New Project

Hello fellow Hudsonites,

It's has been a long time since the last project I have made and today I'm starting a new and quite ambitious for me.

Here is a Hudson Standard 3 speed transmission with Overdrive that I now have. It is in good condition and nearly complete minus one or two missing parts such as the overdrive solenoid.

Gear wise, they seem to be in good shape and the tranny turns and shifts well too. I'm quite happy to have this marvel in my possession.

Now, for project that I have in mind ...

The first thing I want to do is to slowly do some light rebuild such as replacing the gaskets and find the remaing bits and bobs of the transmission, wich is fairly simpler to do. But I have a VERY ambitious idea with this tranny, so ambitious in fact that even I have to really think about it for a long time: maybe replacing my 3 speed automatic transmission for this 3 speed  standard overdrive.

Don't get me wrong, the automatic do work great, but since I have this on hand, I may be tempted to see if it is doable first but if really want to go that route, I'll need all the information I can find before even trying to put into the car. I'm also aware that I'll need alot of other parts for the poject to work such as the clutch parts and any bits and bobs in between.

So my question is do the transmission can be fitted on a 1954 Hudson Super Wasp? This question alone is important so i can know if it's doable or not. With a project like this one, I for sure will take it slowly.

Thanks in adavnce for your inputs.

Your Autistic Hudsoneer,



  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 724Member
    So, the transmission pictured is a single lever. If the bell housing is 48 and newer, it will bolt up to your engine. You will need the rear engine plate for a 48-54 stick shift Hudson, as the starter location is different than the auto cars. To use this trans, you will also need all the linkage and shift handle that attaches to the top of the column that would coincide with a single lever trans, and the cable and link to go from the column to the trans. (48-51). The crossmember will need changed. Clutch pedal and all associated linkage. Driveshaft shortened. If you have the 3.07:1 ratio in the rear end, the standard trans might not play well with that tall gear. (I had a 262 in a Hudson pickup with a standard trans and 3.25 gears and no overdrive. It didn’t need it. It would run 70 mph effortlessly all day long.) 
  • cheyenne7271cheyenne7271 Posts: 290Member
    That look like dual lever to me.
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