How did you become interested in old cars? Some auto enthusiasts may have quite the story to answer that question. For me, I suppose it simply began as the allure of the unknown, a curiousity of a time gone past,... next thing you know... you're "car crazy," as the saying goes. When it was time to own one, I wanted something not so common and brought home my first restoration project, the following 1954 Hudson JetLiner.
In July of 2004, my husband and I bought a set of Jets for $660 off of eBay, a 1953 Super Jet and a 1954 Jetliner. At the time of purchase, the Jetliner was described as having already had the following work done: Rebuilt 202 engine, rebuilt OD tranny, clutch and brakes, recored radiator, and rewired for 12V. It also had new radial tires, u joints, and rear end seals. We took it back down to bare metal and should have restoration complete before the end of June.
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EXPOUNDING HUDSON JET TO STUDENTS OF REEDLY HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE courtesy Hudson Service Merchandiser Vol. 5, No. 6, June 1953.
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Shown on the podium here is Mr. Wilbert E. Aalto of P.O. Service, Hudson Dealer at Reedley, California, acquainting the students of the above schools with the details of the new Hudson Jet that has aroused the interest of youth everywhere. Present day youth not only are the buyers of tomorrow, but are a big factor in influencing their parents in the choice of motor cars today. [Congratulations] on this unique procedure of sales promotion.
Mr. Aalto's friends and family add the following:
Wilbert Everet Aalto, aka "Bozo" passed away August 27th, 2008. Bozo was known as Mr. Reedley, as in Reedley, California where he was born and lived for 93 years. He was given the nickname "Bozo" by his junior high school basketball coach, well before the famous clown came around, when the name just meant "a guy". Over the years, he became the guy to see if you wanted to get something done around town. He was a farmer, a father, a car salesman and the chief of the Reedley fire department. He sold his dealership in the late 1950’s after the Nash takeover and began selling cars for Marten’s Chevrolet also in Reedley. He sat on the board of directors of numerous organizations, helped start the yearly Reedley Fiesta celebration and the Reedley airport. He played the bass drum for years in the Reedley community band, reigned as "King of Reedley" for one year and canned the most kick ass hot peppers that you have ever tasted. He was also featured on the cover of the Gluey Brothers album, "Stiff for the Elders".
At left, a photo taken around 1954 of Hudson Jet Squad Car in Lincoln, Illinois at the intersection of Pulaski and Kickapoo Streets. A clearer version of this photo allows the viewer to see the license on the Hudson squad car as "M4147." More information on this photo as well as Route 66 era Lincoln, Illinois can be found by clicking on photo.
HUDSON JET AWARDED AS GRAND PRIZE, courtesy Hudson Service Merchandiser Vol. 5, No. 10, October 1953. Pictured [at right] is the Rev. L. Leinhauser, of St. Joseph's Church, Coal Springs, Kentucky, presenting the keys of first prize -a super Jet Sedan- to Mr. J. Frommeyer at the conclusion of a festival. Looking on is B.A. Kroger, Parts and Service Manager, Cincinnati Zone. An attractive display of the Hudson Jet was arranged and manned by Cincinnati hudson Sales Corporation personnel during the festival, resulting in much favorable comment and numerous good prospects. The prize car was furnished through the cooperation of Cliff Howard Hudson Sales and Service, Newport, Kentucky.