YPSILANTI, MI – For decades, if you had a question about cars or auto parts in Ypsilanti, the answer could be found at the corner of East Cross Street in Depot Town.
Whether it was a part for an old Hudson or just general information about an “orphan” car that was no longer produced, Jack Miller could recite what it was you were looking for with a photographic memory.
“Once in a while we would be sitting in his office chatting away and he’d get a phone call from somewhere out in the western states from a guy asking about a part for a Hudson,” longtime friend Dave Novak said. “He would say, ‘This is what you need’ and rattle off a part number, not even looking at a catalogue or anything. This happened virtually every day I was in the office with him.”
Miller, whose knowledge and love of automobile history earned him the nickname “Mr. Hudson” in the Ypsilanti…