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

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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

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Mustang Muscle in the Mid 70′s Prt 2 1975

So we talked about the 1974 the year of big changes and small engines for the Mustang, now designated as Mustang II.  The entire idea was to return to the original roots of the Mustang, small every day car.  A far cry from the 300 plus horsepower  for the 1969-1973 Mach 1’s.  Of course it was a good idea, even though most of us don’t think so then or even now, but take a look at the numbers.The 1974 Mustang II sold over 380,000 units, and not a single V8 in the lot and that was 3 time as many Mustang as were sold in 1973.  Additionally, it was Motor Trends car of the year.  Now just between you and me,  the Motor Trend thing doesn’t do much for me (nor does the J.D. Powers award or any of the others) but it does work for some and judging by the numbers that sold at least 380,000 others.

In 1975 things changes a bit for the Mustang.  The infamous 302 returned, making a V8 an option.  But how as the possible?  What occurred that would bring back the a V8?  As mentioned above there were Mustang sold with V8 engines…”In the US“!!!!   But our friends south of the border (for those of you geographically challenged, that would be Mexico) were in fact selling Mustangs with V8.  Not many knew this was going on but once Hot Rod magazine got wind of it and put it in the front of its June ’74 issue, Ford decided that it need to “pony up” (come on now..that’s clever!!!!) and add the V8 for the 1975 edition of the Mustang II.


Your 1975 Mustang Line Up

The V8 was only available with an automatic transmission and was an option for the Ghia and the Mach I (even though the standard Mach 1 engine was the V6) as well as the other models and topped with a 2 barrel carb, it produced a whopping 122 hp or 140 hp depending on you proved the numbers.

So things were looking in 1975 although the number didn’t get even close to the 1974 model.

1975 Mustang Production Data:

69F Hatchback: 30,038

69R Hatchback – Mach 1: 21,062

60F Coupe: 85,155

60H Coupe – Ghia: 51,320

Total Production: 188,575

The total range of engine looked like this:

1975 Mustang Engines 

2.3 L – 140 cid, I-4, 2bbl, 88 hp

2.8 L – 171 cid, V6, 2bbl, 105 hp

5.0 L – 302 cid, V8, 2bbl, 140 hp





There were two transmission available a 4 speed manual and 3 speed automatic – but the 4 speed was not available for the 302.  That might seem odd but it may have to do with a fitment issue.

More coming up.

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Parking Lot Spot Light 1939 Ford Coupe

Well  I’m beginning to think that my local grocery store is really a car show 7 days a week!!!

Case in point is this ’39 Ford coupe I saw over the weekend.

Great Hub Caps, Great Paint.

You’ve got to love that split rear window.

Pretty stout looking tail pipes.

Besides the tail pipes I’m liking the chevron tail lights.

1939 brought hydraulic brakes to the Fords for that year.   Ford produced 487,031 cars that year, coming in second to Chevy.

Love the rolling fenders and the dog dish hup caps with the V8 log pressed into the centers.

Love the grill and the V8 and Ford badges.

You can't tell from my 'most excellent' photos, but there is a huge difference in the width of the rear vs. the front.

The V8 engine was the Flathead, which was originally developed in 1932.  For 1939 the flathead was the V8-91A, compression increased to 6.15:1, power rose to 90 hp.

This is a great looking car.

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Give Away – 1934 Ford V-8 Deluxe Roadster

Finally, I’ve gotten around to this Give Away.

This is for a National Motor Museum Mint, 1934 Ford V-8 Deluxe die-cast model car.

1934 Ford V-8 Deluxe Roadster

In 1934 these cars would cost you a whopping $710.  There were about 6,863 produced each powered by a 221 Cubic Inch V8 with 85 horse power.  To day in top condition these beauties fetch up to $40,000.00

Comes in the original packing with the Certificate of Authenticity.  These are great collectible cars.


Email (timsweet@cox.net) or post a picture of your 1930’s or 1940’s car and a quick note about it – no matter the condition.

I’ll collect them and post them up.  The readers of my blog will vote.  The winner will be mailed the car, however I don’t need your mail information unless you win.


There are more give cars coming up.

Thanks for reading.


2015 Mustang – No V8?!!!

I was just reading about the 2015 Mustang (yeah..they are planning it now) in the Oct 2011 Motor Trend.

It’s going to look great with a lower angled windshield and it will be lighter, but it will begin to lose it’s muscle car images, at least

From the Motor Trend web site. 2-15 Mustang

The live axle will be gone, replaced with an independent rear suspension.  Not really what you want to take to the track.  There was talk that the live axle might live on in factory drag packs, but the tooling would be expensive and perhaps not cost-effective.   We’ll see what actually happens.

Ford Live Axel

Independent Suspension.

But this is not focus of this blog entry.  What I really want to mention was a side bar in the article.  It is entitled “Icons on An Icon”  “What should the next Mustang be?”  Those interviewed were Jack Tenack who was a designer for Ford and global design vice president ( He actually drew the first proposal for the 1965 Mustang); Chris Theodore who was chief of Ford Motor Company’s North American product development  (he left after a disagreement over the
suspension for the 2005 Mustang with Phil Martens); Tom Gale who had nothing to do with Ford at all, he was Chrysler design chief (now retired).

Generally Mr. Tenack stayed true to form, basically wanting small changes to the next issue of the Mustang, reinforcing the muscle car
image.  He thinks all-wheel drive should be added as an option…that’s not horrible.

Mr.Theodore wants the new Mustang to have a 4 cyclinder…WHAT???  Yeah, get this, he’s like the V8 engines reserved for ‘specialty models”…can you say  …hiss…boo???  “Hey, the 70’s called they want their paradigm back!!” Of course he led the charge to replace the live axle.

Mr. Gale thinks that we need to copy Europe and thinks the Mustang needs to be smaller.  He says the Camaro is more similar to is predecessor then the Mustang is to its predecessor.

Drop me your thoughts.  No V8?   Live axle?  Smaller ‘Stang?

Thanks for reading.