This car, right here, is my baby. I have spent so many hours on (and in) this car since November and she is finally running. I found this 1949 Hudson Commodore in a makeshift shed surrounded by and filled with junk and scrap pieces. There was no interior, most of the windows were broken and there was a giant hole in the floor. The engine that was just sitting in there was seized up and the brake system was completely yarded. Really, I could go on for days about how completely trashed this car was.
All in all, I’ve put in a new subframe, rear differentials, custom driveline, motor and tranny, steering column, brake system, seats, wiring kit, fuel tank, fuel lines, shifter linkage, gas and brake pedals, and battery. That’s not even including all the things that have been cut and welded and modified. While the body is a ‘49 Hudson, this car is definitely a custom; a Frankenstein car. I’ve put just over $1000 into this car, and that’s including the $500 I paid for it.
I’ve had the great help from my dad and a few family friends, because truthfully when I started this project, I had no clue what I was doing. Now, am I done with car? No, truthfully I don’t think I’ll ever be “done” with it. There’s so much that I’d love to do with it over the years when time and money allows. And I know it doesn’t look like much now, but I am so proud of this car as is right now. Only a few more tweaks and she’ll be running beautifully. I think I did pretty damn good for my first car, and I plan on keeping her for a looong time.