Commissioned by Dave Hall of Phoenix, Arizona, this very special automobile underwent total bottom-up construction taking over 22,000 man-hours to build. The foundation is a totally custom chassis featuring 2000 Corvette suspension, 500 cubic inch aluminum big block engine and 4L80 E transmission. The body is channeled and lengthened. Most of the sheet metal is hand fabricated along with all chrome trim. All glass is custom "one-off". The interior is of selected leathers fashioned by Paul Reichlin, done in-house.

Commissioned by Dave Hall of Phoenix, Arizona, this very special automobile underwent total bottom-up construction taking over 22,000 man-hours to build. The foundation is a totally custom chassis featuring 2000 Corvette suspension, 500 cubic inch aluminum big block engine and 4L80 E transmission. The body is channeled and lengthened. Most of the sheet metal is hand fabricated along with all chrome trim. All glass is custom "one-off". The interior is of selected leathers fashioned by Paul Reichlin, done in-house. The NewMad has been awarded hundreds of accolades and continues to be one of America’s best and well-known custom cars. SAR custom designed engine compartment. Chris Ito designed and Sar fabricated taillights and body panels, SAR designed and fabricated chassis, the top is chopped 3/4" and pancaked 1 1/2". High output sound system, wheels and steering wheel designed by Chris Ito and fabricated by Budnik.

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Preservation of key design elements that distinguish the 1955 Nomad from other similar era cars was our primary design objective. These elements included the front fender/side chrome detail, canted ‘B’ and ‘C’ pillars, tailgate chrome strips, rear wheel well openings and horizontal roof ribs. It was determined from the beginning that these design elements would be retained in one shape or form in the final product.

The critical eye will note that the slab sided body, thick roof section, short front fenders and bulbous hood give the original car a „boxy. appearance. Hence the term „shoebox chevy. became synonymous with the tri-five chevy built between 1955 and 1957. To this end a secondary design objective was established to eliminate the „box. from „shoebox..

Of course all of these design elements are what give the Nomad character or what we like to refer to as it.s soul. Without these it would be just another „shoebox..

A melding of these objectives created an integrated design theme that enhances and „contemporizes. the original cars styling. The end result is a reborn .55 Nomad that is. Contemporary. in design, yet maintains the .Classic. styling elements of the original car.

We call our Contemporary Classic, “NewMad”.

BODY:

