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Username Post: 55 nomad        (Topic#350325)
txturbo 
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Loc: Rosenberg,TX USA
Reg: 07-27-01
03-27-18 04:06 PM - Post#2729143    

Recently found one of these but not sure what the going rate is for one. It’s missing the doors and front sheet metal and I’m sure the motor and transmission are gone also. What’s a shell worth?

Dan
1969 Camaro SS 396/T400
1966 Impala 283/PG/AC
1966 Impala SS 427/4 Speed
1948 Panel 1 Ton
1963 Cadillac
1940 Ford P/U
1954 Chevy 3100
1955.2 Chevy 3100
1956 Cadillac CDV PINK
1930 Model A hot rod


 

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WagonCrazy 
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WagonCrazy
Loc: So Cal
Reg: 06-07-05
03-30-18 06:04 AM - Post#2729375    
    In response to txturbo

Not to be a smarty pants, but it's only worth what you're willing to pay for it, and what the buyer will take.

With that said, you need to make sure that shell has a VIN plate attached to the A pillar, or you'll have a difficult time registering the finished car with DMV down the road.

It also depends on the condition of that shell. Rust around any window posts or roof? Rust in the rockers?

Does it come with a frame? What's your plan for the frame? Are you going to build a custom Nomad (in which case you may use the frame but modify it significantly, or start with a new aftermarket frame, or ?)

And ask yourself what completed 55 Nomads are selling for right now. (compare bone stock restoration vs. restomod custom prices). Then work backwards from there to see if this project pencils out.

For me, I'd pay about 5K for the shell, if it had the VIN tag and it the seller could even show it was still in the DMV system (ie by showing you a pink slip and a NonOp status). Laws in TX may be different than CA in this regard, but you'll want to know what you're up against to register it.

Good luck. Post some pics of it so we can see it's condition and I'm sure others would chime in here.

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



Edited by WagonCrazy on 03-30-18 06:06 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
ZZ Nomad 
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ZZ Nomad
Loc: Chicagoland
Reg: 03-19-07
03-31-18 08:31 AM - Post#2729484    
    In response to txturbo

Like Wagon Crazy said, pictures would be very helpful, although looking at something on-line is not like actually kicking the tires and certainly not for a project car. I also agree with confirming a valid VIN for starters. You already stated the car isn't totally complete, but what about all of the interior and exterior stainless and chrome pieces? There is about a mile of chrome and stainless on a Nomad, some of which isn't reproduced, and buying and/or refurbishing it can run into a lot of money quickly so make sure you factor that into a purchase price.

Regarding fair market value, it can be all over the place, but there are two project Nomads on e-Bay right now that might give you some insight. A '55 in progress with quite a bit already done, including a new SBC engine, and quite a ways to go. Current bid is $8K with a Buy It Now of $27.5K. There is a '57 that looks complete although very rough and it will run but barely with an asking price of $7.9K. And in January and February a guy ran an ad in the Nomad Post for a '57 bare California shell and rolling frame for $15K. He had owned it since the '70's and described it as having no rust or crashes, mint doors and tailgate, and as having "Platinum" potential. That ad ran two months and disappeared, but I don't know if he sold it or not. Sorry for the long post, but wanted to give you some examples of current project cars that are out there to see if your candidate would fit somewhere in this group. If you can find a way to save another Nomad that would be great, and good luck!

John

ZZ502/502 Nomad

1956 Chevy Nomad
1956 Chevy 3100 Pickup
1932 Chevy Cabriolet


 
Rick_L 
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Loc: Katy, Tx, USA
Reg: 07-06-00
03-31-18 11:48 AM - Post#2729503    
    In response to ZZ Nomad

As the others have said, key thing on the value of a Nomad project is whether it has all the Nomad specific parts (you're already going to be missing the doors and the 55 Nomad eyebrows/fender spears) - and how bad the rust is if any.

If it has all the Nomad pieces and the rust is minimal, it might be worth $15-25k. Lots of missing parts or serious rust, maybe less than $5k.



 
wagonman100 
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Loc: Baltimore, MD
Reg: 11-27-04
04-06-18 02:25 PM - Post#2730135    
    In response to Rick_L

The front fender trim is reproduced, but pricey. The doors are not reproduced and will be pricey to buy in almost any condition. All three year doors will fit, but the trim and lock holes differ. You are looking at an expensive build, si I hope it’s a bargain. I wouldn’t give more the 5K for it, and that only if the main body needs minimal rust repairs.

Jay
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


 
txturbo 
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Loc: Rosenberg,TX USA
Reg: 07-27-01
04-06-18 02:43 PM - Post#2730138    
    In response to txturbo

well so far I haven't been able to stop and get a close look. I get a little more detail each time I drive by though.It does still have the frame under it, looks like the driver door is still on it, there is a motor in it and seats. Im not to worried about trim.I can see the passenger door is not on it and the front fenders are not there but he may have this stuff.It also looks like the hood is sitting over the motor. I don't know about any rust yet but it does have damage to the passenger quarter.I know all about titles in Texas...I have 6 vehicles that didn't have titles when I bought them and now they are all legal.

Dan
1969 Camaro SS 396/T400
1966 Impala 283/PG/AC
1966 Impala SS 427/4 Speed
1948 Panel 1 Ton
1963 Cadillac
1940 Ford P/U
1954 Chevy 3100
1955.2 Chevy 3100
1956 Cadillac CDV PINK
1930 Model A hot rod


 
55MAS 
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Posts: 1479

Loc: North Coast, Ohio
Reg: 12-19-01
04-08-18 05:45 AM - Post#2730319    
    In response to wagonman100

  • wagonman100 Said:
The front fender trim is reproduced, but pricey. The doors are not reproduced and will be pricey to buy in almost any condition. All three year doors will fit, but the trim and lock holes differ. You are looking at an expensive build, si I hope it’s a bargain. I wouldn’t give more the 5K for it, and that only if the main body needs minimal rust repairs.



Reproduction doors have been available for a while. They have no trim holes so they can be drilled for each year as well as for Safari models.




 
txturbo 
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Posts: 3547

Loc: Rosenberg,TX USA
Reg: 07-27-01
04-10-18 08:32 AM - Post#2730568    
    In response to txturbo

Pictures would be great....I agree but I don't have any.Only mental pictures of driving past it at 75mph. Im not interested in doing a resto...it will be a hot rod...no trim, flat black 454/4speed.

Dan
1969 Camaro SS 396/T400
1966 Impala 283/PG/AC
1966 Impala SS 427/4 Speed
1948 Panel 1 Ton
1963 Cadillac
1940 Ford P/U
1954 Chevy 3100
1955.2 Chevy 3100
1956 Cadillac CDV PINK
1930 Model A hot rod


 
wagonman100 
Super Senior Member
Posts: 14087
wagonman100
Loc: Baltimore, MD
Reg: 11-27-04
04-12-18 07:06 PM - Post#2730834    
    In response to 55MAS

  • 55MAS Said:
Reproduction doors have been available for a while. They have no trim holes so they can be drilled for each year as well as for Safari models.




Thanks for the info. I apparently have not been keeping up on some of the parts being released. Sorry about the misinformation.

Jay
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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