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Back in my high school days I owned a new 1954 Nash Rambler. I have many fond memories driving around or cruising around town which was the big thing back then. I pushed it to the limit many of times and it never let me down. It was a sad day when I went into the service and had to sell it.

Once I retired in 1998 I set out to locate one just like it. I started by looking at all the ads and went to every web site I could find to locate one. I found quite a few Rambler's for sale but they were really in rough shape. Finally one day in June of 2000 while I was vacationing in Utah, I spotted a red and black Rambler sitting in the back yard of a house. I stopped and asked the owner if it was sale, and he said no at first but as we talked about the fact that he had no place to keep it out of the weather that it would just rust away. He had just moved from California to Utah so it came from a dry state, I told him one year of sitting out in a Utah winter would more than likely be it's last and it was a shame to let that happen. The only difference between this car and the one I had owned was the transmission, this one had a three speed automatic transmission. The car had been in his family for twenty years and he used it to drive back and forth to work. The car was in pretty good shape, it did start right up and had little to no rust. Front windshield had a crack and the front grill was damaged, but all in all it looked pretty good. So I kept working on him to sell it and finally we came up with a deal right there in his driveway. We shook hands and the deal was set.

Now I had to have the car transported to my home state of Florida. I lucked out there because his brother in law was in that business and he was getting ready to transport two cars to Orlando Florida. So the next day it was loaded up and on it's way.

When the car did arrive in Florida I decided to go with a full restoration (frame off) keeping it original. Motor (flat head six) and transmission rebuilt with new pistons, rods, valves, new wire harness, etc. My main thought was to keep it 100% original. Parts were hard to come by, but I had joined the Nash Car Club Of America (NCCA) which is a must for any Nash owner. This clubs reaches many other clubs and has a great membership of people who are more than happy to talk about old cars as well as sharing repair tips and a warehouse of information. The restoration started in July of 2000 and was finished in September of 2002.

-- John