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    "June Cleaver" 55 Handyman wagon

    A couple of years ago my neighbor (the guy who rolled the 55 sedan at the drags) was over at my place looking at my Nomad and he told me he was interested in building a stock-looking 55 wagon that he could drive all over the country. He said he always wanted to build a custard yellow "June Cleaver" 55 with white walls that was a grocery getter. Since he wanted to drive it a lot, he was interested in one of our C4 conversion frames so we discussed what he wanted and decided we could build it for him. He wanted to use 15" wheels and we found they would work on an early C4 suspension. My brother found him a pretty solid 55 Handyman body up in Montana so he made a trip up there to trailer it back...wish I'd gotten pics of it, as it was a basketcase.

    We firmed up the plans in late 2015 and finished the frame in early 2016. We used a seamless frame and early front and rear C4 suspensions on it. He has been building the car in the past few months and has it almost completed. It has a turbocharged LS engine and a 4L70E automatic tranny. He does all his own body and paint work and I think he did pretty much everything on this car with the exception of the frame build. I think he did an awesome job on it in just a few months. Hopefully I'll get to ride in it soon, and maybe even drive it.

    Here's the car now:

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    56 Nomad, Ramjet 502, Viper 6-speed T56, C4 Corvette front and rear suspension

    You can see my 56 Nomad build here http://www.picturetrail.com/chevynut

    For affordable C4 Corvette Suspension conversions for your car, visit http://www.classicedgedesigns.com

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    More pics would be interesting. I noticed from this one that the alignment and gaps of the door, and what can be seen of the hood, seem very nice.

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    I plan to go take a look at it and maybe can get some pics under the hood, etc. He needs a good steering rack before he can drive it. The rebuilt one he got leaked.

    Personally I would have left the hood bird on it, but......
    56 Nomad, Ramjet 502, Viper 6-speed T56, C4 Corvette front and rear suspension

    You can see my 56 Nomad build here http://www.picturetrail.com/chevynut

    For affordable C4 Corvette Suspension conversions for your car, visit http://www.classicedgedesigns.com

    Other vehicles:

    56 Chevy 2-door BelAir sedan
    56 Chevy 210 4-door sedan
    57 Chevy 210 4-door sedan
    1961 Willys CJ3B Jeep
    2001 Porsche Boxster S
    2003 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD Duramax

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    Very Nice!

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    great looking wagon! Can't wait to see more photos of the suspension/engine/etc...

    (I like 15" wheels also, and would be interested in what he/you had to do make them work... ie. what brakes/calipers/etc...?)

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    Bad Ass ,
    I Love it !!

    Need more pictures .


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    That's a cool ride!

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    Where's Ward?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chevynut View Post
    A couple of years ago my neighbor (the guy who rolled the 55 sedan at the drags) was over at my place looking at my Nomad and he told me he was interested in building a stock-looking 55 wagon that he could drive all over the country. He said he always wanted to build a custard yellow "June Cleaver" 55 with white walls that was a grocery getter. Since he wanted to drive it a lot, he was interested in one of our C4 conversion frames so we discussed what he wanted and decided we could build it for him. He wanted to use 15" wheels and we found they would work on an early C4 suspension. My brother found him a pretty solid 55 Handyman body up in Montana so he made a trip up there to trailer it back...wish I'd gotten pics of it, as it was a basketcase.

    We firmed up the plans in late 2015 and finished the frame in early 2016. We used a seamless frame and early front and rear C4 suspensions on it. He has been building the car in the past few months and has it almost completed. It has a turbocharged LS engine and a 4L70E automatic tranny. He does all his own body and paint work and I think he did pretty much everything on this car with the exception of the frame build. I think he did an awesome job on it in just a few months. Hopefully I'll get to ride in it soon, and maybe even drive it.

    Here's the car now:

    IMG_0417_small.jpg
    That's a nice looking wagon . I like the color and wheels
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