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Heavy and Heavenly 1949 Hudson Super Six Lead Sled

The long, thick lines and smooth, aerodynamic  curves of the 1949 Hudson Super Six make it a stunning car to turn into a lead sled, as evidenced by the elegant, sledded-out museum piece shown below.

1949 Hudson Super Six for Sale
1949 Hudson Super Six for Sale on eBay

Information About the 1949 Hudson Super Six

The 1949 Hudson Super Six was released as a full sized luxury notchback coupe, with (according to Automobile-Catalog) a naturally-aspirated 4-stroke Six-262 engine.

(The ’49 Hudson Super 6 shown above is listed for sale on eBay, the listing mentions the car still has the straight six and cork clutch.)

Info on the ’49 Hudson Super Six Shown Above

This 1949 Hudson Super Six runs but the ‘surface needs work; according to the seller, and it is a one-owner, museum-owned vehicle, and it has undergone a few pretty cool modifications.

Let’s visit the interior first since that’s a comfort detail for whoever buys this beauty – the interior has been reupholstered, and from what is visible in the photos, it looks pretty nice.

Why this 1949 Hudson Is a Lead Sled

(I do realize most everyone reading here already knows the terminology, but I don’t want to assume that – so I like to put a few words of definition on terms related to some of articles about these customized vehicles.)

The chrome has been shaved off the doors and leaded in. (I’m ashamed to say I didn’t notice the absence of handles at first glance.)

One last feature I would like to point out on this Hudson Super Six is on the front end – recessed, Frenched headlights that add to smooth, clean lines of this amazing 1949 custom car.

If you would like to learn more about this ’49 Hudson led sled, which is for sale, as of the posting of this article, click on the photo and it will take you right to the listing, or browse around this site to read about some other beautiful classic cars.

by Laure Justice

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Antique Classics – Cars That Last

Antique Classics – Cars That Last

by: NamSing Then

Antique Classics – Cars That Last: 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster image By AlfvanBeem (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
The term Antique Classics is used in reference to old cars. According to Antique Automobile Club of America, an antique car is generally defined as a car over 25 years of age. However, the exact legal definition for the purpose of antique vehicle registration varies widely from State to State.

With about 12 years being the normal design life of modern cars, 25 years is about double and therefore a car that’s reached 25 is a rare survivor, and probably not economic to maintain as regular transportation.

1934 Citroen Traction 7A
1934 Citroen Traction 7A image By Duke le Palois (Musée National de l’Automobile Mulhouse) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The term Classic Car is often used synonymously with the term Antique car, but the formal definition of that term is restricted to specific high-quality vehicles from the pre-World War II era which began with the Great Depression in 1930 and ended with the recovery after World War II in 1948. The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) defines the term Classic as a “fine” or “distinctive” automobile, either American or foreign built, produced between 1925 and 1948. A Classic was high-priced when it was introduced and was built in very limited quantities.

A Classic was high-priced when it was introduced and was built in very limited quantities. Although, by 1930’s most of the manufacturing technologies had already been invented, certain factors like including engine displacement, custom coachwork and luxury accessories, such as power brakes, power clutch, and automatic lubrication systems, help determine whether a car can be considered a Classic.

1936 MG
1936 MG image By Buch-t (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Some exemplary pre-war Antique Classics are:

1. 1934–1940 Bugatti Type 57. The Type 57SC has become the singular classic car.

2. 1934 Citroën Traction Avant. Has the distinction of being the first mass-produced front-wheel drive car,

3. 1936 MG T series, a sports car meant especially for American soldiers fighting in the war.

4. 1938 Volkswagen Beetle, the most-famous automobile of all times. It was a pre-war design that continues to exist even in the present times.

Classic Volkswagen Beetle
Classic Volkswagen Beetle image By Karen Roe from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, UK [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The CCCA Club keeps a thorough list of the vehicles they consider Classics, and while any member may petition for a vehicle to join the list, such applications are carefully scrutinized and very rarely is a new vehicle type admitted. They also acknowledge the fact that their rather exclusive definition of a classic car is by no means universally followed and hence they generally use terms such as “CCCA Classic” or the trademarked “Full Classic” to avoid confusion.

After 1930 the number of auto manufacturers came down sharply, as the industry consolidated, and developed after the war more advances in engine design were made, like the compression V8 engines and modern bodies from General Motors, Oldsmobile and Cadillac brands.

About The Author

NamSing Then is a regular article contributor on many topics. Be sure to visit his other websites http://www.antiques-foryou.info/sitemap.html, http://www.toys-foryou.infoand http://www.researcher-hub.info.

Choosing the Right Aftermarket Springs for your Car

Choosing the Right Aftermarket Springs for your Car
by: Miroslav Ovcharik

Choosing the Right Aftermarket Springs for your Car: Low Rider
Choosing the Right Aftermarket Springs for your Car: Low Rider image Christopher Michel [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Springs, together with anti-roll bars, have a significant effect on the feel of a car and its responsiveness to steering input. Increasing spring rate at a particular corner of the car transfers more weight to that corner making it slide more. Hence, if your car is understeering, you can either decrease front spring rate or increase rear spring rate to correct the condition. You can increase front spring rate and decrease rear spring rate to correct oversteer.

Installing lowering springs on your car can provide a substantial improvement in handling. The center of gravity of the car will be lower, which will allow the four tires to stay more evenly planted to the ground. Lowering a car is more involved than just installing shorter springs. It is usually necessary to readjust the camber on the front and possible the rear suspension since it will change when the car is lowered. Generally, a car should have a full alignment after lowering the suspension. Although lowering a car will usually improve handling, lowering it too much will not allow for enough suspension travel, or stroke. The car may bottom out on the suspension (suspension reaches full travel) or the chassis may actually hit the ground, leading to loss of traction and possible damage to the underside of your car.

When lowering a car, you must consider what type of driving conditions the car will see and what spring rates are appropriate for you. If you significantly lower the car, you will need stiff springs to limit the suspension travel and prevent bottoming out. Also, if you plan to race on bumpy surfaces or do mostly street driving, I recommend avoiding a suspension setup with very small travel. You need a fair amount of suspension travel to absorb bumps. If you make your suspension too stiff because you have very little suspension travel, then small bumps will tend to lift the wheels off the ground instead of being absorbed by the suspension. If the car bottoms out, it will experience a sudden loss in traction that can easily lead to a spinout or crash. Therefore, on bumpy tracks, use softer springs and greater ride height to improve handling and avoid bottoming out.

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About The Author

Miroslav Ovcharik

I have been an automotive enthusiast throughout my life and have participated successfully in various amateur racing series. I specialize in tuning the Nissan S platform cars, particularly the US domestic market Nissan 240SX. Visit my websitewww.240edge.com, which focuses on Nissan 240SX modifications, to get information about suspension setup, quality upgrades, and general 240SX tuning.

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