3 Easy Tips For Diy Classic Car Care In Florida

JohnAuto Body TipsJuly 5, 20170 Comment

Classic Car In Florida

The summer is typically the roughest season on your classic car in Florida…


Here are some easy DIY (Do It Yourself) tips for your car this summer that will keep you going and minimize repairs.





Be prepared by testing your battery and replacing if necessary. This is definitely a basic tip, but often overlooked and the summer heat can be draining if you take your car out often. Check the water in your battery and keep it full with distilled water.


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This is something you can do at home that we suggest you do every 4,500 miles (at least for the oil) or less. While you can bring your classic and muscle cars in to have this done we have found that, more often than not, the oil needs to be topped off and the transmission flush doesn’t work. Doing this at home ensures that you have clean fluids and that they are topped off.


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As long as you have a good clear coat, you should be able to care for your classic and muscle car’s exterior easily by using a high-quality compound and wax.


These DIY tips will keep your car running all summer long, make it safer, and make it look great.


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Why Bring Your Classic Car to Palm Beach Customs in Florida?


Restoring classic cars is how we started at Palm Beach Customs way back in the day. John Russo has been working on classic cars since he was 14 years old – starting with the Tri-5 Chevys and now we do our classic and muscle car restorations in Florida (there’s no snow here – we love it!)


Hеrе аt PBC wе’vе rеѕtоrеd оvеr 1100 саrѕ ѕіnсе 1980 іnсludіng the Trі-5 Chevys, Fоrd Coupes, Rоllѕ Royce, Lіnсоln Zерhуrѕ – аnd really – wе соuld go оn forever. Read more About Us


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When you bring your car to Palm Beach Customs, we really treat your car like it was our car. It’s our hobby which makes all the difference because we have fun doing this! So you can rest assured that we will take painstaking care to ensure the quality and craftsmanship of our work.


As long as you can provide us with those two things, we can work with you to bring your classic car to life.




Whether you have an original classic car in need of restoration or want to start from scratch with a new steel body and chassis, at Palm Beach Customs we go over every inch of your car to make sure the build is solid and the details are perfect.


We do all aspects of major restoration with a small team at Palm Beach Customs so that we can oversee every step of the restoration process and ensure that the quality meets our high standards.





Want to read about the Silver Cloud Rolls Royce we tuned up and gave a fresh paint job to? Click Here




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*Featured Photo by Rajesh Appalla on Unsplash



Basic Tips for Classic and Muscle Car Care [from our Shop of Muscle Car Restoration Near Naples Florida]

JohnAuto Body TipsJune 2, 20170 Comment



Below you’ll find some tips that might seem a little basic for an experienced classic or muscle car owner, but for beginners, we hope they’ll be helpful as sometimes these things are overlooked. 


Owning a classic muscle car is a point of pride, and so you should do everything you can in order to keep it in the best shape possible.



Classic muscle cars are different than their newer counterparts, and as such, they have different requirements when it comes to taking care of them. While the things you need to do for your specific car will vary there are some basic, simple tips that apply for all classic and muscle car care.









After spending time and a small fortune investing in a classic car, the next thing that you have to make sure of is that the car is properly cared for. If you are a real car enthusiast, you will feel the commitment and responsibilities that you owe these classic cars. You have to look after your car to make sure that it are going to last for a long time and the value won't diminish through the years.



So what do you have to do as a responsible owner to look after your classic muscle car?



Here are tips to care for your classic muscle car:




People buy classic muscles cars not only for how they run, but for how they look. Owning a muscle car that looks old and rusted is missing the point. So if you are going to own a muscle car, you should take the opportunity to give it a good detailing.



Give it a good washing – including underneath – and then apply a coat of wax after a buff. You want your car to look its best. A thorogh detailing takes a bit of skill, time, and elbow grease but it's worth it.


Watch this video for a pre-buff tip that will save you clean-up time 🙂





Classic Muscle cars are not meant to be in extreme weather. If the temperatures near you get very hot, or very cold, you will want to get your car away from them.



Storing your car in a garage is the best way to keep it away from the elements, and out of direct sunlight.




Who knows, maybe your car will end up like this 1969 Corvette!





