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Features Another look at the Nash Metropolitan

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bill McGuire, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    I'll bite, and I don't mind the hit to my manliness points - I love the stupid little things! I put a 2000cc Ford and C/4 into one for a neighbor about thirty years ago and ended up driving the wheels off of it for a bit myself. Fun, and females love them! Especially convertables...
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  2. the-rodster
    Joined: Jul 2, 2003
    Posts: 6,838


    I've always dug the ugly little bastards.

  3. guy in town has one with a 4.3 chevy with an OT trans

  4. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,830


    you ever seen the black one that was in street rodder about 10-15 years ago?

    blown sbc.

    the guy that owned it took the guy that wrote the article for a ride. if i remember right (& what're the odds of that???) the author said it was still pulling strong at 150 when he let off of the gas.
  5. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,626


    Had two convertables a while back.Had fun with them.
  6. There was also one badged as a Hudson....
  7. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    I have always liked those cars because my Dad had one in the mid 60s when I was 5,6 years old and it felt like a toy to me. I used to love to sit in that little back seat. My sister who is 10 years older used to gripe about having to sit back there.
    My Dad bought the Metro off my uncle for 25 Dollars, in good running condition and 2 years later, my uncle bought it back for 50 dollars.
  8. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,906

    need louvers ?

    If that was the black, blown pro streeted one then it ended up here in Phoenix for a bit. ElPolacko had it in his shop and told me to give it a good drive see what I think it needed.... Scary little bastard! Much better after it left though!
  9. KRB52
    Joined: Jul 9, 2011
    Posts: 1,054

    from Conneticut

    I like them. Thinking about it, the are the 50's version of the Smart4Two, only much better.
  10. Blackmaria60
    Joined: Apr 30, 2008
    Posts: 532


    I had a '60 Rambler American - one of the best (and most original) cars I've owned. I also got to drive a '50 Nash Rambler; ugly, but Sooooo coool!
  11. Kinky6
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 1,765


    Those things are so small, the set designer for our college theater used one as a stage prop in a play a couple of years ago.

    I measured the dash in it out of curiosity, just under 48"; handy size to fit in a Model A, or some other early '30's hot rod.

    Later, Kinky6 :cool:
  12. Gremlinguy
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 497


    Plan on building one for my wife. Have had ideas for years now ...
  13. I'm guilty of also wanting one of these really bad and I'm 6 foot 7!!!!
  14. CodeMonkey
    Joined: Sep 13, 2012
    Posts: 92

    from Moline IL

    Car and Driver ran an article on them back in the '70s - don't recall the author. The most memorable line from it - "It was a case of wrong car, wrong time, wrong country."

    That being said, I've always thought they were cool as hell, both as originals/restored and full out customs or rods...
  15. I actually still have one,sittin in cobwebs-9" rear/SBC/cage and all.
    What struck me as ingenious was Ramblers abilty to shrink a family of four and a dog to fit perfectly in one for their Metropolitan sales ads, back in the day.
  16. thebronc4019
    Joined: Oct 25, 2005
    Posts: 217

    from New Jersey

    These cars are very oddball and that is why I like them. I am in the final stages of a 5 year restoration of a 1959 Nash Mertopolitan.
  17. my wife and i had saved up to buy a couch, we planned on going to a swop meet in the morning, then buy the couch after. my wife spotted a pair of them needing lots of work for the same amount we had for the couch. she really wanted the cars. i had enough projects and i already had built her a '61 we bought the couch.
    the couch wore out, the car would probably still be around.
  18. George Klass
    Joined: Dec 31, 2007
    Posts: 963

    George Klass

  19. big bad john
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 4,727

    big bad john

    .....they sure don't take up a lot of room in the garage....being six foot four and 250 pounds...theres no room for me in them
  20. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,437

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    Here's a fuzzy pic of one I built for my wife a few years ago. No power steering or power brakes so she didn't like it.


    Attached Files:

  21. Another neat thing about Mets was they were sold with the same cable drive wipers,that a lot of street rodders think were invented in the eighties....
  22. Sweet! Are those baby moons?
  23. blue 49
    Joined: Dec 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,437

    blue 49
    from Iowa

    Yes. The car has a Fatman Mustang II crossmember and narrowed Pinto rear with Pinto wheels.
  24. falconsprint63
    Joined: May 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,359

    from Mayberry

    been in our family for decades. grandad had an orginal 60 vert that my dad has now. uncle a 60 vert turned HT (it's surprisingly easy) and sister a 60 vert with a 302. plan one for my oldest in a few years. can't beat these little cars IMO
  25. I've always like them too.
    I saw this one it Puyallup this past summer, it's a little OT but I really like the front wheel wells.

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  26. mgtstumpy
    Joined: Jul 20, 2006
    Posts: 8,920


  27. What's the driveline?
  28. redzula
    Joined: Jul 6, 2011
    Posts: 1,013


    Actually just put a deposit on one yesterday. Still debating on shipping it or road tripping to Pittsburgh to pick it up. Not really my thing but the wife saw one at Good-Guys Des Moines a few years ago and had to have one. We finally found a solid car for a reasonable price. Didn't know if it was hamb friendly or not I'm going with not but its nice to see some guys on here are not too manly for a chick car haha.

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  29. That's as good as it gets.

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