Pick of the Day: Customized 1946 Hudson pickup truck

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This 1946 Hudson pickup truck has been customized with a pro-touring setup

Based on the photos accompanying the advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the private seller’s description of the Pick of the Day might be understated: “Over the top 1946 Hudson Pickup pro-built custom show truck…”

According to the ad, the build was done of Rob Shippy at Rob’s Rods in Longview, Washington, and the truck has been driven only 311 miles since the customization was completed. 

“This truck features the best of the best everywhere;” the seller says, “boxed and shortened IFS frame with an Art Morrison 4-link rear end and 4 corner coil-overs, 4-wheel disc brakes, 468CI big block GM motor with dual Edelbrock carbs and loads of polished billet aluminum, all paired to a 700R4 automatic transmission, fully welded and ceramic coated exhaust with Headman headers and Flowmaster mufflers, smoothed firewall, recessed headlights, one-off custom short bed with a simulated burlwood bed floor, widened rear fenders, Billet Specialties staggered 17″/18″ polished billet aluminum wheels, suicide doors with shaved handles and remote electric latches, a tan leather interior by with late model low-back bucket seats, Billet Specialties steering wheel on an Ididit tilt column, hidden gauges, Alpine stereo with 4 MB Quart speakers, power windows, Vintage Air AC, world class PPG Teal Pearl base/clear paint and much more. 

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“Every part and piece of this truck from top to bottom is show-painted, polished or chrome and white glove assembled.”

The ad note s that there are 150 photos of the truck available on the website that is brokering the sale for the truck’s owner, who also commissioned the build. The ad notes that the owner has had the truck since 1976, and that it is located in Oak Harbor, Washington, but doesn’t report when the customization was completed, other than that it was 311 miles ago.

“Step outside the box of your ordinary pro-touring hot rods,” the ad concludes. “You will likely never see another custom Hudson pickup, especially one of this caliber.”

And what will it cost to “step outside the box”? $148,000. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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    • A beauty, definitely a super custom job! Hope you sell it at that price!! Best of luck to you, one of the finest examples I have ever seen!!

  1. If you are doing a review of a vehicle you need to make sure you know your after market accessories- there is NO such thing as “Headman” headers- they are “Hedman “ headers.

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