1932 Hudson Essex Street Rod

coolhudcoolhud Member
edited January 2016 in Street Rods Posts: 12

Hey all, I've just purchased a 1932 Hudson Essex street rod project. My question is regarding the front windshield surround. How was the glass installed? Was it in a frame or no?

Thanks in advance Bob

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  • 46HudsonPU46HudsonPU Administrator
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    Welcome aboard! good to have you.  I'm sure you'll find a wealth of information here, and knowledgeable people to provide advise and guidance.

    You may want to visit the Hudson Essex Terraplane Club website, and consider joining that Club - Members come for the cars, and stick around because of the great folks there!

    You'll also find a link to our Facebook group as well (at my signature, below).

    We hope you enjoy your time here at the Hudson Essex Terraplane 'Open Forum' -

  • StillOutThereStillOutThere Expert Adviser
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    To answer your question, YES, there was a windshield frame which held the glass and was top hinged to open for ventilation, like all cars made in that era.

  • coolhudcoolhud Member
    Posts: 12
    Thanks for the answer. This is my first earlier era vehicle. Past has been 60's muscle cars. So i'm going to be asking a lot of dumb questions. Does anyone have a detailed photo of windshield mechanics, as i'm going to have to have a frame made.
    Cheers.
  • coolhudcoolhud Member
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    Appreciate the welcome.
  • StillOutThereStillOutThere Expert Adviser
    edited October 2015 Posts: 838
    Can anyone comment on whether the '32 Essex and '32-33 Essex-Terraplane windshield frames are different or are they the same?   Parts book research would reveal something too.

    This company makes new frames that are outstanding quality.  They list '33 Essex (meaning Essex-Terraplane)
    http://www.windshieldframes.com/Products/Essex.asp
    Their Hudson page lists '32 Hudson.   I think the Hudson and Essex share the same windshield.  Comments?
    http://www.windshieldframes.com/Products/Hudson.asp


  • faustmbfaustmb Senior Contributor
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    I do know that 32 Essex Terraplane and 33 Terraplane windshields are different, so it's a safe bet that the 32 Big Essex is entirely different. All 32 Essex Terraplane windshield frames are flat across the top, similar to 33 Terraplane convertibles and roadsters. I had a good portion of a 32 Essex a few years back, and there was nothing I could find that resembled 32/33 Terraplane. Different beast altogether...
  • coolhudcoolhud Member
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    I do know that 32 Essex Terraplane and 33 Terraplane windshields are different, so it's a safe bet that the 32 Big Essex is entirely different. All 32 Essex Terraplane windshield frames are flat across the top, similar to 33 Terraplane convertibles and roadsters. I had a good portion of a 32 Essex a few years back, and there was nothing I could find that resembled 32/33 Terraplane. Different beast altogether...
    Sorry if this is a dumb question. What is a 32 Big Essex?
  • Jon BJon B Administrator
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    Hudson made three cars in 1932: the regular Hudson (a full sized car), the Essex (a lower priced Hudson, somewhat smaller) and the then-new Essex Terraplane, an even smaller car.  The "big Essex" would have been the "regular" Essex (not Terraplane) and probably shared more body parts with the larger Hudson, than with the smaller Essex Terraplane.
  • coolhudcoolhud Member
    Posts: 12

    Thanks for all the info on the windshield and frame. New question does anyone reproduce any of the door bumpers or seals or really any rubber components that are found on these cars?

     

  • ski4life65ski4life65 Expert Adviser
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    Call these guys for rubber parts


  • ski4life65ski4life65 Expert Adviser
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  • coolhudcoolhud Member
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    Awesome. Thank you so much.
  • coolhudcoolhud Member
    edited January 2016 Posts: 12
    imageDoes anyone have a photo of the hood ornament atop  the grill shell for a 1932 Hudson Essex 5 window coupe.
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  • coolhudcoolhud Member
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    Thanks 33Hudson. How rare are these cars as it seems information and images on the internet seem to reveal modest results at best.

  • Jon BJon B Administrator
    edited January 2016 Posts: 6,431
    Excuse me, but isn't the mascot for the '32 Essex, a bird?

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  • boothguyboothguy Senior Contributor
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     My 32 Big Essex has the bird like Jon shows in the pix above
  • ESSX28-1ESSX28-1 Senior Contributor
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    Mike Paul in New Zealand has reproduced these 'birds'

    Dave Young
    Dave Y New Zealand
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  • coolhudcoolhud Member
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    Appreciate the correction guys. Super picture John B, thank you. Is there a contact for  Mike Paul?
  • Jon BJon B Administrator
    edited January 2016 Posts: 6,431
    Bob, here is a link to a "Hudson Repro Parts" webpage I maintain.  http://www.detailedconcepts.net/Repro_Table.pdf

    Go down to the Exterior Trim and Brightwork section, the hood ornament is listed there.  There is a photo of it in the photo section, and Mike Paul's contact info is shown, keyed to his listing for the part.


  • coolhudcoolhud Member
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    Again, thanks Jon.


  • coolhudcoolhud Member
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    Got my  dash done. Gas tank built and installed

    One door panel.

    And Glass installed. Getting close now

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  • coolhudcoolhud Member
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    Hey all. How were the 32's labelled with their vin's and model #'s? Was it a plate on the firewall with all id or #'s stamped somewhere on the vehicle? Any one have a picture of id tag if this is what they had? Thanks.
  • SamraSamra Member
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    I realize this thread is fairly old, I just bought a '32, I need to purchase/build many parts, any info you can share would be greatly appreciated.  

    Where did you get your windshield trim and hardware?
  • faustmbfaustmb Senior Contributor
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    Samra,  what model 32 did you pick up?  What parts are you looking for.  
  • Jon BJon B Administrator
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    By "model", we mean: Hudson?  Essex?  Essex-Terraplane?  There are differences.
  • kcwildmankcwildman Member
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    Samra, I have a 32 Essex Terraplane Sedan, trying to replace front suspension ,what is your wheel mounting to wheel mounting width on yours?
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