This 1953 Chevrolet Nomad Makes Station Wagons Cool

The Nomad Station Wagon Is An Absolute Beauty

Updated September 27, 2018

It took three vehicles to make this 1953 Chevrolet Nomad, but the finished product is clearly worth the effort. It all started when Charlie Kocher of Malvern, Pennsylvania started looking for a 327 engine for his 1949 Mercury project and the one he located came with a 1953 two-door sedan.

Nomad Station Wagon 1

After a little of thought, Kocher made different plans for the 327 engine, thinking a station wagon project would be more unusual and fun. It didn’t take long for him to procure the 1953 Chevy wagon from a junkyard that serves as the meat and potatoes of this Nomad restoration and another wagon for parts a few hours away.

Nomad Station Wagon 2

With help from the Paoli Auto Body Shop, the doors and quarters from the sedan purchased with the engine transformed the junkyard ’53 station wagon from a four-door to a two-door car. Other bits and pieces were also exchanged between the vehicles to achieve the right lines for the Nomad’s look with the addition of things like 1954 Chevy taillights and a “California” front bumper in one piece.

Nomad Station Wagon 3

Bob Sapp installed the leatherette blue and beige upholstery in the interior, which adds spunk to the vintage look. The dash features a stock 1953 wheel and Classic Gauges that are in keeping with the original look, but more modern features like a high-quality JVC sound system lurk beneath the surface.

Nomad Station Wagon 4

Beneath the hood lies the 327 engine that inspired the project with some adjustments. It has been bored 0.030-over and tweaked with 1958 Corvette air cleaners and valve covers from a 1961 Corvette. A 1961 Corvette intake and dual Carter WCFB carburetor tops it all off.  Now that the project is complete with Laser Blue Metallic and Shore Line Beige paint by Chris Judeikis, Kocher enjoys showing the 1953 Chevy Nomad off in Malvern’s prime cruising locations.

Nomad Station Wagon 5


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