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Robin Collord's
1957 Nomad
Valley View, Texas


 

We begin with the decision to chase down a 1957 Nomad.  I always wanted one and now was the time.  I guess I saw this one on EBAY....  I cant really remember, but I eventually chased the owner down and called him.  It was located in Aurora, Colorado and had spent is life, death and resurrection there.  It was rescued from a junk yard and then years spent on rebuilding by a retired United Airlines Captain.  It was finished and road ready when he passed away .... I hate those stories.  The current owner got it from the Estate and got it on the road where he did use it for local cruises.  The money demands from a Corvette and a super deal he found on a ‘57 Bel Air helped make the decision to sell to me.   I went to Colorado and trailered it home.

What I had was a cosmetically redone ‘57 Nomad with a 265, 3 speed with overdrive and it ran and stopped.  That was all I needed.  But I am never satisfied, apparently.  I found a 350 cubic inch motor with serpentine and tri power ... supposedly low miles.   A four speed Muncie was a memory from my past, so that was obtained too.  Then the ‘Trail of Tears’ began.  I pulled the old 265 and tranny and sold it to a Rat Rod builder South of Dallas.  I gave him a great deal I thought.  When he went to register his Rod, the old Nomad motor was determined to be unregistrable because the original builder had marked out the block numbers when he registered the Nomad with an assigned VIN. Well, I took the new 350 motor to a shop where it was cleaned up and the heads were pulled and rebuilt by a great shop in Denton. I got it all back and even installed a new Vintage Air system.  The replaced motor lasted about 300 feet when it cratered.  And I mean CRATERED, it sucked a new valve, which took the head, it went to the piston and took it too.  That took the block and the debris took the cam and crank.  The shop owner felt bad for me but said not to worry, he had a fresh rebuilt 350 short block from a builder in Gainesville he would give to me.  I bought new Edelbrock aluminum heads and put it all together at the same shop.  We got it started and put about 125 miles on it when knocking started and it got real bad.  An inspection found the pan was full of metal.  OK, this time I took it all to Wayne Calvert in Denton and said DO THE MOTOR right.  Disgusted as I was, I decided to go big and get a special built 383 small block for the Nomad and use the 350 at Wayne’s in my 55 Chevy truck.  I did just that and after a few months wait I got the new 475 HP motor installed in the Nomad.  As long as I was this far into it, I opted for a new Tremec 5 speed to replace the Muncie.  I followed the strict install and break in instructions to the letter. I got about 500 miles on it, plus or minus when I decided to take advantage of an open time slot in a great paint/ body/restoration shop.  I wanted this Nomad to be VERY NICE so I put it in the shop where we did the frame off rebuild etc.  While the Nomad was in the shop the time expired on the warranty...

 

I pulled the body and motor and had the frame sandblasted in Sherman along with the fenders and hood.  He was trustworthy enough to do that work without warping the metal.  The body was all stripped and only two small quarter panel spots of repairs had to be fixed.  Two braces on the body were replaced too...just to make it perfect.  It was all coated with a bed liner and the interior all
covered with Dyna Mat.  All new fuel lines and hydraulic lines to the front discs and hydraulic rear brakes were installed.  I had power brakes and power steering installed.  An American Autowire kit was used for wiring and Dakota Gauges at the same time.  I made a call to Gina Ciadella to discuss the interior I wanted, to replace the Ciadella interior installed in Colorado.  This time it was all black leather to replace the original Bel Air design.  Auto City Glass got me all new dark tint glass, and I did the Mad Mike lift gate trip at the same time.  The paint selected was a PPG RED.  I was going to go with the old white roof, but decided on the all red look. 
The wheels and tires, like always were a thought provoking choice.  I ended up with American Racing 18 inchers.  I just don’t like the spoke look where the brakes stare out at you, the American Racing wheels cover the brakes pretty well.  All the stainless was done by me in the barn shop, not show quality but I did it.

OK, back to the high dollar motor.  We installed the motor and got the front end back on.  The start up was perfect and the final assembly made.  Now to put some miles on it all.  I do keep a log so I have a real good history here.  At 700 miles I changed the oil and filter.  The oil pressure was running high, around 70 psi.  The water temperature around 200.  No odd sounds and it was a strong motor. Then after every small trip I logged the oil pressure dropping and finally as it hit 35 to 40 area and I was hearing a noise in the motor  -  it was time to check.  A filter check found a black non metallic blockage. I replaced that and pulled the oil pan.  A heavy thick black wad was in the bottom.  I got it all cleaned and checked more.  This time a Tri Five friend came over and we found a lifter, number 3, flopping around
and the push rod well short of normal.  I pulled the lifter and it was, NO KIDDING, about 3/4 inch shorter than it should have been.  It worn away at the cam and the cam was wiped.  Oh yes, did I mention that the warranty was expired.  A new roller cam and rockers were installed after flushing and inspection.  Now I have over 1500 miles on the motor and with fingers crossed I am putting miles on the Nomad!!

