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Hudson truck progress

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by orphanautomill, May 22, 2011.

  1. orphanautomill
    Joined: Jun 21, 2010
    Posts: 156


    The daughter of a good friend of mine is getting married in two weeks, and would like her dad to deliver her to her wedding in an "old truck". Back in February he asked me if I could have this going in time, it's been good motivation to make some progress. I've owned this truck for almost 4 years, and had it at my house the last two, but progress has been slow. It was last registered in 89, and I've been slowly replacing the broken / missing stuff. I've kicked it up a notch the last month or so, where every free minute I'm doing something on it
    • replaced the windows and felt
    • changed slots back to steelies
    • got the brakes going strong
    • new carb & adjusted timing (smooth idle now)
    Tons of little stuff to do but I'm happy to be this close. A friend provided the barn wood for the bed



  2. orphanautomill
    Joined: Jun 21, 2010
    Posts: 156


    I've got some help from the HAMB on this so far, but haven't told much about the truck here yet. For those wondering, it was put together in the 80s. Here is what I have from PO noted
    -350 sbc from cop car? (idk but it runs good)
    -T350 trans w/ trans cooler
    - 10 bolt posi rear from a nova
    - stock Hudson front

    Otherwise pretty much stock. I am told the builder hauled his dirt track car to the track with it, which based on the mud and race tickets inside I'd say may be true. Must have been scary on 4 worn out drum brakes. It was purchased in the clarion PA area in the 80s.
  3. hoggyrubber
    Joined: Aug 30, 2008
    Posts: 569


    them hudson trucks are just cool. hope everything works out in time for the weddin'.
  4. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,361


    thats a coool looking truck , get er done
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  5. Nice "ugly" truck ....:D
    ..... it takes one to know one ;)

    mine is 350/350/ camaro rear -- Fireo Steering wheel and tilt colum built:cool:

    by a guy in Indiana in the 90's? ;)

    "gee I didn't know Hudson made trucks"

    is the most asked question I get when stopped....

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  6. Hudson was next to the last to use passenger car sheet metal on a pickup (Studebaker being the last in the '60s with the pickups that used Studebaker Lark front sheet metal). As far as I know, Hudson was the last to build a pickup on a passenger car frame ('41 being the last year Ford did it). I'm a Ford guy, but I've always wanted one of these Hudson pickups, in my opinion they're among the most attractive trucks of all time. Basically the front half of a 4 door sedan with a pickup bed.
  7. oldcarkook
    Joined: Nov 4, 2007
    Posts: 58

    from Bahstin

    That truck is beautiful. Its almost like a UTE in the smooth lines.
  8. Ole_Red
    Joined: Jul 29, 2009
    Posts: 596

    from 206, WA

    One of my Top 10 dream cars. Jealous. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!
  9. SWEET!!! Rare and cool!!
    Joined: Mar 30, 2010
    Posts: 3,254


    Me like very much , keep on truckin .
  11. Dale Fairfax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,585

    Dale Fairfax
    Member Emeritus

    Please don't try to "improve" it by cutting and whacking. It's beautiful the way it is.
  12. Model A Gomez
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,238

    Model A Gomez

    Good looking truck, glad someone built a fire under you to get it going.
  13. hillbilly4008
    Joined: Feb 13, 2009
    Posts: 2,905

    from Rome NY

    Wow, I was not aware Hudson also built trucks. Looks great
  14. orphanautomill
    Joined: Jun 21, 2010
    Posts: 156


    Well, it all worked out. The bride was pleased, and I'm ready for the next round of work on the truck to get a reliable dd,





  15. orphanautomill
    Joined: Jun 21, 2010
    Posts: 156


    This is the number 1 comment heard by Hudson truck owners :D

    47 was the last production year, but there were a few "factory" prototypes made from (48-49) stepdown models. I think there are around 800 46-47 models registered to exist within the HET club.
  16. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 3,106

    from nor cal

    Good job on the truck and what a good looking couple that said the vows.
  17. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,441

    from Michigan

    Way ta go. The truck looked real good for the special day.
  18. PhilJohnson
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 906


    Nice truck. I'm a sucker for odd ball orphans :)
  19. speedyb
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 484

    from socal

    Great truck, great day, thanks
  20. damagedduck
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 2,342

    from Greeley Co

    whats a hudson? oh you mean like DOC HUDSON?:rolleyes:

    ya know i'm playing,glad everything worked out.i had chance to buy a hudson truck about 17 years ago for $500..i know i should have:(

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