Russell's Convertible Status!

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  • MikeWAMikeWA Senior Contributor
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    What an accomplishment! That's a beautiful car.

    I have to admit I had the same thoughts as Alex when you started. I wonder how many guys take on a project that complicated, and ever finish it? Congratulations on your hard work and perseverance.

    By the way, is it just my imagination, or is that beard just a tad bit grayer now? Just a coincidence, I suppose, and not related to the project. . .
  • hudsontechhudsontech Senior Contributor
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    Mike, I had the same thought about the goat-tee (beard, whatever). I can, off the top of my head think of only 3 or 4 other restorations that started out like Russells - There's Stig Invarssons beautiful '41 Hudson 8 Convertible, I think the '37 Hudson Brougham Gus Sousa restored was another. Going back over the years there are probably a lot of them that started out in that condition.

    Hudsonly,
    Alex Burr
    Memphis, TN
  • hotrodman2010hotmailcomhotrodman2010hotmailcom Senior Contributor
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    Know the fun part starts.....every thing is a finished product and a labor of love now..... very impressed with your organization of clean assembly an attention to fine details.
  • RL ChiltonRL Chilton Administrator, Moderator
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    Rodney, you're close enough, you can come help, if you want to!
    Russell http://www.52hornetvert.blogspot.com HETrlchilton52@gmail.com (drop the HET)
  • RL ChiltonRL Chilton Administrator, Moderator
    edited January 2014 Posts: 5,010
    Oh, and Mike: it's not a figment of your imagination, it is grayer. This project has aged me about 15 years. But, you know what they say, it's not the years, it's the mileage!

    And Alex, it's a Van Dyke. In the old days (I'm surprised you don't remember), all beard styles had a name. I generally wear a full one in the winter and a Van Dyke when it's warmer. For the record, a "goatee" is whiskers on just your chin. And thanks for putting me in such good company, but I'm just the caretaker. The HMCC is the one with the real talent. I'm just trying to do them justice.
    Russell http://www.52hornetvert.blogspot.com HETrlchilton52@gmail.com (drop the HET)
  • dave kastelicdave kastelic Expert Adviser
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    Very nice Russell. Looks like you are quite a bit ahead of me at this point.
  • RL ChiltonRL Chilton Administrator, Moderator
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    Oh, Dave, I sure hope you plan on making it to French Lick. That would be a real treat!
    Russell http://www.52hornetvert.blogspot.com HETrlchilton52@gmail.com (drop the HET)
  • hotrodman2010hotmailcomhotrodman2010hotmailcom Senior Contributor
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    Yes, I could give you a hand for a day or two. Perhaps when you have a full day to devote to the work and need that extra hand for engine stabbing, or what ever you need done? We can talk about it at the meeting?
  • hudsontechhudsontech Senior Contributor
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    Ok van dyke it is. But then what do I know.

    Hudsonly,
    Alex B
  • Chris SmithChris Smith Expert Adviser
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    As nice as it will be, I would be tempted to run it across the Barrett-Jackson or Pebble Beach auction (with a high reserve) Imagine the sellers remorse and crying all the way to the bank. Ha! :)>-
  • BrowniepetersenBrowniepetersen Senior Contributor
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    Russell, I saw the car on a trip up to Idaho when a few local members of the HET went up to get a 49 coupe that was also for sale. We (Me, Glen Johnson) had a long discussion as to if it was too far gone to bring back. I must say that I did not see the vision. You are doing a great job with it.
    Brownie
  • keithfullmeryahoocomkeithfullmeryahoocom Expert Adviser
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    Lordy, that's a beautiful car.
    Keith
  • EssexAdvEssexAdv Expert Adviser, Moderator
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    WOW! what a bunch of GREAT work. You have sure pulled off a miracle.... I can't believe how well you have done. One thing I noticed was you have a bit more gray in your beard, I know it isn't age, it must be the effects of all the hard work you've done. Wear the gray with pride young man, you deserve it.

    Lew
    Lewis Mendehall
  • RL ChiltonRL Chilton Administrator, Moderator
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    Testing the new "add a file" feature:


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    Russell http://www.52hornetvert.blogspot.com HETrlchilton52@gmail.com (drop the HET)
  • RL ChiltonRL Chilton Administrator, Moderator
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    That's great!  I love this feature.  Maybe we can get more folks to post pics.  
    Russell http://www.52hornetvert.blogspot.com HETrlchilton52@gmail.com (drop the HET)
  • Oldfarmer1947gmailcomOldfarmer1947gmailcom Expert Adviser
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    Thanks for sharing the picture... Great looking "teaser"
  • RL ChiltonRL Chilton Administrator, Moderator
    edited March 2014 Posts: 5,010
    It's been nearly 50 years since the top has been closed on this car, but tonight that changed:


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    Russell http://www.52hornetvert.blogspot.com HETrlchilton52@gmail.com (drop the HET)
  • RL ChiltonRL Chilton Administrator, Moderator
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    I have to add that of all the top mechanisms I have seen, the Hudson Step-Down Top assembly has to be one of the finest and most beautiful.  The quality and attention to detail that the Hudson engineers put into the project is simply . . .  astounding.  

