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November's Feature Car
1955 Nomad
Robin & Patti Collord
Valley View, Texas



 

I had finished up with my other projects and had an inclination toward a ‘55 or ‘56 Nomad.  A friend referred me to another friend of his who was going to sell a ‘55 Nomad he had rescued from a long time garage sit.....since 1982. The friend had a good reputation and I had heard good things about his honesty and love of Nomads.  So, I did something I swore I would never do....I bought it, sight unseen, based on those reports.  All the photos I was shown had a real nice straight, rust free car. I paid too much for it, just to be sure I got it in its "Gem" status.  Not only was I to be the second owner of this Nomad...but the original owner was the Choir Director at the big Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Probably only driven on Sundays to church service.  I had to arrange shipping from the East Coast to Texas. That was another expense I should have avoided or handled differently.  A week later I had the Nomad delivered here in North Texas and the work started right away. 

I already knew I wanted professional paint and body work. However, I knew not to get involved with a body shop of any kind which captures you and the project falls into a line of other projects.  You all know those horror stories...months and even years of delays, excuses, expenses and frustrations.  So, I split the project work...lifted the body and delivered it to a friend’s shop...who only does one car at a time.  Total dedication to that job.  I had the chassis portion work done in another place and after having recent troubles with built motors and Muncie work, I decided on a GM Performance motor, a ZZ-6 and a 700 R-4 built transmission.  I searched all the recommended places to buy a motor at the best price...and much to my surprise the best price was from Classic Chevrolet right here.  In stock and no shipping, I had my motor in a day.  The transmission was from Phoenix Transmission in Weatherford.  A perfect match as far as I am concerned and both places are right there to help with any questions or support.

The frame was completely disassembled and sandblasted, back to my place for epoxy painting and assembly.  All systems and lines were replaced and a new fuel tank installed.  I did put in a rebuilt ‘57 Nomad rear end, gearing and brakes which I had on hand.  A shock relocation cross member bar was installed.  This proved to be a major problem later when I found it interfered with the exhaust, fuel tank and driveline.  I did not have that trouble when I installed the same bar in my ‘57 Nomad....I still have not figured out that difference.  I did end up removing that relocation bar and went with the original floor mounts.

The body work process now uncovered the reality of a sight unseen, rust free, purchase.  The front fenders and headlight areas were a disaster. The quarter panels were works of art in body repair camouflage.  The body mounts and rockers were all rusted through.  All this damage was amateurishly covered up with fresh undercoating and I knew immediately this was a bad sign....and it was.  The sandblasting uncovered it all.  It also showed me the techniques of using cardboard, chicken wire and massive amounts of body filler used in the past.  All this damage was repaired expertly and correctly.

A CPP 500 series steering box, Doug’s Headers and a complete aluminum cooling system went in and a Vintage Air system adapted to the GM Performance AC compressor.  A Magna Flow exhaust system tied it together.  A CPP 11 inch disc brake kit with 2 1/2 inch drop spindles set the stance.  With American Racing wheels and Coy Spinners, I was on the ground again.  

I called Gina Ciadella and told her that I had selected a dark green PPG, 2018 Mercedes paint and wanted an interior to compliment it.  I wanted a green and leather brown but original Chevy did not have that combo, I asked if she could get me something that would work.  I wanted to stay with a design exactly like the ‘55 Nomad. She came thru BIG TIME.  I love the interior.  

The Nomad was a fully optioned one as delivered to the original owner.  I kept it that way with all the bumper guards and trim, the power windows and the power seat, and Easy Eye glass all the way around.

Within 60 days the entire chassis was ready for the newly completed body, now to put everything together.  I always make it a practice to plan ahead and have all the parts needed pre-purchased and sitting right here in the shop, so you have all your parts on hand and ready. Does not sound like much, but when you are controlling the time process it matters big time.  Three weeks later the Nomad was done and I was running up and down the roads around here, putting test miles on my Nomad!

