'49 Nailhead Hudson
So recently I picked up a new project now my 52 Buick is complete - a 1949 Hudson Super.
Story goes I was browsing auctions with no intention of buying anything just cyber tire kicking so to speak.
"Hey a cool old barn find car has surfaced 45 mins away. Want go take a look" i ask my better half.
With a promise that we would go get something tasty for lunch we pile in the old 52.
Walking up to it & seeing the fast back shape and roof that looks chopped straight from the factory the better half mutters "I wont say no if you want to buy it"
^^ what more can i say... talked the price down for cash & shook hands with plans to pick it up the following day.
Next day swapped the fat wad of bills for the original registration papers, original ownership papers showing two owners (father then son), a few old photos from 1962 and a set of keys to a car that hadn't been started for 47 years.
Now I already have a Straight 8 in the buick and not really interested in another inline. NASCAR history big brother or not. Saying this im not into chevy swaps. I do like Buick Nailheads... rare here in New Zealand and always catch my attention when dressed up. I look at the Husdon, scratch the ol chin and go "yus sir that would be mighty fine". Nailheads have a old school look that would suit that engine bay more than any Buick ever did.
Images from the Auction & First Look.
So what the old timer said was wrong with it:
- Fuel tank out as he has had it patched cus had a few small leaks.
- trunk floor has a split where fuel tank mounts. guessing due to weight & old NZ roads being not the best etc
- small patch rust on left rear skirt.
- patch rust on right front panel.
- front right door pillar has a split at bottom. apparently he use to chat to people leaning on the open door and thinks this might of been the issue.
- brake Master cylinder needs put back in as its and all the drums have been redone.
- Water pump is at a shop getting redone.
- Rats have nested in seats.
All easy stuff really. the splits are clean stress splits with no rust or nasty to be seen.
Still trying to figure out my build. Any help or ideas are most welcome. I do know the history of Hudson and NASCAR etc but I already have a restored car and dont want another. im after a more custom look. I haven't been in a Hudson moving under its own power so im unsure of many things like suspension etc.
Plan so far:
- worked 401 Nailhead. (hard to get here so may need import)
- Worked 700R4 trans
- rewire using American Autowire highway 22kit.
- Wilwood disks all around.
- Media blast.
- Shave the handles. French the lights. and do all the normal custom shiz
- Change up the grill.
- Lower it.
- new interior.
Thinking 9 inch in the rear to handle the Nailheads torque and power. Not sure what ratio.
Not sure for front end. I read how great the near 70 year old front end was. Maybe new hubs for disk brakes and a thicker swaybar. But then i think why not just throw in a jag IFS. comes with disks, power steering etc and is cheap here in New Zealand (cheaper than reworking the old hudsons setup)
Driveshaft - unsure. one or 2 piece...
So ideas? Suggestions?
This will be an expensive project for me. Being at the bottom of the world/New Zealand means expensive shipping. We have a lot of Holdens here and a fair few Euro cars.
Again note this is under Street Rod section im not after a restoration. im after a old school look & sound with if possible a more modern handling.