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« on: November 23, 2010, 03:50:46 PM »

Came across a real solid '51 Hudson Hornet Twin H Power for a decent
price... I know this car's ancestry in Nascar and their reputation and
always liked 'em... and my Grampy had a '51 back in the day, I barely
remember it... anybody had any
experience with Hudson, or care to share an opinion? This one is a real
good untouched original car.  I'm very tempted, even though I've
been looking for something earlier. Whadda ya think?
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2010, 04:20:59 PM »

I know that there aren't many around. Whenever one shows up at a show it usually wins something, if for nothing more than the recoginition.
 
How much help does it need?
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2010, 04:25:32 PM »

Holy cow!  I had a 51 Commador 8 and a 55 hornet.   The hornet was a tri color, gray, pink and white, like the 55 dodge.  I gotta tell you, there wasn't much that could keep up with that Hornet.  The carbs were a bear to keep in sync, but I was a kid.  No money.  Sold both, but ran the pants off of them.
 
Hornets were smaller than the Commador and I felt a better built car.  I had a 55 Plyme before the hornet that just rotted a way.  I don't recall any rust on that Hornet.  Rode like a drean, but typical 50's under/oversteer.
 
Got any pics?
 
I say do it.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2010, 10:26:44 PM »

I think Kevin Bacon is closer to you than the Hudson is to Mopar.....

Maxwell is the true ancestor to Chrysler...ol Walter P. bought it and renamed the 4 cylinder car after hisself until he got his 6 produced...



Hudsons are cool though


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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2010, 11:11:21 PM »

Go for it! Cool car!
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2010, 05:36:10 AM »

I'm gonna go back and look it over more carefully. It seemed very solid
from what I saw in the dimly lit barn. Needs full cosemtics though and
heaven knows what mechanicals, but the engines are simple and
reportedly tough... Grampy had a Maxwell, then an Essex, which he liked
and led to his buying the Hudson later on.  I'd call Hudson a
Mopar ancestor,  since Hudson, Rambler and Nash combined to from
AMC, which became part of Chrysler under Iacocca around '87. A lot of
Mopar shows recognize and welcome AMC and it's ancestors these days.

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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2010, 02:30:47 PM »

distant cousin twice removed maybe......


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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2010, 05:16:17 PM »

In January 1954 Nash announced the acquisition of the Hudson Motor Car Company as a friendly merger, creating American Motors Corporation (AMC). To improve the financial performance of the combined companies, all production beginning with the 1955 Nash and Hudson models would happen at Nash's Kenosha plant. Nash would focus most of its marketing dollars on its smaller Rambler models, and Hudson would focus its marketing dollars on its full-sized cars.

And we all know AMC/Jeep/Renault was purchased by Lee Iacocca in a grand move to improve our fine company many years ago.

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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2010, 08:28:10 PM »

Quote from: firedome
I'm gonna go back and look it over more carefully. It seemed very solid from what I saw in the dimly lit barn. Needs full cosemtics though and heaven knows what mechanicals, but the engines are simple and reportedly tough... Grampy had a Maxwell, then an Essex, which he liked and led to his buying the Hudson later on.  I'd call Hudson a Mopar ancestor,  since Hudson, Rambler and Nash combined to from AMC, which became part of Chrysler under Iacocca around '87. A lot of Mopar shows recognize and welcome AMC and it's ancestors these days.


 
This is true, but I have not seen a Hornet at a Mopar Show (yet).  Because of our work with the Gremlin I've become aware of a new type of car show - Orphans!   I think we're going to see more of an interest is this type of categorizing in the future.  After all, in recent years cars like Packard (50's cars, not the classics), Hornet as you mention, Nash, Studebaker, Willys, Kaisars and the like are starting to grab attention - and for more than just Street Rods.  People want to put them somewhere and get tired of having to go to the "Special Interest" area.
 
Heck, I get tired of listing my C under that category!
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« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2010, 03:14:07 AM »

 
So did Kevin Bacon's Granpa ever own a Hudson?
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« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2010, 03:25:35 AM »


What are the six degrees of separation between Steve and Tiny Tim?

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« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2010, 04:17:34 AM »

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And we all know AMC/Jeep/Renault was purchased by Lee Iacocca in a grand move to improve our fine company many years ago.
Not quite.
 
In 87 AMC/Jeep-shares were sold by Renault to Chrysler. Renault has always been running on its own, and still is. Although it has a close co-operation with Nissan, and some engine deals with Daimler/Benz nowadays.
 
But I can imagine you guys are not very aware of this as Renault is not sold much in Northern America. It is one of the biggest players in the European carmarket, and maybe also in other parts of America (Brazil?) but not sure of that.
 
But back on-topic: how's the Hudson?
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« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2010, 04:58:01 AM »

Haven't gotten back to see it yet, next week I hope. I'm pretty
impressed with the car so far and hope it stands up to close scrutiny.



I was aware of the Renault connection, the Renault Alliance was sold in
AMC dealers in the early 80s, and after Chairman Lee bought AMC, mainly
to get Jeep, the Dodge Monaco was just a badge engineered Renault, had
that crappy PRV V-6 found in upper end Volvos and DeLoreans at the
time, jointly used by Peugeot, Renault and Volvo but essentially
designed by Renault.  Francois Castaing from Renault became VP
chief of Engineering for Chrysler and was influential until he got sick
of Daimler's interference and left. Carlos Ghosn, who's run Renault for
a while now, is a true automotive management genius and the Japanese
idolize him for what he's done for Nissan, the latter having really
turned around and making some really excellent products... I love our
new Xterra, really good vehicle and 24 mpg on triips!




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« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2010, 07:39:40 AM »

That PRV-V6 is actually an extremely durable engine (go easily over 300.000miles) that can withstand an amazing amount of abuse.(neglected maintenance and aggressive drivers) But it was not very fuel-efficient (but  comparable US-engines from that era weren't either).

I think the best thing from the merger between AMC and Chrysler is the lessons learned from the AMC design staff, quite impressive what those guys managed on that tiny budget (compared to the big 3). I think that injected a lot of vitality in ChryCo.

Lets hope you will get a good deal on that Hudson!

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« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2010, 07:56:40 AM »


best Renault product:

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