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1954 Corvette Nomad show car
Posted by DaveSS1987 on Sunday, February 24, 2013 4:36 PM

Not sure if this is really a Hot rod or not, but I'm basing it on the 1954 Corvette Nomad show car.  There used to be a resin conversion for this made by R&D Uniques, but since they went out of business that one costs hundreds of dollars whenever it comes up on Ebay.  I decided to build my own, using the AMT 1953 Corvette as a base, and the 1955 Nomad for the tailgate, roof, glass and engine.  I had startrd this a couple of years ago by cutting out the rear trunk area with a razor saw, and gluing the Nomad rear floor into the body with super glue.  I recently started working on it again after pulling out the box to get some 55 Nomad drag parts to trade to someone on the forum, and did some work to blend in the rear tailgate.  I cut a section out of the roof and added the front windshield from the Nomad.  the main problem I'm having is fitting the flat bottomed Nomad windshield to the rounded Corvette cowl.  I will either have to file down the cowl flat in the bulged center area, or else curve the bottom of the windshield to fit the cowl as is, only problem will be to fit the glass in after doing this, which may be a problem.  Any one ever do this conversion before?  If so give me some tips on the windshield.  T     he Corvette windshield will not fit the Nomad roof, so that's why I'm using the Nomad windshield.  

Working on rebuilding my 1/1 scale 1987 El Camino SS, as well as collecting models of anything Chevy powered. Along with my passion for WW1 aircraft I seldom get much finished.

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Posted by DaveSS1987 on Sunday, February 24, 2013 4:38 PM

Just looking at the photo of the original car that I posted, the door should be closer to the front, and I will have to add around 1/2" of roof back in between the windshield and roof, I took too much out on my first cut and the dimensions are off now.

Working on rebuilding my 1/1 scale 1987 El Camino SS, as well as collecting models of anything Chevy powered. Along with my passion for WW1 aircraft I seldom get much finished.

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Posted by Too Old on Sunday, February 24, 2013 5:15 PM

I started one of these a few months ago .  Fitting the Nomad roof to the Corvette windshield frame is much easier than what you are trying to do .  Just a suggestion.

TooOld

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Posted by DaveSS1987 on Sunday, February 24, 2013 6:00 PM

Hi Bob,

I was thinking about using the Corvette windshield, but the one in my AMT kit was kind of warped, plus the Nomad roof is too wide for that windshield.  Also the Nomad show car has the vent windows on the door, so I'm going to use the Nomad one.  Just comparing the photo of the real car, the doors need to be moved forward around 1/2" from the Corvette doors normal position, as well as the windshield.  The hood will need to be shortened, so I'll blend in a filler cowl panel and smooth the windshield in with filler.  Hopefully the windshield will fit in after it is attached to the body.

Dave

Working on rebuilding my 1/1 scale 1987 El Camino SS, as well as collecting models of anything Chevy powered. Along with my passion for WW1 aircraft I seldom get much finished.

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Sunday, February 24, 2013 9:31 PM

FYI - Actually, the original car was more the size of a Nomad. It was built on a 1953 Chevy sedan chassis, with Corvette re-styling. If you look at the proportions in your first photo, the length from the rear of the doors to the wheel well opening is much longer than your Corvette, as is the area between the back of the wheel well opening to the rear of the car, and other area's as well, like the concept doors in your photo are much longer than the corvette kit doors. Also the interior of the original had two seats and the car sat 6 people.

All that being said, I've seen other 'Vettes converted and looked very nice. It'll be fun to follow along and see your final take on this beautiful concept car from the past Thumbs Up.

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by DaveSS1987 on Sunday, February 24, 2013 10:52 PM

True, while doing some more research I found a guy that built a 1/1 scale one using a 1955 Pontiac Safari and fiberglass reproduction Corvette front end, he had to chop the body 3 1/2 inches and add the parts to the Pontiac wagon.  He also had to shorten the hood. If I had not already cut up my Nomad and Corvette I would do it the correct way and start with the Nomad, section the body and add the Corvette nose. Well maybe next time. for now I'm going to just fill in the doors and move them forward 1/2", and then shorten the hood, and move the windshield 1/2" forward as well and get the roof to fit as best as possible.

Working on rebuilding my 1/1 scale 1987 El Camino SS, as well as collecting models of anything Chevy powered. Along with my passion for WW1 aircraft I seldom get much finished.

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Posted by dragon3870 on Sunday, February 24, 2013 11:26 PM

kool concept i never heard of this car so its nice to  see  i feel likke an amature when i see these kinds of builds but i like to see the process to learn

David V Davis

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Posted by DaveSS1987 on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 7:22 PM

OK I decided to start this one over, luckily I had another Nomad in the attic.  I followed a build article online on how a guy converted a 1955 Pontiac safari wagon, and did the same thing with the 1/25 scale version, sectioned it and removed 9/64" from above and below the chrome trim strip.  Then I glued the lower door and rear wheelwell area with sheet plastic tabs to keep it all together.  Then I cut off the rear lights but took a little too much off.  So I added back the Corvette rear from the previous photos I showed here, and also used about 1/4" more from the Corvette door section to get the correct length.  Next I cut the Corvette nose shorter, making the wheel wells lined up with my other Nomad body, had to do a little filing in the corner where it reaches the Nomad wiper/cowl area.  Now making sure everything is good and square I will let it dry overnight.  tomorrow I will have to figure out how to curve in the sides under the door and rocker to match the Corvette nose and rear, then apply some filler and blend it all smooth.

