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Username Post: Major rust repair or not?        (Topic#328884)
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09-24-15 11:44 AM - Post#2577928    

After reading Thadd's story about his Nomad I am wondering if repairing one is worth the expense. The car in question, a 55, needs a floor and quarter panels including the inner wheelhouse and the frame has one soft area behind the rear wheels that could be repaired. The rest of the car has new front fenders bought from G.M. in the 70's for $42.50 each, perfect hood, roof, very clean doors and tailgate, good glass, leather interior and late model low mileage driveline, including front disc brakes. All original front suspension with all new parts. Near perfect chrome and stainless. It's a driver that can go anywhere and needs nothing other than the major work. That is the fly in the soup. With todays prices for parts and labor, is it worth fixing? What do you think guys? Keeper or parts car?


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09-24-15 06:36 PM - Post#2578031    
    In response to FINIS-55

I guess it depends on what the price of this Nomad is that you're looking at.

Determine the value of all the good parts (what you could sell them for) then add $1000 to that and if the price is higher than that...personally...I would pass.

The major rust areas that take lots of repair time are the lower parts of the car like the floors, rockers, lower tailgate and rear pan. There are a few upper areas like the rear and side roof around the dripline that get rusty too.

If that frame has enough rust that you can poke a hole in it, then it too is suspect. Start with a brand new aftermarket frame to have a solid driving car.

Unless you are loaded with time, talent, money and no wife to satisfy...stay clear of the rustbucket repair cars. Life is will eat valuable time.

Easier to buy one in great shape (from the southern or western regions) and ship it in...

57 Nomad -LS1 with C4 suspension
59 Apache Fleetside Shortbed BigWindow

Edited by WagonCrazy on 09-24-15 06:40 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

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03-14-16 05:37 PM - Post#2615412    
    In response to WagonCrazy

The answer is it depends. It doesn't sound too bad to me, but I do bodywork for a living so replacing sheetmetal is not a big deal to me. The best advice is to buy the best car you can afford. If you can buy a better one in your budget, buy it. You'll spend less on repairs. But the good news is that it is a '55, so quarters are available for it. '56 and '57 need to install modified passenger car quarters. To me it sounds like a keeper, but I don't pay for someone to do those kind of repairs, so you paying someone to do it may be a deal breaker.

Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


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