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Projects 4 door Hudson - mild kustom? traditional?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ratwasp, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. ratwasp
    Joined: Oct 3, 2013
    Posts: 74


    I recently picked up a 4 door Hudson Super Wasp, yes I know...too many doors..but its in decent condition, runs great with its I-6 and other than the Tijuana Taxi paint job it is all original. I found a pair of skirts, will probably give it a matte paint job and lower it, what do you guys suggest?? Would love to hear your traditional more-door ideas!

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  2. Zerk
    Joined: May 26, 2005
    Posts: 1,418


    Beautiful car! I'm filled with envy.

    There are probably a bunch of things you could do to it, but...
    hmm. How about dual aerials sunk into the rear fenders, wide whites and sombreros if you can make them fit. It doesn't really need much.
  3. ratwasp
    Joined: Oct 3, 2013
    Posts: 74


    wide whites are definitely in the works~!
  4. roughneck424
    Joined: Jan 10, 2009
    Posts: 1,084


    Dont worry about the doors. The older you get the better you like em.

  5. Ok. That's a great score. First off, DONT put some stupid flat paint on the car, or put any damn tiajuana mexican blankets on the seats...It's so damn cliche, and will ruin the car.

    DONT try to make the car something it's not. DO clean it up, accent it's plusses, and drive the crap out of it.

    Here's what I'm thinking:

    Lower it. Every car can benefit from a lowering job.

    New bias ply wide whites. Nothing makes or breaks a car like a proper set of tires.

    Add a pair of re-pop caddy sombrero's, or just add Oldsmobile Sombrero's from the early 50's. They're cheap and look great.

    Spend some $$ on exhaust. If it doesn't have a split manifold, get one, and run duals through glasspacks. Nothing sounds better than a hudson 6 through glasspacks.

    Other than that, just clean it and polish it. If you do feel inclined to paint it, spend time getting the car straight, and consider a GLOSS black paint-job.

  6. If you are seriously considering going the rockabilly 4-door route (flat paint, spiderwebs, mexican blankets, and radial tires) consider selling the car to me. I'd LOVE to have a clean 4 door 54...
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  7. ratwasp
    Joined: Oct 3, 2013
    Posts: 74


    hudsoncustom, thanks for the reply. Looking at the pics of your '49...very cool.
    I hear you on the flat black-mex blanket-red wheels look. Not my bag, but the blue paint is kinda hideous in person. From what I can tell the car was originally a dark blue.
  8. Right on, no one wants a shitty paint job. Dark blue would be long as its glossy! ha ha.
  9. Hud I
    Joined: Jul 19, 2008
    Posts: 162

    Hud I
    from Tennessee

    hudsoncustom gave you the best advice. Drive the crap out of it. The more you drive it the more you will love it. Wide white radials is a must. RIDE,RIDE,RIDE. Hud I
  10. ratwasp
    Joined: Oct 3, 2013
    Posts: 74


    stripes? scallops?
  11. squeaky32
    Joined: May 30, 2013
    Posts: 135


    i say lowered, wide whites, some 57 premiere caps, and a nice dark blue paintjob. id keep it simple, nothing crazy with the paint.
  12. ratwasp
    Joined: Oct 3, 2013
    Posts: 74


    I've always like those premiere caps. hard to find, anybody making repops these days?
  13. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,445

    Rusty O'Toole

    They are so rare now you don't need to do anything to it. Maybe lower it and get some cool wheels or hub caps. A new paint job, definitely.

    Around 1967 Pontiac had a real nice burgundy color that set off every car I used it on. I painted several older model cars with it back in the 70s and they always looked like a million bucks. It would suit that car to a T. I think the number was 50700 burgundy poly.

    Keep the chrome and skirts. The car is so smooth it needs the trim to pick it out and keep it from looking like a blob.

    Or get some pinstriping if there is a good striper in your area.

    59 Pontiac side chrome fits that car and looks great. Similar to 53 Buick in shape but slimmer and more elegant.
  14. shooter6
    Joined: Mar 19, 2010
    Posts: 126


    How about mid 90's Corvette royal blue. Ariels, lowered, www, new caps, possibly frenched tail lights or 51' merc tail lights & white interior with royal blue piping.
  15. ratwasp
    Joined: Oct 3, 2013
    Posts: 74


    anybody running repop Lancer hubcaps?
  16. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,075

    scrap metal 48

    I agree with most.. Lowered, wide whites, full wheel covers and some subtle white period pinstripes on that nice blue paint.. Cool car...
  17. 49styleline
    Joined: Nov 1, 2012
    Posts: 507

    from oregon

    Yeah I agree with most of the comments saying to lower it and change the wheels and tires. If you wanna paint i would stay away from flat colors. Personally I would just keep the blue.

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  18. Post Apocalyptic Kustoms
    Joined: Oct 21, 2012
    Posts: 480

    Post Apocalyptic Kustoms
    from Outside

    Would make a killer BOMB. Nice looking car.
  19. ratwasp
    Joined: Oct 3, 2013
    Posts: 74


    anybody have a source for reproduction sombreros????
  20. Atomic Kustom
    Joined: Feb 5, 2010
    Posts: 214

    Atomic Kustom

    Mcvay Cadillac parts
  21. Somebody
    Joined: Nov 2, 2013
    Posts: 468


    Don't turn it into a 2dr.
  22. This is your answer. I would find a good paintless dent guy and let him push the dents out and give it a good cut, buff and polish.

    Neat car....

  23. creepjohnny
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
    Posts: 877

    from Sunland,CA

    He never said flat black, but a matte paint job would look great as always on that car.
    Yes on the bias wide whites. I like how they are factory low as it is. But lower is always better! I never understood the Mexican blanket thing if your not Mexican. Start with the seat or some simple covers if needed.
    But sweet score man! Hope to see you around town!
  24. speedyb
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 484

    from socal

    Step down Hudsons are exempt from the "no four door "rule !!
  25. monkeyspunk79
    Joined: Jan 2, 2011
    Posts: 553


    Leave it. Drive it. Love it.

    White walls maybe...then drive it some more.
  26. Its neat how they looked chopped and low from the factory. Im another shiny paint vote. Id do it all in heavy flake, maybe even with the same blue hue that its wearing now. The wide whites would pop against it. IMHO.
  27. Kripfink
    Joined: Sep 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,040

    Member Emeritus

    In my humble opinion,matt finish of any color is a bad idea on a custom.When it shines it brings out the lines.Great car.
  28. thewaxhead
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 80


    I saw this for sale as I was driving to Malibu back in August, nice score!!!
  29. ratwasp
    Joined: Oct 3, 2013
    Posts: 74


    Ha! thats where I found her!
  30. Shaun1162
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 809


    I think you're definately on the right track with Wide White and some different hubcaps... They may just be the best looking 4 door I've seen...

    Maybe it's just me- but I kinda like that blue...

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