If the temperatures are going to be fine, and you are able to store your car outdoors, you will still want to get a good cover for it. Don’t allow the wind and sunlight to damage your car by getting soft cotton, or other recommended cover.



If you don’t plan on driving the car for a while, it is a good idea to open up the windows underneath the cover to allow for better air circulation. Cover your car each time you are done with it to protect it from any debris that may be flying around.



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As a new classic/muscle car owner, you might be tempted to save a little bit of money by buying or using parts of less quality. While we always want you to look for the best deal - at Palm Beach Customs we never use an untrustworthy brand.


Try to stick with Made in USA, well-known brands (like Edlebrock for engine and carb), and reproduction parts licensed by Ford, GM, or Mopar.


Depending on your car, some parts may be hard to come by and so the cost skyrockets - but don't be shocked. Make sure to do your research and always choose quality over quantity. 



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Lastly, it is important that you take your car out for a regular drive. You do not want your car sitting for too long, or you could experience some problems. A quick 30-minute drive each month is probably enough to ensure that your car does not corrode and that the fluids remain okay.



If you are unable to find the time to drive it, you should at least start your car a few times a month and allow it to run for a few minutes.






Classic and Muscle cars can be great to own, but only if you take proper care of them. This means you have to have a little pride in your car! But you wouldn't be here if you didn't, would you 🙂





Using the tips mentioned above you should be able to keep your car looking great, and driving well too.


While these methods certainly won’t prevent your car from breaking, and they won’t prevent every issue, they are a good start when it comes to caring for your muscle and classic car.






At Palm Beach, Our passion is to deliver the best for our customers. How do you care for your classic or muscle car? Let us know in the comments!


You might also be interested in read this post about the Buick GSX we restored.



Need a little expert help caring for your car? We'd love to help!







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How to Keep Rust from Attacking Your Classic Car

JohnAuto Body Tips, Body and Paint, Classic Car Restoration, Muscle Car Restoration, New Car Builds, Tech TipsApril 6, 20172 Comments

1941Zephyr Blue on the lift ready for restoration

Hate Rust? Here’s How to Keep Your Classic Car from Rusting


If you’re a classic car lover then this article should help you…


Unlike many of the new cars in production currently, some of which have the bodies and metal parts dipped a zinc-coating or anti-corrosion primers… One of the best car manufacturers out there for protecting the bodies is Porsche. They were way ahead of the curve.


Unfortunately the classic and muscle cars, when they were built back in the day by the Big 3, they used very little sealer and virtually no paint on the undersides.


Below is how to keep your envy-inspiring dream machine from, slowly but surely, turning into a rust bucket:



First of all, if you are just building and restoring a car, then you are going to be able to take different steps than someone who already owns a complete car.



These steps are if you are building a car and what to do as you are building it to prevent it from rusting away due to moisture.


Below you will see my weapons in the war against rust when I restore a classic or muscle car:



  • PPG DP90 Epoxy

DP90 Is the first step in how to keep your classic car rust free


PPG makes an awesome product that has been out for a long time. When we do media blasting on the frames and the underside of the bodies, DP90 is a nice Epoxy Primer that comes in black which is awesome for the chassis and steel bodies. This would be my first line of defense. Of course then at that point, it will be refinished in whatever color we are shooting the chassis and undersides.


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  • Debeer Primer

The Debeer Primer is the best I've seen in 34 years. We started using this primer about 10 years ago. What turned me onto it was that it was a very heavy, high-build primer that came in black, white, and buff. Most high-end automotive finish paint companies don't offer high-solids urethane black primer (which is absolutely necessary if you plan on having your high-end job laser straight after body work).


  • 3M Bare Metal Seam Sealer & 3M Heavy Bodied Seam Sealer



The 3M bare metal seam sealer is, believe it or not, on the 64-70 Ford Mustangs and the 67-69 Camaros, the factory did horrible with sealing the cars. This let water come in from the inside and from underneath. We use the 3M bare metal seam sealer in certain areas and then we use the heavy bodied seam sealer where were are filling big voids.


