wetasswillywetasswilly Member
edited June 16 in Street Rods Posts: 24
going to put a sbc and 400 tranns in her next week  any thoughts ? thanks


  • railknightrailknight Expert Adviser
    Posts: 156
    Please don't put a small block Chevy in a '54 Hornet.  Somewhere there's gotta' be a good 308 looking for a new home!
  • KustomKreepsKustomKreeps Member
    Posts: 196
    hell yeah man. A SBC should get the old tub of steal moving nice once you ditch the inline.

    heap of room for a SBC. not sure how much different 54 is to 49 steepdowns but im putting a Buick 401 in my 49. should be doing that in the next week or so and will flick up pics that might be of interest.

    you should do a build thread of your progress man. I would be keen to read it. Just note alot of guys here are into restoration more than modification. Still many do have modified vehicles and many have a wealth of knowledge relating to hudsons.
    Anyone car restore a car. Takes a real man to cut it up.

    49 Hudson
    52 Buick

    49 Hudson Build thread
  • charles4dcharles4d Expert Adviser
    Posts: 349
    Leave it alone
  • wetasswillywetasswilly Member
    Posts: 24
    i have no motor or tranny
  • wetasswillywetasswilly Member
    Posts: 24
    no title if i could found title and tag with a parts car would go differnt way 

  • BrowniepetersenBrowniepetersen Senior Contributor
    Posts: 2,947
    Gentleman up the street from me has a SBC in his 46 Coupe, a SBC in his 37 Terraplane pick up and a Big Block Buick in his 53 Stepdown.  I think if I were grafting a new engine into my stepdown it would be one of those crate Hemi's that Chrysler is making--but go for it-any engine will fit if you want it bad enough.  I have a 3.2 Ford engine in my 1928 Essex Roadster Pick up hotrod.
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  • 50C8DAN50C8DAN Senior Contributor
    edited June 15 Posts: 1,527
    Your car do what you like, but for those that say anything but an inline I will remind you that that "old inline" crushed the V8s back in the day.  I have read where the Olds was called the "king of nascar", really?  Hemis of the day were no match for the Hornet.  Clifford ran his 308 powered Hornet in the drags through the '60s and did very well.  Bernie Siegfried had a 308 powered Wasp that was so successful in local circle tracks into the 70s they had to change the rules several times to disqualify him.  

    I have no problem with SBC as I have had several over the years, but Hudson is a unique car so if going custom then think outside the SBC (belly button motor) box - go with something like a 502 or 472 Caddy, 455 Buick or Olds, or like Brownie said one of the new Hemis, or even a 3.8L turbo V6 from a Buick Grand National!!!
  • kiwijeffkiwijeff Member
    Posts: 173
      I have a 3.2 Ford engine in my 1928 Essex Roadster Pick up hotrod.

    Couldn't help myself, sorry for hijacking this thread, this truck is gorgeous.
    Where can I see/read more about it please?

  • BrowniepetersenBrowniepetersen Senior Contributor
    Posts: 2,947

    Jeff, the key here is that it is a hot rod.  I picked up a 1980 Shay and built a grill for it, bought a bunch of 1930 Essex wheels (4-hole) found enough hub caps and restored them and found some cowl lights (Downunder) and finished it off.  Nothing special, but really fun to drive as a daily driver....  If you google "Shay" you can see how easy it is to do one for yourself...

  • 33kc198933kc1989 Senior Contributor
    Posts: 198
    Anything but a sbc
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