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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Car owner enjoys his ‘39 Hudson

  • GRANBY — One of the highlights during the recent Old Mining Town Days (OMTD) was the car show at the Granby Ball Fields on Saturday.
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  • GRANBY — One of the highlights during the recent Old Mining Town Days (OMTD) was the car show at the Granby Ball Fields on Saturday.
    One of the participants was Kenneth Nading, Joplin.
    “It is a 1939 Hudson five passenger coach,” said Nading sitting behind the car. “I am the second owner. I found it in Coffeyville, Kan. I have had that for about 15 years.”
    He said the car had been in the previous owner’s barn since 1952.
    “It had all four fenders knocked down like somebody hit the garage – typical – the floorboards had been setting in a barn, the floorboards had a lot of rust in it,” he added.
    For all of his life, Nading said he has worked on people’s cars.
    “I have always done body repair, that is what I have done my whole life,” he said. “So I fixed a lot of cars for everybody else, but I never finished one for myself. I still have not got this one finished. Now I am retired, I am going to try to get it painted, finish it up.”
    Asked what he has done to the car since he purchased it, Nading said, “I made it to where I can drive it, it has steering, brakes, air, tilt and cruise.”
    Asked if it is hard to find parts for this vehicle, he explained.
    “For the 1956, 1957 Chevys, you can open a book and order about anything that you want,” he said. “There have been a lot of things that I could not find for this one. Some of the parts for this one came off of an old Nash because that is the only thing that I could find that would work.”
    This was the second time he attended the Granby car show.
    “I have been to quite a few (other) car shows,” Nading said.
    But for now, he enjoys his 1939 Hudson.
    “I have had a lot of fun with it,” he said.

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