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Dragged home a Hudson

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BarryA, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. BarryA
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    A friend needs some bumpers straightened and various other bits of metalwork. And he has too many projects and no space. I have space, no cash and way too many projects. So a trade was hammered out and before I could think it through, this was standing in front of my shop.
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    Seems to be quite complete, although there is a bit of bodywork to do:eek:
    Damn this thing is BIG!!

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    I think put it aside and let all the ideas fight it out in my head for a while - right now I'm tending towards some pretty drastic cutting, perhaps even creating a 'wagon. Time will tell.
    More pics in my album http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/album.php?albumid=31745
     
  2. Rickybop
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    A wagon?!?!


    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooo!!!
     
  3. Rickybop
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    If you mean a pickup......................."ok"...if you do a nice job of it.

    Plenty of guys would love to have that car to customize.

    That said, congrats and good luck.
     
  4. mcnally351
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    coooooool sled!
     

  5. BarryA
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    I know Rickybop - but this woody wagon pic has been rattling around in my head for a while.....
    But yeah, perhaps sanity will prevail!
     

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  6. skoh73
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    Please don't hack that thing into a wagon or pickup. Like mentioned before, plenty of people would kill for a Hudson like that!
     
  7. 60galaxieJJ
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    x 2
     
  8. In South Africa it's going to be unique no matter what you do with it. But I say go ahead and cut it up, if you can finish it off. Then it'll be unique to the entire world.

    As to people wanting them, I have one just like it that's pretty decent and even has Chevy motor mounts in it and I can't even give the damn thing away. It's not like I want a fortune for it either, if scrap comes up much more I'll be able to get more money for it at the junkyard.
     
  9. Rickybop
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    Barry...didn't even notice you're from S. Africa. Cool. And I was just given the business. It's your car...do what ya want...I aint gonna bash you. Actually, that's a beautiful woody you posted.
     
  10. Buzzman72
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    Put curtains in the back, and have the kewel-est hearse in town...
     
  11. jazzbum
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    what he said.
     
  12. Sonicjagstang
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    Very nice. Reminds me a lot of the one I passed up in the late nineties. I'll always kick myself in the ass for that one. That car has SO MUCH potential.
     
  13. Ned Ludd
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    Barry, let me know if you need any concept sketches, etc. I still need to get to your shop some time ...
     
  14. Frankie47
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    Nice hudson.....time to replace that avatar:)
     
  15. Love it! Why would anybody go to all the trouble of chopping a Merc when they can just buy a Hudson. Hudsons looked like they'd already had the top chopped from the factory. Hudsons ride and handle better than most early '50s cars.
     
  16. KWashburn
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    Very nice. Hudson's are some of the best cars ever built.
     
  17. Ole don
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    Does it still have the 308 engine?
     
  18. Roger Walling
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    How about moving the back window on to the trunk and lowering it so that there is no "notch back"?
     
  19. LOW LID DUDE
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    It's your car ,do what you want as long as you are sure you can pull it off.I like the Hudsons art deco design.I think if it were mine I would 2 door it .
     
  20. LOW LID DUDE
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    By making it a 2 door I mean stretching the front doors longer for better entry access and style.Not just welding up the rear doors like some guys do.I would use a section of the rear doors for your extension and move the B pillar back. Is that steering wheel on the right side that I see in the photo? Cool car.
     
  21. Ramblur
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    Looks like a 48-9 so no 308 from the factory but is pretty much a bolt in deal. Nothing wrong with a 262 either tho. The 8 cyls. available ( 254 CID) were a splasher motor from the mid 30's and can get pricey if you have to rebuild... Stepdowns are notorious for rust in the uni-body so before I got too far into it I'd look it over REAL close. Rocker panels and rear 1/4 panels unbolt and can hide a lot of structural rust. Still, a great looking,driving,handling ride. I love mine.

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    Lots of Hudson info here: http://www.classiccar.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&func=showcat&catid=13&Itemid=152
     
  22. BarryA
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    Thanks for all the replies_

    Yeah it is RHD, we got quiite a few of these over here. There was a factory assembling knocked down kits, Hudson & a couple other makes.
    Dawie I may take you up on that.....
    If I were to two-door it I'd certainly stretch the doors, as it is it looks a little odd with the rear doors longer than the fronts!
    Unibody frame looks pretty sound but there is a fair amount of rot in floors, rockers etc. Quite a few spots with fibreglass over them:eek:
    Doors below the reveals are really wavy, but doesn't appear to be much mud on them - I'll likely just make up new skins for the lower sections.

    I will stew on this one a while - woodies from this era always get my juices flowing, but I don't know that this is the best candidate. Same applies to the wagon idea. But the car doesn't totally inspire me in stock form either - and it is HUGE (by my standards anyway). Since it will be on the back burner for a while I'm sure I'll devise a workable (and not too horrifying!!) plan for it.
    Engine is there in pieces - think it is the 262 L6 but I really don't know much about them... I'll take a closer look but will more likely shelve it in favour of something more workable - depends on the final plan with the car.

    And Frankie47, what's wrong with my '64 ? :D
     
  23. fleetside66
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    Hmmm..a wagon....something that has never crossed my mind. My dad was (is) a big Hudson guy (had a number of them, including a convertible, back in the day). He's 89 now...I'll have to ask him if he would have considered a wagon if they would have offered one. I wonder how much weight would be added? (I took my driver's test in a '49 & bumped the guardrail in the turn-around...pity the poor guardrail.) I kind of like the idea.
     
  24. damagedduck
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    from Greeley Co

  25. damagedduck
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    there is a glimmer of hope for replacement parts too! Michael Theisenis has restarted an old company & is getting an online catalog up & running,he still adding stuff each day,he is real passionate about these Hudson too! ;)

    http://fulllinereproduction.com/
     
  26. Affirmative. They also have great club support.
     
  27. At that rate, I'll hitch a ride up and take it off your hands. It will give me a ride and keep it from the crusher:rolleyes:
     
  28. Dyce
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    Barry I see a wicked custom when I look at it. I've seen your work and I really look forward to seeing the project when you get to it.
     
  29. hudson48
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    Why not just get 2 door doors and rear flanks.Move the pillar back to suit the longer stock front doors.Bill Albrights Vintage Coach that specialises in Hudsons should have parts. Bill died a couple of years ago but I believe his son is still running the business.
    I started with a four door and that is what we did,as well as chopping of course.

    http://albrightcars.com/index.htm
     

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