Just the Facts
Year: 1937
Make: Chevy
Model: Coupe
Owner: Terry Hudson
State: Tennessee

After having started Hudson's Rod & Customs almost 10 years ago, Terry and Will Hudson (a father and son team) have been receiving more and more recognition for the cars that have come out of their business, which is located in Strawberry Plains, just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Folks may remember Will's two-tone brown 1950 Ford sedan, or the two-tone 1962 Impala they built for Billy Morgan (a STREET RODDER feature car and Top 100 winner in 2010), but their latest ride carries on the look that is specific to the cars that come out of their shop.

A great hot rod stance, big-inch wheels, a unique interior design, and many one-off fabricated parts are just some of the qualities you'll note on Hudson-built hot rods. The shop's latest effort, a 1937 Chevy coupe, was originally a customer's car in for a redo. But the owner wanted to bail on the project and eventually made a deal with Terry (aka “Homer”) to purchase it.

Soon the Chevy would become another canvas for what artwork the Hudsons create, and something of a shop car as well.

Will contacted Carter Hickman Designs to get some illustrations done using the ideas he had for the Bow Tie. Hickman delivered, and soon the build was on its way. Typically the Hudson method involves using what is already there and then redefine a lot of the styling cues. For the chassis, a Mustang II frontend with 2-inch dropped spindles was installed, and a four-link out back centers the Chevy 12-bolt rear. RideTech airbags are found on each corner, as are 11-inch disc brakes. The engine is subtle in its appearance (a simple GM 350 crate engine backed to a B&M-equipped TH350 transmission) as the block and intake manifold painted maroon and everything else (including all the bolt-on accessories) painted a flat black. About the only custom work done on the engine is the air cleaner, which Will fabbed himself.

Along with shaving most of the car's bumps (door handles, bumpers, and so on), the Hudsons decided to fix the hood sides so they don't come off. The smooth look continued with the choice of wheels: a smooth, brushed aluminum Centerline disc topped with a custom chrome hubcap and Chevy logo. A special gray blend of PPG paint was then made up before Hudson's sprayed it over the entire body.

The interior of any car from Hudsons is always a focal point, and Homer's 1937 is a great example of that. A heavy stitching is used on the burgundy leather bench seat (which uses a Bowen Foam & Frame seat frame base), and the material is also used on the door panels. Instead of having pockets in the door panels, Hudson's added small saddle bags to carry whatever is needed. Up on the driver kick panel is a small flask secured by a leather belt—something the Hudsons felt would have been appropriate if the original owner of the car was a traveling salesman and needed a quick nip to stay awake on long drives.

The dash is custom built, too, and features a single Haneline gauge in the middle of the dash; wiring for the car started with a Painless Performance kit. Below is a chromed vent used in conjunction with the Vintage Air climate-control system, and a Lecarra four-spoke steering wheel mates to an ididit column to handle the steering. The trans cover, attached to the floor with visible screws, is home to the long shifter from Ginnie.

Once the car was finished, the Hudsons debuted it at the 2012 Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, where it won a Painless Performance/STREET RODDER Top 100 award and, at the NSRA Nationals in Louisville, it also picked up a Pro's Pick award.

Plans are for Homer to drive it around for a while, and showcase what he and Will are capable of doing at their shop. Currently the pair have a few cars in the works, including a 1957 Olds Super 88 they plan to debut at the next Goodguys Nashville show.