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Sixteenth Completion of 2013 -- 1955 Chevy Nomad Custom


Steve_L
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These are pictures of my 1955 Chevy Nomad Custom project. I was inspired to do this build by the Jimmy Flintstone resin kit. I used the AMT 1955 Chevy Nomad kit as a donor.

I made several changes along the way. The resin kit came with blanked rear quarter windows, but I decided to open them up and add stock trim pieces to make the body look more like a Nomad. I added a custom touch with the Lucas Flamethrower headlight pieces from the vintage AMT 1957 Chevy kit. I also added custom 1956 Packard taillight lenses sourced from Replicas and Miniatures of Maryland. The AMT 1955 Chevy Nomad has only a single exhaust, so I resin cast a second muffler so I could go with dual exhausts. I used a parts box Chevy 454 motor with a four-speed transmission for the drive train. I added the lowered front suspension from a Revell 1956 Chevy Del Ray and used the rear suspension from the donor kit. For variety, I set up the stance with a pronounced rake, just like I remember from the 1950's.

I finished the interior with acrylic Lavender paint covered by a coat of Krylon Matte clear coat. I paint detailed the interior and added a vintage four speed shifter and custom steering wheel. I painted the exterior with Krylon X-Metals Purple paint and Duplicolor clear coat. I polished the finish with pads and finished up with Meguiars Ultimate Polish. I chose big and little tires mounted on deep set 1957 Ford rims with baby moon hubcaps. The biggest challenge was cutting and fitting the donor kit windshield, rear glass and side windows to fit the chopped roof. All in all, it was a fun project.

Enjoy!

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