  • RusFre (brand) Clear Inner Panel Undercoating

This is really good stuff to shoot inside:

  • Inner panels
  • Doors
  • Inside Quarter Panels
  • Inner Front Fenders
  • Inside Wheel Wells
  • Inside Rocker Panels
  • Even Inside Frame Rails


This is basically like the old war days when they used to shoot the cosmoline on the military Jeeps so that they wouldn't rust on the transport ships overseas.



Pay Careful Attention to Underside and Wheel Areas.


Due to the accumulation of mud, sand, road salt, and everything else on the road - rust is likely to target your classic car’s underside and wheel areas. Pay special attention to these spots.


Also, be careful when using a high-pressure washer, as these can remove the protective under seal.


We suggest rinsing out your cars when you get them dirty and make sure to keep dirt out of the wheel wells. You can even use a blow-gun to blow-dry the car when you're done to remove the water from behind the stainless moldings and whatnot.



I'm sure everyone has heard of the Mother's Spray mist where if the cars not dirty just give it a little mist and wipe it down. This keeps your car dry.



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The smartest and best way you can keep your classic car looking and running beautifully for years to come is by befriending with a classic car restoration specialist in Florida.


You’ll get the expert advice you need to keep rust and other threats at bay.


And just as importantly, you can be assured that you’ll be supported by a team that cares as much about classic cars as you do.


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If you’ve landed yourself a car that needs a tetanus shot – check out our new replacement steel bodies and chassis. Sometimes getting a new body is the best way to go.




If you've landed yourself a rot box Click Here to Learn More About Steel Body Replacements for your Classic and Muscle car restoration.





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Muscle Car Restoration Services

JohnAuto Body Tips, Latest Projects, Muscle Car RestorationFebruary 15, 20170 Comment

1970 GSX muscle car restoration at palm beach customs in florida

Putting the Pep Back into Your Muscle Car… choosing PBC for your muscle car restoration 


Here at Palm Beach Customs we really love our muscle car restoration projects. They bring us back to our younger years – the rules today were made because of us! 


Here at PBC we’ve restored over 1100 cars since 1980 – Novas, Mustangs, Chevelles, Cobras  – and really – we could go on forever. See a restoration project explained here by John Russo of PBC


Read more about Palm Beach Customs in About Us.


When you bring your car to Palm Beach Customs, we really treat your car like it was our car. It’s our hobby which makes all the difference because we have fun doing this! So you can rest assured that we will take painstaking care to ensure the quality and craftsmanship of our work.


Featured Muscle Car Restorations


"The Hemi Killer" 1970 Buick GSX 455

With  Buick’s style and quality builds this was truly one of the all time top 10 of the True Muscle cars... READ MORE 

In this post you will see a few pictures and how to restoration videos... This car was Buick's Answer to the American Muscle Car Wars. 



1968 Fastback Mustang

This "California car" 1968 Fastback Mustang was suppose to be rust free and in decent shape, but once  the nose and rear bumpers were dissembled we noticed a very different story .....

What as underneath the (then) shiny blue paint when we pulled the curtains back? Click here to read the full story!


1970 SS Big Block Nova Muscle Car Restoration

This Particular car has a Sunnex 502 big-block with an Iskey Crank-Crower-Cam and Brodex heads.... and on top of all that was a Littlefield Blower and  2-1150  CFM Demon Carbs - all with a clutched automatic.

Wow, now that we've got that out of the way.... Read More About this Nova Restoration Here









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“The Beast” 1979 Jeep CJ-7 Frame Off Restoration In Our Jeep Restoration Shop Florida

JohnAuto Body Tips, Car Sales, Cool Cars, Latest Projects, RestorationSeptember 16, 20165 Comments

Today in our Jeep Restoration Shop Florida we bring you a The Beast

 This is a 1979 Jeep CJ-7 Frame Off Restoration  that we did for a Florida family. Check out the pictures and read the story below… 




Do you have Jeep fever? Don’t worry, it’s a Jeep thing and we understand….



Work with us to build a Jeep just for you. 



Gallery of the Beast in our Jeep restoration shop Florida…



We Love Stories in our Palm Beach Customs Jeep Restoration Shop Florida …

Here we will share with you a Visual Story with many pictures of  the Restoration of this classic CJ-7  why it was a special project and all the goodies that went into the project.

