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    Domenic's 57 Nomad project

    Can any body tell me where they are getting this British Honduras Mahogany plywood for the cargo area's for the 55-57 Nomad wagon's ? Is it a "Ciadella thing" ?

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    Where did you get that term, nomad? Is that something being advertised by Ciadella currently? That's a new one to me... Originally GM used a 'marine grade' plywood, and I doubt it was 'british honduras mahogany'...

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    Mahagany plywood for 55-57 Nomad cargo areas

    Bama , go to e-bay item number 254991409867 . Real nice 57 Nomad Serra Gold/Adobe beige. Ad says , New, per factory, cargo linoleum ( Pete Ciadella) and British Honduras Mahogany under Linoleum . This is not the first time I've seen someone mention this British Honduras Mahogany plywood for under the Linoleum . May be it's just people who are handy with wood and want to cut/make their own ? because I have seen this before, was wondering if it was available in a kit for the 55-57 Nomads ?

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    Back to Domenic's '57 Nomad (under restoration in NY)... Here's a shot of the underfloor that he sent me today.. (it's looking great Domenic!)..

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    Thanks Sid! That'll make it lots easier for Domenic and everyone else to locate for updates..

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    Bama thanks, we are making progress on the Nomad. Got some rear leaf springs from Eaton Detroit. These came to us in black so had to be stripped and painted like a cast grey color . They had two spring rates a 120 and a 138 for the nomad offered , both 5 leafs , they said that the 120 was the standard spring , and the 138 was the heavy duty option for the Nomads . They also said that all the rest of the 1957Chevrolet wagon line came standard with the 138 rate 5 leaf and had a 6 leaf 165 rate spring heavy duty option . I got the 138 with 1' extra lift spring . They also said that nobody makes a grooved leaf spring anymore .

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    Domenic is continuing to move ahead in his '57 Nomad restoration efforts. He sent me a few photos of the car before he began, and also a couple more photos of 'in process' work... The first two photos are of the '57 Nomad (in canyon coral / ivory dress) in 2017 before they began the restoration; the second of which was Domenic and his son at a local cruise in/car show.. The last three photos are of the spare tire well which is being restored out of the car, and which is now ready to be reinstalled in the car. The car is being restored in Tropical turquoise / ivory...

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    Nomad, I agree that '57 is pretty nice (2nd owner car).. it says the linoleum came from Ciadella (that's something they do sell), but I haven't seen anyone advertise 'honduras mahogany plywood' and I would have to see something concrete in specification to verify what it is. I know of no source for plywood like that, although I do love working with mahogany boards!

    pS. I did a google for honduras mahogany plywood and found only a 2-ply, and also a 'mahogany veneer'... The original ply used for wagons was 5-or 6 ply marine grade plywood...

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    Domenic emailed me a few more photos of the progress on his '57 Nomad a few days ago, so I'll post them here...

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    Message from Domenic today reads.. "we put in the center section or "Ham ", and the backing plates and axels with the new bearing's. Dom"

    note: Domenic: I always refer to it as the 'pumpkin' or 'chunk'... never heard it called a ham..

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