 

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2018 Feature Cars


January
Duffy Oyster
1957 Convertible

 


February
Andy Kuchta
1955 Pickup

 

March
Steven Mensik
1957 Convertible

April
Duffy Oyster
1957 Bel Air Hardtop

May
Bobby Bonds
1955 210 Sedan

June
Kevin Sears
1955 Bel Air Sedan

July
Matt Heit
1956 Bel Air Sedan

August
Ken Horton
1957 Bel Air Hardtop

September
David Graves
1956 Corvette

October
Don Beck
1955 Bel Air Hardtop

November

December

 

2017 Feature Cars

January
Larry Myers

'57 Nomad

February
David Hudson
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

March
Diane Bray
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

April
Dale Maddox
'56 Nomad

May
Terry Adams
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

June
Al Burgess
'56 Bel Air Hardtop

July
Joey Truelove
'56 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Duffy Oyster
'55 Bel Air Convertible

September
Roy Bilberry
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Dale Maddox
'56 Nomad

November
Johnny Gentry
'57 Pickup

December
Dennis Fletcher
'55 210 Sedan

 

2016 Feature Cars

January
John Green

'55 Bel Air Sedan

February
Dennis Gormley
'56 Nomad

March
Ken Burton
'56 Bel Air Sedan

April
Joe Angelini
'55 Bel Air Sedan

May
John Gibson
'56 Bel Air Sedan

June
Keith Brogdon
'55 Bel Air Sedan

July
No Feature Car

August
Mike D'Uva
'55 Nomad

September
Charles Haley
'57 Bel Air Sedan

October
John Yoby
'55 210 Sedan

November
Duffy Oyster
'55 Convertible

December
Ed Giolma
'57 Nomad

 

2015 Feature Cars

January
Al Thomson

'57 Convertible

February
Gunnar Grove
'55 Handyman Wagon

March
Carl Mitcham
'57 Convertible

April
Rico Padilla
'57 Bel Air

May
Bobby Wallace
'56 Bel Air

June
Donna Johnson
'57 Convertible

July
Jody Stiff
'55 Bel Air

August
Bill Preston
'57 Corvette

September
Ronnie Ruyle
'56 210 2dr Sedan

October
Patrick Briney
'55 Bel Air 2dr Sedan

November
Marvin Johnson
'55 Bel Air 2dr Hardtop

December
James Lair
'57 150 Sedan

 

2014 Feature Cars

January
Marvin Johnson

'57 Nomad

February
Gina Cammarata
'57 Be Air

March
Joe Angelini
'55 Handyman

April
Jack Stewart
'55 Convertible

May
Marvin Johnson
'57 Bel Air

June
Jac Broussard
'57 Bel Air

July
Terry Sealock
'57 Nomad

August
Bill Lewis
'56 Deluxe Pickup

September
Tom Entrekin
'56 Corvette

October
Donna Thomson
'56 Convertible

November
Mike Reeves
'56 Nomad

December
Jim Baughan
'55 Convertible

 
2013 Feature Cars

January
Don Andre
'57 Bel Air 2dr Hardtop

February
Don Sebert
'56 Corvette

March
Mike Dodson
'56 210 2dr Sedan

April
Dennis Gormley
'55 210 Sedan Drag Racer

May
Sharkey Nelson
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

June
AJ Pilie
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

July
Joe Harrington
'56 Pickup

August
Jim Gary
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

September
Kenneth Taylor
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Don Howard
'56 210 2dr Sedan

November
Tommy Sims
'55 210 2 Dr Sedan

December
Leroyce Jones
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2012 Feature Cars

January
Tom Walker
'56 Sedan Delivery

February
Don Mullins
'57 150 2dr Sedan

March
John Rogers
'56 Nomad

April
Jim Leinart
'55 210 Sedan

May
James Carter
'57 Bel Air

June
Rob Bryngelson
'57 210 Sedan

July
Mike Jones
'55 Bel Air Sedan

August
Jon Ellison
'57 Pickup

September
Jim Leinart
'55 210 Sedan

October
Ken Dobbs
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

November
Rich Purvis
'55 Nomad

December
Philip Romo
'55 Bel Air Sedan

 

2011 Feature Cars

January
Andy Salinas
'56 Bel Air

February
Scott Hengemuhle
'57 Bel Air

March
Joe Mason
'57 210

April
Mike Reeves
'57 Convertible

May
Josh Hart
'55 Bel Air

June
Ed Robertson
'55 Nomad

July
James Sparrow
'56 Bel Air

August
Mike Russell
'56 210

September
Top 5 Lone Star Picks

October
Jim Leinart
'55 Bel Air

November
David Sherman
'55 Nomad

December
Michael Brown
'57 Convertible

 