As most all of our projects there is usually a underlying story in this case Brian and His dad built this jeep together when Brian was a Kid and he saved it all along knowing one day he would bring it back to life in Honor of his Dad who is know longer with us ..But I have a feeling he is still watching over his son and the family

as a matter of a fact Im sure when Brian puts the gas to the 304 his dad is smiling.




Ok so we will do this post a bit different and I will go over the project with the pictures as we go….

Ps.. we will go from Forward to Reverse 🙂




This Picture is when we delivered the Cj-7 to Boca Florida for the Client Brian and his Sons

there names are Ozzy and Van let me tell you they were pretty excited !




This Is a Picture of the Jeep on its first test ride from the shop in Ocala .. we took at out and put the BEAST” thru its paces




Here Are the Boys Ozzy and Van ( vans in the orange shirt ) they told me that their dad would have to ask permission to borrow the jeep on the weekends “


another side shot of the Jeep in the shade , we installed 35 inch BFG ko2 all terrain tires

after installing a 4 inch suspension as well as a 1 inch body lift kit



Brian picked out a Rock Hard Rear tire carrier .. and the jack to match .. tell ya what nice products built very heavy duty.




There is a rear shot of the 35 BFG sitting on the back




The interior was a saddle brown ( tan ) really set well with the forest Green Metallic paint .






We installed all new seat frames and 3 point lap belts along with a nice center console all from Best Tops


The Back seat has the standard two lap belts , the roll bar we took are time and really laid the clear coat to it to fit it back in the jeep we used ratchet straps to pull it together and then released them and the roll-bar sprung back to its original form .




All new hardware and brake – clutch pedals I broke the spray on bed-liner seam as you can see directly where the firewall starts .




Rear Shot of Behind the backseat to the tailgate






we used brand new seat frames for the Smitty Built seats




dash shot with all new cables cluster and indicators



Front fender with new park light assemblies as well as a set of new fender flares





This 1979 Jeep CJ-7 Frame Off Restoration included all new parts a complete front hub assembly and rotors pads & Brake  lines  !!







Pioneer makes a radio Deck I call the short stack perfect for Jeeps simply because of the blower motor to dash defrost / heat


Perfect so you don’t crush the duct work




Stainless Grille Cover




Painless wiring Harness complete install we soldier all connections as well as heat shrink each as well




Very good Idea to use Dielectric Grease on all connections




notice the wiring is all inclosed in flexible conduit and we use all 3m high quality electrical tape its 90% better than the cheap stuff & it will last !




a Shot from the back of the Jeep looking In



Brand new dash panel with all new  switches ,Gauges and speedo cluster



with the last coats of High Solids Urethane Clear Coat on top of Gm forrest green Metallic 1978 Vintage







last coats of clear going on !! 


This is the Brand New Steel Body tub From Omxi Ada .. all prepped and seam-sealed we chose to spray 2 light coats of spray liner on the under side 




This is the inside of the Body Tub with Spray ON Bedliner 




When prepping the Job we use wire tape and generally come up 6 inches on the roll Bar s 




This is the underside of the body tub with Spray liner applied




all new Body mounts bushings and hardware



floor with liner before we installed the seats




rear seats with all new hardware 




Underside of 1979 Jeep CJ-7 Frame Off Restoration











Installing the Rock Hard Bumper and Tire Rack 





Front end all rebuilt with new drop Pitman arm to allow for the correct geometry for the 4 inch suspension lift

as well as a skyJacker Stabilizer  and of course new inner and outer tire rods 




New stainless Exhaust , brake lines as well as fuel lines ohh don’t forget U-joints






Brand New fresh 304 Chrysler V8 with Edelbrock Cam , Intake as well as a 650 cfm Carb and hooker headers 




Just about ready for Body install 


Engine Trans all mated with new flywheel clutch and pressure plate 


For this Build I chose a one wire electronic distributor from Summit racing 


of course all new wheel bearings and seals 


complete with all new rotors pads and calipers and stainless lines accounting for the 4 inch lift 



Bushing install for all new leaf springs 



WOW ! Yes the tub is being installed and the 2 post lift works great for this or you can gather 4 buddies 🙂


All new stainless steel Brake lines why would you want to use anything else ? 


