Have any of the factory drawings survived?

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I have a 27 Willys Knight that needs some water pump work. The Willys Overland Knight Registry has most of the factory drawings for Overland, Stearns, Willys Knight, ect.  They have 300,000 drawings up to about 1935.

I also have a 1930 Franklin, and the Franklin club has most, of the manufacturing drawings from about 1915 more or less, to the end in 1934. Not quite all, but an impressive amount. Pretty impressive considering they collapsed completely in 1934.  I think I have the factory drawing showing how to pin stripe my sedan according to company specs. 

As a side note, Willys Overland had a stricter and better drawing standard, Franklin feels more disorganized and a little more off the cuff.  They are remarkably beautiful hand drawn assembly drawings that are better than any assembly drawing I have ever done.

The Studebaker Drivers club, or perhaps rather the museum, claims to have the drawings for most Studebaker and Packard from the mid 20s to the end.

I believe the Tucker and the Dusenberg drawings have also survived.

Now that all said, if I remember my history correctly, technically Hudson has had a continuous commercial line from 1909 to today. From Hudson as an idependant->Nash->AMC->Jeep sorta->Chrysler->DaimlerChrysler->whatever that was called and went bankrupt->FiatChrysler.  I would expect that at least some of that engineering survived. The drawings would have had commercial value to Nash for a while. Has any of it survived?



  • Jon BJon B Administrator
    Posts: 6,441
    Unfortunately, when Nash and Hudson merged, most of the Hudson files were "pitched".  Here and there, some drawings survived, no doubt.  John Conde raided the dumpsters when the stuff was being thrown out and later sold some of the stuff to Hudson enthusiasts.  I, for example, purchased a blueprint (not an original) showing the dimensions of a '37 panel truck.  But this wasn't a real "working drawing" used to produce a Hudson component.  I am unaware of any "trove" of drawings.
  • RichardDRichardD Member
    Posts: 474
    Also a member of the Franklin club.
    Over 20,000 factory blueprints have been saved for members to look at ONLINE. 
    A significant blessing~~~
  • 50C8DAN50C8DAN Senior Contributor
    Posts: 1,527
    Since this was at merger and not a closure of the business it seems there was some animosity between the companies and with the Hudson employees probably not giving a crap what happened to the company or its assets.  As in Bernie Siegfried's story, there were many many experimental engines and components that went into the scrap metal bin!
  • iceblade10iceblade10 Member
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    Well, if I ever get my time machine up and running, and I know where I'M going!
    Stephen Repas
    1954 Hornet Coupe - Originally my Grandfather's
    Southeastern PA
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