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The Adventure Begins

It was in the mid 1980’s that I first became interested in vintage cars and decided to buy one to restore.  At the time, this advert appeared in the New Zealand Herald, a national newspaper.

Vintage Hudson Super Six, 1928, partly dismantled,

good tyres, spare parts, literature, original papers, 

best offer around $1500 Ph....  a Taupo number

(which is a two hour drive from where I live in Hamilton)

So, I went to have a look at it - and I liked what I saw.  It was a big, strong and  powerful American car that was still original and basically all there if not all together (the then owner had started to restore it and had removed some body panels).

It occurred to me even then that it would make a great wedding car when restored. 

But I also knew that it was going to take a lot of work and money to do this.

So I offered him $1000, which he accepted.  At the time, I actually knew nothing about Hudson cars.  It was only in the months that followed that I learned that they were a very well made and sought after car in their time and that I’d stumbled on a great buy.  On 17 November 1985, I trailered my purchase back to Hamilton.

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My first 1928 Hudson Super Six as it was when I bought it. (November 1985)

Getting ready to trailer my purchase back to Hamilton. (December 1985)

The chassis, stripped of everything, sand-blasted and then painted. (August 1986)

Now as a “rolling chassis.” (December 1988)

Body now panel-beated, repainted, and back onto the chassis. (March 1992)

A photo, that I got with the Essex, showing it as a “rolling chassis.” (August 1971)

Another photo that I also got with the Essex, showing a bare panelbeated and repainted body. (September 1971)

Driving back to Hamilton in my second Hudson Super Six, towing a trailer full of spare parts. (24th June 1997)
 
My second Hudson Super Six ready to be repainted. (December 1997)

Me checking out the Murphy-bodied 7 seater 1928 Hudson Limousine

The Hudson Limousine now stripped of body panels and paint on the front scuttle and rear tub

From left to right, Jack Chappell (a friend ), Kathryn Parsons ( my wife) and myself after removing anything that might be of use from an unwanted and rotting Hudson Super Six chassis. (March 1987)

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