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Petrol head thread!!!

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Re: Petrol head thread!!!
« Reply #210 on: October 31, 2020, 06:31:11 PM »
While Studebaker at least used Imperial fasteners, my neighbor used to have to take the serial number for his truck into the parts store, because rolling changes were made, going down the assembly line.

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« Reply #211 on: October 31, 2020, 08:08:42 PM »
that wont even help for sure with british stuff. sometimes triumph changed the size or shape of a bushinh or seal and KeEPT THE SAME PART NUMBER for multiple years across the change

they issued parts books updates for some of them but the looseleaf sheetz havent survived

plus the books were expensive to update and redraw, zo sometimes the old part is illustrated with a new number for a new year

gah. you have to have it in your head


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« Reply #212 on: October 31, 2020, 09:17:26 PM »
having ranted enough, i will point out that studebakers were among the prettiest vehicles in some lines. i loved their pickups.


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« Reply #213 on: October 31, 2020, 11:57:21 PM »
Some of the Hawks were pretty cool, and I always like the boxy lines of the Avanti. But those "mouse nose" things in the early '50s were butt ugly, imo.

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« Reply #214 on: November 01, 2020, 10:11:03 PM »
they were definitely a acquired taste, i believe. but weird fifties stuff is in a class of its own.

i owned a hudson stepdown once. put a small block chevy in it. sold it when i moved east as just too much to own, but i'd lik eanother



difficult to put a V8 into because the steering used a bell crank in the middle and two long tie rods, but if you could get the oil pan situated there was still plenty of room under the hood.


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« Reply #215 on: November 01, 2020, 11:25:57 PM »
My take on Hudsons is that they are so ugly they have class. Maybe one of the newer V6 engines with all the electronic controls would fit better.

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« Reply #216 on: November 02, 2020, 04:19:35 AM »
I once ( 19/53) bought a vintage Hudson Town car of about 1935 vintage.  It was an elegant automobile with such stuff as heated shock absorbers to comply with the cold season Of  the Connecticut cold weather,  where I lived.  It was a   machine that had a cork clutch which I had to replace. Otherwise it was reliable and a pleasure to drive, not fast but comfortably.  At that time I did not appreciate its' unique and advanced engineering.  If I still had it in its original glory, Jay Leno would probably pay a hundred times its' original selling price.

I also once had a Willys pick up truck that was a sweetheart little vehicle, all of its' tiny four cylinder engine was pristine.  I wish that I had that one today as well.  That was about 1949.