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MrSlow 04-04-2011 11:54 AM

Hudson Hornet 1954?
Hi Guys! Im new here and i need some opinions. Ive found a 1954 Hudson Hornet Twin H power for sale for a good price! But i cant decide if i want to buy it or not. It might can get to be a nice ride with lowering in the back and a little higher in the front and such to get the real ledsled feeling! What do you guys think about these cars?

(Sorry for my bad english im from Sweden) :smash:

techinspector1 04-04-2011 12:02 PM

Your English is quite a lot better than my Swedish. :eek: :D

MrSlow 04-04-2011 12:32 PM

Haha yeah maybe :D Didnt find any -54 there thou :( So whatcha think? Is it a good car to work on and maybe get a cool ride? I cant decide im thinking about it all the time haha! :confused: (Btw Its a 4 door)

327NUT 04-04-2011 02:47 PM

Hudson Hornets used to be a real Hot Rod, they raced them on a lot of the dirt tracks and on the beach at Daytona. My Uncle had one, it was a 4 door, don't know if they made a 2 door or not but he rebuilt the straight eight and that thing would " haul the mail" as he would say. If I found one I would treat it as an old Nascar racer...numbers, decals and all.

AutoGear 04-04-2011 03:04 PM

Dont chop the roof
Dont put a V8 in it

Good luck finding Hudson parts in Sweden.

Other than that, Id go the other way...jack the rear, lower the front throw some cool decals on it and drive that bad inliner all over! Oh put a 3spd manual gearbox in it

MrSlow 04-04-2011 10:10 PM

Ahh of course i will not chop the roof! Its alread chopped from the factory :D I Will keep the 308" Straight six in it, that is a BIG six! and it has the 3spd manual with overdrive :mwink:

techinspector1 04-04-2011 10:15 PM

I think Clifford still has an aftermarket aluminum cylinder head for it up in the rafters. Last time I talked to them about it, they still had one or two. They may even have a 7X grind cam for it.

MrSlow 04-04-2011 10:19 PM

Oh thanks for the tip! I was looking at a Hudson -53 to with the 308" and it had a alu cylinder head on it maybe it was the same as on that site?

But ive looked around some and found out that you can take the heads from the 262" and put on 308" and you get higher compression and so on! Btw it has the "twin h power" option with 2 carbs :mwink:

techinspector1 04-04-2011 11:27 PM


Originally Posted by MrSlow
Btw it has the "twin h power"

Those aren't easy to find even in this country. I'm amazed that you stumbled onto one in Sweden.

It was a great car. I'll post some links so the younger crowd can learn a little about them...

471A 04-05-2011 12:17 AM

I still clearly recall, though only 12 years old at the time, watching a Hudson Hornet dominate V-8s at the first drag race I attended in 1959. Hornets continued, at least at the strips I attended, to dominate the "full bodied" drag classes until the early 1960s. Absolutely outstanding that you have found such a gem to preserve !

trees 04-05-2011 05:55 AM

A car ahead of it's time in the USA. Advertised as "a car you step down into". Until the 48 Hudson came along, all cars floor pans were level with the top of the frame and you stepped up into the car and most had running boards. The Hudson "pocketed" the floor pans down inside the frame members, did away with running boards and effectively lowered the seat about 6 inches, allowing the roof line to be about 6 inches lower than the cars of the day. Throw in the "souped up" big six with more cubes than the powerpacked 283s that came several years later, and feed it with two big two barrels that had more air flow than the early 4 barrels and you had the first muscle car. There is a 2 door version but they are rare as hen's teeth. Another great car that was ahead of it's time and died a slow death. Hope you can keep it alive because you may be able to get the only one on the Continent, but definitely Sweden. Your challenges are going to be many, but I think you will be rewarded.

I tried for years to buy a 37 Hudson pickup (very similar to the Aussie Ute and the later 59 El Camino) but the old gentleman would never sell and it ended up disappearing into his estate. I am sure it has resurfaced, but I have not recognized it.


MrSlow 04-05-2011 08:24 AM

Thanks for the links techinspector1 im only 22 years old so il probarly count as "the younger crowd" :D Thanks for so many answers and great stories from you all was very fun to read!

Yes il think its the only one in Sweden or maybe 1 more here. Its imported from California about 2 months ago. I will probarly buy it just need to think a day or 2 more! Hold on a while and i will try to upload some pictures on it! :welcome:

silentpoet 04-05-2011 03:35 PM

The guys over on the HAMB at might have more information. It is a site/message board for traditional hotrods. I once almost got a Hudson, but I didn't really have money or much to trade for it at the time. They do look chopped already. Even more so if it has the shade on it up front.

MrSlow 04-05-2011 10:06 PM

Thanks for the tip silentpoet! Do you regret that you didnt could buy that old hudson?

dirty dixon 04-06-2011 08:58 AM

If it within your skills/funds to fix the repairs needed I would go for it. Check it over real good. They are super cool cars in my opinion.

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