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Henderson V8!

With a completion date of the end of April 2002 just a sneak preview of the master Carl Vandre and his incredible V8 Henderson engine, based on DeLuxe cylinders and loads of custom made parts. 

This twin cam engine sports 2 KJ camshafts and a KJ crankshaft with articulated rods. Carburation is using 2 standard T4X carbs and 2 Bosch 4 cylinder mags. 

Transmission is standard Henderson. His previous creation was the V6 Henderson. As the project nears completion there will be more photos to follow. 

Congratulations to Carl on an amazing accomplishment and many thanks to John Grimberg for supplying these photos.

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On Dec 24 2001, a courier truck pulled into my drive and dropped off a package. Inside the package was a note and a bundle wrapped in tissue paper. Printed in bold was a  letter and cover page with the message,
"Every wrench head needs a wrench"
"Every Henderson wrench head needs a Henderson wrench"
"There is only one set known to exist"
"Enjoy, my friend"

Included in the envelope was a letter of authenticity and the story of the motorcycle and these tools.

These set of tools came from a 1924 Henderson DeLuxe originally purchased by a businessman from New York. He rode the Four to Connecticut to visit his Aunt, and on arrival was called back to New York on business. He returned to New York via train with the intention on returning to Connecticut at a later, more Click to enlargeconvenient time. After completeing his business he departed his office, walked outside, stepped off the sidewalk to cross the street and was struck by an automobile and met his death. The motorcycle stayed in Connecticut in his Aunts barn until many years later was sold to a German immigrant who did handiwork for her around the house. The German immigrant hired a boy to mow his lawn, at which time the Henderson was stored under a tarp. After much persuasion the boy convinced the German immigrant to sell the motorcycle to him. He kept the DeLuxe for many years.

The bike was then purchased by Carl Casket and transported to Greensboro, North Carolina. When the toolbox was opened the tools were present and enclosed in the original canvas bag. The tools were kept by Carl and after many years the bike was sold to Don Wathne of Grassy Keys, Florida and resides in his collection at the present time. While doing business with Carl, LC Lynch was informed of the history of the DeLuxe and the tool kit. After a relentless persuit LC aquired the tool kit from Carl along with the photographs.

The letter concludes by saying, I now give this Henderson tool set to Rob Olsen of Olsen 4 Cylinder Motors. And is signed by  L.C.Lynch of Salsbury, North Carolina.

In the many years I have worked with Henderson motorcycles I have never seen or had the opportunity to view an original tool kit as the original tool kits have long since gone. This is the only kit that exists, that I Click to enlargeam aware of.  Although quite complete this kit seems to be missing the Monkey wrench. It is my hope to locate and aquire, to complete this kit. As the current conservator, I'm not only honoured, but am speechless at the gift of these tools. To me, an incredible gesture of friendship that came directly from the heart. After much thought, I realize the gift was purposely intended to bring joy to me, and did so in a way I am not able to express, to which I will be forever humbled and gratefull.
Thank you LC.

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Click to enlargeRare stuff. Very few novelty items were made by the factory, however items that do have documentation include, maps, watch fobs, belt buckles, sweaters and pennents. In the 1920's the factory made these watch fobs which predate the big "X" style like the logo found on factory letterhead. These early fobs made by the Bastian Bros. are rare and difficult to find in decent condition. They were originally sold for 35 cents to dealers. Dealers could also order these items with their shop name and address on the reverse side.
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The photos to the right of here were scanned from  factory promotion material.
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Click to enlarge Henderson decals. Made by the Jac-o-lac decal co. for the Henderson factory in the 1920's. These decals are not tank transfers. The factory had them made for dealers as window decals for shops as an advertising piece. Click here...