1957 Chevy Nomad - Best Of The Best '57

You Voted Keith Jenicek's Nomad The Finest In The Land

Frank H. Cicerale Apr 1, 2009 0 Comment(s)
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The one-off intake is needed to accept the twin T03 turbochargers custom-built by BBS Designs that blow 10 psi of boost through a custom-built, blow-through Holley HP4150 750-cfm carb courtesy of Ty Lofstrom of TPC Racing. "I went with the turbocharger setup simply because you don't see it everyday," Keith explains of his endeavor. "There is nothing wrong with a blower, but I didn't want to have something come through the hood. I just wanted something different."

According to Keith, "Setting up the turbos took a lot of time and effort. Banks makes a twin-turbo kit for the small-block Chevy, but it wouldn't fit under the hood of the Nomad. That's why I had to fabricate it myself. From inception to completion, it took me four months to get the turbos in place, hooked up, and everything looking the way I wanted it to."

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Evacuating the spent fossil fuel is a pair of custom-fabricated ceramic-coated headers that dump into dual downpipes and a custom 2 1/2-inch exhaust. Lighting the fire is a Vertex "Magneto-Style" electronic distributor and ACCEL 8mm wires. A Snow Performance water/methanol kit keeps things cool under fire, while the go-juice is supplied via an Aeromotive A1000 pump and a boost-referenced regulator. As if the 650 horsepower from the turbocharged mill wasn't enough, Keith plumbed in a Nitrous Oxide Systems plate kit worth an extra 200 hp, along with a secondary fuel system for the nitrous consisting of a Holley Blue electric pump and a two-port fuel regulator.

Backing the boosted powerplant is a 700R4 extreme duty overdrive tranny courtesy of Max Baker of American Transmissions. A B&M 2,500-stall converter lies in wait behind the B&M flywheel, while a GM 10-bolt stuffed with 3.70 gears and a Posi unit gets the power to the tarmac.

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The front end is enhanced with Heidts tubular upper and lower control arms, along with a pair of QA1 adjustable shocks, Superior 2-inch drop spindles, and a 7/8-inch sway bar. Out back, Posies Super Slide reverse-eye five-leaf springs can be found along with Bilstein shocks.

The Nomad is brought to a halt quickly thanks to Wilwood four-piston forged Dynalite calipers front and rear with drilled and slotted 12.19-inch rotors. The whole shebang rolls along on Boyd Coddington Billet wheels sized 18x7 front and 20x8.5 rear. The shiny shoes are shod in Falken HR4 hoops measuring 225/40/18 fore and 255/35/20 aft.

"Winning the Best of the Best is the one single award I am most proud of," says Keith. "It's great, and to win something like that with a car that was built myself in my garage was awesome. I would do it again if I could."

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