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    Quote Originally Posted by NickP View Post
    If, one was to expend that much money and time eliminating things, one would have at least considered that awful handle and button, automatic opener ala Tahoe/Suburban. Why half ass it?
    I agree. Handle got to go
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    But if one does not elect to power control the tail gate something (handle button lock release) is required. No different than a door handle and button. It’s part of the character of the car like ‘57 hood rockets or hood bird or the blue bow tie.

    IMHO the chrome handle/button looks fine with the vertical trim bars.

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    I agree Gmvette.... once one modifies/changes everything that is 'Nomad'... is it a Nomad any longer?

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    I can understand a small modification such as the tail gate hinges. For anybody that uses their car the hinge will be venerable to rust due to the movement over the pin with moisture. Yes one can keep on it and avoid the brown. A reconfigured internal hinge will look better. Is it 57 Chevy Nomad looking..... no. But does it total detract from the Nomad look....not really. But on the other hand the handle and button is all Nomad and if removed/changed it subtracts from the overall function, feel and look of a Nomad.

    IMHO a Nomad needs to look and feel Nomad. Things like brakes, steering, engine, tranny, rear end, exhaust, added gauges, seat covers/interior, adding air, and paint don’t detract from it being a Nomad. But bucket seats, added console, removed chrome trim/bumper, and big ass custom wheels that don’t fit the wheel well anywhere near normal does affect the Nomad look. Again IMHO too low and big ass wheels sucks. They don’t fit the time period of the Nomad. But if the owner likes it....it is his car and can do as he/she likes.

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    Big balloon looking 15” tires, traction bars and engines sticking out of the hood detract from the “look and feel” of a Nomad imo. Funny how things one person likes are okay but those another likes aren’t. A Nomad is a Nomad as long as the b pillar is intact, the roof still has the ribs, and the tailgate slants forward and still has the chrome bars. That’s what makes the Nomad a Nomad. To say that bucket seats and a console no longer make it a Nomad is ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chevynut View Post
    Big balloon looking 15” tires, traction bars and engines sticking out of the hood detract from the “look and feel” of a Nomad imo. Funny how things one person likes are okay but those another likes aren’t. A Nomad is a Nomad as long as the b pillar is intact, the roof still has the ribs, and the tailgate slants forward and still has the chrome bars. That’s what makes the Nomad a Nomad. To say that bucket seats and a console no longer make it a Nomad is ridiculous.

    The 14” and 15” tires are what came on the Nomad depending on year. Traction bars can be non obtrusive but definitely not necessary unless drag racing. An entirely different chassis can be substituted for the original. But that definitely wouldn’t be Nomad. One can fit a lot of engine without sticking thru the hood. With the hood closed as long as none of the engine is thru the hood all is hidden. The Nomad is a collection of all the body pieces that constitutes it’s make up. The door handles window trim body side moldings, bumperettes, lights, etc are all components of a Nomad. Shouldn’t limit the roof and tail deck to being the only Nomad components. The interior and dash constitute the Nomad look too. Changing major factors that one person interfaces with subtracts from the Nomad. Changing a Nomad to a custom makes it just that a custom.

    IMHO when the question arises what was this?....than the Nomad is disguised or built out. The interior can be modernized to the point that it don’t resemble the original Nomad, it becomes just that... modern.

    I’m not saying one not customize a Nomad at all. Just understand it is a custom build using some part of the original Nomad. But the result is not what a Nomad is. Changing frame, engine, tranny, rear end, suspension, brakes, and steering are not really visible on the surface. The body, wheels, and interior are what stands out when observing said car.

    The look and human interface with power features, buckets and console are custom and absent of Nomad feel. Nothing wrong with it if that is what the owner wants. All I’m saying is less Nomad remains in the car with the more the original is replaced with modern.

    Ending up with a car that is nothing more than the shape of the body being vintage while everything else is modern as a new car is the trend of “resto-mod” vehicles created today. Essentially created is a modern say 2019 Camaro with a 50’s body. The craftsmanship on many of these cars is outstanding and guys have even hundreds of thousands $$$$ in them. Yes I do enjoy looking at them.

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    I prefer the Nomad* version myself, as opposed to a Nomad.

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    Change the dash,install late model seats, add an overhead spaceship console, gang banger wheels and you have something many will not give a second look,

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    Custom Car

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    Slanted B pillar.

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    Tailgate bars.

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    Ribs on the roof. Yes it must be a Nomad.
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    Yep! Chevynut's 'ideal' Nomad....

    .. but it still has exposed TG hinges!

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