2010 Feature Cars

January
Larry Freeman

'56 Convertible

February
Michael Brown
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

March
Ray Langford
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

April
Billy Walker
'55 Drag Racer

May
Terry Sealock
'57 Convertbile

June
Carl Soeffker
'55 Pedal Car

July
Tom McGee
'55 Bel Air Sedan

August
Scott Hengemuhle
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

September
Bryan Greenfield
'56 210 Sedan

October
Larry Rogers
'57 210 Sedan

November
Mike Bresler
'55 210 Sedan

December
Terry Hitch
'57 Nomad

 

2009 Feature Cars

January
Doug Pedersen

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

February
Bennie Zimmerman

'57 Cameo Pickup

March
Ralph Sandlin

'57 210 Wagon

April
Bob Caruth

'56 Bel Air Hardtop

May
Glen South
'57 210 Sedan

June
Brian Sherwood
'55 1st Series 3100 Pickup

July
James Carson
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Marvin Cowden
'55 Bel Air Sedan

September
Loren Baxter
'56 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Mark Baker
'55 210 Sedan

November
Michael Brown
'57 Corvette

December
Geoff Clark
'55 Handyman Wagon

 

2008 Feature Cars

January
Debbie Guido

'57 Bel Air Sedan

February
Tim Page

'57 Bel Air Station Wagon

March
Greg Strader

'55 Bel Air Sedan

April
Stu Jacobs

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

May
Terry Box

'55 Bel Air Sedan

June
Rex Buzan

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

July
Joe Sanders

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Mike Dodson

'56 Nomad

September
Irv Engelbrecht

'55 210 Sedan

October
Bill Raley

'56 Pickup

November
Bob Brandenburg

'57 Bel Air Sedan

December
Tommy Simmons

'57 210 9 Pass Beauville Wagon

 

2007 Feature Cars

January
Lorenzo Castillo
'55 210 Sedan

February
Phil Haynes

'57 150 Sedan

March
Joe Ortega

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

April
Robert Black

'55 Sedan

May
Ben Weehunt

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

June
Jim Sellstrom

'55 Bel Air Sedan

July
Bob Smolik

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Mike Reeves

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

September
Larry Epperson

'57 Bel Air 4dr Hdtp

October
Mike Cook

'55 Convertible

November
Don Clark

'56 Nomad

December
James Carter

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2006 Feature Cars

January
Jim Conkle
'55 Bel Air Sedan

February
Nick Roppollo
'56 Bel Air Sedan

March
Dennis Gormley
'55 210 Sedan

April
George Caruth

'57 Sedan Delivery

May
Bob Vaughan

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

June
Doyle Irick

'57 Cameo Pickup

July
Mark Lamkin

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Ralph Ellis

'57 Convertible

September
Chuck Rader

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Dan Bunch

'57 Bel Air Sedan

November
Frank Makarauskas

'57 210 Sedan

December
Carl Mitcham

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2005 Feature Cars
January
John Rush
'56 210 Sedan
February
Sharkey Nelson
'57 Limo
March
Joe Gaikoski
'56 Convertible
April
Dean Schmidt
'57 Bel Air Hardtop
May
Lewis Reynolds
'55 210 Sedan
June
Tom Walker
'57 Bel Air Hardtop
July
George Johnson
'56 Nomad
August
Sonny Poteet
'55 Bel Air Hardtop
September
Alan Strong
'57 150 Sedan
October
Rodney Nevils
'56 Corvette
November
Tom Blackburn
'57 Bel Air Hardtop
December
Dennis Lind
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2004 Feature Cars
January - none February - none March - none April
Steve Pratt
'55 Bel Air Sedan
May
Larry Rollow
'57 210 Sedan
June
Marvin Johnson
'56 Bel Air Hardtop
July
Kevin Brown
'56 210 Sedan
August
David Graves
'55 Bel Air Hardtop
September
BJ Bucher
'57 150 Sedan
October
Greg Hedum
'55 Bel Air Hardtop
November
Bill Preston
56 Nomad
December
Ron Davis
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

 

 


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