This is a 1953 Chevrolet Nomad is owned by Charlie Kocher from Malvern, Pennsylvania, but those who don’t know, Chevy never built one. So how is this possible? The life of this Nomad all began when Charlie purchased a 327 engine “which came with a ’53 two-door sedan.” Charlie originally wanted to install the 327 engine into his 1949 Mercury, but he decided that putting in in a wagon would be more exciting. He looks for a wagon and found a 1953 Chevy wagon in a nearby junkyard, he also found another parts donor that will be used for the build. The 1953 two-door sedan and 2 Chevy wagons were put together to form this one of a kind 1953 Chevrolet Nomad.
The Chevy wagon was used as the main part of the build. The doors and quarters taken from the 2-door sedan were transplanted into the 4-door wagon to transform it into a 2-door wagon. Cutting 2-1/4 inches off the front of the top made the back drop to 8 inches. Charlie pushed the post forward and reshaped the rear window and the tailgate to an angle that created the leaning signature of the Nomad. A set of 1954 Chevrolet taillights and a one-piece “California front bumper added to the exterior look of the wagon. Paoli Auto Body Shop completed the final touches for the Nomad’s body and Chris Judeikis was the one who painted the Laser Blue Metallic and Shore Line Beige finish.
The Nomad’s front was created using the front of a 1968 Chevy Nova and a 3.08 geared Chevrolet 10-bolt was installed in the back. It had 15 inch Chevrolet wheels that are painted in red and are covered with wide whitewall tires and 1954 hubcaps.
The 327 engine has been bored 0.030 over added with a 1961 Corvette intake, dual Carter WCFB carburetor, 1958 Corvette air filter, and 1961 Corvette valve covers. All of the power is then directed to a Powerglide transmission.
The 2-door sedan’s split bench was used as front seats for the Nomad and has been covered with blue and beige leatherette done by Bob Sapp. Classic Gauges are embedded in an aluminum panel in the stock dashboard. The stock 1953 steering wheel is connected to an ididit column. A Van Chase skull shift knobs are used for shifting. To fill the car with clear music, JVC sound system has been installed.
Charlie loves his 1953 Chevy Nomad and regular drives it around local cruising areas. The younger generation who have learned to love this classic ride have never heard of the word “station wagon” as they grew up around minivans. And the older generations have not heard of a 1953 Chevy Nomad because it never really existed until now.
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