Rhodora - '49 Hudson Brougham

RhodoraRhodora Posts: 16Member
Hello all,

Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm Wilfred from a small country called The Netherlands on, for the most of you, the other side of the Atlantic.

I have been a member of the AACA forum for a few years from back when I was looking for my dream car (a 1949 Buick Super Sedanet).

This year a very special Hudson crossed my path and now I am her caretaker. The car is a 1949 Hudson Super Six Brougham with Arizona patina. I also started a post at the AACA and got the tip to also go to this forum. Alas, until this week I could not get online here. Somehow I wasn't allowed to visit the hetclub.org website. Luckily this changed so here I am.

The previous owner saved her from the desert and took her to Sweden. He gave her a new lease on life and now it is my turn to take care of her and make her better so she can be with us for a long time to come.

We call her Rhodora. This name is a tribute to her first owner, called Jade Rhodora. She was an exotic dancer and a beautiful lady with a good taste for beautiful cars. The title says the car was in her possession from 1949 until at least 1964. That was the year her husband, Hollywood actor Wes Hudman, was tragically shot by a next door neighbour.

Next year we are planning to visit California and Arizona and amongst other things we would like to visit her grave to pay respect to her. Also I hope we can find some like minded people who own Hudsons / Buicks and if possible even visit Bill Albright and maybe some other places I don't know about yet. I'm here to learn and listen, and share the story of (the car) Rhodora.

Of course pictures say more than words:

Cheers, Wilfred


  • Fredb_Fredb_ Posts: 6Member
    Nice Hudson, low and long like our 1942 Buick custom. Thanks for sharing!
  • BigSkyBigSky Posts: 449Senior Contributor
    Very cool tail dragger, Welcome!
  • ValVal Posts: 831Member
    Welcome, as stated above very cool!
  • RhodoraRhodora Posts: 16Member
    edited November 2019
    Hi Fred, very nice! 

    My other unicorn car (as in: I don’t own one but would love to) is a ‘42 Buick Roadmaster Sedanet. Love yours too!

    Thanks BigSky & Val! She was even lower when I bought her but with 1 inch of travel in the front I replaced the springs for a little bigger. Also, at the back the bags were much too stiff. The car drove like a kart. The bags at the rear are now of another design and much softer.
  • RhodoraRhodora Posts: 16Member
    edited November 2019
    In this topic I mentioned my adventures about buying cars in Sweden. Because I've bought Rhodora in Sweden too it may be cool to share the video, and I will also share the older video of my DeSoto as well.

    Back in april 2011 I got the DeSoto from Sweden. I got a little cocky after hundreds of miles and the radiator cracked while driving just a little too fast.

    In april 2019 I got the Hudson from Sweden. This trip fell short just a little earlier. The seller already told me about what the trouble could be but I was assured that, when I wouldn't make it home, I would get the car back anyway and had an adventure to boot. What's more, when in trouble one meets the most friendly people, especially in Sweden. Swedes are very friendly and trustworthy folks and they all know someone who knows all about classic (American) cars. :)

    I hope you can enjoy it :)
  • RhodoraRhodora Posts: 16Member
    I’m currently in SoCal, gonna go to AZ as well. One thing I want to do is take along some parts with me but I run into the issue of: where to ship?

    Good parts are scattered everywhere and I have no address that I am tied to right now (plan is to just go out and drive, motel hopping). For instance: Eshelman out in Idaho makes the left door striker plate (mine is broken in two) but that’s not a place to drive out to. 

    Is there a shop maybe in SoCal or AZ that has lots of Hudson parts in stock? Or a good solution for shipping to a pickup location in SoCal maybe? We’ll be departing at LAX in 3 weeks so somewhere there would work too. 

    Besides the door striker I need some new door & window rubber, a New Port wiper motor set, Holley parts set, air filter housing, distributor (original has play), door key set, gear changers for Th700R4 (60 MPH indicates 3 on the gauge), rubber for engine and front suspension. I’m not sure where to find some of those parts too.

