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Henry J. Kaiser was an entrepreneur who was involved in many different endeavours including auto manufacturing, aluminum refining, health care, construction and, during World War II, shipbuilding.
To read more about Kaiser's many ventures, click on the links below:
Liberty Ships Kaiser built these ships during World War II.
Auto manufacturing Henry and Joe Frazer started building cars in 1946, quickly becoming a real contender in the postwar automobile market.
After leaving the passenger auto market in the United States, Kaiser - Willys built vehicles in South America .
One of Kaiser's other ventures was the aluminum business.
2008 CONVENTION UPDATE
The 51st annual Kaiser Frazer Owners Club convention will be held in Salem, Oregon. E-mail if you would like more information. The tentative dates are in early July, 2008.
ODDS AND ENDS
Here's a photo of a Kaiser Darrin pedal car body that I own.
When was the last time you saw a Muntz ? It's complete except for the hood, and appears original. These cars were equipped with either Lincoln or Cadillac V8's and GM Hydramatic transmissions. Built in Evanston, Illinois, by Los Angeles Kaiser Frazer dealer Earl "Mad Man" Muntz, only about 394 were built and it's estimated that only about 50 survive.
Check out this 64 Jeep. This rare machine is called a Jeep-a-trench. Owned by a friend in Pennsylvania, it has just over 3,000 original miles and was used by a local golf course for their irrigation maintenance vehicle. (I know, AMC didn't buy Jeep until 1970, but I liked the link!)
54Willys This is an extremely rare 1954 Willys Aero Eagle Custom. 302 were produced with the 226 engine, Hydramatic transmission and continental kit. The Willys Registry knows of 4 survivors. This car was found through an ad on the Internet, is complete and it runs.
GRAHAM-PAIGE Under the Graham-Paige name, KF marketed and sold the Rototiller Power Tiller. These one cylinder, two stroke machines, were popular, if a little hard to use. Some were equipped with reverse gears and could also be ordered with cast iron wheels.
DISHES KF even tried to market a dishwasher. This unit ran solely on water pressure and needed no electrical hookups. Needless to say, it didn't wash very well. The unit was small and unless the water was really hot and there was alot of water pressure, one ended up re-doing the dishes by hand. Many of these machines ended up in the local dump, eventually being turned into something more useful, like a new Edsel.
ADS Here is a collection of KF ads originally seen in magazines like Life, Saturday Evening Post, Colliers and others. Jim Betts has posted these ads on his site for us to enjoy. Also on his page is the KF Dealers List, a listing of Kaiser Frazer dealers by state. I have been compiling this list for over two years and have nearly 4,000 names, most of which are shown on the map. If you know of a dealer who's not on the list, please e-mail me with the dealer name, address, and dates of operation, if known. Also include any personal recollections you may have about KF or the dealer.
You can get more information about Kaiser and Frazers and see some other member's pages by visiting the Kaiser-Frazer Owners Club home page located at: KF HOME
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A little about me...I have been in the old car hobby since I was about 6 or 7 years old. I 'm member number 704 in the Kaiser Frazer Owners Club. My dad, who was also member from 1964 until 1979, drove Kaisers as everyday transportation for many years. I think it was because he was too cheap to buy a new car and in the 60's and 70's Kaisers were real cheap cars! I now have about a dozen of these cars in various stages of restoration. My neighbors think I'm crazy with the constant stream of rusty metal that seems to find a home in my driveway. If you know of anyone in the Ohio area selling a Kaiser or Willys product, e-mail me and I will follow up.
I'm also member number 1000 of the Tucker club. I don't own a Tucker, but I have alot of memorabilia and an interest in them since they too are orphans. Alex Tremulis , the famous designer, worked for Tucker before joining Kaiser - Frazer.
Gravely Power equipment...
As if that's not enough, I also have an interest in old Gravely tractors. The model D and L are my favorites. If you have an old Gravely or an attachment you want to sell, let me know. Fellow Gravely and KF member Dave Antram is posing next to a rare Gravely Westchester tractor, which like the Henry J, was an idea that just didn't work as planned. Visit the Old Gravely website for more information. If you need parts for your Gravely, regardless of it's vintage, call Dave at 1-800-324-6842. A full line of Gravely, Ariens, BCS, Steam Jenny, Exmark, and Billy Goat equipment and parts is available. Shipping available anywhere.
The worlds greatest kid, my daughter Jackie and her favorite car, a 1947 Frazer. This car has been nicely restored by fellow KF member Pat Farbaugh.
Looking for Kaiser, Frazer or Willys cars, parts or literature? Send me an email…I might be able to help!
I will be happy to answer any questions regarding Kaiser, Frazer, Willys (including Jeep and Aero), and Gravely tractors. This site is constantly being updated, so check back for more links to great sites.
Visit your local Kaiser-Frazer Dealer today!
Don't forget your local Jeep dealer too!
This Page Last Updated on: August 9, 1945
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