Doc Hubler

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  1. I did find the correct one from Concours Thunderbird parts out of Nevada. They also have a Galaxie catalog, but does not list the grommet for the 390 there, but for small block Ford engines. Anyway, what I got fits and works perfectly. Have the car back and running properly with brakes and tranny now that I got the vacuum system running correctly again.
  2. Can anyone tell me where to find a correct sized grommet for this engine, year, car? The ones in the part stores are "universal" meaning they are universally useless. The grommet for the PCV valve needs to fit the valve head tight so it won't leak vacuum for one thing. The opening of the hole in the valve head is 1 1/4". the groove in a PCV valve grommet will need to have that diameter. I've found the correct width grommets (for the groove) but not with the correct diameter.
  3. 1966 Ford 4-dr hardtop LTD for sale. 390/2bbl. Stock interior, Runs fine. Went through and replaced fuel tank and rebuilt carb. Went through brakes. New booster, but not working correctly, may have vacuum leak. Cruise-O-Matic transmission should be gone through. Sloppy gear selection. Seems to shift fine., $6500. AC needs to be gone through to get it working again. Vinyl top needs to be replaced. Some corrosion starting on roof. Car from eastern WA, purchased new in that area.
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    1940 Plymouth Tail lights? What is correct?

    My 40 coupe has the exact same taillamps as shown above, with the raised bump only on the driver's side and that's how I usually see them.
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    WTB: Air Cleaner, 1966 Ford

    Car has no air cleaner. Don't understand why someone disposed of it. I guess they probably just forgot to put it back on.Will need one and wanted stock appearance.
  6. Looking for a correct air cleaner for 1966 Ford LTD. 390 cid, 2 bbl carb.
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    SAD BUT TRUE

    Pacemaker Deluxe came standard with the fancier Commodore steering wheel. THe car is painted Texas Tan, a really nice color for the time. The regular Pacemakers were plain Jane pull straps on doors and not armrests. THe upholstery was not fancy either.
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    SAD BUT TRUE

    Xander, I always assumed the reason for the painted "trim" at the bottom of the doors, etc along top of the rockers was the way the rockers were built. THe way they connect to the front feders requires some trim to cover the bolts or they would be exposed. Tacky. Thus the trim line must be carried all the way to the back, even though it serves no other useful purpose. It was cheaper to use painted steel which they did starting in 1951, and used through 1953. All 48-50 Hudsons, including Pacemakers had shiny trim (eyebrow, stainless steel) in those places before those years. Of course, in 1954, Hudson changed the rockers for the final years and they were welded in place instead of removeable. So that eliminated any need for that type of trim. In the links above, the Red Wasp Hollywood is a Super Wasp. The famous Super Six name was used through the 1951 model year, and was on the longer wheelbase (only Pacemakers had the shorter wheelbase in 50-51). Then, the Super Six name was dropped for 1952, and the Wasp took it's place, and on the shorter Pacemaker wheelbase. The difference between the 52 Pacemaker and Wasp? The engines -- Pacemaker got the 232, while the Wasp had the venerable 262. Also Wasp had a little nicer interior, etc. The 52 Pacemaker had the triangle struts eliminated from the grille, so the grilles looked like the 1953 Hudson grille lineup. Sales of Pacemakers in 1952 were very poor (only around 7500 cars), and the name was dropped for 1953. For 1953, what was the Pacemaker became the Wasp (232 engine), and the Wasp of 1952 became the Super Wasp (again with 262 engine). Confusing, but Hudson decided to go with the Insecta class nomenclature across the board (the Commodore was also dropped after 1952), Sales continued to slide of course, and within 1.5 years, Hudson was no more an independent car company, and became the Hash for 55-57. Here's a couple of pictures of my 1950 Pacemaker Deluxe. 1950 was the only year they had this fabric dash design, and that was only for Pacemakers. The Commodores were leathergrain dashes, while Supers were painted in 1950. This Pacemaker actually has a 1950 Super Six engine in it (262) with the original "500" Pacemaker head giving it a little more compression. A good power combo for this car. That was done by John Soneff back in the 1970s.
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    SAD BUT TRUE

    Yes, the convertible doors are interchangeable for 2 dr Hardtops, but not 2 door coupes..
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    SAD BUT TRUE

