Wednesday, July 13, 2016

1959 Nash Rambler American

1959 Nash Rambler Pickup
Here’s a vehicle that you don’t see every day – a 1959 Nash Rambler American that someone started to convert into a pickup! Listed here on eBay in Elmer, Missouri, “El Rumblero” is a vehicle that will have you standing out in the crowd at your local Cars and Coffee gathering. With a buy-in-now price of $3,500 and an unmet opening bid of $2,900, maybe there’s some wiggle room if a buyer showed up with a roll of $100 bills?

Roof Work
The bodywork that has been done so far actually looks pretty good, but there aren’t any photos of the bed. It would nice to know what’s left to do to turn what was once a very cool 2-door wagon into what will presumably be a very cool pickup. There will be some fancy fabrication work to do to make it a show-stopper.

Cut Floor
Even though this car/truck is supposedly a Tucson native and the seller says that there are “virtually no rust problems”, you’ll need a welder and a lot of skill, or least a lot of ambition to finish this project.

El Rumblero tailgate
Personally, I can do without the over-sized wheels, but it sounds like those don’t come with it anyway; it’ll arrive with a set of 15” Chevy rally wheels on radials. I’d sell those to offset the price of some AMC factory mags. You’ll also need to factor in the price of a new drivetrain which is El-Missing here. I’d look for an AMC V8 and 4-speed to sink into this truckster to make sure that it’s DNA-correct.

Almost Ready To Haul
This isn’t a project for the faint-of-heart, but it sure would draw a crowd once it’s finished. The seller has done some modifications to the suspension and obviously to the body so you’ll have to find a drivetrain, figure out how to put it in, finish the bodywork, sort out the interior, and then just ramble up to the front of the line at the next cruise event. Do you like the idea of this Nash pickup or is this project just plain loco?