    It never ceases to amaze me the quality, the beauty, the engineering of these fine automobiles.  What a testament to Hudson that we have and continue to save so many classy examples of a bygone era.  
    Russell http://www.52hornetvert.blogspot.com HETrlchilton52@gmail.com (drop the HET)
  • DocHublerDocHubler Expert Adviser
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    Russell,

    Well said and thanks for sharing those impressive pictures!
  • sshftnsshftn Expert Adviser
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    I think restoring old cars is the closest thing we can get to time travel.
    Jeremiah 1936 Hudson 8 Sedan
  • RL ChiltonRL Chilton Administrator, Moderator
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    I think restoring old cars is the closest thing we can get to time travel.
    I like that.  
    Russell http://www.52hornetvert.blogspot.com HETrlchilton52@gmail.com (drop the HET)
  • GrimGreaserGrimGreaser Senior Contributor
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  • 402Bowtie402Bowtie Member
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    Hi Russ, Great job you are doing! I can't wait to see the car in French Lick. I have a question in regards to the picture showing the "1st closing" taken from the rear forward. On the right side of the car you have the rag hanging there. Behind the rag in the picture is that piece of tin with 3 round holes and a larger hole. My question is I have the left side in my pile of parts but I don't have the right one. What is that piece for or what does it do?

    My other question is....what brand and color of silver did you use on your car?

    Thanks! Bill

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  • RL ChiltonRL Chilton Administrator, Moderator
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    Bill-

    It is a skeleton that holds the top trim piece, which is stainless.  This stainless piece has the cat-whiskers attached to it to help seal up the windows.  On a convertible without power windows, this skeleton piece also holds the regulator.

    As far as color, I had an original rear view mirror that I used as a color sample for the rockers and the convertible top mechanism.  Later on I learned that the color on the back of the mirrors did not match the factory color of the top stack.  Bill Albright was fond of using "Dove Grey", which in my opinion looked like someone threw up a gray color.  The color I ended up using is almost identical to Argent Silver, a Ford color.  
    IMO, even though it's not "factory correct", it looks quite handsome and is quite a bit richer.  "Dennis in NY", who used to be on this forum and restored a top notch '49 C8 'vert, used a very similar color.

    Hope this helps.  If you need a better picture, let me know.  
    Russell http://www.52hornetvert.blogspot.com HETrlchilton52@gmail.com (drop the HET)
  • hudsontechhudsontech Senior Contributor
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    Russell, after 40 years + of research I can tell you nobody alive today, except maybeWalt Mordenti, knows what is "factory correct".  And back-in-the-day I don't think that half the time the factory knew what was "factory correct."

    Serial numbers are a great example - I can show you (and it's probably buried in that stuff I gave you) various Hudson publications that list different serial numbers for the same years.   If it were me I'd not worry about - just sit back and enjoy it.

    Hudsonly,
    Alex Burr
    Memphis, TN
  • RL ChiltonRL Chilton Administrator, Moderator
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    No worries, Alex.  Trust me.  I'm very pleased with my choice.  My feelings toward this car just doesn't get any better.  No brag, just fact.  
    Russell http://www.52hornetvert.blogspot.com HETrlchilton52@gmail.com (drop the HET)
  • ski4life65ski4life65 Expert Adviser
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    Wow! Beautiful car Russell
  • BillUSN1BillUSN1 Member
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    I just had to buy a new laptop due to the wife and I drooling while looking at the latest pics!

    ;)
    Bill Hamilton Fuel Injection
  • hudsontechhudsontech Senior Contributor
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    Bill, I saw that car in the 1st stages of restoration.  I knew it was possisble to do what he's doing - I've seen two others in that condition that were brought back - a '41 convertible and a '37 convertible. It's unbelievable what Russell has accomplished.  I know he's put in bookoo hours and cash getting it this far.  It will be at the French Lick Springs national this summer - if he has to put in 24/7 to get 'er done.

    Hudsonly,
    Alex Burr
    Memphis, TN 
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