Jag IFS in my Hudson

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  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member


    The factory crossmember will not be holding up the transmission any more, but I want it in there to tie the frame rails together. I had to notch it to clear the transmission pan. Then I boxed it back in with 1/4” steel. (The crossmember is 3/16)
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member
    Making a pattern for the last piece of the transmission cover
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member

    I’ve got it shaped pretty well, now I just need to trim it down a little more and weld it in.
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member


    All welded up... and all the mounting holes still line up!
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member


    All the holes have been patched and welded. Everything reshaped and fitted. I treated it with phosphoric acid, and it’s ready for paint.
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member



    I painted the back side on Saturday, and let it dry overnight. I painted the top side on Sunday morning. Finished about 10:00 am. This stuck takes forever to dry, so after letting it flow out in the shop for a couple of hours, I put it out in the sun. It may not make any difference, but it can’t hurt.
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member


    Getting set up to power wash the front subframe and floorboards in preparation for paint.
  • GlowplugGlowplug Posts: 2,231Expert Adviser
    Sent you an email 
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member
    Bent Metal welded up my oil pan for me. He sure does fantastic work. 


  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member
    Working on the floorboards now. Not finding much more than surface rust and pitting. I found a 1953 nickel under the panel on the right side of this photo.


  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member


    After test fitting the modified oil pan, I have it out, yet again. Its’s painted now and ready to go back on the engine for (hopefully) the last time... baby steps.
  • gearheadgearhead Posts: 12Member
    Could you tell me how to contact Bent Metal Thanks John
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member
    PM sent.
  • BigSkyBigSky Posts: 976Senior Contributor
    I do wish Bent Metal was closer to me, he is one hell of a true craftsman!
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member


    I’m getting the springs back in it now. I’m sure it will be setting a little higher than it was before.
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member


    Bearings packed. Steering arm on, and safety wired. Dust shields and caliper installed. Will get passenger side done tomorrow. I’m so glad I took photos before I took it apart.
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member


    Right side done. Shocks installed. Sway bar end links connected. I have one tie rod that is bent, due to a tow truck driver who wasn’t paying attention (or didn’t care). I’m going to try and fix that tomorrow.
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member



    My throttle body and engine management system arrived on Saturday. I have a lot to learn here.
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member

    Getting the accessories on.
  • PaulButlerPaulButler Posts: 924Administrator
    Seriously lovely work!
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member
    Thank you Paul. I'm trying.
  • drptop70ssdrptop70ss Posts: 2Member
    edited August 1
    Nice job on the jag IFS, I use them in everything. So far I have put them in multiple pickups, 41 cadillac, 55 buick, and will be putting one in my 51 Hudson. Here the the one I did on the current 55 Buick build, the jag setup rides, steers, and brakes excellent. Looking forward to the rest of your build. Also what vehicle was the 8.8 you used out of?


  • ValVal Posts: 1,021Member
    You skills 54 Coupe! I hope your Hudson is everything you want it to be when finished. I'm sure it will turn heads going down the road
  • MikeSheridanMikeSheridan Posts: 141Member
    Aren't we going to run out of jag front suspensions on of these days? They didn't really make that many jaguars. 
  • drptop70ssdrptop70ss Posts: 2Member
    Aren't we going to run out of jag front suspensions on of these days? They didn't really make that many jaguars. 

      I use series 3 jaguar IFS (79-87 XJ6, any year XJS ) and they are very common. I buy whole cars for $500 or less regularly, and other than the steering rack the rebuild parts are cheap. If the steering rack leaks they can be pricey to buy but the rebuild kit is under $100.
     Quick google check says about 133000 series 3 were built so I doubt we will be running out any time soon.
     What is nice about the jag IFS is it is built for a true 4000 pound car which is what the jags weigh, no light weight mustang 2 pieces. Forged control arms, 4 piston disc brakes, quick ratio steering rack. As long as the rebuild parts are available I am good to go.

    Sorry for the hijack, back to the build!
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member
    Nice job on the jag IFS, I use them in everything. So far I have put them in multiple pickups, 41 cadillac, 55 buick, and will be putting one in my 51 Hudson. Here the the one I did on the current 55 Buick build, the jag setup rides, steers, and brakes excellent. Looking forward to the rest of your build. Also what vehicle was the 8.8 you used out of?



     The 8.8 came out of a 99 Explorer. They have a long tube/axle on one side and short tube/axle on the other. When you shorten the long tube to match the short one it"s within a quarter inch of the width of the Hudson rear, and uses off the shelf axles. I think all 99 Explorers came with disc brakes, limited slip diffs, and big 31 spline axles (mine did). This one has 3.55:1 gears, and there are LOTS of ratios available.
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member
    Aren't we going to run out of jag front suspensions on of these days? They didn't really make that many jaguars. 

      I use series 3 jaguar IFS (79-87 XJ6, any year XJS ) and they are very common. I buy whole cars for $500 or less regularly, and other than the steering rack the rebuild parts are cheap. If the steering rack leaks they can be pricey to buy but the rebuild kit is under $100.
     Quick google check says about 133000 series 3 were built so I doubt we will be running out any time soon.
     What is nice about the jag IFS is it is built for a true 4000 pound car which is what the jags weigh, no light weight mustang 2 pieces. Forged control arms, 4 piston disc brakes, quick ratio steering rack. As long as the rebuild parts are available I am good to go.

    Sorry for the hijack, back to the build!
    My donor car was a 78 XJS. I took the entire front end apart, and cleaned and pianted it all, and lubed it, and put it back together. All the control arm bushings, the lower arm pivot, and ball joints were new. 
    I paid $300 for the car, delivered to my house. I was going to narrow the Jag rear, and use it too, but that would have cost about $600 just to narrow it, and I found the 8.8 Ford rear already done for $400. The Jeep guys use the 8.8's by narrowing them liked I talked about above. All I have to do to the one I have, is set the pinion angle and weld on the perches.
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member


    Getting a little time in today out in the shop, since it has cooled off some. I worked on mocking up the radiator. I see that I will need to remove the engine oil heat exchanger (cooler), because it won’t allow me to connect the lower radiator hose. I might modify the core support as well, to let me move the radiator forward an inch. Progress is slow, but going forward. I gotta get this 57 Chevy pickup done, so I can focus on my own car.
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member

     I’m taking out the cooler/filter at the bottom and putting in the one on top, so I can install a lower radiator hose without modifying the radiator.

  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 792Member
    Here is the new 90 degree oil filter adapter in place.
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