    Thanks Xander! The Wasp has this interior (it's stock original). Yes, the grille is still 52 (with the inverted triangle). I don't think you can interchange the hood ornaments, so I'll have to get a 52 Wasp hood eventually. Wasps did not have the stainless pieces on the headliner either. But otherwise, pretty much the same as the Hornet/Commodore series. This car also did not have the Wasp emblem on the trunk, and I've seen other 52 Wasp Hollywoods that did not have any ornament on the trunk lid. It's the original Jefferson Green under there, hasn't been bothered with (they didn't even paint the jambs). I have a correct ornament and plan to install it. I can do my own leather graining (I've used Grain-It Technologies system). Did that for my 48 Cadillac. I think I may have some sources for the stainless trim on doors and quarters. This car has a lot of good and some bad. The bad is the rust of course. It's got more under there than any Hudson I've bought (bought only ones from my local area or dry intermountain region cars). This car probably came from the midwest (Iowa) and was in Utah for some time before going to Idaho where I got it. Someone installed an electric fuel pump and removed the mechanical one. That's a no-go on safety for me. I'll redo the entire brake system, but for now I will have to replace 2 wheel cylinders on the ones that stick. It had no brakes at all when I got it. This car is just a 3 spd, but I have a 52 3 spd tranny with OD that I will install eventually (rebuilt by Al Saffran years ago). Make it much nice for the highway. And the green machine motif has to go. I'm going to other colors, but way to early to decide on that. I think a lot of mechanical pieces went to the dump from Jim's place. Pieces like stainless did not. As far as I know, the cars pretty much sold but there were a few in storage near the old homestead. I believe it was just before Christmas 2011 that everything finally had to go as the property was sold. They had to be out by Dec 31. A number of club members helped move stuff. I'm not really sure what has happened to it all (Jim's son in law was helping I think). I don't know what if anything was done with the remaining stock.
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    SAD BUT TRUE

    Obvious to me is that the hood on this 52 Wasp must have been damaged and was replaced with a 53 hood. The car was originally Boston Ivory over Jefferson Green. The top paint is still original, but the green is, well, not my favorite. Clearly also, the lost the stainless when the car was repainted so it is missing those pieces on the side. Otherwise, pretty much and original car. Your Hornet convertible is to die for!
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    SAD BUT TRUE

    BTW, here's my latest Hudson, though not doing much to it yet. A 52 Wasp Hollywood. Pretty rare car. If you look carefully at the doors, you'll see that they match the convertibles, but can't easily be converted or used for a coupe/or vice versa.
  13. Doc Hubler

    SAD BUT TRUE

    What Xander says about the Hollywoods/Coupes is correct. I'm over in the Tri-cities, WA area. THought I had that on my Avatar, will have to go back and fix that.
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    SAD BUT TRUE

    Xander, thanks for sharing. BTW, I'm over in the Tri-cities, WA area, so look me up sometime -- always wanting to try and get the meager ration of Hudson folk together in the "area." Seems like you're in Idaho, though I'm not sure where. Fred Conners and I went over to see Jim, and happened to be the day he passed. Very sad for all. He was truly a great guy and will always be in the pantheon of Hudson lore.
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    SAD BUT TRUE

    It's interesting to read this as I knew the parties involved except for the potential buyer. THe owner called me right after this happened as I was an editor for the Hudson club newsletter in the area and he wanted to advertise the parts (I happened to be in CA at the Hudson National Meet when he called). He was shook up, and wanted to sell everything he had. He also had a 37 Terraplane pickup stashed in the garage. I think the owner IS a lawyer, but he was no mechanic. My concern was that he wasn't seriously injured. It's funny but not really. We all make mistakes and poor choices at times and when your turn comes, it won't seem very funny. I'm not critical, I think the potential buyer presented his view of this in a respectful manner (especially by waiting a number of years after this happened). We all need to learn as another said above to take nothing for granted -- people can get seriously hurt. I actually saw the car at the man's house who was ill and was restoring it. I actually was there to visit him the day he passed away -- that was Sept or Oct 2010 -- car wrecked less than 3 years later. He was the nicest person, and well known in the Hudson community. It was tragic that he became so ill -- he couldn't really do anything on the cars. Wish he had been able to finish the brakes though. Someone would have a nice Hudson convertible and the entire incident could have been avoided. But again, luckily, no major injuries.