Full Restoration of a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad V8

by | Feb 3, 2012 | Restoration

We Love This 1957 Chevrolet Nomad V8 Restoration

Restoring classic cars like the 1957 Chevrolet Nomad V8 is a daunting task for several reasons.

We Stumbled Across This 57 Chevy Nomad Wagon…

This 1957 Chevrolet Nomad Restoration started when I drove a 1940 Chevy to the Carlisle Spring Car show in Hershey PA.

This is the biggest car show in the northeast and I was able to drive my 1940 Chevy into the show and park next to my friends Narragansett wiring

Anyway, while minding my own business checking out the acres and acres of classic cars and parts, someone left a note on my car saying they had a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon and wanted to trade me  “even-stephen”


I was a tri five nut ! I looked at my best friend Paul Edwards we talked .. looked over the nomad and made the deal ..

I was in the Car Restoration Business in full swing at that time along with a Sand blasting business we would strip Classic and muscle cars to a white metal finish First with New Jersey 0 grit ..then follow up with DuPont star blast for a gunmetal finish free of any Dirt ( the star blast is made out out metal so it actually cleans ready for Epoxy  metal etch as soon as you finish blasting

When we got this project the car it was a virtually rust free body.

So the first thing we did was a total tear down and bagged all the parts with labels The had never been apart It was in amazing shape with only 1 cross member in the floors needing replacement..

The body repairs of the 57 Chevy Nomad we started after we completely disassembled the frame Sandblasted And refinished with Dp -90 epoxy and Urethane polyurethane  PPG version of DuPont Imron.

Completely rebuilt the original 1957 v8 283 block along with a fresh turbo -400  and a brand spanking new front suspension ..

See How the New Tri-Five Steel Bodies are Built…..

At the stage thr frame was done we set a polyurethane bag on-top and set the body Back on the frame until all fit and finish was completed ..all door gaps were perfect as well as hanging the nose and test fitting

1957 Chevrolet Nomad V8 restoration

1957 Chevrolet Nomad Restoration

This 1957 Chevrolet Nomad V8 restoration was a 2500 man hour project not for the weak hearted.

This particular car meant a lot to me since my Best friend Paul Edwards was helping me with the restoration a Great friend and mentor Paul was 5 years older them me and we actually met because of the love for the Tri Five Chevy’s.

He was a expert at all aspects and was responsible for creating the Brand new set of wiring harnesses for the car .

The body and sheet-metal work took some time. I always say you can restore 2 camaros of mustangs in the same amount of time that it takes for a restoration on a 57 Nomad wagon.

We sent out all the Chrome for a Tri stage re-plating, copper, nickel , then chrome that was handled by Joe Perry from RI Technical Plating they do perfect work and had refinished dozens of cars for me in the past ..

Great Friend ‘Frank Hawker ‘ a concourse Judge in the classic car industry Trained By the Famous Johnny Lema  did all the upholstery to perfection .

The crazy thing about the car was it still got 23 miles to the gallon on route 95 while cruising along at 70mph ” cant beat that with a stick..

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Base Ball- Apple Pie & Chevrolet  1957 Chevrolet Nomad V8 restoration I sure hope you enjoyed 🙂

The end product: as the newspaper clip states, this was a “like new” restoration, and the Nomad looked as if this was its first glimpse at the sun.

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Full restoration of 1957 Chevrolet Nomad how it all started

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