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  1. Hi, took a brief look at a copy of the '36 manual, and this set-up is common to mid- to late-1930's Hudsons. No "split" brake pedal, I can assure you! It does show the safety brake system (used on all Hudson products) but that is under the floorboard, not above. Incidentally, if you want to ask Hudson questions you needn't sign up for the forum at the H-E-T Club's website, merely to the "Open Forum" at , invent a username and password, and you're in. This is also run by the Club and is more for the general public, but plenty of Hudson enthusiasts come there, and could answer most questions.
  2. I"m totally unfamiliar with this setup (I have a '37 Terraplane so if "factory", that setup should have been on mine as well). Sounds like it was cobbled by a previous owner, or was some sort of Pep Boys aftermarket item. What purpose did it accomplish? In your memory, what did the two-piece brake pedal do that wasn't done by other cars you'd owned at the time? Of course, Hudsons had a safety brake at the time; if the hydraulics failed the linkage would engage the emergency brake cable when the pedal neared the floor. But that device was all located under the floor and from inside the car the pedals (brake and clutch) looked just like in any other car of the era.
  3. I've never heard of a two-piece brake pedal (for Hudson, or any other make). Sounds like a previous owner had rigged something up. So, you're saying that the brake pedal had an upper and a lower half, each of which had its own linkage through the floorboard? If you stepped on either part of the pedal, it would (on a good day) stop the car? What could have been the purpose for such a pedal?
  4. 1949 Plymouth special deluxe

    Wait. You said you came out to start the vehicle and "it would not crank". So, when you turned the key, the starter didn't even turn the engine over? If it didn't turn the engine over, did you even hear a "click" from the engine compartment when you turned the key? If you didn't hear a "click" I would suspect either the battery or ground connections, or the starter solenoid. Or the starter switch.
  5. I had my headlights resilvered a few years ago for a very reasonable price, by Craig Riker of Toledo, Ohio. I don't know if he's still doing this. My latest contact information shows and e-mail address of [delete the XXX before sending] and a phone number of 419-290-4442 Of course, this is traditional silverplating and although it will initially be more reflective of light than the aluminum plating of Uvira, it will degrade over the years and will be less refective than Uvira's plating (which is sealed under a clear coating). However, it will be significantly less costly.
  6. Dipping a Toe in the Water - sixties sedans

    Two or three thoughts: 1. Don't plan to make this car your primary car. If you depend on it for everyday transportation and it poops out, it's be a real bummer. 2. Be sure you have a place to store and work on the car. Don't leave it outside or it will deteriorate quickly. You'll gradually discover that you can perform simple tasks on it yourself, and save paying a mechanic, and when that happens you don't want to work on it in the driving rain. 3. Join your local AACA region for a year, so you can rub shoulders with fellow hobbyists, ask plenty of questions, and find out firsthand what it's like to own an old car. (Maybe it'll change your mind and you'll go back to those vacuum tubes and diamond styluses!) Also, you can discover a great variety of cars that you maybe hadn't ever ever heard of, and find out their comparative advantages / disadvantages from the very people who own them. You may even get an inside tip on a car for sale (maybe from an estate, or a collector who's thinning his herd) that isn't even being advertised, and on which you can get the "inside story" from one of your fellow AACA members.
  7. Parts

    Spare parts for older Hudsons are not as easy to find as parts for popular marques, like Ford and Chevrolet. The easiest parts to find are usually parts for the drive train. The hardest parts to find will be the body parts. But they are available. Also, some people are reproducing parts. You need to ask the right people! One good clearinghouse of information is the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club. There are many people who sell parts, and advertise them in the club's magazine. If you join the Club you will discover other people who own Hudsons like yours, and you can ask them where they find their parts. So, if you buy this car, I would recommend joining the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club. There is a good "public" forum on the internet, which is run by the Club, here: You can easily join that forum, and can then ask questions about 1928 Hudsons, there.
  8. Hudsons at Hershey, 2017!

    The booth is now open! Stop by and see us if you have any interest in (or are curious about) Hudsons, Essexes, or Terraplanes! Any Hudson enthusiasts who are in the Carlisle area on Saturday evening, Oct. 7, might want to stop by Hoss' Steak and Sea House, 1151 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, PA 17013. We have arranged for a room at 6PM, for Hudson enthusiasts and members of the H-E-T Club. Join us (no reservations needed) and "talk Hudsons' ! ! For more info on this or other Hershey-area Hudson activities during the Hershey car meet, phone Jon Battle at (703) 986-8785, from Thursday (about 6 PM) through Sunday noon. (Phone is disconnected at other times.)
  9. Mirror re-silvering

    Chaudron Glass in Baltimore re-silvered my beveled 1937 interior rearview mirror at a very reasonable price. 410-685-1568, One word of caution: I have been told that rearview mirror silvering is somehow 'grayed' so that it won't reflect headlights so brightly at night. I have no idea if this is true. The re-silvering on my mirror is the same as on any mirror.
  10. 1954 Hudson Jet

    Is there any contact information available, should someone be interested?
  11. You might want to be more specific. In 1937 (for instance) there were two wheels, the plain black one and the "banjo" wheel. Possibly in 1938 as well. And I'm not sure that the two years were interchangeable (though you may know).
  12. Just a reminder that the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club will be represented at the Hershey, Pa. fall meet on Oct. 4 through 7, at our trailer in the Red Field (the farthest field to the east, in front of the "old" stadium), space RNE 24-25. Sign up for membership, enjoy a cup of fresh coffee and a donut, rest your bones in our comfy camp chairs, leave or read notes on our bulletin board, and temporarily "park" that heavy generator you've been lugging around the flea market. We need a volunteers to staff the booth, and Hudsons to display. Please contact me if interested. Many Hudson enthusiasts choose to stay at the Carlisle Quality Inn, at the intersection of Rtes. 11 and I-81, near Carlisle -- about 35 miles west of Hershey. A block of rooms there has been negotiated at a discount, for Hudson enthusiasts. There'll be a hospitality room at the Inn on Friday and Saturday afternoons. On Saturday night we gather for dinner at Hoss' Steak and Sea House, a couple miles west on Rte. 11, at 6 PM; no reservations needed, just show up! On Sunday morning the 8th (the day after Hershey ends) we hold an all-Hudson flea market behind the motel from 7 AM to noon; no registration or fees, just bring along your Hudson parts to sell. If you have any interest in Hudsons, Essexes or Terraplanes please check in with us at Hershey or the motel at Carlisle. You can meet other folks with the same interest, learn more about these great cars, and maybe find a part you've been searching for. E-mail me for any additional information: Jon Battle,, drop the xxx before mailing.
  13. Looking for a Certain Truck

    If your father owned the truck when it was old enough to be regarded as a collector's item (like, in the 1980's or 90's) there might be a chance it survived. But as has been pointed out, without the VIN number, how would you know you had found the exact truck? Either you have to go through your dad's old paperwork and hope to find an old registration or copy of the title, and thus obtain the VIN. Once you have the number, you could contact Chevy clubs, old truck clubs, etc. and send them the number, so they could check their current rosters to see if the truck is still listed. Or, you will have to trace the path of the truck's ownership after your father sold it. Does he recall to whom he sold it?
  14. Substitute for Marvel Model V carburetor 1930 Essex

    If you haven't already done so, you might want to pose this question on the Hudson Open Forum at . It may be that Essex owners have found an acceptable substitute, or someone might suggest where your friend could purchase an original Marvel V.