1955 Chevy Nomad: Perfect Canvas?


Although it has no motor or transmission, this ’55 Chevy Nomad found here on eBay wears original paint and comes with new floor pans to replace the ones that are rotted through. There is a reserve on the auction, but at least the seller opened up bidding at a rock-bottom price. While there are some cars that aren’t worth restoring with so many major components missing, Nomads are generally desirable enough that it’s worth sourcing your own drivetrain and deciding whether to keep the paint as-is or start fresh with a new coat of baby blue. The tailgate and the lower doors look fairly rough as well, but the interior appears salvageable in places. I think it’s still a safe distance away from the point of no return – would you agree?


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  1. Ed P

    It is wearing what is left of it’s original paint plus rust.

  2. seth

    what is the vette in the garage behind it?

  3. JW454

    The hardest part to find for the ’55 Nomad is the fender trim above the headlamps. These are trash. Those two missing parts means this car will never be completed properly. They are nearly impossible to find.

  4. geomechs geomechs Member

    The Nomad is an iconic car but still takes a lot to get one on the road. I saw one getting restored when I was taking a restoration course at the Reynolds Museum. I never saw a body stripped down so far and the guy’s intention was to repair it. I lost count of the cross braces that he welded in to keep what was left of the body straight. But they finished it!

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