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1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad [2429]

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad [2429] in Home Improvement, TV Series, 1991-1999 IMDB

Class: Cars, Wagon — Model origin: US

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad [2429]

[*][*][*][*] Vehicle used a lot by a main character or for a long time

Comments about this vehicle

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antp BE

2005-08-03 21:25

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Jaqob P. NL

2006-04-08 23:03

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3 Star's :wow:

firebird86 US

2006-04-09 01:22

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If you look carefully, "at the 38kb pic" you can see that they didnt drop the girder on a real Nomad, they substituted a modified 4dr wagon with welded and filled back door. I jumped outta my chair when this episode originally aired. Tim Allen came on after the show, standing next to His Nomad...undamaged and explained the trick.

Explorer4X4

2006-09-10 07:25

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Man, it is so good they didn't really destroy it! I was heart broken at first.

Wampa-One US

2008-01-23 04:38

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ep 6.1 **
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sids US

2008-05-28 00:29

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i couldn't damage a 55' of any type or any condition

MoparBabe360 US

2008-08-21 21:22

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oh man I about died when that beam fell on that car...glad they explained what happened after the episode! I bet they would have had a bunch of hate mail!

Cycolac Fan EN

2008-08-28 13:10

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That's some great bodywork to turn a 4 door into a fake Nomad, I know these cars pretty well and I couldn't tell the difference when I saw the show. I guess they used some front doors from a two door and welded up the back half of the rear doors? The roofline and B-pillars looks pretty good too though you can see it lacks the Nomad parallel styling lines across the rear of the roof.
Anyone got any other pics of the damaged car?

Ray B. FR

2008-08-28 14:17

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sorry, it's a very poor copy of the Nomad (see the doors) and it should be labeled as a "made for movie", not as a Nomad.

antp BE

2008-08-28 14:27

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:??: I thought that the main picture was the real one
So what is it? Just a 210?

Ray B. FR

2008-08-28 18:31

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Sure. Two Ten or One Fifty. A chrome brow above the headlights and chrome line on the fender have been added to mimick the Nomad.

movie freak US

2009-03-26 21:49

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i think that should be 4 stars it is used throughout the show. :think:

bw626 US

2010-06-06 20:10

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It is definitely a 1955 Bel Air Nomad. Look on the side. The roof pillar is angled forward. Regular Chevy station wagons had pillars that were straight. Only Nomads were angled.

Also, Tim Allen actually owned this car and he sold it at a charity auction in either 2000 or 2001.

-- Last edit: 2010-06-06 20:12:10

afcop3ggt US

2011-06-11 11:01

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It is a Nomad. It is seen from good angles in multiple episodes where the is clear views of the nomad only b pillar. Also here is a picture of Tim and his nomad with Jay Leno. Look through the window to the driver side. Nomad only tilted B-pillar. Name on the page should have been changed long ago imo.

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stpaulcarguy US

2011-12-15 08:38

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Cycolac Fan wrote That's some great bodywork to turn a 4 door into a fake Nomad, I know these cars pretty well and I couldn't tell the difference when I saw the show. I guess they used some front doors from a two door and welded up the back half of the rear doors? The roofline and B-pillars looks pretty good too though you can see it lacks the Nomad parallel styling lines across the rear of the roof.
Anyone got any other pics of the damaged car?


The smashed '55 could be a Handyman, those are already two doors. But it doesn't matter if it's not a Nomad. Not even a Beauville, Handyman or Townsman deserve to be treated like that.

No dumbass movie or TV show is worth destroying a classic car. of any kind.

afcop3ggt US

2011-12-16 12:26

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Ok heres some shots of the episode (possibly behind the scene?) The REAL Nomad used in the show drives up and then the whole switcharoo. Def. not a Nomad that gets hammered!

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-- Last edit: 2011-12-16 12:27:24

rjluna2 US

2011-12-17 02:46

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The last thumbnail provided by afcop3ggt shows that is probably the 1955 Chevrolet Two-Ten Handyman with the side of modification to look like the Bel Air Nomad trim with the 'Bel Air' badge at the rear.

-- Last edit: 2011-12-17 03:38:26

afcop3ggt US

2011-12-17 03:34

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Handyman,210 whatever...I would have driven that they way it is no matter how rusty it is inside lol. I would have thought Tim Allen was enough of a car guy that he would have never have done this to any vintage metal. These days anything in good enough shape to be painted like that, can be restored even if it is extreme.

mike962

2012-07-05 14:56

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the crushing scene hapned in season 4 episode 02

mike962

2012-07-05 17:33

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I would increase the rating of this car to 4 since it appears in later season quite a lot !!

maxman CA

2012-10-26 02:19

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There's no way the crushed car was a Handyman. It clearly has four doors, not two.

But no matter what it is, I agree with stpaulcarguy. No movie or TV show is worth destroying a classic.

Rockeroller CA

2014-03-17 04:56

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I was a fan of this show before this episode aired. I never watched another single episode because of the destruction of this car. It was clear and obvious to a car guy that the car being crushed was not a nomad, in fact Tim Allen showed the nomad was intact at the very end. However unlike what some of the above posters are saying, I immediately identified the wagon as a 2 door 1955 wagon. You can tell from the length of the doors that the doors are a 2 door length. A 4 door has shorter front doors. Another poster above has questioned whether they bolted 2 door doors on a four door, then welded and cut the back doors to look correct. If that was the case why wouldnt they fake the angled b-pillar that a nomad has? After all its fake anyway and its gonna be filmed from a distance. Also does it make sense to spend time and $$$$ welding, modifying a 4 door, when at the time this show aired, it would have been easy to find a non running 2 door wagon for 1000 bux. Slap some bondo on the rockers, give it a cheap red paintjob and install some mags , and you're good to go. They would NOT spend the time and money converting a 4 door! In Tim Allens mind it would be wrong to crush a nomad, but a regular wagon without the slanted pillar he doesn't care about. It was a pointless episode that was not funny at all. All they did was take the car out of the hands of a future restorer. When Monster Garage destroyed the 72 ss camino, I never watched another episode of that show either.

