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History 36 Terraplane Pickup barn find!!!

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by USMercUte, May 1, 2019.

  1. Late to the Party
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    The possibilities are endless. Study on it a while and then decide what you want to do with it. That grille is very striking!
     
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  2. BamaMav
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    Easy enough to change that 5.0 to a carb, and a dropped I beam axle would get you back in good graces with the traditional purists....
     
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  3. hotrod1948
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    I vote for a 401 AMC motor with a 4 speed. Your choice on front suspension, keep it low enough and nobody will see what you have and don't advertise it. But a 8 or 9 inch ford on parallel leaf springs is probably the easiest out back.
     
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  4. Boryca
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    That grill though. Love it.
     
  5. Cool 33
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    A friend and I found this one in Sisterdale Texas in the early 1970's. It was across the road from an old auto garage. We asked the very elderly German who owned the shop if it was for sale. He replied that some guy had dropped it of for some repair work in the late 1940's and never came back to get it. so it wasn't for sale because he might come back some day. Went back thru there in the 1990's and the place was so overgrown I couldn't tell if it was still there. The shop was about to fall down and I'm sure the old gentleman was long dead. 5-7-2019 Hamb.jpg
     
  6. low budget
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    Boat tail speedster?, RPU? ..............or even a Sedan delivery?
    Cool as is and unique I suppose but as much as I love that grille, It just seems too fancy for a pickup with a plain square bed.....
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  7. gene-koning
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    I love these old Hudson trucks, they have that custom right out of the factory look. Near perfect!
    I'm not so concerned about what you do under those fenders, I believe hot rods were meant to be driven. Having a usable drive train, good suspension, and modern brakes all have a pretty high priority at my place.
    For me, the important thing is keeping the body mostly stock appearing to maintain that perfect factory look. Shinny paint, in two-tone would be cool. Gene
     
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  8. Rusty O'Toole
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    Needs a Hudson Hornet six with McCulloch supercharger. Also, some kind of pickup cap or topper, custom made of course, to finish off the rear.
     
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  9. Fortunateson
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    That's exactly how I feel about all these Hudson pickups. Class it up a bit. I knew a guy who had a Packard pickup styled like a dealer parts truck. It really stood out amongst the unwashed.
     
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  10. oldolds
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    Those Hudsons had a well designed front suspension. They drive well. If I remember correctly the steering box is highly desirable for a 32 Ford replacement item
     
  11. Great looking truck. So far ahead of their time styling-wise. Probably the epitome of Art-Deco inspired styling. Good luck with the build. Keep us in the loop..........Don.
     
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  12. low budget
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    ...more messin aroundo_O
     
  13. ...after seeing this I had to sketch one...
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  14. BamaMav
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  15. mgtstumpy
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    Dick Dean did a boat tail
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    Check out this coupe utility, wow. I didn't even know they existed. I've see the Chevy and Ford ones however they weren't fitted with roll out beds and trunk lids.



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    Old time coupe pick up

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    A bit SRish with those wheels

    https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2015/10/22/an-amazing-hudson-collection-hidden-in-plain-sight/
    A few ideas in this Hemmings article. What about a sedan delivery / flower car as suggested by low budget, very similar side profile to Ozzie utes and sedan deliveries? IMO the rear roof needs to be more rounded and not square from an aesthetic point of view to retain an OEM look.
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    If you go the roadster PU or utility look at similar YOM Ozzie Ford utes for ideas
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    Here's an Ozzie 36 Ford roadster utility
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    Here's 36 roadster utility
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  16. gene-koning
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    Why are so many trying to take the classy Hudson pickup and roll it back to look like a mere Ford pickup?
    The unique styling of the Hudson is what makes it appealing. It doesn't look like all the other pickups that were available at the time. Gene
     
  17. Stogy
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    An Inspired Hudson Custom

    Carson Style Top
    Doors extended, Window frame modded to eliminate Uprights and Capped,
    Quarters Added beltline extended, Back of Cab moved to back and Angled and spliced into Quarters
    Antenna, Reoriented to Post Angle, Skirts Fabbed, headlights channeled into fenders, Door handles shaved, Landau Irons added
    www Firestone Pie Crusts...

    Enjoy...Happy Friday

    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/36-terraplane-pickup-barn-find.1148583/#post-13062953

     
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  18. ...........Totally nothing to do with the Terraplane P/U, but I just thought of a great club name for you guys down there............"Utes and Scoots" for anybody with interest or ownership of a Ute and/or a motorcycle.:D..Sorry, now back to the thread.:(
     
  19. Stogy
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    Its fun and this really isn't a restoration site...Hudsons are Custom looking right out the Gate...noted...USMerc has a beginning and floating ideas is part of the territory here...Inspiration is just that.
     
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    I love that dash !
     
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  21. Slopok
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    From My Cousin Vinny, "What's a Ute"???;)
     
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  22. .................................Short for Utility.:)
     
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  23. Fortunateson
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    I don't think that last one is technically a ute.
     
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  24. Well after getting my trusty 6 shooter, I'm going to take aim. If you have a 302 motor use that, it can always be replaced with a nailhead later. But sometimes just because you have the parts laying around does not mean you should use them so I say save the Mustang II parts for another project.
     
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  25. Built it so YOU can drive it and be comfortable, all the 'old-ball' motors are interesting and may look cool, but you have a vehicle that is so cool in its self no special drive-line is necessary. And if something happens in ButtF*** Montana (sorry for any Montanaits that might be offended) a trip to Auto Zone will get you back on the road.
    It is yours, we had the same thing with our 50 Chev Ute, people were upset we didn't keep the inline 6, well my wife wanted to drive it on the freeway at 70 so in went a 350/350 10 bolt and she couldn't be happier.
    To steal and change a line of music...'Do it Your Wayyyyyy.
     
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  26. USMercUte
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    I really appreciate all the responses. I own a 1946 Mercury Ute (my avatar) that I brought back from Oz in the 90's. I started to build it with a flat head but because it was a rare vehicle I wanted to drive it long distances so I put a 302 - AOD combination in it. 65,000 miles and 7 western states and Canada twice it still gets 20 mpg on regular . Probably with a flat head I would not have done that. I have a y-block 31 coupe and a blown y-block 28 phaeton that will never see that kind of travel.
    I accept all lines of thought and I may not even build this truck but as Stogy said "it's fun to float ideas as to what could be". The vehicle is so unique that it had to be saved from it's probable demise. John
     
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  27. Put me first for the steering box and column if you change it out. Thanks!
     
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