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$700,000 Chevy Nomad on Ebay

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Is this 1955 Chevy Nomad worth $700,000? This car is a complete restoration from the ground up and intended to modernize the car, without losing any of the original Nomad's  distinctive design elements. The car was designed by Chris Ito and fabricated at Steve’s Auto Restorations, in Portland, Oregon under the commission of Dave Hall. The restoration took over 22,000 man hours and features more custom mods then you can count. The car is built on a custom chassis and features 2000 Corvette suspension parts, a 500 cubic inch aluminum big block engine, and most of the body panels were hand fabricated. The car is currently on ebay with an asking price of $695,000. So do you think it's worth it? Continue reading for more pictures and a complete list of modifications.


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Preservation of key design elements that distinguish the 1955 Nomad from other similar era cars was our primary design objective. These elements included the front fender/side chrome detail, canted ‘B’ and ‘C’ pillars, tailgate chrome strips, rear wheel well openings and horizontal roof ribs. It was determined from the beginning that these design elements would be retained in one shape or form in the final product.

The critical eye will note that the slab sided body, thick roof section, short front fenders and bulbous hood give the original car a „boxy. appearance. Hence the term „shoebox chevy. became synonymous with the tri-five chevy built between 1955 and 1957. To this end a secondary design objective was established to eliminate the „box. from „shoebox..

Of course all of these design elements are what give the Nomad character or what we like to refer to as it.s soul. Without these it would be just another „shoebox..

A melding of these objectives created an integrated design theme that enhances and „contemporizes. the original cars styling. The end result is a reborn .55 Nomad that is. Contemporary. in design, yet maintains the .Classic. styling elements of the original car.

We call our Contemporary Classic, “NewMad”.

- Dimensions:
Channeled 3”
Roof sectioned 1 ˝”
Pillars chopped ľ”
Wheel Base lengthened 3”

- Front Fenders:
Wheel openings re-contoured & moved forward 2.5”
Fenders extended 2.5”
Modified head & parking lamp openings
Custom fabricated parking lenses

- Cowl
’64 Mercury Marauder modified
’64 Mercury electric wipers recessed

- Hood
Lengthened 3”
Hand formed & peaked sheetmetal w/custom inner structure
Dodge Stealth hinges w/60# gas struts
Custom latch w/internal release

- Firewall
Custom hand formed sheetmetal w/custom inner structure
Double wall construction for wiring, plumbing & components
Hidden brake master cylinder

-Engine Compartment
Hand formed inner fender wells
Hand formed radiator support
Custom air intake w/K&N filters

- Doors
Vent windows removed
Flush fit to inside trim detail
Bear-claw latches added
Power windows & locks
Custom lower body detail w/recessed trim
Radiused corners

-Front Bumper
Hand formed custom fabricated
Flush fit to body
Peaked Center to match grille opening and hood
Integrated hand formed body color valance panel
Smooth face with hidden fasteners

-Quarter Panels
Taillights angled forward
Re-shaped wheel openings
Custom lower body detail w/recessed trim
Hand formed inner fender panels
Hidden gas filler behind left tail lamp assembly
Hidden battery switch/terminals behind right tail lamp assembly

- Roof
Roof skin sectioned 1.5”, shortened 5”
A-pillar hand formed, laid back & flushed w/windshield
B-pillar hand formed, laid forward and narrowed
C-pillar hand formed, laid forward & flushed w/quarter glass
Drip rails removed
Re-contoured roof ribs swept back to match B & C pillars

- Rocker Panels
Hand fabricated w/reverse reveal removed
Lengthened 3”
Boxed & smoothed

- Lift Gate
Hand formed tube frame
Custom hinge w/power lift & remote control

- Tail Gate
Re-contoured sheet metal, shortened 1”
Radiused corners
Custom latch, hidden hinges

- Floor
Custom hand formed to allow 3” body channel

- Grille
Re-contoured opening w/peaked center
Custom cast and chromed grill bar and emblem
Custom laser cut grille insert mesh

- Rear bumper
Hand formed custom fabricated
Flush fit to body
Custom license & exhaust openings
Integrated hand formed body color valance panel
Smooth faced hidden w/hidden fasteners

- Glass
Windshield – ’64 Mercury, Chopped 1.25”, narrowed 5”, flush fit
Door – Custom single piece, hardtop style finish
Quarter – Custom one piece, flush fit
Lift gate – Custom frame-less one piece

- Trim
Window – hand formed, solid brass, chrome plated
Belt-line - hand formed, solid brass, chrome plated
Lower body – Frenched, polished aluminum insert
Grill – hand formed, solid brass, chrome plated
Stock headlight bezels modified to flow w/ belt line trim
Park light bezel – hand formed, solid brass, chrome plated
Custom cast and chrome plated ‘NewMad’ emblems
Custom fabricated flush exterior door handles integrated w/ side trim
Custom side mirror stanchions integrated w/side trim