Ring and Pinion service and fresh fluid and seals 


Body Tub  Final Blocking and Primer including seam seal 



Yes they take some work to make them ready for paint 


installing the mounting holes for rear taillights 

1979 Jeep CJ-7 Frame Off Restoration ‘AKA’ The BEAST “


We appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to read about The Beast 1979 CJ-7 Frame Off Restoration in our Jeep Restoration Shop Florida.



You might be interested in this related post below….



1984 Jeep Renegade Restoration Project

This is a Nevada Titled Jeep in Very good shape before Restoration Comes with Factory Hard Top Fresh Satin Black .. Comes with Factory Doors Completely rebuilt with all New Rubbers and glass Channel


Read more HERE

If you’re interested in learning more about our restoration services, keep in mind we also build classic cars and American muscle cars. We also sell and build with the new steel bodies manufactured by Real Deal Steel, Dynacorn, and Omix-Ada.



Get in touch with us to start your restoration project!



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1955 Chevrolet Hot Rod Build

JohnAuto Body Tips, Classic Car Restoration, Latest Projects, Metal Work, New Car Builds, RestorationDecember 12, 20150 Comment


The 1955 Chevrolet Hot Rod Build Part # 1

Starts out with a good solid 4door with zero  rust ,this happens to be a low milage car

from Bakersfield California we chose for the donor car .



                   Once in a while a good candidate will show up they are getting few and far in-between 




This gives you a clear picture

How one can convert a 1955 4 door car into a 2 door

My choice is to buy 2 new full 2-door quarter panels and 2 New full doors for a 2 door and go with all new sheetmetal it adds about 2000$ to the project cost but gives for a much better job .

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Source Gm

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It doesn’t get any better than this !  Art Morison takes us out of the 50s and directly into the new age with his custom built chassis.

set up to grip the road and set the power of 550hp to the street .



Here is a good look at the custom 4 link suspension . Chevrolet built a very hefty frame from the factory but originally set up with a lumbering leaf spring with any kind of real horsepower ..Parts were breaking rear end housings were twisting .. and fun was over real fast !

Art Morrison 4 link 





This gives you a clear picture of where we are going with this build we borrowed this shot from our fellow friends from hot Rod until we dig into to The 1955 Chevrolet Hot Rod Build




More cool rides coming if you enjoyed this post please share and comment

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Restoring Classic Cars in Florida

JohnAuto Body Tips, Cool Cars, RestorationOctober 8, 20150 Comment


Restoring Classic Cars in Florida  just like the 1957 Chevrolet Nomad V8 is a frightening venture.

So hold on to your seats Grab the wheel ant hit the gas here we go !


Restoring Classic Cars in Florida


After we acquired this 1957 Chevrolet Nomad challenge.

It was a practically rust free body it turns out I drove a 1940 Chevy to Hershey Pa. While at  the biggest vehicle show in the northeast.

I was equipped to drive my 1940 Chevy into the exhibit and park next to my associates Narragansett wiring.

Even as minding my my own business and happy with my 40 Chevy out of the acres and acres of basic cars and constituents some one left a notice on my vehicle and acknowledged they had a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad wagon and wanted to trade me even Steven ..


Wow I was a TRI Five nut! I checked out the car with to of my best friends Willie Barber and Paul Edwards we talked.

We Looked over the 57 nomad waited 10 seconds and made the deal !

We were in Heaven the car made history as we were growing up taking it on road trips and piling the people in ( all while still looking good ) as we were off to our next destination .

Being in the vehicle auto Restoration trade in full swing at the moment together with a Sand blasting industry we’d strip classic and muscle automobiles to a bare metal .

First with New Jersey 0 grit..

Then finish up with DuPont Star Blast for a gunmetal conclude free of any dust


Blast MEDIA is made out of metallic so it actually cleans ready for PPG dp 90 Epoxy etch as soon as you finish blasting.

So the first thing we did was a whole tear down and bagged the entire Parts with labels

The car had never been apart.

