We have three classic cars. Steve and Linda have a 1956 Chevrolet Belair Nomad. Jon has a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
Malibu and Amy has a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. Here are a few pictures of the Nomad.
Here is our 1956 Nomad.
All of the bodies were made at the Cleveland plant and shipped to the Flint, Baltimore, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Jamestown, Tarrytown, Atlanta, Kansas City, Oakland, Willow Run, and Norwood plants to be assembled. Some of the unique features of the Nomad are the chrome tailgate bars, the ribbed roof and of course, the slanted "B" pillars.
There were 8,530 Nomads produced in 1955.
Special features unique to the 1955 Nomad are the headlight eye brows, fender and door spears, large rear wheel wells, waffle pattern interior design, and other interior trim pieces.
There were 8,103 Nomads produced in 1956.
Half of those were the panel delievery model.
Chevrolet standardized most features in 1956. Two special features for the Nomad were the dogleg on the quarter panel and the chrome "V" under the tail lights for eight cylinder cars.
There were 6,534 Nomads produced in 1957.
The 1957 models received no special trim. All interior and exterior trim are interchangeable with other Belair models. Even though there were fewer 1957 Nomads produced, and it had no special trim, it is arguably the most popular with collectors today.
I bought our Nomad from a fellow in Arizona who bought it from a retired auto shop high school teacher in Prescott, Arizona. He trailered it back from San berdo. It was a basket case and the work he did turned out very nice. The deal was made in late 2003. Since then alot has changed. My Son Jon and I tore it apart. We built a custom stereo system including four amps , custom speaker box. We completely rebuilt the front end which is a 1979 camaro clip, Installed a new Ron Davis radiator with dual 14" puller fans ,New headman headers with a two 50 series Flowmaster exhaust system. New chrome altenator, valve covers, battery box, Billet pedals, New 454 +.030 engine, has a 700R4 tanny by BowTie overdrive to name a few things. For more details check out the pictures below.
Old 454 Engine
We rebuilt the engine, front end, exhaust system, radiator, etc in 2005. Its taken six months of working nights and weekends. Bob Heydinger built the 454 +.030 engine and did quite abit of fabricating. He is quite a craftsman and does quality work. Ive learned alot from him. My Son Jon has become very good at custom car work too and has helped me out alot through out the process. Here are afew pictures.
The 1956 Chevrolet Bel line was available in more body choices than ever before; there were 19 available bodies, of which nine were station wagons, emphasizing the popular trend of moving out to the suburbs. The top of the station wagon range was the Bel Air Nomad, with two doors and more provocative specifications, a sloping hatchback softened the basically utilitarian functionality of the automobile. Costly Wagon: costing $400 more than the standard model, the Nomad was the most expensive Chevrolet model after the Corvette. It was cataloged for three years only and is currently highly collectible. Only 7,886 were sold in 1956 out of 1.5 million Chevrolets. Emphasis on Safety: For Chevrolet, the emphasis was on safety in 1956, with such features as seat belts, shoulder harnesses and safety door locks emphasized in the company's advertising. Styling was an improved version of the '55 range, with a revised front end and higher, straighter hood. Options offered on the '56 range included power seats and windows, power assisted steering and brakes, tinted glass and air conditioning. There was a choice of ten single and 14 two-tone color schemes. Specifications: Performance - Top speed of 100 mph. Engine Type/Drivetrain - Water-cooled, overhead-valve, V8. Displacement - 4.343 cc (4.34 L), Power Rating - 170 hp, Transmission - 2-speed Powerglide automatic + reverse. Chassis: Pressed-steel; independent front suspension by coil spring and wishbones; rear suspension by semielliptic leaf spring; 4-wheel drum brakes; 3740 lbs. Price - $2,707 in 1956
Here is a original 1956- They call it Ivory, The grey color looks alot like mine
On our Nomad the dark grey color is call "Ascot" used by Mercedes from 71-78 and the other is Slate which was used by GM during the early 70's. I have the numbers and will be posting them soon. Ive kept mine as stock as pssoible on the outside looking in, but you know something is going on when I start her up <g>.