Rebuilding History: ’56 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad 500Hp LS3 Pro Touring Build Project

The Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad from 1956 is a classic station wagon model from the Chevrolet Bel Air lineup. General Motors’ LS3 engine is a modern, high-performance V8 engine. Installing an LS3 engine in a 1956 Bel Air Nomad would significantly increase horsepower and torque while also improving overall performance. To handle the increased power, the car’s drivetrain and suspension would also need to be upgraded.

A 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad LS3 Pro Touring Build Project would entail upgrading a classic 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad with modern performance features such as an LS3 engine, suspension, and braking components. The project’s goal is to build a vintage car that handles and performs like a modern sports car while retaining the iconic look of the original Nomad.

Wagons are spacious and comfortable, making them ideal for families. Over time, enthusiasts have discovered that they are extremely useful for hauling parts, long road trips, and evening camping at swap meets. So combine all of that utility with one of the sexiest body styles ever created, and you have the Nomad.
Now that TriFive era cars are at an all-time high in collector car value, the Nomad is right up there with convertibles. Who would have thought station wagons would be so sought after… You might after you’ve driven one.

An Art Morrison chassis, four wheel disc brakes, and a new GM Performance 495hp LS3 engine are among the upgrades. Here’s a video of the latest Nomad build done in a Resto-Mod style, which basically keeps the Nomad’s stock sheet metal appearance while drastically improving its handling and performance.


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