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    Rik Hoving
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    From Mark…

    “I’ve been doing a lot of later model stuff in my shop, besides the paint job on Les PoPo. But I wanted to be able to attend the 40th Leadsled Spectacular in Salina, 2020. My 47 Chevy build is dragging along, and really just needs a lot of cash to finish it up, stuff out of my hands. Upholstery, Chrome plating, etc. So the plan was to build this car and have ti ready for the long ride to Kansas.

    1956 Olds “88” Holiday Coupe. Given to me by Pete Chasse, long time friend. Pete started the restoration when he retired, but age and health issues slowed, then stopped his progress. He gave the car to me.

    It has a special place in my heart, as well as being my favorite make car. My old boss and mentor, John Pazsik, did a bunch of bodywork, and custom work on it for Pete. Nosing, decking, shaved handles, tunneled antenna. Always a work in progress, though never finished.

    Pete ran it with the Olds 324 for many years, but it gave up it’s ghost eventually, and another guy I worked for, Manny Bastiao, (owner of the Les Cove built 4 door chopped and sectioned hardtop 51 Merc) did the 455 Olds, turbo 400 swap for Pete. Pete put a few thousand miles on the car before settling down to restore it; Oh, and the engine/trans came from another custom source. Jim Monahan’s junkyard. Jim had a 46 Merc that John P chopped (and I redid the rear window, and other things) and that Vic Collins (Kopper Kart) bought, got running and uses to cruise around in.

    So the car has lots of local history, and lots of meaning for me.

    I had always wanted to build an Olds Nomad, after seeing a rendering back in the late 80’s I believe. Maybe Steve Stanford, maybe Thom Taylor? Vic even did a 1/24 scale model of one, and was selling resin copies. Jim Laga did this Photoshop of one, too.

    So that’s the back story. I’ve got the car in my shop, and was lucky enough to find a good Nomad, after buying 2 that were pretty much JUNK. Let the build begin!”

     

    Enjoy the beauty of Customizing

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    Larry Pointer
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    It will be fun to follow this one, Mark and Rik.  Fun combination, and the Olds 98 trim would be the perfect accent.

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    Torchie
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    I’ve been watching this one else where. Good to see it here.

    It’s going to be a great build!

    Torchie

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    mark wojcik
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    Trial fit of the roof. This is going to be the most difficult roof job I’ve done. So much going on! The roof is a bit too narrow for the Olds roof to match up to, though the profile is the same. One of the most difficult things to figure, is where the end of the roof winds up, and where it places the tailgate. Is it close to where it should be in relation to the quarter panels? Or do we have to move the “B” pillar? Or extend or shorten the roof? The upper tailgate is another bump in the road. It is made of pot metal, so it can’t be cut and welded if we need to tweak the rear area. We also cannot lean the entire tailgate area forward, as one would when fitting up a tempered glass rear windshield, if the roof is too short. This would change the curvature of the quarter window glass.

    A big part of the planning stage is that so much of what I have to work with is so rotted out, it falls apart when sandblasting or handling it. While I can make replacement patches, the entire upper quarter, and tailgate jamb area is extremely rotten. Even the 1/8″ thick lower tailgate brace is in real bad shape.

    No matter, one way or another, I’ll figure it out!

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    Torchie
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    Always a lot of work when you have to fab or repair stuff . I can see  why people use cars that I would consider too nice to cut up as platforms for their customs. So much less work.

    Watching….

    Torchie

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    mark wojcik
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    So….CHOP the top! so much for looking for less work to do to get it on the road!

    My 55 Olds was chopped 2 1/4″, and looked like it was cut more. So I decided to do this one 1 1/2″, so it wouldn’t look too squashed. Cut the A pillars, spread the roof to fit them. Used a piece of 3/4 tubing inside the A pillar for extra support.

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    mark wojcik
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    Once the A pillars were welded solid and the support behing the windshield, I went right to the “B” pillars. Didn’t feel like fighting with the trimming and welding and hammering on the almost flat roof. The transition from Olds to Chevy roof looked like it was going to be trouble.

    So I laid the upper quarters on, and against my original thought, kept the ‘dip’ in the Olds quarter, and started. I cut a few pieces of 1/8″ stock to provide reinforcement from the Olds door jamb support, to the one in the Nomad roof. Then a template, sheet metal, and now I have a new B pillar. And I think I like the dip!

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