This pickup will be quite a project, but once you’re done you’ll have one of the most unusual and beautiful trucks ever made. This is a 1946 Hudson C-28 3/4-Ton Pickup and it’s on eBay with a current bid of just over $1,200 and there are four days left on the auction. This big boy is in Bangor, Pennsylvania. The 3/4-ton Hudsons were nicknamed “Big Boy”, but you probably knew that already.
This is one rough Hudson pickup. It almost looks like it’s been dropped from a helicopter, like it’s bent in the middle? This project pickup will require your A-game, there’s no question about it. They are really nice, unique pickups when they’re restored, though. This truck was stored for 30 years and it’ll need to have every square inch gone over, including the stuck engine. This pickup has great surface rust! I mean, great patina!.. (crickets)
I don’t see an embossed “HUDSON” on the tailgate, shouldn’t there be one? There should be, but the seller mentions that he doesn’t have it. It’s also missing the rear bumper, radiator, and the keys, among most likely quite a few other things. Some of them are fairly important, like a floor for the pickup bed..
And, missing floors in the cab. In 1948 Hudson went to unibody construction. These were fancy pickups, especially for the 1940s, and parts of this pickup were penned by the first woman designer, Betty Thacher Oro. They had basically the front portion of Hudson’s Commodore sedan so it has features like a heater, gauges, radio, etc.
Here’s the stuck engine, the one that used to look similar to this. It’s Hudson’s Super-Six and it put out 102 hp. The seller says that this engine is stuck but they have access to another one for extra $$$. Hopefully it can be freed up without having to change it. This truck deserves to be restored although, as you can see, it’ll be quite a task. Is this rare Hudson Pickup too far gone or can it be saved?