Tony Stotz lives in Fremont, Ohio, and he tells us about how his grandfather, who had an apple orchard, let Tony drive the farm truck—a ’52 Chevy pickup—when spraying or picking the apples at harvest time.
We can bet Tony’s grandfather didn’t have a 468 big-block Chevy under the hood of his old
For all the help he gave him, his grandfather would pile everyone into his Nash (which always had a glovebox full of spearmint gumdrops) and drive into town for supper. His grandpa, also named Tony, would then give him a couple of silver dollars—one of which he’s kept to this day. Tony says he’s never forgotten the Nash, and has always said one day he’d have one, too.
That promise was eventually fulfilled as Tony found a ’50 Nash on the back of an old Studebaker flatbed truck in Kentucky. It was in pretty good shape with only a minor amount of rust. Tony was also able to find a collector in Michigan who had a set of N.O.S. fenders (he’d stored them wrapped in cardboard and tied with twine) that he bought for the project.
The chassis for the Nash was created at Chris Alton’s using 4-inch mandrel-bent tubing that uses a Mustang II IFS and a Ford 9-inch out back. Wayne Dysert installed the suspension for Tony, and 3.60 Auburn gears were added to the rearend.
In a departure from what his grandfather would have had, Tony opted for a 468 big-block Chevy (built by Gressman Powersports) backed to a TH400 transmission prepped with a shift kit. The engine reached 510 hp on the dyno before being installed.
The body was modified, too, with the windshield being laid back 3-1/2 inches, the headlights frenched, frenched ’59 Caddy taillights, and a third stop light that was made by flipping a ’59 Ford hood scoop upside down. An in-town painter, Joe Moreno, laid out the two-tone paintjob that also features a pinstripe job between the two colors.
After working on the car for 12-plus years, Tony would like to acknowledge the great patience of his wife, Barb, and the help of his son, Bryan, and grandson, Kyler. Now all Tony has to do is stock the glovebox with spearmint gumdrops and he’ll be set!
A center console was added to house some of the controls and the B&M shifter while up on t
The Nash factory streamlined much of the exterior of their Ambassador and Statesman lines
Surprisingly slippery right out of the factory in 1950, Tony’s Nash received a small rake