- Lighting/Electrical
One-off custom rear tail lamp lens/assembly
One-off custom parking lamp lens/assembly
HID headlamps
Custom interior lighting w/fader
American Auto Wire Premier fuse panel

- Paint
Body – House of Kolor Majestic Blue w/Kandy Cobalt
Top – House of Kolor White Pearl

- Dash
Hand fabricated w/ends integrated into door panels
Custom gauge & glove box openings blended to console
Leather wrapped w/colored insert
Instrumentation - 2001 Cobra instrumentation cluster w/150 mph speedo
Custom one off Budnik leather wrapped steering wheel

- Seats
Modified Lexus SC400 10 way power seats
Hidden aircraft style seat belts
Custom hand fabricated rear seat modules

- Door panels
Hand formed composite w/integrated armrest & door pull
Jaguar XJ8 door handle assembly
Custom stainless sills leather wrapped w/SAR logo

- Headliner
Hand formed composite material
Pleated rear section to match exterior roof ribs
Articulating rear left hinge cover

- Console
Custom fabricated full-length w/integral front/rear armrests
Corvette C-5 Trans shifter
Front storage compartment w/ hidden suspension controls
Integrated Porsche window switches
Hidden access panel for fuse panel

- Cargo
Hand formed composite tonneau cover w/chrome accent trim
Hidden compartments for amp, speakers and batteries

- Materials
Custom dyed two-tone Grey leather throughout
Ultra-suede Grey headliner
Multi-tone Sahara fine-point square weave carpeting

- Sound System
Clarion DRX9255 head
Clarion CDC635 six disc CD changer
Rear - Sound Stream SP6 6” mid-range speaker
Sound Stream SPL 60G 6.5” woofer
Front – Sound Stream SP6 6” mid-range speaker w/separate tweeter / cross-overs
Hand formed perforated steel speaker grilles
Rubicon 550 Watt 5/3 Channel Amp
Dyna-mat insulation on all interior surfaces

- Engine
496 Cu In Arias aluminum Big Block Chevy
540 HP, 565 Ft Lb Torque
Brodix Oval Port Cylinder Heads w/2.190 intake & 1.880 exhaust valves
SCAT crank/rods, Clevite Bearings
Comp Cams roller camshaft/lifters
SpeedPro Pistons/Rings
Jessel Belt Drive
March Performance billet surpentine belt system
Meizere billet water pump
Custom fabricated Hogan TPI intake manifold w/36 lb Accel injectors
Arizona Speed & Marine 58mm Throttle Body
BDS Custom wiring harness
Make Fast Engine Control Module
Accel Ignition system
Oberg membrane oil filter
Power Master gear reduction starter & 120 amp alternator
Lokar throttle cable
Setrab oil cooler w/Spal fan
Custom cast aluminum induction cowl

- Transmission
Hughes Performance GM4L80E automatic four speed overdrive
HGM Compushift On-Board programmable controller
Hughes 2500 stall speed torque converter
Setrab trans cooler w/Spal fan

-Cooling System
Ron Davis custom aluminum x-flow radiator
Dual 16” Spal cooling fans
Custom aluminum reservoir and recovery tanks

-Fuel System
Custom aluminum 18 gal. Fuel tank
Holley in-tank 255 liter/hr fuel pump
Inner frame stainless fuel lines
Hidden filler neck behind rear tail lamp

-Exhaust System
Custom fabricated stainless steel headers w/8 primary tubes
Custom fabricated 2.5 inch polished stainless steel exhaust system
Spin Tech polished stainless steel mufflers and exhaust tips

- Frame
4”x5” custom fabricated rails w/tubular x-members & body mounts

- Suspension
Front - Corvette C5 IFS control arms w/Air Ride Shock-Wave suspension
Rear - Corvette C5 IRS control arms w/Air Ride Shock-Wave suspension
Front/Rear Torsional sway-bars

- Differential
Dutchman IRS aluminum housing
Strange Engineering 9” center section w/ 3.89 posi & steel billet yoke
Custom Dutchman axle w/Porsche CV joint

- Brakes
Baer Racing 14” rotors
Baer Racing 4 piston calipers
Ford Cobra Hydro-boost power master cylinder
Stainless/braided lines
Lokar parking brake cable

- Steering
Narrowed C4 Corvette Rack & Pinion
Borgeson Polished Stainless U joints
Flaming River custom tilt column

- Wheels/Tires
Front – 20”x 8.5” Budnik/Ito One-off / BFG g-Force T/A 255/35ZR20
Rear – 20”x10” Budnik/Ito One-off / BFG g-Force T/A 275/35ZR20

Power door locks
Speciality Power windows
Power lift gate
Power disc brakes
Power Steering
Cruise Control
Tilt Steering Column
Tinted Glass
Air Ride Suspension
Vintage Air Automatic climate control
Remote opening rear hatch
Lexus power seats

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$700,000 Chevy Nomad on Ebay


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