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1951 Hudson Hornet
Title, “Waiting for that 100 Octane”
The option that year was “Twin H Power” that consisted of dual carburetors and high compression. These cars were terrors on the race track with their large 6 cylinder engine (300 plus cubic inches) and low center of gravity. These cars won 70 percent of the NASCAR races in those early years. Sales were slowly dropping so the car line was taken over by Nash Motors.
The homely fella leaning against the car is called “The Loafer” from my metal Weston figure collection.
The service station “Johnson Motor Service” is a kit I built forty years ago and featured on my other web site
I created a scene from Calumet MI in the location of where Tauren’s gas station still sets but long vacated. The neighborhood on the hill in the background is called “Blue Jacket”. The three houses are traditional miners homes and were drawn from houses I scratch built for my layout. The young fella pumping gas is me at thirteen years old in 1956 working at my first job. My first car is at the pumps (1955 Oldsmobile) getting fueled up and it became my first cars some years latter while I still worked there as an attendant. And by the way, Oldsmobile aren’t made anymore.
An early fifty’s Mercury in backed into the service bay and their not made anymore, Those old Merc’s often made into some very cool custom cars and hotrods. Mercury like this was at the National Automobile Dealers Association gathering in Milwaukee WI. I was excitedly kept pointing it out to my dad, He looked, kind of smiled, but wasn’t interested in it. After all ,Dad was a Chrysler dealer and didn’t want to acknowledge a competitors brand I guess.
Can one still get 100 Octane? The highest I’ve seen at our locale pumps in 91 Octane. My 55 olds seems to run good and strong on that so that’s all that really matters at the moment.
Phil Anderson


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You must admit, those brass engines host a lot of detail. I bought one to see what all the ballyhoo was about them. My first curiosity was to compare its performance against those die cast clunkers. Second, is the detail applied neatly? Third, Is it worth the extra money over reworking one of my clunkers?

The answer is yes. What disappointed me was it makes the sound of and electric train and not a steam engine. Even with sound injected into the atmosphere, you hear the mechanical noise that would be ok if it were a diesel. Accept the fact it’s a good toy and enjoy it.


The fact that it’s brass, I’ll use it for a “favorite train” and pull the “company special” with first class varnish and a couple private cars if it whims me.

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