The show featuring Dave's car was broadcast in February. Alfred DiMora caught up with Dave in April at Cool Cruise 2006, a car show in La Verne, California, where he was showing off his newly rebuilt masterpiece.
CEO Alfred DiMora of DiMora Motorcar (www.dimoramotorcar.com), creators of the $2 million Natalia SLS 2 Sport Luxury Sedan, met with Dave at the firehouse. They continued their discussions of the challenges Dave faces in engineering a transmission to handle the 1200 horsepower erupting from the DiMora Volcano V16 engine and delivering it to Natalia's four steerable wheels. While there, Alfred got his first glimpse at the modified Nomad, commenting, "I see that the OVERHAULIN' crew had some transmission challenges of their own on your car and did a great job solving them. This is one tricked-out classic."
The stock Nomad originally had a 265 cubic inch V8. It now has quite a bit more power from the special order, 650 horsepower, 572 cubic inch GM Performance Engine ZZ572. Jay knew that Dave planned to let his wife Kimberly enjoy driving the car as well, and she prefers automatic transmissions. So they hitched the powerhouse to a 3-speed Turbo 400 automatic and put a Ford 9-inch differential in the back end.
The sound system presented a real challenge. In discussing what he planned to do to the car when he got around to it, Dave mentioned to Jay that he really liked everything about the vintage interior, and didn't want to cut up the dashboard to install a state-of-the-art sound system. So Chip brought in the team from Golden Customs to build a fantastic system that cannot be seen. The controls are hidden in the glove box, and the amplifiers are tucked away where the spare tire used to be. The speakers are also concealed, but turn up the volume a bit and the music will shake the fillings out of your molars.
After a lifetime of playing practical jokes on most of his friends, Dave figures it was time for someone the pull the wool over his eyes. And if you're going to be fooled, there aren't any pranksters better than Jay Leno and the OVERHAULIN' gang.
It could be said that Dave is the happiest guy in Southern California when he cruises the freeways and back roads in this unique car. And this August Dave and Kimberly will be the proudest parents as well when they drive this classic Chevy to the wedding of Dave, Jr. and the lovely Sandi Gaynor.