This wicked 1955 Chevrolet Nomad will have Tri-Five Chevy enthusiasts drooling all over their keyboards. Nicknamed “Gone Mad”, the build took Classic Car Studio nearly 18 months to complete.
This Chevrolet Nomad started out as just a shell sitting in the front yard of an Arizona home. The owner’s father had unfortunately gotten sick and passed away before he could finish working on it. It was in rough shape, but most of the body was decent and it had all the metal trim pieces. Finding those parts on the aftermarket is pretty easy, but typically isn’t a cheap endeavor.
The heart and soul of this Chevrolet Nomad is an all-aluminum Shafiroff Racing-built big block Chevrolet 509 V8 that’s based on the legendary 409W engine. The setup allows “Gone Mad” to make over 600 horsepower running on pump cads and dual quads.
The engine is mated to a Bowler 4L80-E automatic transmission, which makes for a really strong setup. Out back, there is a John’s Industries 9-inch, which helps to nicely lay down the power, in addition to beefy 15-inch rear tires that offer loads of traction. As the video shows, stepping on the gas pedal really gets this mad beast going.
The interior is complete with Relicate leather and cool diamond stitching with custom door panels, Classic Instruments gauges, and a Kicker sound system. The classy wood grain headliner really adds to the look and emits the feeling of sitting inside the hull of a boat.
The Gone Mad Nomad sits on a brand-new Roadster Shop REVO chassis. And although no one really gets to see it, the full belly pan and undercarriage is nothing short of a masterpiece.
The customer for whom this Nomad was originally built initially wanted a red-over-black paint scheme, but after several conversations, it was agreed upon that there are plenty of cars out there with those colors, so they decided to go with a more earthy tone, hence the green paint, brown leather and gold accents. It may be a little out of this world, but so is this entire build. Hence the “Gone Mad” name.
Today, the build is regarded as the cream of the crop of restored Nomads, and for good reason.
“It may have taken us more than a year to finish the build, but it was worth it,” said Noah Alexander of Classic Car Studio. “The Nomad is custom but still has those ‘50s looks that we all love… but this one’s gone a little mad.”