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Old 09-19-2012, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

I just picked up a 53 Super Wasp coupe... It needs a rear window.

Are these the same body as the hornet? Is the rear window Coupe only?

its a cool car, its the the bigger 6, not the 308... 3spd/OD was all black...

You just dont see the coupes often.

Always had a thing for the Step down hudsons.. My sons name is Hudson (not because of the car) and i picked it up for a future Father/Son Project..
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Old 09-19-2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

I believe it is, the only difference would be the fenders on a wasp vs hornet model. I believe I have the window glass you need too
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

Lotsa info here: http://www.classiccar.com/forum/categories/hudson



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Old 09-19-2012, 02:28 PM   #4
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

Same body from cowl back. Wasp models had shorter wheelbase,thus shorter front clip. The 308 was the biggest 6. Dad used to race 'em in Hibbing MN.
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:29 PM   #6
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:29 PM   #7
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

Ditto - same window, bodies are the same from the cowl back. Wasp was the short wheelbase.

Studhud built his amazing custom out of a 53 wasp. Mine's a 49 Super.
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:55 PM   #8
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

is the 308 a bolt in? i have a line on a 308 and a twin H setup...
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Old 09-19-2012, 05:57 PM   #9
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

Cool...cool...cool. Nice find.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:23 PM   #10
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

Essentially yes.




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Old 09-19-2012, 09:20 PM   #11
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

The possible engines would've been a 232, 262, or the 308. If it is a 308, it is immediately noticeable by a cast-in raised ridge on the driver's side of the block, approximately 1" above where the pan meets the block, and it runs the entire length of the block. Some 308 engines will have a 262 head, which raised the compression.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:22 PM   #12
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

That is a SWEET find. Damn.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:43 PM   #13
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

Here's the ridge that Patrick66 speaks of:
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:48 AM   #14
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

Great Info, im pretty sure the engine in mine is a 262 because i dont think they offered the 308 In the Wasp.

mine is a the 3speed w/OD so it will be staying that way. Since i think the supply of Hudsonite is limited i heard that there is someone making a kit to cinvert it to a dry clutch.

The plans for the car are pretty much stock, Hop up a 308 a little and get a Twin H for it. Keep it low and thats about it...
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Old 09-20-2012, 11:02 AM   #15
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

Should be all it needs...except for a new black suede paint job, of course!
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

I'd advise not to swap away from the wet clutch. Plenty of fresh Hudsonite alternatives out here or like me just ATF and regular changes. You may run into a problem with it being stuck from sitting so long,but just take your time and follow the procedures outlined on the forum I linked above or
give Dr Doug a call and have him walk you through it.
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I love my wet clutch/cork disk and the big 308's are known to twist input
shafts with 'hard' use. They are silky smooth.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:57 PM   #17
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

The Hudson wet clutch is one of the best clutches ever designed! In fact, most HD forklifts and other industrial vehicles use wet clutches. They are as smooth as can be, compared to a dry clutch. Ramblur is absolutely right. Doug Wildrick is the Hudson clutch guru, and has been selling them for many years.

Hudsonite is not expensive, and easy to get through the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club. Taking a few minutes to maintain your wet cork clutch is a hell of a lot cheaper than sourcing a "conversion" that'll be a lot more trouble than it's worth.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:06 PM   #18
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

That thing is beautiful. I'm in love!
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:17 PM   #19
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

nice lookin hudson! just finished installing a wildrick pressure plate & clutch cross shaft kit. highly recomend them as well.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:31 PM   #20
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Default Re: Any 49-54 Hudson Gurus? Got some questions...

You'll have fun with that build.

X4 - stay with the wet clutch. It's the best ever designed.

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