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1953 Nash Custom Roadster – Larry Klingensmith

What car guy wouldn’t love to have a salvage yard at their disposal? Well, Larry Klingensmith does and he is using it to build up this 1953 (ish) Nash Custom Roadster, Rat Rod. Now, he is just starting this project, but, he will be giving us updates as he works on it, so, keep coming back and see what else he has done!

For now, see what he has done and where he is in the project by scrolling down and reading the article, then make sure to go to the bottom and see the pictures!


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What type of vehicle is this?: Car

Make, Model, Year of Project

1953 (ish) Nash custom roadster

What stage is this in?

Somewhere between complete and not sure if it will ever get finished

When did you purchase it and for how much?

Purchased it in the Spring of 2019 for $300

Why did you choose this vehicle?

Was a old custom car and I knew I wouldn’t find another one like it.

What sort of condition was it in when you started the project, what was wrong with it, etc.

It had been sitting in the woods since the 80’s.

What, specifically have you done, or had done to it?

I’m at the beginning of the project, so, I just pulled it home, cleaned it up, and started getting parts to restore/build it.

Where have you purchased your parts?

My grandfather ran a salvage yard, so I am going though my stash of parts and finding things around the property that would fit the car, or I could customize to fit the car.

What about you?

I am 22 years old. My dad owns a towing business and I run my own truck for him and take care of the salvage yard with my brother.

Any stories regarding this project?

From what I found it’s a Nash chassis and drive train.

Supersonic 6 Flathead motor.

2 sets of Buick fenders welded together to make the front fenders.

Cadillac quarter panels done same way and Cadillac hood as the rear trunk area.


Check out the pictures below, make sure to click on the picture to see the full version.


Before you go, check out these articles. Restoration and I’m going to fix it someday


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