up.

Dramatic color contrasts really grab your attention along with the paint jop itself.

If you do contest, you should do quite well.

And thanks for the "NOD" in your intro - Much appreciated.Cool

Dave

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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  • From: Middle Earth
Posted by dunjuz_wryt on Friday, July 4, 2014 8:39 PM

That is so nice. Your building skills are right at the top. Your suspension is really a beautiful piece of modeling. Thanks for so many pics. Well done.

 Cruising on empty, running into the sun...

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Posted by 67impala427 on Friday, July 4, 2014 9:25 PM

I remember this kit from when I was a kid.  My brother made it as the box stock gasser.  Your interpretation of it is sweet.

Alex.

  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Shepherdsville, KY
Posted by speedfische on Friday, July 4, 2014 9:29 PM

Thank you so much, gentlemen.  I appreciate the kind words and compliments.

Dave, it's my pleasure to include the nod to your build - I certainly want to give credit to the project that finally kicked my butt into gear to get this thing built.  Hehehe.  And thanks for looking through the album, too.

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  • From: Highland, UT
Posted by avidinha on Friday, July 4, 2014 11:45 PM
Wow, that's wicked cool!

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S.

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  • From: Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia
Posted by Aussie Mick on Saturday, July 5, 2014 12:47 AM

Stunning work man! Absolutely beautiful! Your attention to detail is a credit to you. The paint looks like you could dive in and swim in it!

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  • From: Shepherdsville, KY
Posted by speedfische on Saturday, July 5, 2014 6:47 AM

Thanks guys - I appreciate it.

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  • From: Louisville, CO
Posted by maniacalmodeler on Saturday, July 5, 2014 9:29 AM

Outstanding build! Your time and effort has certainly paid off!

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Posted by Spex84 on Saturday, July 5, 2014 10:48 AM

Holy smokes, that's incredible work.

A strange subject, and very creative. It's a real jewel!

Thanks for sharing the WIP gallery, it's always cool to see where heavy-duty projects like this one originated.

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  • From: Southeast Pennsylvania
Posted by peanutgallery on Saturday, July 5, 2014 11:25 AM

Absolutely drop dead gorgeous......

Dennis

 

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  • From: Fallon, Nv.
Posted by helipilot16 on Saturday, July 5, 2014 2:39 PM

Anything I might say has already been said. You've inspired me to kick my building up the quality scale.  Perfection is no longer adequate;  Now one requires imagination also.  Thank you very much for the pictures. For once the limits on numbers of pictures doesn't hold.

Marcus A. Pryor

Most people are as happy as they choose to be

 

 

 

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  • From: Chandler, AZ
Posted by del austin on Saturday, July 5, 2014 3:20 PM

Now that is just the coolest thing I have seen in a long time!

  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Shepherdsville, KY
Posted by speedfische on Saturday, July 5, 2014 3:50 PM

I am really flattered, guys.  Thank you all so much for your kind words.  I appreciate each and every response.  Thanks for taking the time to check it out.

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  • From: Citrus Park, Florida
Posted by Too Old on Saturday, July 5, 2014 5:10 PM

That is the most beautiful work of art I've seen in a very ,  very long time . . .  and it's a cool looking model too ! Bow

TooOld

A.K.A.  BOB.

" In case of war all rivet counters will be shot ! " - Winston Churchill

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  • From: Shepherdsville, KY
Posted by speedfische on Saturday, July 5, 2014 8:23 PM

Thank you, Bob.  I really appreciate it.

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  • From: Surrey, England
Posted by Lowlife ! on Saturday, July 5, 2014 8:32 PM

Hard to say anything that hasn't been said already, but sometimes a new build shows up and just takes your breath away !!  Absolutely stunning mate, in every way !            Lowlife ! !

If it moves, Chrome it !! .....  If it don't move,  Chrome it anyway ! ! ! !

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  • From: Shepherdsville, KY
Posted by speedfische on Saturday, July 5, 2014 8:40 PM

Thank you, lowlife!

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  • From: Portland Oregon: Tree Country. Most beautiful area on the West coast.
Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, July 6, 2014 11:20 AM

Lowlife !

Hard to say anything that hasn't been said already, but sometimes a new build shows up and just takes your breath away !!  Absolutely stunning mate, in every way !            Lowlife ! !

I agree totally, and wanted to say you must be so proud of yourself to reach this level of building, and know that you can take that skill level with you to each new build with confidence, that you'll do just as good or hopefully sometimes even better, while loving every minute of it Thumbs Up.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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  • From: Tennessee
Posted by SLUSHER on Monday, July 7, 2014 9:15 AM

Beautiful and impressive built.....

IT TAKES A LIVING SAVIOR TO SAVE A DYING WORLD....

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  • From: Chicago Il.
Posted by rickcaps55 on Monday, July 7, 2014 9:16 AM

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME !!!!!!!! best build of that kit I have ever seen and I'm 62.!

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Posted by Old Timer 50707 on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 2:07 AM

That is an amazing piece of art.

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