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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by D.N.D., Jun 27, 2016.

  1. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,900


    Jeff -The converts got the glory, but the Bel Air Nomad is at the top of the heap for me.
    Also the highest priced Bel Air.
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  2. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    My favorite Nomad but I liked how it looked with the chrome reverse rims as seen on the Revell model box (and I've heard the story so there's no need to get into that). My first car was a 55 Nomad.
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  3. While there was no badging, the '55 - '57's had an optional interior on the 210 2dr sedans (only). The optional interior made the car a Delray. . If a person looks at the cowl tag on a 210 2dr sedan, the model number will be either 1011 or 1011A. The 1011A is for the Delray. A 210 2dr sedan without the Delray interior is just model number 1011.

  4. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,309

    Atwater Mike

    Esoteric Chevy tech. Elusive...the stuff arguments are made of.
    I can recall this one group of 'tennis shoe M.F.s' that came up with impossible-to-follow Chev specs. This crowd knew part numbers, mid-year applications, etc., and only one of them had a car.
    Following this thread, I see there WERE many Chevy particulars I never got onto, albeit working on them daily at Mayfield's Garage...
    So, kudos to all you fellas that took the time to dig deep into what you were working on!
    Lots to know...
  5. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 14,080

    from oregon

    Life sure could be a lot worse, considering what the rest of the world does to waste their time. Like sitting around hashing over stats from the 1987 Super Bowl or what was the most popular tennis shoe in the NBA in 1977. Then there is politics (I know), cripes get a life.
    So many people we went to school with are/were dead and gone long ago because of the choices they made in life. I'd rather have my three (unfinished) projects than to have pissed all my money away in bars and casinos. Rant over.
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 1,839

    from IDAHO

    The western village I grew up in had a progressive Chevrolet/Oldsmobile dealership and when the 55-57 Chevys became 8-10 years old my friends would watch the OK used car lot like hawks.Locals would trade their shoe box in on a new Impala and a 60,000 mile gem could be had for $600.00. 13507219_1089718287765952_7806887867259937375_n.jpg
  7. waldo53
    Joined: Jan 26, 2010
    Posts: 858

    from ID

    I was still in HS when the '57's came out. But by '58 I had a steady job, and a dad willing to sign the loan papers. I found this 270hp, HT on a used car lot, stick shift with O/D, 4:11 rear end. I paid $1800 for it. The car had less than 10,000 miles on it. I drove it (and it saw some drag strip time too) until I got married 2 years later. Traded it in for a station wagon (not a Nomad). d. the \'57 in Barstow.jpeg Oh, if we could only turn back time.....
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  8. jeffd1988
    Joined: Apr 12, 2016
    Posts: 537


    Lol i forgot about these. these wagons, they are rare i hardly ever see em, and I heard they are a hard to get car even in there hay day. Love them back seats 3rd row.
  9. Not a new one but my first '57 a few months ago (March 2016), heard about it from a friend of a friend who had it under a torn tarp in his back yard for a few years. Added a battery, gas, cleaned the windows and drove it home for $2800. Cleaned up well, carb sucks (235 w/ 3 speed all stock). 57belair2.jpg
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  10. Torkwrench
    Joined: Jan 28, 2005
    Posts: 2,471


    Sure would like to find a used car like this .

    Detroit Car-Lot 1958.jpg
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  11. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    I'll take one of each, please:D
  12. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,636

    from Chino, Ca

    Where's Doc Brown and that damn DeLorean:p
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  13. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,028


    These numbers are from a book by the editors of consumers guide.
    cost production
    sedan 2 dr $2238 62,751
    sedan 4dr $2290 254,331
    townsman $2580 27,375
    sport sedan 4 dr ht $2364 137,672
    nomad $2757 6,103
    convertible $2511 47,562
    sport coupe ht $2299 166,426
    The cheapest 57 was a 150 sedan utility sedan at $1885
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2016
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  14. D.N.D.
    Joined: Aug 15, 2012
    Posts: 1,385

    Member Emeritus

    Kinda looks like the Belair 2 dr is more than the Hardtop ?
  15. A photo of my Mom beside our 57, that my Dad bought after totaling our 55. He got a new Chevy about every 4 to 5 years. unless he totaled them that is. lol I'm in the middle Ron... 095.jpg 039.jpg
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2016
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  16. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,028


    huh 2 dr sedan $2238 sport coupe $2299

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