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Customs What did you do for Thanksgiving, I chopped my Hudson!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by THEKID49, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. THEKID49
    Joined: Apr 24, 2005
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    THEKID49
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    Not much to update lately. I finished all the welding, put the roof in DP 90 primer before I started the bodywork. I got tired of sanding bondo, so I cut down the vent windows. I had to remount the division bar and then start cutting the vent down. They only had to be cut down about 3/4 then the top had to be reshaped.
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    After welding, grinding, sanding, filing, more welding, more sanding I think they are ready to go to the chromer.
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  2. Looks real good!

    One word of caution. Be sure to test fit your window frames with the stainless window trim on the car, and the new vent window rubber installed before you have them plated.

    I don't know yet if the new rubber that is available through K-Gap is a slightly larger size or what, but my freshly chromed vent windows do not fit once I put the stainless on the window opening and installed the new rubber. (they're too big).
     
  3. THEKID49
    Joined: Apr 24, 2005
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    Thanks for the heads up. I still need to order the rubbers. Now I will wait before taking the vents to the chromers and get the rubbers first.
     
  4. 57283
    Joined: Oct 27, 2010
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    That is a sweet job you did. Can't wait to see the car finished!
     
  5. LeadSledMerc
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  6. THEKID49
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    Another little update. The roof is now in the first coats of filler primer, I have been working on the stainless. Before I primed the roof I also welded up the holes for the wipers. In the five years I have been driving the car I always used rain-x. Mostly because the wipers did not work. When I got the car the cable driven wipers were missing parts, so when I redid the firewall I removed the cable and pulley system. Now it was time to remove the wiper transmissions.
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    I made a patch and tig welded it in place
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  7. THEKID49
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    Before I started the chop I got a full set of 4dr stainless trim from Owens Salvage. I wanted to have extra pieces and curves. This is the first set I cut down so I was a little nervous. I did some checking on here and found some really good posts about doing this. I did not take any pictures cutting them down(sorry). Here are some I have already finished. I still need to do all the final sanding, I am going to wet sand them up to 2000 grit then polish.
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  8. Squablow
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    Beautiful job on that stainless trim, fits like factory. Welding and polishing stainless trim is definitely on my list of things I want to practice this summer. Top has a good flow too, very nice work.
     
  9. movingviolation
    Joined: Feb 19, 2005
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    HoLy FaK! Amazing...... i love the chop! Great thread!
     
  10. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
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    FLAKE THE TOP

    Chop looks great, trim looks great. perfect time to flake the top
     
  11. THEKID49
    Joined: Apr 24, 2005
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    NO flake on the top. For now it will be black again. i still have a ton of bodywork to do to the rest of the car. When it is painted it will be all one color. I am shooting for the look of something built in late '50's, a straight color no metallic
     
  12. indyjps
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    Right On, got a color chosen. Keep the pics coming
     
  13. THEKID49
    Joined: Apr 24, 2005
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    Here is the latest. The roof is painted some of the stainless is polished and back on. The big issue I am running into right now is getting gaskets for the windshield and back glass. I have been trying since mid January to get them from the only place I know of for Hudson rubbers. Now they don't even return calls to let me know when they will be in stock. I am trying to have it back together for the Roundup, but......

    This was Fri nite after finishing the final blocking before paint on Saturday.
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    Here is the windshield stainless polished and installed
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    Rolled out. I still need to clean up the bottom half. The color difference is not as bad as it looks.
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  14. dave s
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    that looks fantastic! the chop really pulled everything into perfect proportions. great job!
     
  15. Looking damn nice!

    I feel your pain concerning the unspecified Hudson vendor. They are definitely hit-and-miss.
     
  16. OhioRiv
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    Nice work. Less is more.
     
  17. HELLVIS
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    looks awsome....id take that over a merc anyday..nice job
     
  18. Sonny Depalma
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    Looks killer and yer insane!!! He does Cushman exhausts too!
     
  19. THEKID49
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    Thanks guys. I just came in from making the window patterns. I picked up my vent window frames from the chromer today. Unwrapping new chrome is like unwrapping Christmas gifts. They look awesome.

    Sonny, how did the pipe work out? The pictures of the bike look killer.
     
  20. nailheadrod
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    I called a friend that builds and owns Hudsons, and the company for the window rubber you are refering to, get there rubber from Metro. So you might check with them. He is still waiting on some door seals that he ordered in February, last year. Best of luck.
     
  21. low-n-slo54
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    I just love me a chopped Hudson!
     
  22. Lawson Cox
    Joined: Jan 30, 2009
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    I am not up to chopping all that much, but you did a fantastic job, and it really looks great. Congratulatiions.
     
  23. hasty
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    Looks fantastic, and beautiful workmanship.
     
  24. THEKID49
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    Metro does not make windshield and back glass rubber for these. I ordered all my vent window rubbers from them. I have a feeling this might keep me from making the Roundup, and it pisses me off
     
  25. lazee
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    How many hours did it take? results are way cool! thanks for the post
     
  26. Finnrodder
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    It looks really great,
    an another fine chopjob done.Keep it up!
     
  27. Looking Great!

    It took me 6 months to get my windshield and back glass rubber from K-Gap.
     
  28. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
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    That looks really great.
    Very well balanced chop!
     
  29. squigy
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    from SO.FLO.

    Btt for REAR WINDOW RUBBER
    FRONT WINDOW RUBBERS
    come on guys help this cat get to the Roundup
     
  30. THEKID49
    Joined: Apr 24, 2005
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    Not what I want to hear. I have ordered from them before and had no problem. The Roundup is quickly approaching.
     

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