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I am looking at buying a 1950 Hudson Commodore Super 8. Was wanting to know how these cars are in general & how good are the engine & trans on them? Also what would be a good upgrade if I have to rebuild or replace the trans? I am looking to make one a semi daily driver. 

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You may also want to ask this question at the H-E-T Club's Open Forum, where many Hudson enthusiasts hang out!  Between the AACA and the H-E-T Club forums, you should have pretty good coverage for any question you might ask about Hudsons!  http://forum.hetclub.org/

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For 1950, there were two Hudson 8 cylinder models:   the Commodore 8 and the Super 8.    The Commo is the top of the line.   If you are looking at a Super, it is less valuable.   In general stepdown Hudson cars are over-engineered, well built cars of high quality materials.   Very important to a new buyer is the support hobby club.    The HET club has always been primarily about the stepdown years and most interested in the Hornet 6 models.   The 8s have been given short shrift.   The club does not judge at their events and that is a historic problem.   Authentic, correct restoration to add value to the broader hobby market is uncommon.   Parts are still relatively inexpensive in a hobby getting very inexpensive!    If the car has any serious rust STAY AWAY as unibody cars are a nightmare for the non-professional.   1950 was the last year Hudson Motor Car Co. made a profit.    If you found a coupe or convertible Commo 8, probably buy it.    Good luck.

 

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No real help, but can't resist remembering the 50 Commodore 8  my gone-to-his-reward-if-any brother had; I was in southern NM, he was in El Paso, and we spent many sweet hours in that thing on the open roads. A lovely, comfortable road car, they were quite popular in the wide-open-spaces states.

It's a car you sit in, rather (driving position) sit on---but the seat can always be picked up if that seems claustrophobic. If you have a long commute on the freeway they love to get out and run!

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