Working on rebuilding my 1/1 scale 1987 El Camino SS, as well as collecting models of anything Chevy powered. Along with my passion for WW1 aircraft I seldom get much finished.

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Posted by del austin on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 8:15 PM

I think you should make the first attempt into a drag car and pull it behind the new version. Just a thought.

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Posted by Space Cowboy on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 8:59 PM

Looking good keep it coming............................

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Posted by Tony Ds garage on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 9:23 PM
Always wanted to do this build. Maybe one day but the drag car idea sounds way kool!
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Posted by Irocet305 on Thursday, February 28, 2013 12:01 AM

The second time around is looking proportionally right

Build 'em if ya got 'em

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Posted by DaveSS1987 on Thursday, February 28, 2013 8:36 AM

Too late for the drag car, I cut that Corvette body into pieces, needed the rear quarters and nose to add to the Nomad.  

Working on rebuilding my 1/1 scale 1987 El Camino SS, as well as collecting models of anything Chevy powered. Along with my passion for WW1 aircraft I seldom get much finished.

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Posted by W-409 on Thursday, February 28, 2013 1:19 PM

This is interesting - I'll be watching for sure!  I have been planning of building one Corvette Nomad too, and some day I will. Hope you don't mind if I use this one as a reference. It looks really good so far.

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Posted by DaveSS1987 on Thursday, February 28, 2013 3:05 PM

I don't mind at all!  if it was not built in 1954 I would be throwing in a 409 for power, but figure I will go with the prototype's engine, 6 cylinder from 1954 Corvette.  

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Posted by Irocet305 on Thursday, February 28, 2013 3:22 PM

A 265 small block could be correct. The small block came the next year. The prototypes shadowed things to come.

Build 'em if ya got 'em

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Posted by DaveSS1987 on Thursday, February 28, 2013 3:25 PM

Could be correct for the time frame for an experimental build, but unfortunately not for this car.  it was built on a 1953 full size car frame with the 216 cubic inch straight 6.  

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Thursday, February 28, 2013 3:51 PM

Nice to see the progress you're making on this beautiful concept car Thumbs Up.

It was "Lovingly" nick-named the "Nomad Waldorf" many years back, as it was originally shown at the Waldorf Motorama in New York city, in I believe 1953.

Keep up the good work. It's fun watching this move along so nicely Cool.

Dave

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by DaveSS1987 on Thursday, February 28, 2013 7:09 PM

Thanks Dave. Now comes the hard part, I mixed up some polyeurethane putty and applied it to the inside back of the Corvette fenders but for some reason it's not drying very well, probably too old but I'll wait overnight and see how it sands tomorrow.

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Posted by hemi hunter on Thursday, February 28, 2013 7:14 PM

kool build Cool Thumbs Up Bow

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Posted by SLUSHER on Friday, March 1, 2013 7:24 AM

Awsume progress, really nice progress........Slusher

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Posted by DaveSS1987 on Monday, March 18, 2013 1:52 PM

     Been slow going lately, had several other projects to finish for my show this weekend, but here's the latest.  I used a tip from Bruce Cohen and glued thin styrene strips to build up the area under the doors that curves to match the Corvette fender, now it will only need a little bit of putty to smooth it out. Also removed the big muffler and exhaust pipe molded on the bottom of the frame, and applied Milliput to fill the hole. last thing, modified interior pan, cut off about 1/8" of bottom of floor, and cut off rear interior floor and moved it up using the space of body panel removed from the doors.

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Posted by DaveSS1987 on Sunday, August 11, 2013 6:19 PM

 Not much progress over the summer but got a little more done now, here is the modified chassis.  After grinding off the molded on exhaust there was a large hole in the floor and some of the cross members were damaged, so I rebuilt the lower floor with sheet styrene and used Evergreen rod to add back the ridges on the lower floor.  I also added a new crossmember from styrene strip cut to the correct width.  Looks identical to the other side now, or will under a coat of flat black paint!

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Posted by DaveSS1987 on Sunday, August 11, 2013 6:23 PM

   Also finished the rear bumper, molded it into the rear quarters with Polyurethane body putty and the space in the center fits a 1967 Corvette Licence plate frame perfectly.

Working on rebuilding my 1/1 scale 1987 El Camino SS, as well as collecting models of anything Chevy powered. Along with my passion for WW1 aircraft I seldom get much finished.

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Posted by lazyman on Monday, August 12, 2013 9:35 AM

   Very interesting, ambitious undertaking. should be a beautiful model of a beautiful car.

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Posted by Andre Von Chop on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 4:45 PM

Great work so far, loving the progress shots. I'm planning on doing some old concept cars soon, this is fantastic inspiration.

Too bad they never put this car into production.

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Posted by chaves pá! on Monday, December 16, 2019 8:48 AM
Hi, how can I see your photos clearly, without that photobucket filter?

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