Engine Line Up – 1956 Hudson Part III (Packard Engine in a Hudson?) Update

Additional update:

According to The Standard Catalog of American Motors 1902-1987, the AMC V8 was introduced on March 5 (1956) in a new model called the Hornet Special.  It displaced 250 cu. in.  The 2 V8 engines were sold side-by-side until October 25, when the 1957 models were introduced.  The 1957 cars, all of which were called "Hornets", came _only_ with the 327 cu. in. AMC V8 (the Hudson and Nash 6 cylinder engines were no longer available).

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Kevin wrote:

Quote Originally Posted by misterc9 View Post
AMC bought V8 engines and automatic transmissions from Packard. They installed them in Nash and Hudson cars in 55 and 56. Their own AMC V8 was ready for 57 so I think they only used their own engines from 57 on.


56 Hornet

Thanks Kevin.


Engine Line Up – 1956 Hudson Part II

Next up we have Hornet Six and the Hornet Twin-H Six.

The Hornet Six was a cast iron power plant and displaced 308 CID.  Like all the Hudson 6 cylinders this was an in-line L-head.  This had 3 – 13/16 bore and 4.50″ stroke and a compression ratio of 7.5:1 and with a two barrel Carter carb (WDG Model 2252S) it would be the Hornet down the street with 165 hp.

Here a commercial image of the Cater WGD carb.

The Hornet Twin-H Six is basically the same engine, same displacement, bore and stroke, but this was topped with 2 WA-1 Carters (Model 2113S) one barrel carbs.  This set up helped it reached 175 hp.


1956 Hornet

Twin-H 308 CID Straight Six


Thanks for reading.   The V8’s are coming up!!