We began the repairs of the fifty-seven Chevy Nomad we started after we utterly disassembled the body Sandblasted and refinished with

Dp -ninety epoxy and PPG’s Urethane polyurethane PPG version of DuPont Imron rebuilt the original 1957 v8 283 block together with a contemporary faster -400 Turbo much better that the 2 speed power glide and a brand spanking new suspension..


At the stage the body was completed we set a polyurethane bag on-top and then set the  body on the on the restored chassis

All door gaps had been excellent as well as hanging the nose.


High Quality Auto Paint 1957 chevrolet Frame off restoration

Was once a 2500 man-hour mission no longer for the vulnerable and weak minded This specified vehicle meant alot to me in view that my fine buddy Paul Edwards .

To be Working with Me on the restoration

First-rate buddy and mentor

Paul was 5 years older them me and we truly met considering of the love for the Tri five Chevy’s..

  • He manufactured new set of wiring harnesses for the vehicle.
  • That was his Specially being the head wiring harness builder at Narragansett wiring Harness co. of Rhode Island
  • Body and Paintwork was completed By John Russo and good Friend Mike Lovass
  • With the guidance of Johns Daughter Jamie age 4 at the start of the build .

The sheet-metal work took some time I normally say which you could restore 2 Camaros or mustangs within the identical amount of time that it takes for a restoration on a 57-nomad wagon ” look how big the automobile is ” and all the stainless moldings

We sent out all of the Chrome for a Tri stage re-plating, copper, nickel, then chrome to be handled through Joe Perry from RI technical Plating.. we use to kid him and say we only want to here Aerosmith playing ( Joe was the lead guitarist )


They do ideal work and had re chromed dozen’s of bumpers and cool car parts for me prior to now..

Good  pal ‘Frank Hawker ‘ a concourse judge within the classic automobile enterprise informed via the famous Johnny Lema used his masterful hands to install all the upholstery.. to perfection !

I might ad He started his career In Southern California. He was trained by the best Upholstery Restoration experts .

I had the privilege to restore his wife’s 1965 mustang convertible and it was a secret that we had to keep. Why? You might ask well her Dad was in the nursing home and It was originally Dads car and all she wanted to do was take her dad Cruising the back roads with the top down we made that dream come true for her .


The Cool  Fact about the automobile was once it Finished it got 23 miles to the gallon on route 95 while cruising at 70mph

Cant beat that with a stick..

So Check it out and share with your Friends & neighbors!

Base Ball- Apple Pie & Chevrolet made in the USA 

The 1957 Chevrolet Nomad V8 Classic Car Restoration I hope you loved 🙂


The Featured Car in the R.I.Providence Journal because the newspaper clip states this was a “like new restoration”,  the Nomad seemed as if it is the perfect example !

Newspaper clip 57 Nomad Complete Restoration

History of the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad 

Chevrolet’s V-eight units continued turning up the heat as the ’50s rolled on. In 1957, the enormous news underneath the hood integrated a displacement broaden because the 265 was once bored out to 283 cubic inches. A 162-horse 265 V-8 remained available that yr, however much more popular was the brand new 283, which began at 185 horsepower with a two-barrel carburetor and single exhaust. Buying and selling the 2-barrel for a 4-barrel, including dual exhausts and boosting compression from eight.5:1 to 9.5:1 resulted in the super faster-hearth 283, rated at 220 horsepower. Four Corvette V-8s additionally had been on hand in passenger-auto ranks, the primary two outfitted with twin 4-barrel carburetors. Output was 245 horsepower with hydraulic lifters, 270 with mechanical tappets. At the prime of the record was once Chevy’s legendary fuel-injected Ramjet 283 V-8s, rated at 250 horsepower with hydraulic lifters.

This nomad in the pictures that John Russo Restored at Palm Beach Customs of Florida actually would get 23 miles to the gallon cursing at 70 !

Click here ( but come back to finish the article 🙂 

Click here to read Hemmings Motor News’ Buyers Guide for the 1957 Chevrolet.

As just right watching as the Nomad wagons were when built, and the rave reviews they got, one could feel they had been a massive sales success. However that was not the case .

