Those Electric Hudsons

pseftoncomcastnetpseftoncomcastnet Posts: 171Senior Contributor
I've been very intrigued by the Hudson electrification projects that have been described in the White triangle and other places over the past couple years. It's been a while since I saw an update. This is a coming thing and it would be gredat to heafr about what progress is being made.

Peter Sefton


  • superwaspsuperwasp Posts: 397Member
    A few months ago a friend and I were discussing classic electrification projects. Both of us have noted a lot of posts on various forums about electric projects that begin and then quickly disappear into the ether. It's pretty common it seems.
  • pseftoncomcastnetpseftoncomcastnet Posts: 171Senior Contributor
    Agreed but eventually someone is going to pull opne off. My bet is that they won't go public before it is an accomplished fact.

    Peter s
  • 50SuperFalcon50SuperFalcon Posts: 152Member
    it’s old, why electric. Imho it’s useless to electrify anything older than 1980 cause then it looses its charm as an old car , the smell the sounds the taste( yes taste rich mixture never did taste right ) 
    no fun being electric 
  • cheyenne7271cheyenne7271 Posts: 492Member
    I don’t even want an SBC or LS in my Hudson’s much less disgracing it with electric power. 
    51 Hornet Club Coupe
    51 Hornet Sedan
    51 Commodore Six Club Coupe
    50 Pacemaker Deluxe R.I.P. (burned and destroyed in building fire)
    49 Super Six Sedan
  • 35 Terraplane35 Terraplane Posts: 419Senior Contributor
    If they want to jelly them all up fine, OK by me. But the fun part for me is operating a machine from back when you had to actually operate the machine. Like 50SuperFalcon said, the smells & sound, the mechanical interaction.  
  • superwaspsuperwasp Posts: 397Member
    I haven't seen an electric conversion at a show yet, but I did see a Lucid dealer bring a new unit to a classic show and park it with the classics. I never did see anyone stop and look at it. That guy had a very boring afternoon and evening. 😆
  • ToddhToddh Posts: 338Member
    Well IMHO, I drive antique cars for the experience. I’m not interested in hot rodding or any ‘modern’ improvement.  The whole point to me is having the time travel experience behind the wheel of a stock antique vehicle.  That’s the fun for me, even dressing up in period attire. I just don’t understand the desire to butcher original cars and make them into something they’re not.  
  • superwaspsuperwasp Posts: 397Member
    I agree 'butcher' is an accurate term in many instances. The EV setup is really not a drop-in solution and the threads I've read show builders going through amazing lengths to get the system functioning. Some conversions make dropping a big block in a Step down seem trivial. I also think some of these builds become huge $$$ commitments regardless of the approach you use (salvaging a wrecked EV or crate motors). And don't get me started on Ford and their Eluminator debacle. They sold a bunch of people 'crate' motors and have yet to deliver controllers, etc to support them. There are a lot of Eluminator builds stalled from what I've read.
  • pseftoncomcastnetpseftoncomcastnet Posts: 171Senior Contributor
    Ah, but would Hudson have built an electric Hornet had the modern technology existed? 
  • ToddhToddh Posts: 338Member
    It wasn’t available and they did not build it. What’s your point? If you want to engage in fantasy by creating a ‘what if’ electric-powered Hudson, it’s your car and your $.  If you’re looking for some sort approval or consensus to support your project on this forum, you’re going to get multiple points of view.  You have mine.  Good Luck
  • superwaspsuperwasp Posts: 397Member
    I think what this illustrates is electrification of classics is a matter of personal taste just like v8 vs I6, vintage vs modern engines, etc. It comes down to what a person wants to burn his 'Benjamins' on. As far as manufacturing, well, that's a whole other thread... Personally, I think US auto makers are about to re-live the mistakes of the 70s while the Japanese watch... Again.
  • pseftoncomcastnetpseftoncomcastnet Posts: 171Senior Contributor
    edited January 10
    i agree, but it might take Grovers rather than Benjamins to accomplish.

  • pseftoncomcastnetpseftoncomcastnet Posts: 171Senior Contributor
    I think its about the Hudson spirit, be different!

  • 37 CTS37 CTS Posts: 548Senior Contributor
    Electric may have already been done in a Hudson.   Bernie Siegfried the Hudson Engineer, told the story of seeing a 1954 Hudson operating on the plant grounds that drove away making no sound at all.  Was it steam or Electric he wondered.   I have not ever seen
    anything more about this, Has anyone else heard of this Hudson lore?
  • pseftoncomcastnetpseftoncomcastnet Posts: 171Senior Contributor
    Fascinating about Bernie's remenisance! Sadly, a road not taken! 
  • rusty_apacherusty_apache Posts: 230Member
    I’m excited to see more electrified antiques on the road. My dad always said “I lived that and know what it’s like “ with respect to the sights smells sounds and vibrations of the original drive lines. 

    However I would limit conversions to rescuing non running examples as an alternative to total drive line restoration. Destroying a survivor for such a project would be an abomination in my opinion.
  • pseftoncomcastnetpseftoncomcastnet Posts: 171Senior Contributor
    Yeah, it seems like the best experiments would be to exorcise an SBC or reanimate a basket case. To me an electrified Hudson would be a compliment to, not a substitute for, the running originals.

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