  • Dimensions:
    Channeled 3”
    Roof sectioned 1 ½”
    Pillars chopped ¾”
    Wheel Base lengthened 3”
  • Front Fenders:
    Wheel openings re-contoured & moved forward 2.5”
    Fenders extended 2.5”
    Modified head & parking lamp openings
    Custom fabricated parking lenses
  • Cowl
    ’64 Mercury Marauder modified
    ’64 Mercury electric wipers recessed
  • Hood
    Lengthened 3”
    Hand formed & peaked sheetmetal w/custom inner structure
    Dodge Stealth hinges w/60# gas struts
    Custom latch w/internal release
  • Firewall
    Custom hand formed sheetmetal w/custom inner structure
    Double wall construction for wiring, plumbing & components
    Hidden brake master cylinder
  • Engine Compartment
    Hand formed inner fender wells
    Hand formed radiator support
    Custom air intake w/K&N filters
  • Doors
    Vent windows removed
    Flush fit to inside trim detail
    Bear-claw latches added
    Power windows & locks
    Custom lower body detail w/recessed trim
    Radiused corners
  • Front Bumper
    Hand formed custom fabricated
    Flush fit to body
    Peaked Center to match grille opening and hood
    Integrated hand formed body color valance panel
    Smooth face with hidden fasteners
  • Quarter Panels
    Taillights angled forward
    Re-shaped wheel openings
    Custom lower body detail w/recessed trim
    Hand formed inner fender panels
    Hidden gas filler behind left tail lamp assembly
    Hidden battery switch/terminals behind right tail lamp assembly
  • Roof
    Roof skin sectioned 1.5”, shortened 5”
    A-pillar hand formed, laid back & flushed w/windshield
    B-pillar hand formed, laid forward and narrowed
    C-pillar hand formed, laid forward & flushed w/quarter glass
    Drip rails removed
    Re-contoured roof ribs swept back to match B & C pillars
  • Rocker Panels
    Hand fabricated w/reverse reveal removed
    Lengthened 3”
    Boxed & smoothed
  • Lift Gate
    Hand formed tube frame
    Custom hinge w/power lift & remote control
  • Tail Gate
    Re-contoured sheet metal, shortened 1”
    Radiused corners
    Custom latch, hidden hinges
  • Floor
    Custom hand formed to allow 3” body channel
  • Grille
    Re-contoured opening w/peaked center
    Custom cast and chromed grill bar and emblem
    Custom laser cut grille insert mesh
  • Rear bumper
    Hand formed custom fabricated
    Flush fit to body
    Custom license & exhaust openings
    Integrated hand formed body color valance panel
    Smooth faced hidden w/hidden fasteners
  • Glass
    Windshield – ’64 Mercury, Chopped 1.25”, narrowed 5”, flush fit
    Door – Custom single piece, hardtop style finish
    Quarter – Custom one piece, flush fit
    Lift gate – Custom frame-less one piece
  • Trim
    Window – hand formed, solid brass, chrome plated
    Belt-line - hand formed, solid brass, chrome plated
    Lower body – Frenched, polished aluminum insert
    Grill – hand formed, solid brass, chrome plated
    Stock headlight bezels modified to flow w/ belt line trim
    Park light bezel – hand formed, solid brass, chrome plated
    Custom cast and chrome plated ‘NewMad’ emblems
    Custom fabricated flush exterior door handles integrated w/ side trim
    Custom side mirror stanchions integrated w/side trim
  • Lighting/Electrical
    One-off custom rear tail lamp lens/assembly
    One-off custom parking lamp lens/assembly
    HID headlamps
    Custom interior lighting w/fader
    American Auto Wire Premier fuse panel
  • Paint
    Body – House of Kolor Majestic Blue w/Kandy Cobalt
    Top – House of Kolor White Pearl

INTERIOR:

  • Dash
    Hand fabricated w/ends integrated into door panels
    Custom gauge & glove box openings blended to console
    Leather wrapped w/colored insert
    Instrumentation - 2001 Cobra instrumentation cluster w/150 mph speedo
    Custom one off Budnik leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Seats
    Modified Lexus SC400 10 way power seats
    Hidden aircraft style seat belts
    Custom hand fabricated rear seat modules
  • Door panels
    Hand formed composite w/integrated armrest & door pull
    Jaguar XJ8 door handle assembly
    Custom stainless sills leather wrapped w/SAR logo
  • Headliner
    Hand formed composite material
    Pleated rear section to match exterior roof ribs
    Articulating rear left hinge cover
  • Console
    Custom fabricated full-length w/integral front/rear armrests
    Corvette C-5 Trans shifter
    Front storage compartment w/ hidden suspension controls
    Integrated Porsche window switches
    Hidden access panel for fuse panel
  • Cargo
    Hand formed composite tonneau cover w/chrome accent trim
    Hidden compartments for amp, speakers and batteries
  • Materials
    Custom dyed two-tone Grey leather throughout
    Ultra-suede Grey headliner
    Multi-tone Sahara fine-point square weave carpeting
  • Sound System
    Clarion DRX9255 head
    Clarion CDC635 six disc CD changer
    Rear - Sound Stream SP6 6” mid-range speaker
    Sound Stream SPL 60G 6.5” woofer
    Front – Sound Stream SP6 6” mid-range speaker w/separate tweeter / cross-overs
    Hand formed perforated steel speaker grilles
    Rubicon 550 Watt 5/3 Channel Amp
    Dyna-mat insulation on all interior surfaces

DRIVE TRAIN:

  • Engine
    496 Cu In Arias aluminum Big Block Chevy
    540 HP, 565 Ft Lb Torque
    Brodix Oval Port Cylinder Heads w/2.190 intake & 1.880 exhaust valves
    SCAT crank/rods, Clevite Bearings
    Comp Cams roller camshaft/lifters
    SpeedPro Pistons/Rings
    Jessel Belt Drive
    March Performance billet surpentine belt system
    Meizere billet water pump
    Custom fabricated Hogan TPI intake manifold w/36 lb Accel injectors
    Arizona Speed & Marine 58mm Throttle Body
    BDS Custom wiring harness
    Make Fast Engine Control Module
    Accel Ignition system
    Oberg membrane oil filter
    Power Master gear reduction starter & 120 amp alternator
    Lokar throttle cable
    Setrab oil cooler w/Spal fan
    Custom cast aluminum induction cowl
  • Transmission
    Hughes Performance GM4L80E automatic four speed overdrive
    HGM Compushift On-Board programmable controller
    Hughes 2500 stall speed torque converter
    Setrab trans cooler w/Spal fan
  • Cooling System
    Ron Davis custom aluminum x-flow radiator
    Dual 16” Spal cooling fans
    Custom aluminum reservoir and recovery tanks
  • Fuel System
    Custom aluminum 18 gal. Fuel tank
    Holley in-tank 255 liter/hr fuel pump
    Inner frame stainless fuel lines
    Hidden filler neck behind rear tail lamp
  • Exhaust System
    Custom fabricated stainless steel headers w/8 primary tubes
    Custom fabricated 2.5 inch polished stainless steel exhaust system
    Spin Tech polished stainless steel mufflers and exhaust tips

CHASSIS:

  • Frame
    4”x5” custom fabricated rails w/tubular x-members & body mounts
  • Suspension
    Front - Corvette C5 IFS control arms w/Air Ride Shock-Wave suspension
    Rear - Corvette C5 IRS control arms w/Air Ride Shock-Wave suspension
    Front/Rear Torsional sway-bars
  • Differential
    Dutchman IRS aluminum housing
    Strange Engineering 9” center section w/ 3.89 posi & steel billet yoke
    Custom Dutchman axle w/Porsche CV joint
  • Brakes
    Baer Racing 14” rotors
    Baer Racing 4 piston calipers
    Ford Cobra Hydro-boost power master cylinder
    Stainless/braided lines
    Lokar parking brake cable
  • Steering
    Narrowed C4 Corvette Rack & Pinion
    Borgeson Polished Stainless U joints
    Flaming River custom tilt column
  • Wheels/Tires
    Front – 20”x 8.5” Budnik/Ito One-off / BFG g-Force T/A 255/35ZR20
    Rear – 20”x10” Budnik/Ito One-off / BFG g-Force T/A 275/35ZR20

LUXURY FEATURES:
Power door locks
Speciality Power windows
Power lift gate
Power disc brakes
Power Steering
Cruise Control
Tilt Steering Column
Tinted Glass
Air Ride Suspension
Vintage Air Automatic climate control
Remote opening rear hatch
Lexus power seats

Source: ebay

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4 comments:

  (1211) posted on 09.27.2010

These people obviously think this is great fun. There can be no realistic belief that anyone would pay a quarter of this price, let alone the whole amount. This is just some people with too much money showing off, and having a (for them) good joke. Piety them for having all that money, and no life.

  (504) posted on 08.22.2010

Woah! Cool, restoring and remodeling would really take a lot of time specially on intricate cars.

  (321) posted on 08.8.2010

It would take $2,200,000 (22,000hr. x $100) in labor alone to recreate this car. That’s assuming you can find someone with that kind of talent that worked for only $100 a hour and trust me that’s cheap for a custom hot rod shop with this kind of talent these days.

  (462) posted on 05.25.2010

Well, the Chevrolet Nomad is best remembered in its two-door 1955-57 form.

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