Well, it took me nearly a decade of working nights, weekends and holidays to complete a thorough or “ground-up” restoration of my Hudson. First of all, I stripped it right down to the chassis, had this sandblasted and then painted it.
Then, in turn, all the mechanical assemblies were renewed and assembled onto this chassis.
I had an engine re-conditioner do the major motor work for me. But the rest, such as the gearbox, differential, brakes, and wheels, I reconditioned myself, with the aid of a 1928 Hudson service manual I’d managed to get since buying the car.
Eventually I got it to the “rolling chassis” stage and then began repairing the body. To do this I attended a part-time Polytechnic Vintage Car Panel-beating course for several more years, learning how panel-beat the old fashioned way, i.e. to weld, beat and file as I worked on panels from the Hudson.
Next, I taught myself how to spray-paint, sprayed the now good panels and assembled them back onto the chassis. Then I wired up all the electrical parts.
Finally the upholstery was done. I had an upholsterer recover the more complex seats for me. But I did all the other areas myself, such as the door panels, and hood lining which were large and flat and relatively straightforward.
The restoration of my first Hudson was complete!