In 1957, Chevrolet sold 1,515,177 automobiles, but most effective 6,103 have been Nomads. It wasn’t the styling or efficiency that confined the revenue it was the rate.

As a side notice, 1957 was the first 12 months that Ford outsold Chevrolet since 1936, however best by way of 7,229 automobiles.

Current market estimates for the Value of the Nomads is between $75,000.00 – $110,000.00 Dollars standing side by side with the Tri Five Convertibles!

Fun Facts About the 1957 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon

The two-door Nomad differed from different station wagons of the generation by having distinctive styling extra paying homage to a hardtop sedan than that of a general station wagon. Chevrolet shared this physique with its sister Pontiac, which marketed their variation because the Pontiac Safari.

The Nomad’s unique design had its roots in a general Motors Motorama exhibit vehicle of the same identify that was once founded on the Corvette. The concept was once presented at the GM Motorama in 1954 as certainly one of Head Stylist Harley Earl’s “dream cars”. It adopted the introduction in 1950 of the Ford country Squire two door station wagons.

GM authorized construction of the auto if the design might be transferred to its general mannequin, on the grounds that prime GM brass felt that they could sell more models if it were connected to the general Bel Air model. In fact, following the product debut in 1955, it was once no longer distinctive for the vehicle to be known as the Chevy “Bel Air Nomad”.


  • 1955–1957
  • First new release
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  • Overview
  • Creation         1955–1957
  • Physique and chassis
  • Body form      2-door/2-bench seats station wagon(1955–1957)
  • Platform         A-physique
  • Powertrain
  • Engine            265 cu in (4.3 L) V8
  • 283 cu in (4.6 L) V8
  • Dimensions
  • Wheelbase     one hundred fifteen in (2,921.0 mm)
  • Length            201 in (5,a hundred and five.4 mm)[1]

1955 Chevrolets bought all-new styling. Marketed as “The sizzling One,” the boxy new Chevy was crisp, smooth, and utterly ultra-modern-looking. Nomads, like Bel Airs, got here loaded with inside carpet, chrome spears on front fenders, chrome window moldings, and whole wheel covers. For 1955 Chevrolets gained a V8 engine option. The new 265 cubic inches (four,343 cc) cubic-inch V8 featured a contemporary, overhead valve excessive compression, brief stroke design that was once so just right that it remained in production in various types, for a lot of a long time. The bottom V8 had a two-barrel carburetor and was once rated at 162 horsepower (121 kW), and the “vigour p.C.” choice featured a 4-barrel carburetor and other enhancements yielding 180 brake horsepower (one hundred thirty kW). Later within the 12 months, a “super power percent” alternative brought high-compression and yet another 15 brake horsepower (11 kW). It had room for six passengers.[2]

1956 Chevrolets received a face-raise. This gave Chevys a more traditional full-width grille, entertaining those shoppers who failed to just like the Ferrari-stimulated ’55 front finish. Nomads now carried the identical inside and rear-wheel sheet metal as different Bel -Airs lacking the long-establisher’s targeted trim.

Shoulder harnesses, and a padded dashboard were now to be had.

For 1956 Chevys hid the fuel cap at the back of a left facet, flip-down tail gentle.

1957 V-8 engine displacement grew to 283 cubic inches (four,638 cc) from 265 in 1957, with the “super faster fireplace V8” choice producing 283 horsepower (211 kW) with the aid of continuous gasoline injection.

These so-called “fuelie” automobiles are fairly Rare for the reason that most Bel Airs were fitted with carburation. At the same time regarded to be a milestone car design, general Motors discontinued the fashioned Nomad activity Wagon at the end of the 1957 mannequin yr. due to low revenue and the introduction of a brand new body for 1958.

Hope you enjoyed the Post and another True Story how these cars Chrome and Design still Stand out on the Roads today some 50 plus years later.

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Together as a team they are   hard to beat !

Building Dream Rides for the Car lovers all over the State of Florida as well as our nationwide clients and Global Friends..

“Our Clients are not Customers “ They are Family !


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Body tag breakdown, ’66 Mustang

JohnAuto Body Tips, RestorationAugust 6, 20150 Comment

What’s new? Not our American classic cars! That’s what makes these babies classic! In this Tech Tip we are going to breakdown the body badge. We will be deciphering the codes on our clients 1966 Mustang convertible to give you a better understanding of their importance and how to read them. Below is our VIN-diagram.

