Kate has to be driven to the U=Haul office in Santa Fe on a rollback because she won't stay running. There she has to be unloaded and reloaded backwards so that she can be loaded frontwards on the trailer. Little brother's duelly diesel was really the right truck for the job, too!
This is Kate at Thanksgiving, 2011. She has had a brake adjustment, a new oil sending unit installed, new shocks back and front, wiring repairs and many other little things so she is running well!
Kate is in for an engine rebuild! Dan "Hud" Fullerton of Dahlonega is undertaking the rebuild at his shop in Cumming. The crank is being turned and Dan was going to order the new pistons yesterday! I am getting really excited to have her back and running like new.
As Dan sends updates I will be posting them here!
"Hud" Fullerton came to me highly recommended by Ed Forrester, a member of the Dixie Chapter of the Hudson Essex Terraplane Club. I talked to him several times, but never actually met him until I delivered Kate to his TWIN H GARAGE in Cumming, Ga in March of 2012.
He had already made a trip to my place in Cleveland, GA, to ascess the problems with Kate's loss of compression, oil burning and leaks.
He seemed really enthusiastic about the work and quoted a price which he stuck to through the whole project. He outlined the process estimated the time as best he could and delivered what he promised when he promised it. The only thing was, I had no idea what I was buying, and I was blown away with the results.
"Hud" went over lots of other problems and fixed a lot of things I never even thought of. The result? Well, come see Kate today!
I am taking her to the Dixie Chapter meet on July 14th in Young Harris, GA to show her off for the first time!
If you have a Hudson project, you're ignorant of or don't know a whole lot about these cars and their personalities, and you need someone to be your guardian angel in the process, I definitely recommend "Hud"!
Where did this car come from? The 1955 Hudson was the first all new automobile produced by American Motors Corp after the 1954 Hudson - Nash merger. There is a lot that I would like to learn about who was actually responsible for the design and what things were considered in developing an all new 1955 Hudson when there was literally no design in the pipeline.
These are things I do know:
1. The 1955 utilized the 1954 instrument bezel which was built into an existing Nash instrument panel, with radio, heater and glove drawer in the center. The emblem in front of the passenger seat was a miniature 1947 Hudson grill with the name overlaying it. The knobs are all Hudson style and the ignition takes the same round head key that Hudsons have used (forever).
2. The emblems including nameplates are all 1954 Hudson vintage including door handles and rockets.
3. Most body panels are different from the 1954 Nash (which is apparently the basic design that the car is based upon). Wheel cut-outs front and rear are all larger than the comparable Nash. The "C" pillar at the rear of the passenger compartment is different from the Nash and the rear window is a single piece while the Nash was made up of three pieces.
4. Real Hudson emblems decorate the "C" pillar of most models.
5. The 1955 tail lights are unique to Hudson and are made up of a large lense and a smaller reflector in a chrome bezel that fits over the large lense. The 1955 Nash hid its gas filler cap under the right side tail light like a Cadillac did, but only for that one year. The Hudson had an exposed round cap just like previous and next year Nashes, but with an big chrome "H".
6. Headlights are surrounded by small hoods, pointed at the tops, which were utilized on the 1955 Hudson only and never showed up before or since.
What I want to know is how did they come up with this design?
The eggcrate grill showed up on Frank Spring's sketch of the "1955 Step-Down" and might have first come from the Italia.
The tail lights are not like any Hudson or Nash from before.
The two tone line follows the Nash body's sculpturing, but no Nash ever used this line like the 1955 Hudson does. The two toning is totally dissimilar from the 1955 Nash.
If you know any of the answers to this please add a comment to this page!