Just Retired So I'm Finally Getting Back to Work on My 60 Nomad

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Those side pipes and stainless rocker mouldings were nice. Made the car look lower than it was. The side pipes are gone, have not decided on that yet? I still have the rocker mouldings. The side pipes kept them from getting dinged up. However the mufflers in the side pipes rusted out and were taken off and standard exhaust was put on, so they got a few dings/dents from stones. Can the stainless rockers be restored? They have some sort of a metal panel inside so you can’t just turn them over and work on the dents from the back. Looks like you would have to bend the end of the rocker and slide the filler panel out to get to the back of the stainless? Anyone know or had this done before?


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Normally I don’t like side pipes but man those look pretty good on that car. Cragars with spinners look good too. What’s the other 60 and the 56 in the background, parts?

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Normally I don’t like side pipes but man those look pretty good on that car. Cragars with spinners look good too. What’s the other 60 and the 56 in the background, parts?
Well the Parkwood was my brothers first car, I found it for him when I was an appliance repairman about 40 years ago at a customers house. He had a dent in the front, grill, radiator support and stuff, so we got the other 60, the white one, and repaired it the Parkwood. My Dad told him he should fix up the 2 door white one instead but we fixed the Parkwood. 1.gif

Then he had a slightly bigger wreck. The frame and front end was really bad.

That's my 56 frame in the back background, did a frame off rebuild in the back yard at my Mom & Dad's house, they were not too happy about all the car and parts, so we had to get rid of the leftovers when we were done. So we took the 283 and powerglide out of this Parkwood and put in the white Nomad that my brother found. All of this was like around 1982 or 83.

This is my 56 210 that I did the frame off, can't call it a restoration, just a fixer up. I still have the car in my garage, that's the next project if I ever get the Nomad done.

The truck in the back was my 56 pickup, I put a 327 in it, added tilt and power steering and drove it for years, that's the only old car/truck that I ever let go. Grand Prix and Motor Cycle were mine too. I always had a bunch of cars it seems. The 56 210 has the original 235 with powerglide, its a nice car, but needs a little more horsepower LOL.

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Very nice. :) Hate to be a wet blanket but the gloss paint on the top of the dash is not a good idea. When the windshield is in, the glare from the sun will be unbearable while driving. It will reflect back up on the glass making it hard to see.

My 60 Impala came from the factory with a gloss black dash and it was never a problem, but then I was young and usually drunk so that might have helped


Maybe the design of the 60 dash helps but I know in my 66 Impala the glare is bad. I found a used dash pad (black) and sprayed it blue to match the original. I used what I had that looked very close which was a mist blue touch up paint. It's not even glossy looking but enough shine I guess that it reflects back up on the glass when the sun hits it.

I wasn't aware of the factory spraying dashboards in gloss. ?? My 63 is still factory finish and it's a notch above flat! Even the column is flat looking.

That's all I know... :D

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Here are some pictures of my repairs on the floor board. At the time they didn't have the whole floor in one piece, but I only needed the to replace the 4 pans anyway. I but welded them then put seam sealer around the welds and painted the floor board with sealer primer. It was welded form inside the car so the welds actually don't show much at all on the bottom and I didn't grind them down on top so it would be stronger, won't show anyway once the insulation and carpet are in.

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Just a little update on my Nomad. Had the rebuilt 348 engine running with no problems, sound nice and running smooth. Rebuilt the 700R4 and it seems to be working great, no highway testing yet, just around the neighborhood. This is a one man project so it's slow going. My plan as of now is to do as much as I can myself, paint all the door jambs and cut-in's and stuff then have a profession paint the outside. Just want a nice looking dependable driver, not a show car. I know some of work is putting the cart before the horse but when you do this at home with limited resources an knowledge that's the way it goes. Anyway so far I'm happy with the results and that's what matters. The exhaust is just temporary until I decide how I want it, still debating on that. Here are a few pics of my progress.
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Seems like this is taking forever to get done. Since my last post I have finished up all 4 doors. New window channels installed and all the original glass put back in, except for a new windshield. Next is the rear lower quarter panels. Driver’s side is about half done and I have not started on the passenger side yet. Probably be next spring or summer before it’s ready to paint. Probably get a real body/paint shop to do that. Just hope I can find someone who wants to do it without complaining about the work I have already done myself.
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It was a little harder than I expected. Maybe because the fender wells and drivers side fender were NOS? I would think that parts that had been together for 40 plus years would fit together better than parts that had not been fitted, maybe that had something to do with it? The new rubber between the fender well and the fender was the biggest challenge, the rubber just seemed too thick and stiff. Also would have saved some work if I had the doors on first, ended up readjusting the front clip, hood and doors many times to get it right.