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  1. D stands for Dealer Order
  2. 33 is the location of the Dealer. Ours was shipped to Detroit.
  3. 18 is the welding bay during production.
  4. M11 states the month and day of production. M is December and 11 is the day of the month.
  5. This is the start of the actual VIN or Vehicle Identification Number. 6 is the last digit of the model year, 1966.
  6. T would be the plant location where the car was produced. This mustang is from Metuchen, New Jersey.
  7. 08 signifies this model is a convertible.
  8. C clarifies the engine type, ours had a 289cid-2v V-8 with 200 hp put in it.
  9. This is the unit number, 171539.
  10. 76A says the body type, ours is a standard convertible
  11. 8 is the color code for Springtime Yellow.
  12. 26 is the trim, this mustang is black on black.
  13. Lastly this is the transmission type, ours is a 4-speed manual.

Our client’s 1966 Mustang convertible was one of 56,409 produced that year. The base price on the convertible in 1966 was $2,652, add in the upgraded transmission for $184, and the 289 V-8 for $106 and this mustang would have cost you roughly $2,942 plus tax back in the day. However here at Palm Beach Customs we like to make sure your restoration comes out better than it rolled off the line, so we are throwing in quite the line up of accessories! Besides the incredible paint job, new interior, engine rebuild, and wicked stereo system, this Mustang will have A/C, power steering, dual piston brakes, fuel injection, and headers with dual exhaust! She’s gonna knock your socks off when we get through with her!

We hope you like our badge breakdown, come back for more on our restoration of some these great american classic cars! Whether it’s your first or your last, if you are seeking a Mustang or another classic car Palm Beach Customs is dedicated to finding and restoring an original high quality numbers matching vehicle for you. We will produce a work of art for you that is better than the day it rolled off the line.

Make sure you check back for more Tech Tips from our very own John Russo. Do you have anything you’d like us to teach you about? Let us know if you have questions or if we can help you with your classic car restoration or customization below, by email, or give us a call at (239) 281-6754. Until next time, keep cruisin’!

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American Muscle Car Restoration Services

JohnAuto Body Tips, Latest Projects, Muscle Car Restoration, RestorationApril 23, 20150 Comment

Putting the Pep Back into Your Muscle Car…

Here at Palm Beach Customs we really love our muscle car restoration projects. They bring us back to our younger years – the rules today were made because of us! 

Here at PBC we’ve restored over 1100 cars since 1980 – Novas, Mustangs, Chevelles, Cobras  – and really – we could go on forever.

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When you bring your car to Palm Beach Customs, we really treat your car like it was our car. It’s our hobby which makes all the difference because we have fun doing this! So you can rest assured that we will take painstaking care to ensure the quality and craftsmanship of our work.


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"The Hemi Killer" 1970 Buick GSX 455

With  Buick’s style and quality builds this was truly one of the all time top 10 of the True Muscle cars... READ MORE 

In this post you will see a few pictures and how to restoration videos... This car was Buick's Answer to the American Muscle Car Wars. 









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1955 Ford Pickup Barn Find

JohnAuto Body Tips, RestorationApril 8, 20150 Comment

This is another True story of a 1955 Ford Pickup Barn Find truck Frame off Restoration went under a full Restoration including sandblasting replacement of all 4 fenders including a set of running boards .

The Front doors were in above average shape ..the cab not so much
we replaced the inner and outer cab corners as well as the inner rockers and a pillar supports to floor .. the Pictures of the project are in order so you can see the completed project and as you go from top to bottom we take you thru the entire process…
Here you get a Quick Tip on How we ultra fine and Buff to a show room Finish

 This is the Finished 1955 Ford Pickup barn Find getting loaded into the enclosed interstate car trailer before it makes it’s Journey from  Ocala Florida to Fort Myers Note the wheels we made so it would fit inside the trailer  …

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This truck just has a cool nose and grille at this point all the buffing and cleaning is completed

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the front fenders and lower valance along with the inner fenders were also Replaced 

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