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#1 OlderThanMe

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 03:44 AM

Well my little brother will possibly be getting a car soon. My Dad found this car and it looks like a great project. It will probably be a hybrid just for the fact that you can't get a rebuilt hudson motor. Dad is thinking thinking a 350 chevy will work but I think that is overkill since he does not want to go fast at all. I was thinking Ford 2.3 Turbo. This car will not be hotrodded. It would probably have an airbag suspension and a few other nice things like A/C. It would be a testbed for my brother's artistic skills.
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I' of course, would weld in the new rear 4 link or whatever suspension and do almost all of the suspension work with the air compressor and other stuff. He wants it to be "old school" looking but does not want to go fast in it. That is probably a good thing since this car weighs about as much as two track prepared Z cars. I would have to fabricate a new front bumper and grille sionce those are missing.
In fact this car may have the paint rolled on. :-)
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#2 Kennysgreen280zt

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 09:40 AM

You can still order performance parts for those hudson motors. We did a Hornet a few years ago that had headers and a carb upgrade along with some bumped up compression and a cam.

I like the way it looks. Its a four door right?

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 12:44 PM

I really like those, sharp cars. Keep us updated!

How's the rust situation?
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in the heart or in the head?

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#4 OlderThanMe

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Posted 23 July 2006 - 01:08 PM

Muspuppis: behind a fence that I just stuck my camera over. It appears to not have any holes in the body like my Z did... plus it is probably built like a tank.
kennysgreen280zt: I would not think there would be any stuff for those cars but that is cool that there is stuff out there for them. I think that it is an Inline 6 but I am not sure. It is a 4-door with two bench seats.
It looks like it needs that drivers window but that should not be too much. I like the look of whitewall tires on that car too.
this place has about 200 cars and they rebuild a bunch of them to perfect condition. They have a showroom full of older cars but they weren't open when I stopped by.
The plan would be to to have an automatic transmission, 200-250 horsepower. It could be a hybrid with a 350 chevy or that 2.3T ford...Or maybe even keep the engine in it if it could be rebuilt and then mated to an automatic tranny. The idea of putting the body on like a caprice or other chassis has been considered. This car would be planned out in advance opposed to the never-ending totology of my car.
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#5 Mike kZ

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 04:36 AM

Where is this place, near us?

#6 OlderThanMe

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 05:48 AM

it is about 90 or so mles away...go around the perimeter and then due north and it is up there... my secret...Just PM me and I will let you know where it really is..
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 07:15 AM

update on the hudson:
It has an inline 8 with a 3 speed manual tranny. Grille and bumper are inside the car. Car will run off of a gas can on the fender. They are asking $4800 OBO for it. I can't see paying more than $3500 for it. At least the motor runs though.
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 07:33 AM

You HAVE to keep that straight 8, or else trade him up for your L26 and put that in your z.
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 07:39 AM

That hudson is a cool looking car

veritech,
here is the pontiac straight 8, it weighs as much as a z car, I took this picture because the engine is just huge. SBC head for reference.

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 07:50 AM

That manifold is perfect for turbo...Too bad the intake manifold is cast into the head, it would be cool to run 8 1-barrells or ITB's on that.
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#11 OlderThanMe

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 09:47 AM

mmm.. cool updraft carb...
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 10:55 AM

Updraft? I wonder if there is a performance benefit to spitting the air/fuel mixture up out of the carb like a volcano...would that make it an external combustion engine? Way cooler than a nitrous purge!

Sorry dude, you know I had to give it to you a little bit. That's a Downdraft carb.
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 10:58 AM

maybe he was thinking along the lines of an upside-downdraft carb?
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 11:05 AM

oh duh... looked at the exhaust and it looked like an updaft carb I saw on an I8 on the TV show " victory by design". Then saw the intake...
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