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Old 10-08-2017, 01:53 PM   #561
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I certainly doubt it! .. but if so, it will forevermore ruin the reputations that California cars enjoy!
Say it ain't so.
Seriously, this car was not very well taken care of until now. I don't have any doubts it's always been a California car, but something caused the extensive damage to the sheet metal that was not caused by rain, snow or salt. It has all been removed or repaired and not hidden by bondo or paint. Entire body was taken down to bare metal by media blasting. New frame is from another Nomad that has been media blasted and powder coated. Same with rear end. Suspension is NOS where I could find it. Front fenders, fender wells, and hood are from a straight '55 Chevy. Doors, quarter panels, entire floor board, , firewall, "A" pillars, and tailgate with new hinges, all other metal came from Summit, Danchuk, Real Deal Steel, Chevy Classic and some others. All the rework is being done by the same guy who does great work. He teaches welding when he isn't working on my cars.
The frickin thing that puzzles the heck out of me is that there is no rust on the dash but the front seat has been replaced as it should be a power seat. When Nomad is completed, I will drive it to Ciadellas and have her reupholster the entire inside, top to bottom. I did that with my black '56.
So to answer the question of whether this has always been a "California car", I think so.
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Old 10-08-2017, 11:26 PM   #562
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Thank You for reply on California car it’s whole life. I ask because i am on Right Coast . Northeast to be exact, also know as Rust Coast. I in no way did I ever intend to under mind your project.
In my opinion, your Nomad like many others had that Roof Oxidizing because GM squeezed together 3 layers of unprotected metal together.
Am content that you have found a gentleman able to reconstruct a desirable classic back to its full glory.
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Old 10-09-2017, 12:38 AM   #563
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Thank You for reply on California car it’s whole life. I ask because i am on Right Coast . Northeast to be exact, also know as Rust Coast. I in no way did I ever intend to under mind your project.
In my opinion, your Nomad like many others had that Roof Oxidizing because GM squeezed together 3 layers of unprotected metal together.
Am content that you have found a gentleman able to reconstruct a desirable classic back to its full glory.
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So am I Dave, but he's one of two guys I'll be using. The fab guy will reconstruct the car, but the second guy will do all the body work, paint, and trim and window installation. Ciadellas will do the upholstery.
I concur with the lousy job GM did with poorly protected metal on the roof. I suspect that more than half of all nomads out there have an inherent problem with rust on their roofs.
I've noticed what some very nicely painted Nomads have done with their drip rails. And it seems they may have done something to hide a bad repair.
Their was a '55 Nomad that received a lot of notoriety when it was restored on the Velocity Channel, Bitchin' Rides. You could see where they had rust on the roof that they had to contend with.
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Should we keep a rolling Nomad info thread going ?

Wow Dave!!! Did you ever finish this project? Looks like mine when I started it.
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Finish , no not yet for 55’ Nomad. I am only able to spend serious time on in Winter. Last Winter was a Apartment house rehab. So , hopeful to be able to have on Road in the Spring.
Those pics are from Parts car parts that I sell off to finance my hobby.
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Finish , no not yet for 55’ Nomad. I am only able to spend serious time on in Winter. Last Winter was a Apartment house rehab. So , hopeful to be able to have on Road in the Spring.
Those pics are from Parts car parts that I sell off to finance my hobby.
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Hello all, my name is Andrew and I have a nomad... and I am proud to say its been 37 days since I have done anything to my Nomad other than drive it, wash it, or put gas in it. (imagine an AA meeting)

What a great feeling to have a completed project. Waiting for car show/cruise in season to end here in VA for the winter work list... wheels/tires, rear main leak, rear end rebuild, trim polishing, interior paint redo... December-March will be busy.
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I had a pretty good day today; drove the '56 Nomad out of the garage to make room for the 57 to get new underpinnings! Removed the original chassis and rolled the new Corvette Corrections Chassis under it with LS1 and 4L60 trans, C4 Corvette rear end, suspension, steering and brakes! Hopefully tomorrow will get the body set down on the chassis and get some photos ...

A good 3 hrs of work, removing body mounts/bolts, removing steering box and shaft, lifting the body off the old frame, pushing the old frame out of the way, pushing the new chassis under, placing body mounts in position, and lowering down til the body is *almost* on the new chassis.. but not quite. Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to confirm that everything clears, and the wheels/tires I chose are going to 'work' and look decent on the car!

PS. I had to get some help from the wife and 71 yr old neighbor lady to help me push the chassis...
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I had a pretty good day today; drove the '56 Nomad out of the garage to make room for the 57 to get new underpinnings! Removed the original chassis and rolled the new Corvette Corrections Chassis under it with LS1 and 4L60 trans, C4 Corvette rear end, suspension, steering and brakes! Hopefully tomorrow will get the body set down on the chassis and get some photos ...

A good 3 hrs of work, removing body mounts/bolts, removing steering box and shaft, lifting the body off the old frame, pushing the old frame out of the way, pushing the new chassis under, placing body mounts in position, and lowering down til the body is *almost* on the new chassis.. but not quite. Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to confirm that everything clears, and the wheels/tires I chose are going to 'work' and look decent on the car!

PS. I had to get some help from the wife and 71 yr old neighbor lady to help me push the chassis...
Looking great Gary. It helps to have young neighbors.
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This morning I checked Oil in 57’ after approx 250 mile Burlington road trip. No oil usage 👍. Went to Station , filled up and used their Brush to clean VT bugs off windshield.
Hammered down to “ Lebanon Vallay Dragway” for “Capital Area Rods” Fall Show , Nosatlgia Drags & Swap. Enjoyed 80 Deg fall Northeast day for sure.
Bam Bam ( Dean) was set up at Swap. As usual he had a good selection of 5-7 parts . We got to talk for some time . He is very knowledgeable and a good person.
A great fall day in the northeast I had.
P.S. kinda beat the 57 a little on way home 🤓
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