1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Sedan
The 1962 Bel Air was available in a wide range of body styles, including a 2-door coupe and hardtop, as well as a 4-door hardtop, sedan and station wagon. Among these, the 2-door pillarless hardtop was only available for the 1961 and 1962 model years. The lack of a B-pillar, coupled with the wrap-around front and rear glass led to the popular, if unofficial, Bubble Top designation. Powertrain selections were updated for the 1962 model, retaining the 235ci inline six and 283ci V8, but introducing the 327ci V8 in 250 or 300 hp variants. At the high end, the 409ci V8 became available following its successful introduction in the previous year's Impala. Available transmissions included a 3-speed manual, a 4-speed manual transmission and a 2-speed Powerglide automatic. (Thx to Chevyhardcore.com)
Here in the corridors of the Classic Auto Mall we have all kinds of cars with all kinds of purposes. Some classics to be shown, others to be driven, and others to do both. Here we have a classic that exemplifies early 1960's suburbia, but with a deep dark secret lying within and with a binder of receipts you'll know every part. A modern drivetrain, suspension, and brakes make this seemingly mundane grocery getter a perfect fit for the pro-touring group. It is to be driven and can be shown as is or take the body to the next level. Read on!
From its chromed bezel dual headlights with the inboard lights removed and now used as fresh air ducts for the engine, flanking egg crate grille, and lower wrap around bumper, to the aluminum machined pattern spear at its belt line, and the dual sets of dual taillights within more aluminum trim, and lower bumper this car sports plenty of nice brite-work, and chrome to feast your eyes on. Wrap around chrome window surrounds, Bel Air badging in your grandmother's script, and a hint of what's to come in the form of a LT1 badge on both front quarter panels shines brightly against its original Twilight Blue paint. Several areas on this car show paint bubbling, fading, and all around wear one would expect from the original paint. Otherwise, we see fairly straight steel, with gaps that are fair. 1969 Camaro hood louvers have been added and made functional and the lightly tinted glass adds to the mystique. 17"" Boze Octane wheels are mounted on all 4 corners with staggered low profile blackwall rubber in 245/45ZR17 and 285/40ZR17 format. We note the well done trunk area with its stock style mat, battery relocation, speaker box, and stereo amp residing within.
Bleeding early 1960's styling, the door swing yields a mix of aqua vinyl upper and lowers with vertical chrome stripping and rectangle buttons. The mid-section of said doors is horizontal ribbed dark green vinyl with clean chrome actuators and a tear free armrest. Slipping inside we greet horizontal ribbed broadcloth with dark green, aqua and seafoam stripes for the bench inserts, and nice clean bolsters in vinyl. The condition of these seats is like new with only one mark on the driver's bottom cushion. During the build the original frames were blasted then new foam and correct upholstery was fitted. The rear bench stretches from door to door and mimics the front in color, material and condition. Simple jet age styling for the dash with a large angled dash top to shade the gauges which reside in the dash front that is covered in aluminum. A trio of additional gauges have been added just below the factory cluster and an aftermarket tachometer is mounted to the satin finished aluminum steering column. An aftermarket Budnick steering wheel is fronting this dash. Aqua peppered with black carpeting floods the floors and shows with minor soiling. The headliner is more aqua cloth and tight and fairly clean.
The original inline 6 cylinder has been replaced with a very modern and powerful 383ci LT1 V8. Within this punched and stroked block are JE pistons, Total Seal rings, and King bearings. Bolted onto the block are a pair of AFR (Airflow Research), 195 LT1 heads, a bored intake and BBK 58mm throttle body. On the fuel and fire end we see MSD 30# fuel injectors, a MSD coil, and a MSD Probillet distributor. This all works together with a custom ground Comp Cam, Comp Ultra Pro roller rockers, and an Ed Wright PCM FAST chip tune to make a tire shredding 317 dyno proven horsepower. Bolted to the back of the mill is a 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission and putting the power to the pavement is a Ford 9"" axle with Moser 33 spline axles and 3.73 gears with Positraction. A huge shout out to the March serpentine belt drive system and Performance Rod & Custom radiator with twin 14"" cooling fans. Modern, reliable and powerful!
Wilwood power disc brakes are noted now on all 4 corners and the power aspect comes from a Hydratech booster system. They sit within a mostly rust free structure of black steel, although few areas of surface rust are noted in photos. Rockers are solid as well as floor pans and toe kicks. Global West provides the front suspension in Mustang II form and for the rear we again see Global West suspension in 4 link form with adjustable coilovers. Street Performance ceramic coated custom length headers handle the exhale and breathe a melodious tune through a Magnaflow exhaust system and Borla cutouts are noted.
I rose from my laurels and designer tea to get the chance to drive this wolf in sheep's clothing. Sliding behind the wheel, thank you Flaming River for the tilt function, I was in early 60's heaven. I could almost hear the pleas of ""are we there yet?"" from the back seat. Luckily a twist of the key brought the LT1 to life and drowned out my imagination and the technical blatherings of my cohort and partner in crime. On the patented Classic Auto Mall test track this car handled everything I could throw at it. Acceleration was endless, handling was surprisingly firm for a smooth riding car, and braking rivaled that of a new performance car. Vintage Air A/C and heat kept the cabin comfortable no matter what Mother Nature decided on during out drive.
Overall save for the paint issues which in my humble opinion give the perfect unassuming look, this car presents very nicely, and goes like a rocket ship. With its modern engine with fuel injection, overdrive transmission, nice interior, well thought out and updated undercarriage. The exterior is but a minor distraction overall when looking at or driving this car. A fine example of a grocery getter that is on steroids.
15-BelAir 6 Cylinder
69-4 Door Sedan
K-Kansas City, MO Assy Plant
148775-Sequential Unit Number
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