1946 Hudson Truck

kmorrowkmorrow Posts: 15Member
I just had my truck delivered from a dealership in Maine, I bought the truck sight unseen (photos make everything look good), and am slightly disappointed, severe hood damage at front of hood where hinges mount on both sides, (is this a common problem for these hoods)? Additionally, for some reason thought the cab would be bigger. All of the photos I have ever seen for I never saw one of these trucks in person make the truck seem a lot bigger, oh well. I am over 6 feet, and have to bend my left leg almost to the front of the seat cushion to get my foot on the clutch pedal. I may have to opt for automatic transmission.  


  • paulrhd29nzpaulrhd29nz Posts: 283Member
    I’m 6’-3” and have zero problems driving my column shift 3 speed truck. Is your seat original?
  • m_mmanm_mman Posts: 54Member
    edited February 3
    My 42 sedan uses the same (very short) front door. I am 6' 7". I have learned the choreography necessary to twist, insert and put myself inside.  After a while it becomes automatic.

    But NO, truck cabs were not roomy, the emphasis was on cargo area.
    Way back then trucks were for people who were being paid to drive, You did not drive a truck for pleasure. 
  • m_mmanm_mman Posts: 54Member
    At the bottom of this post is a discussion about the length of Hudson pick up doors. They used the short sedan doors not the longer coupe/brougham (2 door) doors. 

    The builder cut and stretched a pickup cab and used a 2 door door to gain some additional room.
    Not an easy conversion but It should explain Hudson's use of body panels. 

    https://forums.aaca.org/topic/382103-for-sale-1941-hudson-six-deluxe-2dr-sedan-12000-moon-township-pittsburgh-pa -not-mine/#comment-2402261
  • 50C8DAN50C8DAN Posts: 2,706Senior Contributor
    All the early trucks through the 50s and even some in the 60s were pretty cramped. They were never designed for comfort but for work.  It never seems that they could have just used 2 door sedans for the cab design instead 4dr sedan!
  • kmorrowkmorrow Posts: 15Member
    Thank you for all of the responses. I measured the distance from where the clutch pedal exits the floor to the top of the pedal, 9", is this the correct "throw" for the pedal? the pedal is 2"-3" out further then the brake pedal. Additionally, anyone know where I can find a hood? Thanks so much for the help.  
  • ToddhToddh Posts: 360Member
    Pedal specc
  • StepUpStepUp Posts: 69Member
    No more McDonalds for you. JK
  • kmorrowkmorrow Posts: 15Member
    I don't eat at Mcdonald's , and am in the gym 4-5 days a week. Retired 30 year military veteran Thank you
  • kmorrowkmorrow Posts: 15Member
    Todd H. Thanks for the diagram, I found it in my repair manual.

  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 1,048Member
    You might try the Creasy's in Bloomsburg, Pa. for a hood. If they don't have one, they might be able to point you in the right direction.
  • kmorrowkmorrow Posts: 15Member
    Creasy's phone # is no longer in service, could they have closed? Thank you for the help though.
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 1,048Member
    There are two brothers, and one passed. Are both of them in the roster?
  • Jay_GJay_G Posts: 413Expert Adviser
    I have an S-10 bench seat in my truck which has a seat back that is not a deep as the original.  Well that is what I am told.  I am 6'4" and there is still not room in these trucks.  

  • Jon BJon B Posts: 7,466Administrator
    As far as I know, both Nelson and Larry Creasy are still with us. 

    I believe they've closed the garage (so they can spend all their time working on their Hudsons!) -- but don't take my word for that!
  • 54coupe54coupe Posts: 1,048Member
    I'm sorry for the misinformation. I was confusing them with the Renners.
  • kmorrowkmorrow Posts: 15Member
    I just talked to one of the brothers, I don't know which one, however one brother did pass.
  • 46HudsonPU46HudsonPU Posts: 597Administrator
    edited February 16
    If you're still looking for a hood - You can expand your search a bit.  A hood from any Hudson from 1946-1947 should work & fit perfectly (maybe other years as well, I am sure that others will 'chime-in' about that).  Not only from the pickup, but also from cars as well- both coupes & sedans, regardless of it being from a 'Super Six' or 'Commodore' variant.  Just remember to 'save' the chrome pieces from your current hood. 
    If you need those 'chrome pieces' as well, that can complicate things a bit - if you're looking for originality.  Be aware that there are differences in the chrome & script on the sides of the hood between the 'variants' (Super Six vs. Commodore), and the pickups (all pickups produced were 'Super Six') did not come from the factory with 'Super Six' script on the sides of the hood - the holes where the script would be installed were filled with carriage-type bolts, and painted along with the rest of the truck, very basic.  I have two '46 pickups, both of them have the script - apparently added after delivery from the factory(?).
  • kmorrowkmorrow Posts: 15Member
    Thank you Rick
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