Owner: Joey Jimenez
Vehicle: 1956 Chevrolet Nomad
City/State: Alta Loma, California
Club: Premier CC Los Angeles
Paint: Two-stage PPG plum and pearl white sprayed by L Durans’ Body Shop-Azusa, CA.
Engine: 1980 Chevrolet 400 small block
Setup: Two Aluminum pumps powered by four batteries installed by Big Frank
Tires: Premium Sportway 5.20
Wheels: 14×7, 72-spoke all chrome Daytons
Uniqueness is a term we stress quite often within the pages of our magazine, and we encourage our readers and enthusiasts out there to constantly think outside of the box. In order for us to properly showcase the diversity and creativity of our wonderful Lowrider culture, it is key for us to feature as many styles, makes, models, and different customizations as we can, in order to help educate our readers and further develop our own ever-growing fascination with all things Lowrider. That being said, this month’s cover car is a perfect example of this innovative spirit, a spirit which defines the Lowrider lifestyle to a T. This immaculate 1956 Chevy Nomad, affectionately named “Nomad’s Land,” is certainly a shining star among the galaxy of custom automobiles. Masterfully crafted by Joey Jimenez of Premier Car Club, the look and overall appeal of this classic ride definitely gives this car the credibility to stand out on its own. With its dusty rose complexion, and pearl white rear end, this Nomad has the guts and glory to roam any street or boulevard it pleases, representing our culture to the fullest!
Growing up in the 70’s, Joey has always had a fascination with beautiful cars. As a teenager, he spent many hours in his garage listening to music, while breathing life into many old-school vehicles. He was greatly influenced by his father, and inspired by the passion and dedication he had for building automobiles. Whenever young Joey would come home from school, his father would be in the garage, all greased up with oil from the car, determined to finish another masterpiece. ” My father was a big ‘car nut’,” says Joey. “I feel that my dad inspired me to get into the car building industry. He had a passion for building cars, and by watching him bring life to these old cars, [it] soon gave me a passion to do the same.” Joey explains. “I’ve always had a thing for the Nomads. Although I was never a big station wagon type of guy, I loved the look of the 1956 Chevy Nomad. To me, these cars represented a sense of power and always commanded respect whenever they would hit the streets. So with that, I just knew I had to own one of my own.”
With that in mind, one fateful day Joey was traveling through Perris, CA, when he noticed a yellow Nomad with a ‘FOR SALE’ sign on it. Joey always wanted a Nomad, so when this rare opportunity presented itself, he knew that he had to purchase the car right then and there. “I was so excited to finally purchase my dream car… but I noticed the front end had been modified to tilt forward. Although it was cool, it wasn’t me,” he explains. “So I had to purchase a ‘solid parts car’ to salvage the front group and reinstall it to the original design.”
Determined to take his time and create the car he envisioned as a child, Joey knew he would do justice to this beauty; he had to. “The car restoration period went through a few ups and downs due to the economy slow down, but I still made it happen,” he says. In order for the car to be restored the way he wanted it to be it had to be a frame-off. All of the Nomad’s chrome was refurbished by Metal Masters of Chino, and it was given a perfect paintjob, courtesy of Noah and his crew at L. Duran Body Shop. To preserve the car’s classic styling, a hidden hydraulic set up was installed by Big Frank. He designed a two-pump setup, to be powered by four 31-series batteries, and covered by fiberglass panels which were painted the same color as the exterior of the Chevy. The fiberglass panels also housed the Scosche EFX sound system, calibrated for clarity in order to provide the perfect concert for any genre of music.
Joey Jimenez shows a lot of pride in his 1956 Chevy Nomad, and the attention to detail he put into this Chevy embodies this sense of dedication. He is proud to have created a low-low out of this interesting model of Chevy, which he feels is usually customized in a different way. He notes the fact that while he has seen many Nomads in the hot rods and stocked family, he hasn’t seen a Nomad that was done Lowrider style since the early 70’s on Whittier Blvd. Joey Jimenez ’56 is the perfect shot in the arm to bring this classic Chevy model back into the fold, as it roams the So. Cal streets and rightfully claims its place in “Nomad’s Land.”