My 1916 Hudson Super Six engine, which threw a rod on the 2005 Great Race at the base of Mt. Rainer in Washington state, came back to life this week when the boys at Honest Charley Garage finished rebuilding it. The engine is back in the car now and later this week it should be on the road again for the first time in nine years. The car is the only 1916 Hudson Cabriolet left in the world.
Its hard to believe it has been that long. It was Championship Run the 14th day on the race from Washington, D.C., to Tacoma, Washington. The car did great until we crossed the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The engine started making a slight knocking noise, but we took it easy on it for the next few days, and she seemed OK.
We were in the Top 10 when we pulled into the lunch stop in tiny Naches, Washington. The float on the carburetor had a small hole in it and had sunk so during lunch Chad Caldwell and I drilled it out and patched it with J.B. Weld.
After lunch we started to climb higher and higher as we approached Mt. Rainer. All of a sudden, the knock the engine had been making for three days stopped the Hudson purred like a well-oiled sewing machine.
But 15 seconds later we heard it the loud bang as one of the rods came out of the side of the aluminum block. We were out of the race the only day in more than 10 years of racing that I was on the sweep truck.
The Hudson Cabriolets days of Great Racing are done, but it will make a wonderful parade and tour car. In the video you will see Hal Everett, Ben Giuliano and Keith Brown as they make my day by firing my Super Six.
Click here to see the engine run (and Hal Everett dance): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n12Nx-Qrq_8
5 comments about “The Hudson Super Six is Alive Again!”
More than 60 watched my Hudson engine video on youtube in the first 24 hours! Everyone loves an old car and an old engine!
Dear Jeff and Hudson,
Congratulations that your Hudson is alive again.
We wish you a lot of fun with this beautiful car.
Good and save trips.
Trudy & Dirk Regter, worldtravelers in a 1915 Model T from Holland
Jeff, you must have nerves of steel to let Fireball near your Hudson!
Glad you have got back on the road
Would you or any other 1916 17 18 Hudson great racers be interested in a new block ?
I am having them cast in England , I need one for my racer and have 3 others ordered ,they will be top quality not Chinese tat
Let me know …..
I am interested in a new block