 

Robin Collord

 

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2019 Feature Cars

January
Steven Mensik

1957 Panel Truck

February
Mark Lambrecht
1955 Bel Air Hardtop

March
John Gibson
1956 Nomad

April
Robin Collord
1957 Nomad

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

 

2018 Feature Cars


January
Duffy Oyster
1957 Convertible

 


February
Andy Kuchta
1955 Pickup

 

March
Steven Mensik
1957 Convertible

April
Duffy Oyster
1957 Bel Air Hardtop

May
Bobby Bonds
1955 210 Sedan

June
Kevin Sears
1955 Bel Air Sedan

July
Matt Heit
1956 Bel Air Sedan

August
Ken Horton
1957 Bel Air Hardtop

September
David Graves
1956 Corvette

October
Don Beck
1955 Bel Air Hardtop

November
Robin Collord
1955 Nomad

December
Clint Davis
1955 2nd Series Pickup

 

2017 Feature Cars

January
Larry Myers

'57 Nomad

February
David Hudson
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

March
Diane Bray
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

April
Dale Maddox
'56 Nomad

May
Terry Adams
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

June
Al Burgess
'56 Bel Air Hardtop

July
Joey Truelove
'56 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Duffy Oyster
'55 Bel Air Convertible

September
Roy Bilberry
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Dale Maddox
'56 Nomad

November
Johnny Gentry
'57 Pickup

December
Dennis Fletcher
'55 210 Sedan

 

2016 Feature Cars

January
John Green

'55 Bel Air Sedan

February
Dennis Gormley
'56 Nomad

March
Ken Burton
'56 Bel Air Sedan

April
Joe Angelini
'55 Bel Air Sedan

May
John Gibson
'56 Bel Air Sedan

June
Keith Brogdon
'55 Bel Air Sedan

July
No Feature Car

August
Mike D'Uva
'55 Nomad

September
Charles Haley
'57 Bel Air Sedan

October
John Yoby
'55 210 Sedan

November
Duffy Oyster
'55 Convertible

December
Ed Giolma
'57 Nomad

 

2015 Feature Cars

January
Al Thomson

'57 Convertible

February
Gunnar Grove
'55 Handyman Wagon

March
Carl Mitcham
'57 Convertible

April
Rico Padilla
'57 Bel Air

May
Bobby Wallace
'56 Bel Air

June
Donna Johnson
'57 Convertible

July
Jody Stiff
'55 Bel Air

August
Bill Preston
'57 Corvette

September
Ronnie Ruyle
'56 210 2dr Sedan

October
Patrick Briney
'55 Bel Air 2dr Sedan

November
Marvin Johnson
'55 Bel Air 2dr Hardtop

December
James Lair
'57 150 Sedan

 

2014 Feature Cars

January
Marvin Johnson

'57 Nomad

February
Gina Cammarata
'57 Be Air

March
Joe Angelini
'55 Handyman

April
Jack Stewart
'55 Convertible

May
Marvin Johnson
'57 Bel Air

June
Jac Broussard
'57 Bel Air

July
Terry Sealock
'57 Nomad

August
Bill Lewis
'56 Deluxe Pickup

September
Tom Entrekin
'56 Corvette

October
Donna Thomson
'56 Convertible

November
Mike Reeves
'56 Nomad

December
Jim Baughan
'55 Convertible

 
2013 Feature Cars

January
Don Andre
'57 Bel Air 2dr Hardtop

February
Don Sebert
'56 Corvette

March
Mike Dodson
'56 210 2dr Sedan

April
Dennis Gormley
'55 210 Sedan Drag Racer

May
Sharkey Nelson
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

June
AJ Pilie
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

July
Joe Harrington
'56 Pickup

August
Jim Gary
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

September
Kenneth Taylor
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Don Howard
'56 210 2dr Sedan

November
Tommy Sims
'55 210 2 Dr Sedan

December
Leroyce Jones
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2012 Feature Cars

January
Tom Walker
'56 Sedan Delivery

February
Don Mullins
'57 150 2dr Sedan

March
John Rogers
'56 Nomad

April
Jim Leinart
'55 210 Sedan

May
James Carter
'57 Bel Air

June
Rob Bryngelson
'57 210 Sedan

July
Mike Jones
'55 Bel Air Sedan

August
Jon Ellison
'57 Pickup

September
Jim Leinart
'55 210 Sedan

October
Ken Dobbs
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

November
Rich Purvis
'55 Nomad

December
Philip Romo
'55 Bel Air Sedan

 

