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One of my favorites
#1376712 Fri Sep 11 2020 12:45 PM
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Got a Hudson with the 308 Twin H Power engine in to install a wire harness and it brought back fond memories. We raced Hudsons in the 50's and dominated the competition. Not NASCAR but midwest dirt tracks where it was just as potent. First was a 308 in a 36 Terraplane coupe and second was in a 32 Essex coupe. 296ci Flatheads and 12 port 302 Jimmy's didn't stand a chance.

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Re: One of my favorites
coilover #1376716 Fri Sep 11 2020 01:22 PM
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Thanks for posting Evan. Roll on brother.


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Re: One of my favorites
coilover #1376735 Fri Sep 11 2020 06:26 PM
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Good memories. Doc.


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Re: One of my favorites
coilover #1376738 Fri Sep 11 2020 06:47 PM
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My cousin had a Hudson back in the early 50s, it would fly and he did not hold back.

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Re: One of my favorites
coilover #1376767 Sat Sep 12 2020 01:37 AM
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What was the magic behind the flat head six Hudson, or was there something about the rest of car that made the difference?

Re: One of my favorites
coilover #1376793 Sat Sep 12 2020 02:10 PM
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Hudson sort of pioneered the "upside down bathtub" aerodynamics, and Nash followed along, beginning in the late 1940's and early 1950's. Hudson also built big, tough engines with lots of torque, which made them successful on the short tracks. Having nearly 70 cubic inches more than the flathead Ford helped, too. The only things Hudson had problems with were the Olds and Cadillac OHV V8's that came out in 1949, and then only on longer tracks like Daytona. Back then, half of Daytona was run on the beach, and the other half on the paved coast highway. Drivers described that as "two drag races, and a turn around a telephone pole"! A couple of Nashville drivers who ran Olds engines on that track claimed they found a layer of sand in the oil pan after the race, and totally worn out engines from the abrasives circulating with the oil. Even with the best oil bath air cleaners available at the time, enough sand got ingested to make it past the piston rings and end up in the pan.
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Re: One of my favorites
coilover #1376848 Sat Sep 12 2020 10:59 PM
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The Hudson was a unibody and so rigid that the suspension did all the work. The body on frame cars of the time had frames that flexed so suspension tuning was a compromise at best and a complete guess for the uninformed. Without frames they sat lower and advertised their "Step Down" design. The engines had a 12 port BLOCK design, dual carbs with near equal length runners to each intake valve, and a factory header style exhaust so they were free breathers. We also have a unibody 73 Barracuda in the shop right now and it is a flimsy piece of toilet tissue in a floor pan/sub frames comparison. Racers wised up and went to 10 or 12 point roll cages which converted the body on frame cars to a rigid box which is what you got from the factory in a Hudson.


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