1951 Hudson, 1951 Hudson Wasp, Kennys Rod Shop, Viper V10, Custom car, Schott Wheels, custom rod, v10 hudson, krs

Mike Dennison’s V10-Powered 1951 Hudson Wasp

One of the more unusual customs we’ve seen in a while is Mike Dennison’s 1951 Hudson built by Kenny’s Rod Shop in Boise, Idaho. When was the last time you even saw a Hudson, let alone one done to this caliber? Throw in a custom tube frame and Viper V10 and you have a winner.

Kenny’s Rod Shop started from scratch on this one, making a frame from square tubing and enough tubular bracing to make a racecar shop happy. New floors and wheel tubs were crafted to get a proper stance while retaining full drivability. An Art Morrison front suspension was equipped with Fox Racing coil-overs, while the 9-inch Ford rear was hung on a custom four-link with air ride. Wilwood brakes keep the V10 in check.

1951 Hudson, 1951 Hudson Wasp, Kennys Rod Shop, Viper V10, Custom car, Schott Wheels, custom rod, v10 hudson, krs

That Viper V10 is an 8.3-liter version (or 506c.i. for those not versed in the metric system) with a custom Hogan intake and custom headers. KRC crafted new inner fenders and a radiator cover to neatly house it. A six-speed manual transmission backs it up.



Under-hood fabrication also included a new inner structure and hinges, while the skin was given a nose massage and a reconstructed hood-to-cowl line. The KRS team also reshaped the headlight area, grille, and the narrowed and tucked bumper. Driving lights and redesigned head and signal lights provide a more modern feel.

1951 Hudson, 1951 Hudson Wasp, Kennys Rod Shop, Viper V10, Custom car, Schott Wheels, custom rod, v10 hudson, krs

The top is un-chopped, but the doors and rockers have been extended to follow the line off the front fender. Flush-mounted skirts conceal the rear Schott wheels. All chrome has been eliminated, blacked out, or painted bronze, with a gold stripe along the body line accenting flawless black paint applied by Shawn McNally of Regenerated Rides.

1951 Hudson, 1951 Hudson Wasp, Kennys Rod Shop, Viper V10, Custom car, Schott Wheels, custom rod, v10 hudson

The modernization spills into the cabin with a redesigned dash and centered gauge cluster housing Classic Instruments dials. Interior Revolution trimmed the seats and cabin in a mix of brown and basket-weave Alcantara leather. A Lokar shifter is neatly mounted in a leather-wrapped console in front of the media screen in the dash.

1951 Hudson, 1951 Hudson Wasp, Kennys Rod Shop, Viper V10, Custom car, Schott Wheels, custom rod, v10 hudson


1951 Hudson, 1951 Hudson Wasp, Kennys Rod Shop, Viper V10, Custom car, Schott Wheels, custom rod

Prior to the debut of the Chevrolet small block, Hudson had a winning performance reputation in 1950s motorsports. This sleek black 1951 Hudson Wasp takes those cues to the next level – it’s a fully functional, high-performance custom that goes as good as it looks.

Photos by John Jackson & Steven Bunker

Brandon Flannery has a thirst for all things automotive, mechanical, and unique. He’s spent nearly two-decades in automotive journalism and ten years shooting and writing for the Goodguys Gazette. His early years learning about cars involved building hundreds of models as a kid and writing fan letters to his favorite car magazines, which they usually printed. Currently a Memphis resident, Brandon keeps it real with two VWs, a rail buggy, a 1946 Ford 2N tractor, and the legendary road-tripping Blue Goose, which has pulled a U-Haul trailer coast-to-coast twice.

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