2011 Feature Cars

January
Andy Salinas
'56 Bel Air

February
Scott Hengemuhle
'57 Bel Air

March
Joe Mason
'57 210

April
Mike Reeves
'57 Convertible

May
Josh Hart
'55 Bel Air

June
Ed Robertson
'55 Nomad

July
James Sparrow
'56 Bel Air

August
Mike Russell
'56 210

September
Top 5 Lone Star Picks

October
Jim Leinart
'55 Bel Air

November
David Sherman
'55 Nomad

December
Michael Brown
'57 Convertible

 

2010 Feature Cars

January
Larry Freeman

'56 Convertible

February
Michael Brown
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

March
Ray Langford
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

April
Billy Walker
'55 Drag Racer

May
Terry Sealock
'57 Convertbile

June
Carl Soeffker
'55 Pedal Car

July
Tom McGee
'55 Bel Air Sedan

August
Scott Hengemuhle
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

September
Bryan Greenfield
'56 210 Sedan

October
Larry Rogers
'57 210 Sedan

November
Mike Bresler
'55 210 Sedan

December
Terry Hitch
'57 Nomad

 

2009 Feature Cars

January
Doug Pedersen

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

February
Bennie Zimmerman

'57 Cameo Pickup

March
Ralph Sandlin

'57 210 Wagon

April
Bob Caruth

'56 Bel Air Hardtop

May
Glen South
'57 210 Sedan

June
Brian Sherwood
'55 1st Series 3100 Pickup

July
James Carson
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Marvin Cowden
'55 Bel Air Sedan

September
Loren Baxter
'56 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Mark Baker
'55 210 Sedan

November
Michael Brown
'57 Corvette

December
Geoff Clark
'55 Handyman Wagon

 

2008 Feature Cars

January
Debbie Guido

'57 Bel Air Sedan

February
Tim Page

'57 Bel Air Station Wagon

March
Greg Strader

'55 Bel Air Sedan

April
Stu Jacobs

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

May
Terry Box

'55 Bel Air Sedan

June
Rex Buzan

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

July
Joe Sanders

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Mike Dodson

'56 Nomad

September
Irv Engelbrecht

'55 210 Sedan

October
Bill Raley

'56 Pickup

November
Bob Brandenburg

'57 Bel Air Sedan

December
Tommy Simmons

'57 210 9 Pass Beauville Wagon

 

2007 Feature Cars

January
Lorenzo Castillo
'55 210 Sedan

February
Phil Haynes

'57 150 Sedan

March
Joe Ortega

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

April
Robert Black

'55 Sedan

May
Ben Weehunt

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

June
Jim Sellstrom

'55 Bel Air Sedan

July
Bob Smolik

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Mike Reeves

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

September
Larry Epperson

'57 Bel Air 4dr Hdtp

October
Mike Cook

'55 Convertible

November
Don Clark

'56 Nomad

December
James Carter

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2006 Feature Cars

January
Jim Conkle
'55 Bel Air Sedan

February
Nick Roppollo
'56 Bel Air Sedan

March
Dennis Gormley
'55 210 Sedan

April
George Caruth

'57 Sedan Delivery

May
Bob Vaughan

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

June
Doyle Irick

'57 Cameo Pickup

July
Mark Lamkin

'55 Bel Air Hardtop

August
Ralph Ellis

'57 Convertible

September
Chuck Rader

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

October
Dan Bunch

'57 Bel Air Sedan

November
Frank Makarauskas

'57 210 Sedan

December
Carl Mitcham

'57 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2005 Feature Cars
January
John Rush
'56 210 Sedan
February
Sharkey Nelson
'57 Limo
March
Joe Gaikoski
'56 Convertible
April
Dean Schmidt
'57 Bel Air Hardtop
May
Lewis Reynolds
'55 210 Sedan
June
Tom Walker
'57 Bel Air Hardtop
July
George Johnson
'56 Nomad
August
Sonny Poteet
'55 Bel Air Hardtop
September
Alan Strong
'57 150 Sedan
October
Rodney Nevils
'56 Corvette
November
Tom Blackburn
'57 Bel Air Hardtop
December
Dennis Lind
'57 Bel Air Hardtop

 

2004 Feature Cars
January - none February - none March - none April
Steve Pratt
'55 Bel Air Sedan
May
Larry Rollow
'57 210 Sedan
June
Marvin Johnson
'56 Bel Air Hardtop
July
Kevin Brown
'56 210 Sedan
August
David Graves
'55 Bel Air Hardtop
September
BJ Bucher
'57 150 Sedan
October
Greg Hedum
'55 Bel Air Hardtop
November
Bill Preston
56 Nomad
December
Ron Davis
'55 Bel Air Hardtop

 

 


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