Customer Henry R.'s Vintage '33 Flathead

Henry Renaud has been an active member of the Factory Five community for 10 years.  His latest build is a Factory Five ’33 Hot Rod that earned Top 10 honors from at the 2011 SEMA Show.  Henry is a Colonel in the USAF and builds cars in his spare time.

Henry’s car has been at Factory Five over the winter and is heading home now so we figured it would be a good idea to shoot some pictures in our parking lot.  Local automotive photographer Dino Petrocelli is shooting the car today and we will share the hi-res studio shots with you later.

Henry’s car is Hot Rod #002!  Instead of using a modern engine, Henry chose to power his rod with a blown flathead Ford.  Continuing the theme is matte black paint and 15″ period correct wheels, half moons, and drag T/A’s.

Factory Five’s Nate Johnson took Henry’s car for a drive and reported that it handled well and was comfortable to drive.  The flathead doesn’t run too hot and the exposed engine makes everyone stop and stare.

Henry used genuine Air Force bomber seats rather than the stock Factory Five units.

The dash of Henry’s ’33 is clean and purposeful carrying on the aircraft theme of the interior.  Automatic transmission delivers some nice drive ability.

Congratulations Henry on a really nice build!  See you this summer at Open House.

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