Bel Air Nomad
Frame Off Built Bel Air Nomad EFI LS2 V8 4L60E 4 Speed Auto PS A/C Disc Brakes
- GM LS2 V8
- GM 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission
- 8.2-inch rear axle / 3.55 gears
- Upgraded suspension
- Power steering
- Power front disc and rear drum brakes
- 15-inch steel wheels / Full wheel covers
- 1964 Chevrolet Oyster interior / Modern audio
- Vintage Air conditioning
- Sale includes restoration receipts
* GM LS2 V8
* GM 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission
* 1964 Chevrolet Oyster interior / Modern audio
* Vintage Air conditioning
* Upgraded suspension
* Power steering
* Power front disc and rear drum brakes
* Sale includes restoration receipts
* 8.2-inch rear axle / 3.55 gears
* 15-inch steel wheels / Full wheel covers
Whether it's a '58 Edsel or a '63 Corvette, all collector cars have dedicated fans and admirers. But not many of those vintage machines can claim to be both rare and highly desirable from the day they left the showroom. Modeled after a famous GM Motorama concept, and sold as a high-price, low-production 'halo car', the first generation Nomad is a true all-time all-star. So, how do you make a car that's already as hot as this shooting-brake Chevy even more desirable? You completely refinish its body, bolt up some fresh suspension components, throw in a smooth small block and line it with a nice combination of classic style and modern convenience. If you like your tri-five to be fun to show off AND fun to drive, this award-winning Nomad is your next cruiser!
Despite the exceptional sales of Chevrolet's youthful Bel Air, the brand's higher priced Nomad proved less popular and, thanks to attrition, has now become even scarcer. Fortunately, this slick resto-mod has always been a solid, complete car that benefitted from decades of owners who were smart enough to know what they had. And recently, when it fell into the hands of B-Mac's Auto of Raleigh, North Carolina, big money was spent on a thorough, frame-off restoration. Once the car's tired enamel was removed, skilled metalwork remedied rust issues in its floor and right door. When the rebuild was close to completion, that arrow-straight fuselage was primed, carefully block-sanded and covered in a classy combination of white and silver 2-stage. And today, buffed and wet-sanded to a fantastic shine, this cool Chevy is both handsome and exquisite.
One thing about classic car guys is they're uncanny ability to methodically plot, plan and execute even the minutest details. And the guy who built this spectacular cruiser probably spent weeks doing just that. At the front of the car, a body-width bumper rides below a straight stainless grille, clear parking lamps and chrome-trimmed Delta headlights. At the top of that grille, a fresh Chevrolet crest is centered beneath a classic 'jetbird' hood ornament. At the back of that hood, fresh trim, simple mirrors and electric windshield wipers highlight new glass. At the base of that glass, white-trimmed fender spears perfectly complement traditional door handles and monochromatic Bel Air emblems. And at the back of the car, a second body-width bumper rides below vertical tailgate trim, a gold “Nomad” emblem and correct Bel Air taillights.
This sweet looking Chevy is powered by a well-detailed LS2 that provides plenty of solid, reliable motivation. Straight from the factory, the rowdy mill utilizes 364 cubic inches to twist buff 10.9 to 1 compression into an even 400 horsepower and 400 lb./ft. of Oak-shaking torque. And despite consistently delivering track-blistering, low-end performance, it can rev to 6,500 RPM and drives like a commuter car! At the front of the aluminum block, a Vintage Air FrontRunner system spins a fresh alternator and Sanden AC compressor at the sides of a polished air cleaner. Once air enters that cleaner, it flows through a factory throttle body to a factory intake that's bolted down over completely stock internals. High-octane fossils are provided by GM electronic fuel injection. Sparks are sequenced from a requisite Street & Performance harness to beefy Taylor plug wires. Spent gases swirl through slick, ceramic-coated shorties. And cooling comes courtesy of a big cross-flow radiator that's fitted with pliable hoses, SPAL puller fans and an aftermarket support. On the visual end of the spectrum, color-keyed, “Chevrolet” branded rail covers perfectly complement a snazzy CPP master cylinder. The glossy engine compartment seats Satin Black fenders in front of a body-matched firewall. And niceties such as stainless fluid lines, a fully finished hood and a trick dipstick add a flash of detail.
Throw the car on a lift and you'll find solid, undercoated floors that, along with a Satin Black frame, sport a restoration-fresh appearance. At the center of those floors, a proven 4L60E 4-speed spins torque to an 8.2-inch rear end that's fitted with moderate, 3.55 gears. At the ends of that drivetrain, a fully rebuilt suspension makes good use of two coil-over shocks, two QA-1 adjustable shocks, POSIES leaf springs and modern power steering. At the corners of that suspension, power-assisted disc and drum brakes turn stress-inducing traffic into a relaxing exercise in sightseeing. Between those discs, large-diameter exhaust pipes employ an X-shaped crossover and great-sounding Magnaflow mufflers. And all that mechanical goodness rolls on painted steelies, which spin two 215/70R15 BF Goodrich whitewalls and two 235/70R15 BF Goodrich whitewalls around charcoal wheel covers. Naturally, this impressive wagon's undercarriage is clean and fully sorted. However, as mentioned before, this Nomad was built to drive, and it'll be right at home inspiring stares on sunny weekend getaways.
Climb inside this razor-sharp tri-five and you'll find a lightly modified interior that features dramatic style and enough great looking trim to payroll a small upholstery shop. Covered in '64 Impala Oyster vinyl, the car's bench seats, a Glide unit up front and factory fodder out back, are all-day comfortable. Beneath those seats, traditional carpet centers color-keyed floor mats under a metal accelerator pedal. Opposite that carpet, fancy chrome bows highlight a tight headliner. At the sides of the car, textured door panels look great hovering between chrome handles, sculpted armrests and body-matched window frames. In front of those panels, a bowtie-trimmed dash hangs Classic Instruments telemetry above controls for a Vintage Air climate system and a Custom Autosound head unit that's hidden in the car's factory glovebox. In front of the driver, a painted tilt steering column spins an ornate wheel. And behind the passengers, a carpeted cargo hold is primed for lawn chairs and picnic supplies.
OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION AND ACCESSORIES
* A stack of restoration receipts
* Miscellaneous component literature
* A Goodguys Customs Builder's Choice Award
* August 2015 Issue of Goodguys Goodtimes Gazette with a highlight feature
It's no wonder the Chevrolet Nomad enjoys such huge popularity, because it just doesn't get much better than this slick '55 resto-mod. With a plush interior, head turning body and modern car streetability, this wagon is the perfect combination of form and function. In fact, this Nomad is the best of all worlds!
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