    For my other car (49 Buick) I need the 49 Dynaflow trunk reflectors from Bobs automobilia. Unfortunately he’s not quite close to SoCal too. 

    I heard that there’s a swap meet this weekend at Long Beach and later today a meeting at the NHRA museum. Will some of you attend / are those good places to go for finding Hudson related stuff and cars or at least cars older than 1970? My girlfriend is a huge sixties Mopar fan so I hope we both can enjoy :)

  • RhodoraRhodora Posts: 16Member
    If you’re wondering about the time of posting: still in jet lag mode :) it’s 12:04 in my home country right now. 
  • KdancyKdancy Posts: 2,416Senior Contributor
    Jason has helped overseas owners with collecting and shipping Hudson parts. He is in California.

  • VicTor ZVicTor Z Posts: 689Senior Contributor
    Hello Rhodora, look at web site : http://www.socalcarculture.com/events.html   I have window channeling for your Hudson brougham Email is( thez@verizon.net). I will be at the Long Beach Swap meet with my '54 Hudson Coupe.
  • MonkeyspinnerMonkeyspinner Posts: 21Member
    Awesome car, love the patina! 

    Maybe one day our Hudson's will meet in Europe...
  • GlowplugGlowplug Posts: 1,907Expert Adviser
    edited March 4
    Rhodora, any trip to Arizona for Hudson parts should include Al Saffrahn’s HET extravaganza located in Maricopa, AZ.  - RUST FREE western sheet metal and tons of Hudson parts and cars, Engine, transmission and overdrive rebuilding is his specialty. Phone 520-568-2911
  • RhodoraRhodora Posts: 16Member
    Wow guys, thank you so much for all your tips and answers. I’ll be sure to visit Al when we head out East. I’ve bought an American sim so now I can call and surf as much as I want. 

    I’d love to meet up with you Victor, I’ll send you an email when I’m back at the hotel :) Then I’ll check Jason’s web site out too.

    It’s so great to be here and meet all these magnificent people. Can’t wait for the swap meet!

    I’d also love to see your car in person, Monkeyspinner. I’ll take her to KKF in Germany again this year if all goes well.

    Allright, I’m off to get a bite and enjoying myself in SoCal again, keep y’all posted about Hudson / classic car related stuff. Cheers!
  • MonkeyspinnerMonkeyspinner Posts: 21Member
    I have been meaning to go to KKF since I met the organisers in Japan and the MOON Hot rod show on 2012... But I have never made it. 
    When is it this year, end of May? 
    I think it may be a struggle for me to get the Wasp ready for then but you never know...
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 289Member
    I'm not too far from Vintage Coach, and would enjoy meeting you, and showing you our Hudsons too. If you can arrange being in Ontario, ca. on Thursday, the 19th of February, I would like to invite you to our local chapter's board meeting. It will be held at my parent's home, and your evening meal is provided. There are usually 20-30 club members present. There are lots of interesting things to look at there, and the people are great. I'm sure we could arrange a tour of my brother's metal fabrication shop while your're in town as well. He is "Bent Metal" in this forum. 
  • VicTor ZVicTor Z Posts: 689Senior Contributor
    The HET CIC Board meeting is a great place to meet fellow Hudson owners. Also Donut Derelicts is a great place to go, but early in the morning. 
    Huntington Beach* - Donut Derelicts - Magnolia & Adams - 6AM - 9AM
  • RhodoraRhodora Posts: 16Member
    edited March 7
    @ Monkeyspinner: KKF is invitation only so be sure to contact them before going. They’re strict about it (probably because of strict German safety rules - they probably have an upper limit - and they want cars that are fitting to the show). No exceptions.

    @ 54coupe: thanks so much for the invitation! Not sure if we’re back in town again that day. We fly back 24th of March from LAX and we’re also planning to head out to San Diego and AZ.

