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This latest creation from the HotRod Dynamics shop is a Restomod 55 Nomad that will feature the very first Art Morrison production chassis with independant rear suspension for a TriFive Chevy. It will be powered by a L99 6.2L engine backed by a 6l80E trans. We are very excited about this project and hope that you guys and gals stay tuned and enjoy the show!
A few months ago I was contacted by Dan aka Vetterodder on the forum about building a customized Nomad. Dan is in Florida, but he found time to make it up to North Carolina to check out the shop and some of our work. We started hashing out a preliminary plan to bring his vision to life. After some internet searching and checking out a few leads, Dan came across this 55 Nomad in Kentucky. The purchase was made and a few weeks later we had a Nomad roller setting in our shop. Dan waited patiently as we were in the process of moving into our new facility and also trying to finish up some other customer projects. Well the time has finally come for us to get started on this latest tri-five adventure, "Bruiser". Dan came up with the clever name based on his vision for a Dark blue/black color scheme. The car we have to work with has its fair share of sheet metal damage and amateur patch jobs, but overall is quite solid with little rust. As you can see, the passenger side is pretty decent, but the driver side has been pretty beat up. On top of that it looks like someone started removing the quarter with a can opener. Now I've been very busy with trying to get the new shop situated, so forgive me for not having taken as many detailed photos as I normally do, but as you can see, the metal work is well underway. We shaved the gas door as we plan to do the same hidden fuel fill behind the tail light as we did on the Prestwood 55 convertible. The driver door skin and quarter were replaced. the drivers door jamb was straightened. We had to fab a new B pillar as one for a Nomad isn't currently being reproduced. On the passenger side, the door skin around the handle and lock had been butchered so we fabbed a new patch panel. We've also been finding and removing some old lead patch jobs covering some sheet metal damage in the lower passenger quarter. Of course the car is receiving our smoothie firewall. A previous owner had fabbed up a crude firewall recess. In the process they had cut into the bottom of the cowl area so we also had to patch that up. The new chassis should be here in about a week so we can transplant the body and start fine tuning fitment and gaps.

























 

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It is work but it will be worth it. Mike
 

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great work. thanks for taking the time to document in words and photos.:tu
 

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Looking forward to watching this one. What kind of IRS is it going to be?
It is the brand new Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) from Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) on mated to the existing AME TriFive Chassis. The chassis is in route now to Hot Rod Dynamics so I am sure Joe will post pictures of the chassis soon... In the meantime - here is the actual IRS from my chassis.



It houses a Strange Differential with 3.54 gear ratio (the smallest they offer for this heavy duty unit). The ratio should be acceptable with the 6-speed automatic transmission.

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really looking forward to seeing how this one progresses. we are doing a liftgate for Dan, and he had mentioned his plans and the new IRS from Morrison . extremely jealous, awesome ride. :tu
 

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Looking forward to seeing your completed car around the Palm Beach's.You have a good sized car club by you that hosts a lot of shows for that beauty.
(You probably are ready know that.)
 

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Nice all the way around. Mike
 

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It is the brand new Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) from Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) on mated to the existing AME TriFive Chassis. The chassis is in route now to Hot Rod Dynamics so I am sure Joe will post pictures of the chassis soon... In the meantime - here is the actual IRS from my chassis.

Dan
Dang! That's just downright sexy! lol.
 

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Dan, That looks like a Dana 60 center section. Do you know if that's the case. Strange calls them a Strange 60.
 

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Joe - your are 100% correct. I verified this with AME this morning just to be sure myself. You should receive the chassis within a week! Cannot wait to see the pictures !!

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AME TRIFIVE FRAME WITH IRS

The gang at AME were nice enough to send me a couple of pictures of the chassis before they crated it up for shipment to Joe at Hot Rod Dynamics.

WOW!! I am ecstatic with the result. :congrats: Nice work AME!!!



 
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