Difference between 1932 and 1933 Hudson terraplane

ccarnut1ccarnut1 Member
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Just bought a Hudson terraplane body. Was told it was one of those 2 years. Is there anyway to tell the difference so I can apply for a title. Thank you michael

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  • Jon BJon B Administrator
    edited August 10 Posts: 6,820
    If the dashboard is there, you may be able to tell from the instruments.

    They were different in 1932 and 1933.  Only problem is that I'm getting mixed signals from the internet as to which photo is for which year. The dashboards are identical in '32 and '33  but the instruments are made differently.

    Here, the markings on the gauges are stamped out of the metal so that (I guess!) the light comes through from behind.  Left gauge says "Terraplane" only.



    While in this one, the markings are printed to the face of the metal.  Also, the fuel / heat gauge says "Essex Terraplane".  One is for 1932, the other for 1933!  I'm sure that someone more knowledgeable than I will jump in here, and say which is which!


  • Ric West INRic West IN Senior Contributor
    Posts: 350
    First picture is from a 1933 T six.   Second picture is from 1932 Terraplane. Most of the
    other differences are in the frame,chassis and fenders as well as Hood length. Frame has
    serial #s stamped in multiple places but I'm not aware of and numbers on the body except the tag on the passenger side firewall (engine side).
  • 33kc198933kc1989 Senior Contributor
    Posts: 187
    I have a gauge that is stamped that says Terraplane 8.   I'll try to Take picture tonite.   
  • 33kc198933kc1989 Senior Contributor
    Posts: 187
    I think the grills are different also.  One has crank hole and other don't.   
  • ccarnut1ccarnut1 Member
    Posts: 3
    Well, looks like by the gauges I have a 1933 Terraplane T six. Thank you for the help and guessing I will need more help later on during the build. 
  • tombiatombia Member
    Posts: 95
    33 did not have windshield visor, 32 did. 
  • ccarnut1ccarnut1 Member
    Posts: 3
    tombia said:
    33 did not have windshield visor, 32 did. 
    Was the visor fixed or could it be taken off. I don't see any holes on my mind. 
  • tombiatombia Member
    Posts: 95
    32 visor was fixed, you clearly have a 33
  • DocHublerDocHubler Expert Adviser
    edited August 12 Posts: 922
    I believe it's a 33.  Hudson for 33 differed from the 32 in that it had only one cowl vent, while the 32 had two.  Not sure about Terraplane.  The lack of a visor on the outside is the big giveaway.
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