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Charm of Chevy Nomad evident at convention

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More than 100 enthusiasts parked their rides at the Chevrolet Nomad Association's 25th annual convention in Itasca last week.

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Kathy and Luke Miller spent their courtship fixing up this 1955 Chevrolet Nomad, which Luke bought in 1968 from a junkyard.

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A 10-month overhaul of this 1955 Chevrolet Nomad was complete in 2011.

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The original bench seat was tossed in favor of sportier GTO seats.

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The Millers still lovingly refer to their museum-quality restored 1955 Nomad as a "piece of scrap iron," which is the phrase Luke's dad used when Luke bought the rundown car in 1968.

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The Millers drive their restored 1965 Nomad to conventions across the U.S. and Canada.

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With a 350ci V-8 engine, this wagon goes up mountains better and is more reliable than the factory 265ci V-8.

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JD and Dana Stevens enjoy taking their restored 1956 Chevrolet Nomad to all corners of the U.S.

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JD and Dana Stevens get a lot of road enjoyment from their restored 1956 Chevy Nomad, thanks to the reliable engine and even the Zinc Yellow paint job.

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JD Stevens found this 1956 Chevrolet Nomad languishing in a Southern California field in 1997.

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The Zinc Yellow exterior helps keep the Stevens' 1956 Nomad drivable, both for is ability to mask scratches and the ease of repairing the single-stage paint job.

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JD Stevens was just 17 when he first got the itch to turn a Nomad into a hot rod.

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A reliable 383ci V-8 engine provides JD and Dana Stevens the power they need to take their 1956 Chevrolet Nomad coast to coast.

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Skeeter and Vance Long first discovered this 1957 Nomad in 1995, just after it had been restored, and were able to buy it when it went on the market in 2005.

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The Chevrolet Nomad had just three years in production, from 1955 to 1957, but has enjoyed a half century of nostalgia.

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It might be a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad, but inside passengers are treated to 1968 Thunderbird seating.

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This 1957 Chevrolet Nomad pops with House of Kolor Candy Brandywine paint finished with ghost flames.

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The engine is a 350ci V-8 with a roller-lifter camshaft and stainless steel Corvette exhaust headers.

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About this Article

Chevrolet dazzled the public when it launched its sporty Nomad station wagon in 1955. The two-door forwent value as its steep price rang up higher than any other Chevy model, including a Corvette, but there was no denying the wagon's uniqueness or charm.
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