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Old 06-10-2009, 09:48 AM   #1
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Default What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

I have a 55' Handyman parts car with a good title and have been talking to a guy with a 55' Nomad that is rough, and has no front sheetmetal, and no tags or title. The handyman has no frame left and the nomad has a good frame.

What parts are nomad specific and would need to be used to convert the 55' wagon to a nomad?
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:52 AM   #2
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

For starters, the roof, back glass(sides) and tailgate. The door glass if different to I believe.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:55 AM   #3
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

The B-pillars and the doors (handyman doors are sedan and the nomad is a hard-top style
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:58 AM   #4
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

Converting a handyman to a nomad? Whew! Doors, roof, tailgate and quarters.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:00 AM   #5
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

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The B-pillars and the doors (handyman doors are sedan and the nomad is a hard-top style
Yep, the slant in the B pillars is the dead giveaway
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:03 AM   #6
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

doesn't the Nomad have the shorter "hardtop" windshield?
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:06 AM   #7
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

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doesn't the Nomad have the shorter "hardtop" windshield?
That's correct. The Nomad has a lower roofline than a standard wagon. Uses the same windshield as the hardtops and converts.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:08 AM   #8
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

I think the front sheet metal is the only thing they have in comon.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:12 AM   #9
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

Blue car is a Nomad,...Yellow car is a 2 Door Wagon.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:17 AM   #10
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That's awesome. I had always wondered that myself. Thanks for the pics McKee!
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:19 AM   #11
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

I can get a nomad that has a complete body tub with all the doors, glass, and trim on a good frame but no tags or title. The car is rough but comes with new quarters, 1 piece floor, etc

I have a badly rotted 55' handyman that is only good for parts but has a good title. I was going to use the remains of the nomad to convert the handyman. The VIN will still say 6cyl handyman obviously.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:20 AM   #12
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

except for the floor, cowl and dash, nothing is the same the front sheet metal and frame will interchange.
your best bet is to cut every part of the handyman off, basicly ,leave about a 1/2 inch of the handyman around the vin tag. then cut the exact opposite of the way you cut the handyman on the nomad, weld the 2 together, and you are done!
the main issue this will give you, is that your vin will reflect a 210, or 150, as the handymans were not belairs, and the nomads were.

All kidding aside, the handyman will be a good parts car for the nomad, do some research, and see if you can get a bill of sale from the guy for the nomad, and then go through all the bureaucratic channels in your state to get a vin assigned to it.

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the original nomad vin # is stamped on the top of the left hand frame rail under the drivers seat area!
just be careful, because that vin is probably somewhere in the us (or canada)on another nomad that has your missing vin plate and cowl tag.
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:30 AM   #13
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

the way I see it use the handyman as a body panel and vin tag donor for the nomad. If it needs quarters and floors cut and weld them in off the handyman - it sounds like more work than an entire roof/windshield transplant but really it is probably about the same. I am pretty sure you cannot tell anything about wether the car is originally a nomad or not and I don't think there were any trim tags for 1957 Chevys (not that it matters much - most states you don't need a title to register a vehcile that old so if you have a vin number you may still be able to get paperwork).

edit: I take that back you can tell the model from the vin but I don't think nomad had a special letter in the vin number like 150, 210s, and Sedan Deliverys do. Also the Passenger cars had cowl tags, the corvettes didn't so I am double wrong.

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Old 06-10-2009, 10:44 AM   #14
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

sound like this will end up as "el camino' type roadster pick up


pleeze do it and get one more nomad cut up so they're value stays where it is !
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:13 AM   #15
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

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If it needs quarters and floors cut and weld them in off the handyman -
The wheel wells and probably the whole quarter panel is different.

You could try doing a VIN search to see if that number comes up as someone else's car. If it does, then go for it. You could always find a Nomad title too.
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:35 AM   #16
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

There was also Nomad-specific front fender trim and chrome headlight eyebrows on the '55s. I don't think the actual fenders are different, but the trim is. I believe the trim is repoped, but not cheap. Of course, you could always leave the trim off as a "custom" touch...
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Old 06-10-2009, 11:44 AM   #17
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

Well now, here's what I'd do. It sounds like the "Nomad" is in better condition, and as such, easier to redo using the "Handyman" wagon for parts. Even use the VIN tag and title from the "Handyman". Most people, who don't really know their classic Chevrolets, call a 2 door wagon a Nomad; here's a case where you can call your "Nomad" a "Handyman" or 2 door wagon. Or go through a title service to make the "Nomad" legal. Personally, I really don't care too much for "Nomads", I like things Plain Jane. But, in your case, go with the "Nomad". Butch/56sedandelivery.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:21 PM   #18
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Default Re: What are the differences between a 55' 2 dr wagon and a Nomad?

I would guess that the same differences apply to Safari vs. sedan-based 2-door wagons (although it appears that the Safari name was used on more than 1 body style)?

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Old 06-10-2009, 12:28 PM   #19
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Call Rods n Resto's in Centre, Al. they just collected abunch to build a nomad out of a handyman.
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Old 06-10-2009, 12:57 PM   #20
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What they said, it would be alot of work..notice that on the Handyman wagon the tailgate/ass end section of the car is more vertical..the Nomad section is laid forward a bit more..Go for it! almost nothing cooler than a Nomad...
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