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Meet Gone Mad, Noah Alexander’s favorite resto-mod build


We’ve built and restored a lot of cars over the last 12 years at Classic Car Studio. Like most of you, we have some we like better than others and this 1955 Chevrolet Nomad resto-mod build we nicknamed Gone Mad is the cream of the crop.

It started as basically a shell that was sitting in the front yard of an Arizona home. The owner was the son of a man who had planned to fix it up, but unfortunately got sick and passed away.

The Nomad was in rough shape but the body was decent and, most importantly, it had all the metal trim pieces. Buying those on the aftermarket is easy, but they cost a bundle of cash.

We’re not sinners, so we dropped a Chevrolet engine under the hood. It’s an all-aluminum Shafiroff Racing-built big block Chevrolet 509 V8, which is based on the classic 409 — this one makes more than 600 horsepower running dual quads and pump gas. It gets after it when you put your foot down.

The engine is paired with a Bowler 4L80-E automatic transmission which makes for a stout setup. The 9-inch John’s Industries rear end handles the power nicely and the big 15-inch rear tires offer loads of traction.

Based on the powertrain and overall design, we think of it as an over-the-top Nomad, hence the nickname Gone Mad.

The Nomad rides on a brand-new Roadster Shop REVO chassis. Although no one ever gets to see it — the full belly pan may not have been the best call — the undercarriage is a work of art.

The inside is full of Relicate leather with a cool diamond stitching, custom door panels, Classic Instruments gauges, a rocking Kicker sound system – the works. But what people really miss out on is the wood grain headliner that just looks so awesome when you’re actually sitting in the car. It’s like sitting inside the hull of a boat.

Interestingly, the customer we built this for wanted a red-over-black paint scheme. After talking with him, we decided there’s a lot of those out there (especially Tri-Five Chevys) and went with the earthy design. The green paint, brown leather, wood and matte gold accents are different but, man, they work.

It may have taken us more than a year to finish the build, but it was worth it. The Nomad is custom but still has those ‘50s looks that we all love – but this one’s gone a little mad.

Noah Alexander
Noah Alexanderhttps://www.classiccarstudio.com/
As the owner and founder of the famous Classic Car Studio auto shop in St. Louis, Noah Alexander is no stranger to the automotive world. His shop has created one-of-a-kind custom designs and restorations for private collectors since 2006, earning awards at car shows across the nation. His hit Velocity Channel series Speed is the New Black ran for two seasons from 2017 to 2018, with Season 1 becoming the second-most successful debut season in the channel’s history. Outside of the custom car space, Alexander is a partner in Goebel & Co. Furniture, a manufacturer of high-end modernist hardwood furniture based in the heart of St. Louis.


  1. I must be getting old, but this seems like a shame to do to a beautiful Nomad. I’m sorry, but the whole thing is so ugly that it hurts to look at it. Not only is the exterior paint scheme atrocious, but the interior looks like a whore house. Great craftsmanship on the build but, damn this thing is ugly and tacky looking.

    • I have to agree totally with you, might as well put a hemi in it while they were at it. they spent a ton of money on it too.


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