1957 Chevrolet Nomad

The concept behind this project was to fit a blown 502 big block under the hood of a 57 Nomad without cutting the hood to make room for the air cleaner. Of course everybody familiar with blown big blocks and shoe box Chevys will tell you it can’t be done. So let me explain to you how it is done. 1; Cut and lower the engine cross member. A dry sump system is helpful hear with oil pan clearance.

2; Build a custom drag link to clearance the oil pan.

3; Lift the body one inch.

4; Install a one inch tall plate with 16 injectors in it on top of the blower. If you are using a large roots stile blower there simply won’t be room for carburetors.

5; Remove the center hood support and turn the hat (air cleaner) backwards.

6; Build a custom fire wall with a cowl induction scoop where the windshield motor us to be.

7; Install a cable driven windshield wiper system

8; Build a front fan shroud for the pusher fans and a rear shroud for the engine driven fan. Blown big blocks tend to overheat when driven in traffic at high altitudes. This car lives at 6000 ft.
You can take the easy way out and send it to me. I’ll build it for you.

57 Chevy Nomad, under hood, front view.

57 Chevy Nomad, under hood, front view.

57 Chevy Nomad, under hood, side view.

57 Chevy Nomad, under hood, side view.

57 Chevy Nomad, under hood, side rear view, note the injector plate.

57 Chevy Nomad, under hood, side rear view, note the injector plate.

57 Chevy Nomad, under hood, they didn’t build them like this in 57!

57 Chevy Nomad, under hood, they didn’t build them like this in 57!

57 Chevy Nomad, see how the slope of the air cleaner matches the slope of the hood.

57 Chevy Nomad, see how the slope of the air cleaner matches the slope of the hood.

57 Chevy Nomad, The ghost flames on the hood finish it of nicely.

57 Chevy Nomad, The ghost flames on the hood finish it of nicely.