Beautiful Build! Built LS1 V8 w/ 4L60E Auto, A/C, Full Custom Suspension, Wow!
Price: - Item location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Chevrolet
- Model: Nomad
- SubModel: Restomod
- Type: Station Wagon
- Trim: Restomod
- Year: 1955
- Mileage: 937
- VIN: T222693
- Color: Red
- Engine size: 5.7L LS1 V8
- Power options: --
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Interior color: Gray
- Options: --
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1955 Chevrolet Nomad RestomodBefore we go into the details on this absolutely dialed-in 1955 Chevrolet Nomad restomod, please take a few moments to look at all the photos and the video...
Back? Good, because you can plainly see that this is one heck of a car. Professionally built, there's not a single surface or component that hasn't been tweaked, polished, rebuilt or replaced in some way, delivering what might be the ultimate rod for the guy with a family. The '55 Nomad is arguably the best-looking of all the shoebox Chevys, so it didn't make sense to modify the sheetmetal in any major way. Instead, they spent the time and money on getting everything nice and straight, then covered it in bright India Ivory over Gypsy Red paint while using the factory trim to provide some contrast to the two-tone combination that's been a favorite of Chevy fans since it first left the factory. As you saw in the photos, the surfaces are smooth and flat with reflections that show very little distortion and the shine of the urethane paint is simply dazzling in the sunlight. It's definitely a higher-quality driver paint finish with minimal flaws, and with only 937 miles on the build it's got a lot of life left in it. There's also a whole lot of chrome and stainless that adds great bling to this wagon, including the oversized bumpers fore and aft, that iconic grille up front, and the vertical slats on the tailgate that give the people you smoked off the line something pretty to look at. The rest of the chrome was taken to the same level, the stainless was polished up to match, and the jet-inspired hood badge was retained as an homage to this car's design roots.
There's more awesomeness inside where the combination of old and new is so tastefully done that it's hard to find the line. The plush gray leather upholstery on the front and rear benches has a very OEM look, although it was obviously not stock in 1957. The bench seats themselves, however, are correct pieces with tilting back rests up front for access to the rear seating area. Upscale carpets with the correct weave and nap were installed over the top of Dynamat insulation that lines the cabin and custom door panels were created using the same pattern and material that matches the seats. Of course, it's got all the modern conveniences like an underdash A/C unit with R134a refrigerant and a tilt column, but none of it detracts from the fairly stock-looking dashboard that was painted bright red to match the exterior and features a machined strip down the center. The matching bright red steering wheel is a stock piece that looks right at home in the '55 and the original instrument panel is filled with stock gauges directly ahead of the driver. In back, there's a gorgeous cargo bay that's just too nice to use for hauling anything dirty, but there's enough room to accommodate for any travel plans.
It's still got Chevy power under the hood, delivered in the form of a fuel-injected Corvette 5.7L LS1 V8. The power is substantial, with a build that features CNC heads, an aftermarket cam with a nice lope, and a forged bottom end that helps this puppy FLY. It's a tidy package in the '55's custom engine bay that features a smoothed red firewall and matching inner fenders, and with the blacked-out Corvette engine valve covers, a lot of polished aluminum and a serpentine belt drive accessory system, the engine looks fantastic too. A lot of effort went into hiding the American wiring harness and all the plumbing, so the look is ultra-clean, yet serviceability is quite good, and with a big aluminum radiator you'll never have to worry about overheating. Power 4-wheel disc brakes, a custom lowered suspension with tubular A-arms up front, and upgraded components at both ends means that it drives more like a Camaro than a station wagon, and you can see that the custom-painted chassis and frame is as highly detailed as the rest of the car. A freshly built 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission features a 2500 stall and via an aluminum driveshaft it powers a 9-inch Ford rear end with 3.50 gears and a Posi inside. And the sound this Nomad makes is epic, thanks to a set of long-tube headers that feed into a custom X-pipe dual exhaust with Pypes mufflers. Gorgeous 15-inch wheels are a new twist on an old favorite and wear fat 225/75/15 front and 275/60/15 rear Hankook performance radials.
Every bit of this wagon is as slick as it looks, and this is the kind of car that makes everyone else stop what they're doing and have a look. And the good news is that it drives even better than it looks. Call today!