April 19, 2024

1962 Chevrolet Bel Air

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The Chevrolet Bel Air is a full-size car produced by Chevrolet for the 1950-1981 model years. Initially, only the two-door hardtops in the Chevrolet model range were designated with the Bel Air name from 1950 to 1952. With the 1953 model year, the Bel Air name was changed from a designation for a unique body shape to a premium level of trim applied across a number of body styles. The Bel Air continued with various other trim car to a budget fleet sedan when U.S. production ceased in 1975. Production continued in Canada, for its home market only, through the 1981 model year.

For 1962, all sheet metal except the door panels was changed. Overall length was stretched slightly to 209.6 in (5,320 mm). The 4-door Sport Hardtop was no longer offered in the Bel Air series. Standard engines remained the same as the previous year. A new 327 cu in (5,360 cc) V8 of 250 or 300 hp (220 kW) was offered in addition to the giant (for the time) 409 hp (305 kW) with the dual four-barrel carburetor setup. The Turboglide was also discontinued, leaving the Powerglide as the only automatic transmission available. All wagons this year were 4-door models and separate distinctions for wagons were dropped. Now all models were either Biscayne, Bel Air or Impala series. Full carpeting returned as standard equipment on all 1962 Bel Air models for the first time in several years. The Bel Air Sport Coupe was in its last year of U.S. production, and its roofline was a carryover from the 1961 hardtop coupe.

This Bel Air came to have the floor pan, rocker panels and bracing cut out and replaced. We will also weld in some patch panels in the front fender, along with media blasting and a new paint job.

We have started cutting out the rusted floor pan to replace with a new one.

The bracing that holds the floorpan is completely rusted, so we will be replacing that as well.

The original floorpan has been completely removed.

We have cut out a bit of rust that was found in the rocker panel.

The spot where the rust was in the rocker panel has had new metal welded into strengthen the frame.

The rusted brace support has been cut out to be replaced with a new stronger support.

We have removed the body from the chassis in order media blast the chassis.