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Old 05-08-2011, 12:10 PM   #169
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Well, I just could not resist.....Left out on Thursday morning out west thru Amarillo, Raton and spent the night in Colorado Springs. Up in the AM and up around Denver to the north side. Picked up this beauty and then back the "flat" route on I-70 to Salina Kansas...turned south on I 35 straight home to Texas. In bed at 1:30 AM. I saw lots of Airstreams along the way and can see why so many love Colorado and New Mexico. I am still trying to figure out how anyone lives in eastern Colorado/ western Kansas.
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:22 AM   #170
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Melody Ranch, that is one sweeeeet ride! My DH and I recently saw one around here which needed completely restored, but we discussed how nice a TV that one would make. I think you lucked out here.

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Old 05-09-2011, 03:43 PM   #171
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Hi, Melody Ranch. That's a great looking 57 Nomad and looks to be all original from what I can see. I tried to take a peek under the hood, but my computer skills aren't that good yet.
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:38 PM   #172
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Melody Ranch,

Looks to be a nice car. Has the car had the brakes, trans, radiator, etc... gone through for towing or will you have to do that in order to get it ready for towing?

I spent two winters going through my vintage tow rigs, a 1968 Travelall and a 1962 Ford Galaxie Conv./4 speed car. The one thing I did not do to the Galaxie I now need to do (a clutch) and on the T-all replace a lifter.

Good brakes are always a plus!

Towing vintage style can be fun and safe if done correctly,
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:18 AM   #173
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WOW WOW WOW WOW - another slips from right under my nose :-) - You are going to bring that to the restoration rally???????? Please?????????????????

I'll bring the 65 vette if you bring the 57 nomad....... (and thats a rare apperance for the car for me) :-)

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Old 05-10-2011, 04:06 PM   #174
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Well, I just could not resist.....Left out on Thursday morning out west thru Amarillo, Raton and spent the night in Colorado Springs. Up in the AM and up around Denver to the north side. Picked up this beauty and then back the "flat" route on I-70 to Salina Kansas...turned south on I 35 straight home to Texas. In bed at 1:30 AM. I saw lots of Airstreams along the way and can see why so many love Colorado and New Mexico. I am still trying to figure out how anyone lives in eastern Colorado/ western Kansas.
You have my fantasy car right there! I'm just a teensy bit GREEN with envy (read: extremely)....
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Old 05-11-2011, 07:30 PM   #175
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congrats Melody. These make excellent vintage TV's. Our 57 Pontiac Safari (Pontiac's Nomad version) has been hauling trailers for many years and seldom have we had issues - and those were just maintenance things that needed doing. You will really enjoy it, they are just the right size to tow a 22' Airstream.

I actually almost bought a project one a few weeks ago. It needs a ton of work but is a complete 57 Nomad, was owned by a fellow airstreamer who passed suddenly in January.

If anyone is interested in a complete '57 Nomad, a project car though that needs doing, pop me a pm and I'll pass it on to the family selling the car. It is located in Bellingham, WA. An original black car, came out of Texas 20+ years ago and comes with a ton of parts to do the restoration. It was his baby and his intent was to tow his Airstreams with it.
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:26 PM   #176
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Robin - Obviously we ALL love that beautiful '57. Is that what you'll use to pull one of your many vintage trailers to the Texas Vintage Rally this weekend in Glen Rose, TX.?? Hope to see you here.
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Dude that's beautiful. What can I trade you for that car. Excellent. Mr melody!
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:16 AM   #178
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Over winter Restoration!!!

Will be restoring this over the 2011-2012 winter!!

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Melody, love the Nomad. It will be a head turner especially with one of your vintage Airstreams in tow. Often I hear from those admiring our convertible that 'they wouldn't use that beautiful car to tow an Airstream or any trailer!' Why not! It's great fun. Can't wait to see piccys of your Nomad with your '47 in tow in a scene from one of our national parks.
We enter our convertible in occasional local car shows. I always ask if we can bring the Airstream. Usually that's a 'no' because of limited space but recently more and more 'shows' are finding that vintage trailers are a crowd pleaser. Two weeks ago we attended a car show that included 3 vintage trailers. A '56 Nomad shown with a '67 Scotsman 17 footer camp trailer (this was of particular interest to Lynn and I as this is the same brand trailer that we used for our honeymoon in 1969, towed by our '62 Grand Prix), the third a '50s teardrop behind a restored '60s pickup were all indeed a crowd pleasers. Our rig made the local paper's coverage.
Robinandzoe; I love that Metro and I encourage you to post your resto progress.
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Hello all,

I have been driving a 1970 Ford XL convertible 390 2v for the past five years, keeping it in a "good enough" driving condition. Last month I purchased a 1969 25' Tradewind(my first airstream/trailer/RV) in great condition. Now, I feel myself getting closer to living the dream. However, I realize that the Ford will need some work to get me to that dream. I'd love to get some input on a wish list of upgrades and hitches that would get the car to the point where I could drive cross country with no worries.

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Hello all,

I have been driving a 1970 Ford XL convertible 390 2v for the past five years, keeping it in a "good enough" driving condition. Last month I purchased a 1969 25' Tradewind(my first airstream/trailer/RV) in great condition. Now, I feel myself getting closer to living the dream. However, I realize that the Ford will need some work to get me to that dream. I'd love to get some input on a wish list of upgrades and hitches that would get the car to the point where I could drive cross country with no worries.

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Focus on cooling for the Ford. Large radiator and transmission cooler. I installed gauges in the the car that it didn't have like transmission temp gauge. Your Ford most likely has a greater distance from it's rear axle to where the hitch begins than a truck would have like my big Buick. The WDH system for me called for 1000# spring bars. Also your Ford has a long wheel base which is great for towing stability but DO install sway control.
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Old 06-29-2011, 03:29 PM   #182
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I just caught up with this thread...Thanks for all the nice comments on a Nomad. I arrived home with a complete, running, driving car....it is now all over the barn floor...and parts of Texas....being checked, and redone a bit.
Barry, could you send me some more info on the one in Wash? And some sort of contact...either thru you or direct. Thanks.
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