Radiator Crank Hole Cover

I'm guessing that most of these were lost the first time the car had to be cranked by hand. Of course I'm missing that crank hole cover too. Never thought about it until I read in the latest WTN that someone had spares cast for an Essex. So now I'm wondering what the Hudson and Essex covers look like. I've never seen either. Looked through all of my collected Hudson photos, and don't find a closeup of a car with one.

Does anyone have one to post a clear pic?

Yes, I'd very much like to have a complete 1928 sedan, but that may never happen. And bumpers are a priority over a crank hole cover.

Tom in New Jersey

Comments

  • charles4dcharles4d Posts: 609Expert Adviser
    try Googling it
  • KEL 39KEL 39 Posts: 90Member
    I have 1930 crank hole covers that I have recast in bronze.
    1 chromed $75
    1 polished bronze $45 

    Ivan L.


  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 724Member
    edited July 22

    This is a 29 Hudson crank hole cover.
  • strangeplantstrangeplant Posts: 84Member
    Thanks KEL 30 and 54coupe for posting pics of the front views. These can't be found anywhere by googling. Maybe now they will pickup the images. What does the back attachment look like? I'll never find one for sure, but maybe I can piece one together by silver brazing sheet together. Just maybe. And I could always braze a bolt to the back and screw it in permanently. I don't have a crank and I could never start it that way anyhow!

    54coupe, could you give the dimensions of the triangle?

    But this would be the last part to worry about. I'm probably the only one who would notice....but I'm sure that I will keep thinking about it.
  • Jon BJon B Posts: 7,280Administrator
    Let me understand: are you looking for a 1928 (Hudson) crank hole cover?
  • strangeplantstrangeplant Posts: 84Member
    Yes I am.
  • GeoffGeoff Posts: 4,219Senior Contributor
    I have never seen a cover on a '28 Hudson, and doubt if they ever had one.  
  • strangeplantstrangeplant Posts: 84Member
    The radiator shroud, lower pleated section has a fastening ridge internally around the hole to accommodate a plug or cover of some sort. It apparently twisted into place with a quarter turn. Probably not easy to get on and off without, ah ha! A wrench! I'm guessing that maybe the wheel grease cap wrench fits. 
  • lostmindlostmind Posts: 1,350Expert Adviser
    edited July 26
    Geoff said:
    I have never seen a cover on a '28 Hudson, and doubt if they ever had one.  

    Here's a $300,000 Murphy body one with crank hole cover. Complete different
    Radiator cover/grille.
    All I've ever seen is a bright trim piece around the open crack hole
  • GeoffGeoff Posts: 4,219Senior Contributor
    That is a highly customised, one-off car.  
  • HansHans Posts: 173Senior Contributor
    I am not entirly sure 1928 Essex or Hudson had crank hole cover.
    Personally  I  feel they did not.
    I too have looked for my 1927 Essexes.

  • hudsonsplasher1hudsonsplasher1 Posts: 776Senior Contributor
    Hans said:
    I am not entirly sure 1928 Essex or Hudson had crank hole cover.
    Personally  I  feel they did not.
    I too have looked for my 1927 Essexes.

    I agree, I don't think they came with one either. I put a reproduction 29 one I bought from Hans on my 28. Looks good.
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