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1942 Hudson Big Boy

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Hi,

Does anyone know anything about 1942 Hudson Big Boy?

Would be very grateful for some information on it.

Thank you,

Nina

 

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1942 is a one year only front end. Hard to find grill parts. Same truck as a 1941 and 46-47. Just dressed out different, matching the styling of the passenger cars on the front end. And the dash on the inside. A 42 truck would be rare, 46-47 trucks are  medium  rare.:lol:

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47 minutes ago, Xander Wildeisen said:

46-47 trucks are  medium  rare.:lol:

Like yours they can be well done too. ;) 

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Just now, auburnseeker said:

Like yours they can be well done too. ;) 

I like that, rare, medium rare and well done. new terms/car lingo.

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When you have so many tasty options on the menu,  how else can you describe them?

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No matter what you call it,  it makes me drool. 

Very Very tasty. 

 

Maybe I could get an auburn boat tail for an Appetizer,  but what would you follow this with for a Dessert?

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Ok I'll agree on the Appetizer.  Not sure on Dessert though, not a bad choice but it really needs to chase that Duessy down and leave an even better taste in your mouth to savor a bit longer.  Atleast we are looking at the same menu though. 

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I have a custom Jag to finish, so I will be eating at a fast food joint. Building to lease as well. But will save some money for a premium beer.:)

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Medium rare 46-47 trucks you say? 

For those two years Hudson only made a total of 3000 commercial vehicles in total. 

That include some vans and some other oddities. So it’s unknown the true total of 46-47 trucks produced but, it under 3000. 

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I am no expert, so do not hammer me. I have heard over the years that 3000+ or- trucks were built in 46. And 3100 + or - trucks were built in 47. I know that a lot of them have survived. Maybe people hung onto them because they are so unique. You can always find a 46-47 truck for sale. (condition all over the map) They pop up all the time, most have had a hard life. Not sure what other commercial vehicles Hudson produced in 46-47? No panel wagons to my knowledge. Earlier Terraplane trucks are harder to find than the 46-47's. I got really spoiled getting involved with Hudson"s out here. A lot of Hudson"s are floating around the Pacific Northwest. Getting to know people like Jim Harmon, who knew where every Hudson ever built was hiding. A person could put the word out to a few big names in the Hudson stuff, and what you were looking for would surface. I am sure it is the same for other makes of cars, if you run in those circles. Maybe someone with production knowledge, and info from the HET Club can jump in. I can think of 11, 46-47 trucks that I have come across in my travels, that a person could have bought if you wanted to. I have owned four, been involved in building/restoring a few. Fun trucks, just different, but also good looking. The bed rail coming up to the body line is what makes them. 

 

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That does look like a good one for the money.  Important thing to make sure as well is that it has good trim (the diecast chrome stuff)  as it rarely turns up in good shape.  I searched Hershey for a few years and never found anything that was better than what I already had.  Plus religiously searched ebay daily even doing just a Hudson Search in general.  (Hubcaps are hard to find in decent shape as well)  Xander finally was the man to help me out with some nice pieces. Hey Xander,  you the man!  

 The fender lights are starting to get ridiculous if you can find them.  Even the hood surround piece and definitely Headlight bezels are rarely turning up in anything better than 5 or less condition on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect.  All I have found and bought were pretty crappy,  finally turning up a pair of decent driver quality with some light pitting (each came in pairs but only one of each pair was decent) .  I swear Hudson must have used the worst pot metal to make their parts from. 

I did see one pair of Hudson NOS Headlight rings and they sold 2 years ago for $450

Still cool trucks especially when you park them next to a 47 Chevy or Ford.  No Comparison hands down factory hot rod look to a Hudson.  I swear in stock form the roof is atleast a foot lower.   Doesn't hurt they look stretched as well.  I think they must be a couple feet longer as well.  The almost 8 foot bed is better proportioned with the long front sheetmetal than a chevy. 

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4 hours ago, Xander Wildeisen said:

A better location for the speakers would help the sale of this one.  https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/cto/d/west-46-hudson-pickup/6856328585.html

Goes to show it doesn't matter how much money you spend,  you can't buy taste.  

Looks like they probably aren't making any money on that one either. 

I don't care for the boat looking interior either. 

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The second could be a good start if someone wants to go that direction,  but alot of money and time left to finish that one. 

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Any Big Boy is like a good medium rare prime rib dinner with yorkshire pudding and a nice red wine. You can keep the filet.  

Dave S 

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Problem with messing with these old cars/ trucks is I have had to fool my stomach into thinking that the Cube steak I just gave it was like Filet.  I decided a long time ago that I could either eat fancy or have nice cars but not both, so the food lost out. 

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Never liked the Big Boy, but do find them interesting.

 

ah the youngsters...................!

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I think this one was taken apart when it was around 35 years old, sat for 20 or so, and I bought it in pieces. I brought a handful of carriage bolts with me and the guy who took it apart helped me screw it together to get it home in one piece. Kind of ironic.

 

I sold it to a Hudson collector near Attica, New York and haven't seen it since. Anyone know where it is now?

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