How to tell a late 52 hudson Hornet from a early one

drivergo2drivergo2 Posts: 371Expert Adviser
Am I correct that the late 52s screw in rear tail lites , Plastic front turn signal covers and a Dana rear end in them ?. Thanks for any feed back . John

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  • LanceLance Posts: 805Member
    John, The early 52 Hornets had  glass front parking light lenses, glass rear tail light lenses and still had Hudson built rear ends.   Later on Hudson switched to Dana/Spicer rear ends, plastic parking and rear tail light lenses.  Also, The early speedo and clock faces on the Hornets used a light grey marble making it tough to read the numerals. Later the grey marbeling switched to a darker color to give a better contrast to the numerals . 
  • 5433HET5433HET Posts: 45Expert Adviser
    I have never seen a 52 Hornet with glass tailights.
  • LanceLance Posts: 805Member
    Weird thing is, the plastic lenses will not interchange with the glass ones.
  • GeoffGeoff Posts: 3,630Senior Contributor
    Pity.  I have replaced the plastic tail lights on my Jet with real glass ones.  Much nicer. 
  • drivergo2drivergo2 Posts: 371Expert Adviser
    Are the wheel bearings the same or do you have to tell them it’s for a Dana /Spicer?
  • Ken U-TxKen U-Tx Posts: 3,702Senior Contributor
    drivergo2 said:
    Are the wheel bearings the same or do you have to tell them it’s for a Dana /Spicer?
    If you have an early 52 with a Hudson rear axle, then you need the 25877T Bearings with the tapered ID THAT SIT ON THE 12;1 taper of the axle shafts. The late 52 through 54 Dana 44 used the straight ID bore 25877 bearing (no "T" after the 25877). BOTH THE 25877T AND 25877 bearing cones sit in either the 25820 cup or 25821 cup. I still have some new 25877T bearing cones in stock for the Hudson built rear  axles.
  • RL ChiltonRL Chilton Posts: 5,131Administrator, Moderator
    There's some more info here about the early front parking lights and rear tail light assemblies here.  Look for the entry dated 12/27/10:

    http://52hornetvert.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2011-06-15T08:11:00-07:00&max-results=7


  • 5433HET5433HET Posts: 45Expert Adviser
    The first front lenses were glass, but the rears were ALWAYS plastic, just different style retainers. I have the early park lamps and retainers. 
  • railknightrailknight Posts: 319Expert Adviser
    Did Hudson switch over to the manual type - double shift lever transmission in 1952?
  • RL ChiltonRL Chilton Posts: 5,131Administrator, Moderator
    Did Hudson switch over to the manual type - double shift lever transmission in 1952?
    Yes.  
  • GeoffGeoff Posts: 3,630Senior Contributor
    Except for export models.  My r.h.d '53 Hornet has a single lever transmission.
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