    @ Victor: We were there this morning :) No Hudsons today though we met some wonderful folks and that Donut shop is great! Good food and drinks and very high value for your money. Best way to start the day! :)
  • MonkeyspinnerMonkeyspinner Posts: 21Member
    Thanks for the info, I'll get in touch with them... 
  • RhodoraRhodora Posts: 16Member
    We’ve had a wonderful time in California and Arizona and met some of the sweetest people and got excellent advice. It was truly unforgettable. 

    We would have stayed until 24th of March but because of the escalating virus crisis back home we are leaving tomorrow morning. Reason being: maybe all flights to Europe will get cancelled. Also: if the crisis will hit America like it is now in Europe we are stuck here for months.

    Anyway: because I respect the privacy of the people I met I won’t share details and pictures. I do have some pictures of a famous parts yard. :)

  • VicTor ZVicTor Z Posts: 689Senior Contributor
    Rhodora , I bought a '54 Hudson parts car for the radio delete plate that's on the dash of the '54 Hudson picture. I did use some of the other parts, but the delete plate was the deciding  factor. Also hope you got home safely.  
  • RhodoraRhodora Posts: 16Member
    We’re back home but heavily jet lagged and culture shocked. Our country is, like many European countries right now, closed & locked and normal life has been paused.

    The pictures in my previous posts of the Hudsons I made at Desert Valley Auto Parts near Maricopa. They’re nice folks and very cooperative but nothing beats Allen’s knowledge, friendliness and willingness to help other Hudson enthousiasts out. His advice and technical knowledge were truly priceless. I now know how to get the timing dwell in order, how to check the oil pump (when bushings for the dizzy do not work), how to mount a search light on a Hudson, how to remove a steering wheel on a Hudson without ruining the wheel and your face, how to test and repair the door locks and how to repair the front seat sliding mechanism. And we’ve seen some of the most beautiful (preserved / restored / patina) Hudsons at diverse places. I feel so privileged that that knowledge and eye candy was shared with us. :)

     As I said we’ve met some great people in the US, you are definitely high on the list too. We also had lots of laughs with some guys too. At Donut Derelicts we met some nice people and at the swap meet at Lakewood the day after we met them again. It almost felt like old friends. In this small classic car world you get acquainted so fast. We had lots of laughs with the guys that sold seatbelts as well. We ran into them all morning :D

    As our planned holiday is still running I’m now cleaning some Hudson parts up that I bought in the US and brought home in a suitcase from Goodwill. :) We went with two small bags but flew back with a big suitcase extra.
  • VicTor ZVicTor Z Posts: 689Senior Contributor
    Hi Rhodora (W & J) sorry you HAD to cut your trip short, but glad you got back home safe. Please post some of the pictures You and J. took on your travels in the U.S.
  • RhodoraRhodora Posts: 16Member
    Hi Victor,

    Sorry for the late reply but life here right now is some kind of hell. We’re okay, not sick but we cannot go outside for more than food. Supermarkets are empty and everything fun is either closed or cancelled. This situation will be prolonged for at least this year. I know they say until June this year but I think next year is more likely. It’s a numbers game. 

    Therefore I want to urge everyone here: please stay safe! Do not leave your house if you have to! It’s a war out here. We’re not as bad as Italy and Spain, that’s why our government is still a bit lax like yours, but when we do get the numbers it will be too late. Hospitals need a real lockdown to save time and prepare. Italy is severely struck, it’s horrible. 

    Because my cars are 8 miles away from my apartment and I don’t know my financial situation into the future (our government will do everything to prevent people getting fired and businesses falling over but they still think or say it will last 2 months - that’s a joke). That’s why I am forced to pause everything that makes life fun & interesting such as working on the Hudson. 

    I will do some work on the parts I have at home but work on the car itself is impossible.

    Again, please all stay safe, this isn’t a flu and it will hit the US hard too. Not today, not tomorrow, but coming weeks, months, year. 

    The illness targets men more. Especially men above 30 and with illnesses but not only. Deaths are, here at least, persons in between 59 and 97 with most between 82 and 88. It worries me a lot. I have and have made wonderful friends and family in that age group which I don’t want to lose. Stay safe!
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