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Bought a 1949 Hudson tonight.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by raidmagic, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,731

    from Canada

    That is a really good looking car. Hope you enjoy working on it and driving it, she is a beauty.
  2. roughneck424
    Joined: Jan 10, 2009
    Posts: 1,084


    Very Nice and my old High School Colors!!
  3. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438


    Got a link to a thread about yours? I'd love to read about it.
  4. That's better than a '60 biscayne anyday. I found some lapbelts at a swapmeet. Used some 3/16 steel plate on the underside of the body. Put a bolt thru it and mounted the belts to them. Works great.

    I almost be the floats are stuck on the carbs. Mine sat for nearly 30 years when I bought it. I pulled the carb apart, cleaned everything and put it back together with no new parts. It's been working perfect since 2005.

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  5. hillbilly4008
    Joined: Feb 13, 2009
    Posts: 2,911

    from Rome NY

    Beauty! I've never owned a Hudson, but I hear those Twin-H motors are the tits. lower the rear, throw on some WWWs and your set.
  6. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438


    Once it runs for a minute it idles nice, it is a little rich and there is dripping from the carbs. I hope to get a video of that tomorrow and post it for ideas. Here is a short video of it running for some reason it cuts out 1/2 way through the video but you get the idea. Sounds pretty mean to me.
  7. That's a helluva nice ride! Mike it safe and driveable (tune up, brakes, shocks, tires etc.) and enjoy.

  8. bigboy308
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 144

    from Merlin, OR

    Great Car!! I have the exact same model, '49 SuperSix and have changed to a 308 Twin-H also. Three speed straight stick trans.

    You might want to check out the rear end ratio--Stock ratios were around 4.1/1, best move I made (other than 308) was to find a stock R/E from a later ('51-53) automatic-transmission Hudson. Simple bolt-in replacement, including brakes ratio is nearer 3.2/1. Slowed that big ol' torquin' 308 down about 25% and made highway cruising a whole lot easier

    Also, two suggestions: has a Hudson forum that is the unofficial Hudson forum. (Has both Stock and Modified sections.) Might take a while to find the Classiccar forums but highly recommended perusing.

    Save that visor!! Visors normally sell for somewhere near $400 to the Hudson Owners that want them! Try for marketplace.

    Welcome to the Hudson crowd---

    Remember, when anyone asks, and you will be asked, what year MERCURY that is, just tell 'em it's a 1948!! (1948 Huds were exactly same as your '49, body-wise, so Hudson was there first !!)
  9. deto
    Joined: Jun 26, 2010
    Posts: 2,621


    I must be getting old. The off brand stuff looks better and better to me...

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  10. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438


    Thanks for the info. I'm normally not a visor guy but I thinl I like this one.
  11. I had one of those for a while, too, they're nice cars.

    Certain 53-54 Hudsons have a Dana rearend, a 44 I think, so even if you get one with the same ratio, it's not unobtanium to change the gears themselves.
  12. B Blue
    Joined: Jul 30, 2009
    Posts: 281

    B Blue

    As a guy that was around when the stepdowns were new (young, but I have a good memory) I have to say it is about time they receive the recognition they deserve.

    Great looking car. Give it a proper interior in the Hudson spirit and it will be stunning.

  13. fleetside66
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,546


    I'll second that (and I've always been a Hudson man). Some years after these recently found shots were taken, I flunked my driver's test in a '49 Commodore Six by backing into the guardrail.


  14. hoggyrubber
    Joined: Aug 30, 2008
    Posts: 572


    i think you def traded up on getting the hudson! i saw your car on the hudson forum as well. Walt Mordenti still rebuilds those twin h carbs i believe. he is in the wtn and on the hudson forum. i'm with everybody else that hudson looks great! congrats on the buy!!!
    by the way fleetside66, i love those pictures!
  15. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438


    Great pictures. Great story.
  16. adams27
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 200


    Great car! Great history Diamond Jeff!
  17. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438


    Thanks, I was directed to that forum from here and figured it would be smart to join up and do some learning.
  18. Thats a sweet ride! Drive it like its yours. I would keep the visor as it gives an attitude!!
  19. Adriatic Machine
    Joined: Jan 26, 2008
    Posts: 165

    Adriatic Machine

  20. servi53
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 338


    diggin it and the visor too, very cool ride
  21. Rocket88NZ
    Joined: May 7, 2007
    Posts: 112


    I'm with you I like the look of the visor on the Hudson's, people give me shit about mine but I figure its only 6 bolts bolts if you don't like it. Nice car, hope you are enjoying it.

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  22. kennkat
    Joined: Aug 25, 2011
    Posts: 1,384


    Pretty Damn Sweet!!
  23. Dakota
    Joined: Jan 21, 2004
    Posts: 1,535

    from Beulah, ND

    Rocket88NZ, i just picked myself up a 53 Super Wasp Coupe... not nearly as nice as yours but still a complete car.

    My sons name is Hudson and i picked it up as a future Father/son project..
  24. Nice - there are quite a few of us Hudson guys here on the HAMB...Looks like your car is much nicer than what I started with! Good score!
  25. 49styleline
    Joined: Nov 1, 2012
    Posts: 507

    from oregon

  26. I'm sure you picked it up by now, get us some better pictures!!!
  27. skoh73
    Joined: Apr 17, 2008
    Posts: 1,553


    Awesome score! I like the color combo and the visor. IMO the visor helps complete the illusion of a chop, and on a Hudson which has the low roof to begin with, I think it looks primo.
  28. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438


    I see you don't have the rear fender well pieces on your car. Why? Personal choice? I've played with mine off and on and can't make up my mind which I like best.
  29. raidmagic
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 1,438


    Check page 2 post #36, there is a short video of it running I'll take some more pics this weekend.
  30. Normbc9
    Joined: Apr 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,123


    Does it have the Twin H 308 six? If so you have a real tough engine and they ruled the NASCAR (dirt era) tracks long after some pretty high performance V-8's made their appearance. There is one here in a '39 Hudson pickup that makes a good accounting of how fast they can be.

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