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A Look at What’s Happening Today

By Brian Brennan

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Steve’s Auto Restorations

Steve’s Auto Restorations

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There are numerous projects going on at Steve’s Auto Restorations (SAR) in Portland, Oregon, and here are a few. SAR has several Corvettes in the works. There’s a 1962 custom Corvette nearly complete that’s maroon and pewter in color, features an LS motor with a TREMEC, and a handful of custom items. There’s a 1957 Corvette that’s a ground-up custom build on an Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) chassis, with one-off wheels and more LS power with TREMEC manual trans. There’s also a 1960 Chevy Impala that’s a Ridler build that’s being kept under wraps and finally a 1967 Corvette L71 Corvette ground-up restoration with the intent to be in competition for the Duntov Award.

Here’s something we thought everyone would like to see, a 1956 Chevy Nomad that’s been a family-owned car since it was brand new. It’s a body-off build that Steve Frisbie tells us is about 50 percent completed. Look for a reformulated House of Kolor Blue Blood Red color to be liberally applied to the Nomad.

It rests on an AME chassis, utilizes one-off 17-inch wheels, although tire selection is yet to be made. There are a handful of other one-off parts, such as the engine cover for the LS3 bolted to a TREMEC manual trans. The body will feature one-piece front and rear bumpers tucked in for a snug fit while the grille is a chromed stock unit. Inside the tan interior will feature 1959 Cadillac door panel components, original bench seats recovered, square-weave carpet, and A/C … gauges have not yet been chosen.

We look forward to a completion date of mid-summer of 2021 to seeing this Bowtie on the road.

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