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Features What year Metropolitan?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by sgtlethargic, Oct 3, 2020.

  1. The ad says '59 or '60 AMC. Were the Hudsons the only ones with the hood scoop?

    They're asking $750! No engine, transmission, suspension, etc. Bill of sale. Comes with the boat trailer (hilarious). I'm thinking $200 or $300.
    Metropolitan-1.jpg Metropolitan-2.jpg Metropolitan-3.jpg Metroplitan-unknown.jpg
    In case you haven't seen this one:
    Custom Metropolitan.jpg
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2020
  2. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 4,231


    No clue on the year but I dig the hood scoop!
  3. SR100
    Joined: Nov 26, 2013
    Posts: 827


    If memory serves, by the time AMC added the opening trunk, Nash and Hudson were no more. The main line was the Rambler and the Metropolitan was its own brand.
    If the trailer has a title, you could modify it into a Met-sized car trailer...
    Price is definitely SWIPE: Seller's Wildest Imagination Plus Expenses.
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  4. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,530


    The scoop is on the early cars,. I think the trunk was on later ones.

  5. A trunk and hood scoop => later car with earlier hood?

    I believe the hood is missing the grille for the scoop:
    Metro panel.jpg
    I'll try to check it out in-person. I was hoping it's a Hudson.
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  6. This might need its own thread. I wonder if this is new to the H.A.M.B.:
    Astra-Gnome custom 1956 Nash Metropolitan.jpg Astra-Gnome-rendering-left-rear-.jpg
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  7. I'd rather have a roller.
  8. Ford52PU
    Joined: Jan 31, 2007
    Posts: 462

    from PA

    Looks to me the hood was from an earlier Met. 1959 they added vent windows in doors, glove compartment door and trunk lid. But the hood was mid50’s Hudson only. Price seems high. Look for rust, usual places floors, unibody tin worms love British metal

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  9. 62SY4
    Joined: Oct 30, 2009
    Posts: 86

    from Irwin, Pa

    Agreed its a later car because of the trunk lid (hardest part to swap) doors hoods windows etc are easy. The vent windows and single piece rear window as well as the glovebox door and trunk lit pin it as a late 58 on. The hood scoops were used both on the nash and hudson cars until '56.
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  10. brjnelson
    Joined: Oct 13, 2002
    Posts: 464


    Been there done that, Take my advise, scrape all the Met mechanical stuff and Fab a frame, put in a Fatman front crossmember(Brent has made a few, the met is very narrow) , and some other engine like a GM V6, S10 4cyl, ranger 2.3. You will end up with a much better car if you remove all the British you can.
    Look at my photo albums if you wat to see more of the car I built in 2000. I went the hard way and did most of the mech stuff all bolt on stuff, I would do it different if I was to do it again.
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  11. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,368


    The transmissions never go bad and the engines are ok but puny. BRNelson has the right idea. Get rid of all the British electrics and go for more power
  12. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 1,720

    from norcal

    At least it’s a 2 door
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  13. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,368


    haha, All Metros are 2 dr but they were never used for traditional hotrods.
    It looks like anything goes on this "traditional" forum
  14. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,227


    Not so fast many...

  15. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
    Posts: 810

    Stan Back
    from California

    Looks like the crew is scaled accordingly.
  16. Likely has a replacement hood. Every unrestored Met I ever saw had a crease across the cowl where the hood flew up under speed and dented it. The hood latch on Mets ALWAYS fatigued and broke. Always. Sometimes you could salvage the hood sometimes you had to replace it. I fully restored a '62 for my daughters to drive to high school but if I had to do it again I would replace all the running gear and especially the electrical system. Lucas electrics were just bad.

    $750 would be ok for a complete fixer-upper but way too much for what is there. I agree $350 - $400 is more like it.
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  17. scrap metal 48
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 6,072

    scrap metal 48

    I would pay $750 for it.. I have been thinking of a small british car build for my next project.. If there is going to be a next project at 73, that is....
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  18. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 7,605


    These guys near me just do Metropolitans. Met them a while ago and they seemed nice. Their cars look good. I have no experience with them as a business, but if you need parts or help, they can probably supply it.
  19. Torkwrench
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
    Posts: 2,464


    This one is pretty cool. A friend of mine built it, with a early Chrysler Hemi. It ran at this years Glory Days Drag Meet. Kinda hard to read, but it's called the "Kelvinator Rocket".

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  20. And when I was into Mets I joined a Metro club (Metropolitan Club of North America). They have a very nice monthly booklet with build tips, and a great classified section. They have been going strong for at least 40 or so years that I know of. I highly recommend joining.
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  21. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,087


    I have a good friend who has had about 15 of these cars and currently has 5 cars plus parts. Got the car below from him. In the queue and awaiting it's turn now. Supposed to be a 54 but the title says 56 so who knows? From what I was told if they sat at a dealership for a year or two they were then sold and titled as the year they were sold in. I was also told that hood with the scoop was a 54 and the way to tell a real early car was that there was 2 additional openings below the grill opening on the later cars which the early ones didn't have so it looks like the nose was swapped on the original posters car. Another tid bit. The doors are made so that they can be used on either side of the car. This one needs floors and some work but has potential. Got a 302/auto and a narrowed 9 inch so it is going to get an all new frame and maybe a straight axle with a little attitude.

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  22. Ford52PU
    Joined: Jan 31, 2007
    Posts: 462

    from PA

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  23. Magfiend
    Joined: Sep 11, 2019
    Posts: 116


    I like it - one day I want to build one like Jeem came up with...
    Metro Comp Coupe.jpg
  24. This killer Met is being built by @mikeybrown1957. Although it's a current build, I'd say it checks all the trad boxes. The radiused rear wheel wells, nose up stance with a straight axle moved forward, and 55 Chevy front wheel openings make this car. It will run a hot small block.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2020
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  25. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,420

    from Berry, AL

    Saw pics of one several years ago with a blown BBC in it, rear rubber almost all the way across the rear of the car.
  26. d2_willys
    Joined: Sep 8, 2007
    Posts: 4,106

    from Kansas

    I believe the 1960-61 Mets had the opening trunk. Even though technically Mets lasted to the 1962 model year, they were left over 1961's. The 1957-62 Mets had the Austin A-55 Cambridge engine (1500CC). The 1954-56 had the Austin A-40 Somerset engine (1200cc). The 1954-56 models were either Nash or Hudson badged. 1957 up were AMC badged. I had a 1959 hardtop and took it up Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 1970. Ran great. Only bad thing was the non-synchro first gear. (It was really second gear of the MG 4 speed transmission and did not use the straight cut 1st gear, except for reverse) I was targeting a 225 Buick V6 to put into it. It could hit 100mph with the old 1500cc engine in it. Sold it before I could do the transplant. Later on, someone put the old California license plate onto another Met and must have exchanged the id plate. I would give $300 for it, and then build a new frame with modern day engine and power train. The English metal is real JUNK!

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