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."