Archive for the ‘1956 Chevy Nomad’Category
The Hot Rod Nomad restoration continues at Doug Jenkins Garage.
Custom axle welded up, blasted, ready for paint.
Axle, differential, suspension painted gloss black at Doug Jenkins Garage. Frame will be satin black for contrast.
Nomad frame restoration and customization is complete, media blasted, and ready for paint. The frame is original, modified as needed for suspension upgrades, and strengthened. Cross-bracing has been added, engine cradle extensively modified and reinforced for the duramax engine, the seams have been continuously welded, and a plate was added to the outside of the frame on both sides.
Column fitting nicely through new firewall, footwell, and modified pedal assembly. Pedals will be nicely dressed up when complete.
Front seat modified to fit tunnel, rear seat modified to fit mini tubs. I’ll get to the new rear floor and partial wheel house replacement in a minute. A staggering amount of work is represented here.
In an effort to control cost, as is ever the case, as much of the original car is being re-used as-is whenever possible. It didn’t work. The rear floor/wheel house on the earlier work done to mini tub the car was too much to deal with, so it was removed and new, beautiful work was done.
Do cars get dizzy? Time to do all of the final welding and fitting and this is the best way to do it.
There, now it’s all Chevrolet…not Chevrolet and who knows what else sprayed on top. Next is etch primer and sealer.
Cardboard mock-up of firewall.
OK, shift linkage is done. Go ahead, haul on that sucker. It feels solid and positive.
And now that the linkage is so pretty, let’s cover it up with a tunnel. First thing is to mock up a pattern…
Then cut and weld and grind… The top of the tunnel is just below the top of the seat, pretty awful for the center passenger. The tunnel will be padded from above so it’s nice and round when it gets carpeted. The front side of the tunnel gets polished stainless panels same as the firewall, and then it gets all covered up with big engine, a turbo, and plumbing.
Removing the nasty old floor, rebuilding the body mounts and supports.
Installing new floors.
And installing the tunnel.
And while we’re on the subject of spending weeks and weeks on stuff that all gets covered up, here’s the new AC evaporator box we built.
And some pieces are getting media blasted right now!
Well, the cable shift idea got scrubbed due to heat concerns. The cable would have passed awfully close to the exhaust and everybody hates a melted shift linkage. So some big pieces got fabbed into a heavy duty lever style linkage that works and feels very good.
Bought some shifter parts from Gennie, modified them and built a serious bracket. Black billet handle.
Big air cleaner hidden in each fenderwell.
Fuel tank is plumbed externally now. Fuel is drawn from tank through fuel injector driver (which was converted to AN fittings) to keep it cool, then pre-filtered to protect the pump. From the pump we have a return that bleeds off pressure above 10 psi. Then the supply to the engine and a second return of unused fuel from engine. Oh don’t forget the air vent back to the filler neck. That let’s the air move in and out of the tank as its being filled and fuel used up by the engine.
The transmission cooler is being mounted under the frame because all of the Nomad’s radiator cavity needs to be used for the radiator and intercooler. That, and there’s no place else it fits.
Design for a better looking engine oil dipstick. The original also interfered with the new exhaust headers. Lokar is building the new dipstick per our drawing.