Howard Tarnoff of Port Orange, Florida owns this beautiful 1955 Chevy Nomad. He has owned street rods all his life but always dreamed of owning a Nomad, particularly a 55 because he just liked their styling better than the 56, and 57’s. Besides, he says, he needed a car that his wife could ride in and bring “all her STUFF” to the various car shows he attends he says with a laugh!

The 2dr Nomad differed from other station wagons of the era by having a unique style more reminiscent of a hardtop sedan than of a station wagon of that era. Nomads came standard with carpet, chrome “spears” on the front fenders, chrome window moldings and a fold-down rear seat with a two-piece tailgate (a glass upper portion that swung up and a tailgate that folded down). Nomads unique design had its roots in the GM Motorama show car. The concept was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1954 as one of head stylist Harley Earls Dream Cars. A V-8 (265cu in) was offered for the first time that was so good it remained in production in various forms for many decades. Nothing could have been imagined by Harley Earl such as this I’m sure!  

Howard’s “Dream” Nomad features so many custom touches and more power and comfort than stock Nomad. He is quick to credit John Dubois of Mint Restorations out of Bradenton, Fl for the outstanding craftsmanship and the red all leather Interior was capably handled by Dale @ Unlimited Design.  The hidden power windows, locks and e-brake reside in the center console with an I-Pod, I-Phone interface too.

Powered by a GM LS1 aluminum engine and 4L60E trans, it features a MagaCharger system with custom engine cover/air intake dyno’d at 372hp (rear wheels). Exhaust gases are spent through a Street & Performance Creamic coated headers/exhaust. Features include Boxed frame, Strong Arm Control arms & Air Ride by Ride Tech, Dual hidden tanks and pumps, ADDCO Sway Bar, Power Brakes with 11” rotors, 4 link rear suspension with an Eaton locker rear (4:11 gears), EZ Wiring, Full Dynamat including the roof for a real quiet ride. Also, Diamond Black Classics Smooth Redline tires as well as Budnik X series wheels with black inserts. A CON2R one-off steering wheel keeps him pointed in the right direction with the assist from an Ididit steering column and keyless push start! Hidden wipers and controls, gas filler, antenna and audio amps and subs round out the goodies.

Its painted a Matrix MPB 9000 Black and MSB 300111 Silver Top (4 coats base-coat and 4 coats clear) that caught the attention of the judges at the recent NSR Nationals and was awarded a TOP 100 pick. It also received a Good-Guys Classic Chevy Pick. Howard had recently sold his 33 and 34 Fords in Kissimee on January 21st, so was able to pick the Nomad up and trailer it home a couple of days later. Obviously, while Howard is still in a Dream State he says about owning this car, he loves driving it and gets all kinds of looks and “DREAMY” stares everywhere he goes. We agree Howard - it IS one fine, DREAM Ride!

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