Commander 57 US

2014-03-17 14:03

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I see it the way you do, Rockeroller.
Of course I find lots of what Hollywood does appalling even apart from their shabby treatment of antique cars.

mike962

2014-03-17 14:08

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Rockeroller wrote I was a fan of this show before this episode aired. I never watched another single episode because of the destruction of this car. It was clear and obvious to a car guy that the car being crushed was not a nomad, in fact Tim Allen showed the nomad was intact at the very end. However unlike what some of the above posters are saying, I immediately identified the wagon as a 2 door 1955 wagon. You can tell from the length of the doors that the doors are a 2 door length. A 4 door has shorter front doors. Another poster above has questioned whether they bolted 2 door doors on a four door, then welded and cut the back doors to look correct. If that was the case why wouldnt they fake the angled b-pillar that a nomad has? After all its fake anyway and its gonna be filmed from a distance. Also does it make sense to spend time and $$$$ welding, modifying a 4 door, when at the time this show aired, it would have been easy to find a non running 2 door wagon for 1000 bux. Slap some bondo on the rockers, give it a cheap red paintjob and install some mags , and you're good to go. They would NOT spend the time and money converting a 4 door! In Tim Allens mind it would be wrong to crush a nomad, but a regular wagon without the slanted pillar he doesn't care about. It was a pointless episode that was not funny at all. All they did was take the car out of the hands of a future restorer. When Monster Garage destroyed the 72 ss camino, I never watched another episode of that show either.

sorry but it's utter stupid and nonsense !!

at a big junkyard there are dozens if not hundrets of such 50s cars get crushed every month which may be restoreble yet you moan about just 1 who got its end on camera instead of remotely in a crusher

Commander 57 US

2014-03-17 14:19

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Doing it on camera and presenting it for entertainment promotes the destruction of antique cars and devalues them in the eyes of the public.
The result: Fewer get saved for restoration or for needed parts.
And unlike endangered animal species which can regenerate themselves, there will never be any more of these antique cars than there are now.

-- Last edit: 2014-03-17 14:21:00

mike962

2014-03-17 14:47

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Commander 57 wrote Doing it on camera and presenting it for entertainment promotes the destruction of antique cars and devalues them in the eyes of the public.
The result: Fewer get saved for restoration or for needed parts.
And unlike endangered animal species which can regenerate themselves, there will never be any more of these antique cars than there are now.

there are a few forum threads about this crushing, most claim the crushed one was totally eated by rust and unsalvageable

-- Last edit: 2014-03-17 14:48:25

mike962

2014-03-17 14:50

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episode number is 4.02

mike962

2014-03-17 15:09

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and seems ANTP forgot to make an entry for the crane....

which is a Link Belt HTC, but I do it myself
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-- Last edit: 2014-03-17 15:30:03

JCB UK

2014-03-18 11:22

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How many preserved classic cars of each particular type does a country actually need ?
There is a lot of contoversy in UK about 'classic' cars in banger races but I do not see a problem , they are not destroying pre war Bugattis!

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antp BE

2014-03-18 16:46

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mike962 wrote and seems ANTP forgot to make an entry for the crane....

- I didn't watch this episode, these are not my pics (I am not added as contributor)
- these were added long time ago when we were not listing these


-- Last edit: 2014-03-18 16:57:32

mike962

2014-03-18 17:07

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my mistake then

rockeroller CA

2014-06-28 01:30

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mike962 wrote:

"sorry but it's utter stupid and nonsense !!

at a big junkyard there are dozens if not hundrets of such 50s cars get crushed every month which may be restoreble yet you moan about just 1 who got its end on camera instead of remotely in a crusher"

If this subject was about crushing classic cars at a junkyard, I would not approve of that either. If you know of junkyard that crushes 55 chev two doors... I'll take ten please. It would definitely be advantageous to buy a 55 chev for junkyard price of maybe 600$ or if they are greedy even 1000$ 55-57 chev cars at junkyards are rare however, because most people see the value in such a vehicle and keep it or sell it to collectors.

t.harlow US

2015-07-06 07:22

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I know who owns this car today...

t.harlow US

2015-07-06 07:23

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And he also owns a model of that fake car that the beam was dropped on...

Cycolac Fan EN

2016-05-27 22:15

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Another couple of photos of the crushed wagon...

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cycolac fan EN

2016-05-31 02:20

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Was just watching some behind the scenes history of the show and Tim Allen was saying "we killed animals on the show and fired a Jesus figure across the set but the only time we ever got complaints and letters was when we crushed the Nomad. I had to go on air and explain it wasn't a real car."

cycolac fan EN

2016-05-31 02:32

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cycolac fan EN

2016-05-31 02:37

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In the script Tim's character says rebuilding the Nomad gave him the chance to drop in a big block, it also got newer wheels and tinted glass...

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dhill_cb7 US

2019-09-26 20:01

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It first appears in episode 2.14 'Howard's End'. Tim goes too fast over a speed bump and cracks the oil pan. So he decides to update a bunch of parts on it.

@Mike962 do you have any screen grabs of that episode? Some really nice close up shots of the vehicle.

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