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Old 09-22-2011, 11:46 AM   #1
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Cool The Sixty Two (My Build Thread)

I think it's about time I started a build thread on my 62 Bel air, so here it goes.

Last year after selling my Riv, buying a house and getting engaged, I started to get the itch for another car bad. I decided I wasn't going to just buy any car that came along, I wanted a car that I would keep and be happy with, and not a rotten Canadian salt eaten POS either. I started to think hard about what car I really wanted, and I narrowed it down to 2 or 3 models.

After hearing a lecture from my car buddies at our local hangout, it was decided a 62 Bubbletop Bel air was the only car that would keep me content. So the hunt began. Considering how rare they are, I actually found 4 or 5 of them within weeks. I found one in southern Ontario, VERY rough with a 6 cyl/3 speed for $8500, a few basket cases and the one good one, but it was in Vancouver, basically a shell that was WAYY to expensive.

I started asking around if anyone knew of any for sale. One of my customers at work was building a 62 Impala SS wagon (a clone of a factory produced SS, never done to a wagon. This thing is awesome even has the rear cove SS trim) and he mentioned one that an older man in Quebec had one, and has owned it for 20 years. I got ahold of the guy, and he said yes, he was considering letting it go. I immediately called 3 friends and we booked it to the mountains of Quebec to find this car.

We got up there and all 4 of us had hardons immediately. The car was SOLID. Not a pinhole or rust spot anywhere. Body mounts, floor braces, inner rockers where perfect. Besides a few minor dents the car was perfect. While there, he showed us other cars he had, including a '56 hardtop, a '61 409 Sedan and a '55 Chevy that one of my friends wanted. We struck a deal and bought both the 62 and 55. That was a great day. This was Febuary 2011.



















Here's the '61 409 4 speed he had





My car is extremely rare, according to the VIN, it's #8 of 710 built. Very low production number, which is neat because it might have been in some promo material. I plan on getting GM Canada to help me decode it further.
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:47 AM   #2
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He wanted way too much money for the 409 that went with it, so I bought it as a complete shell less drivetrain. He told me if he was ever to sell it, I would be the first to know. I towed the car to my friend Shawn's house and left it there while I figured out what I should do first. I decided a motor was a good winter project, so I started rebuilding a 58-62 passenger car 283 I had at home.



The block is .30 over, flat top pistons with a mild cam











I smoothed the block as best I could, I wire wheeled it then used etching primer on it



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Old 09-22-2011, 11:48 AM   #3
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I scored a 4bbl intake with a filler tube cheap





I cleaned, wire wheeled and degreased everything, even though I replaced most of everything





Got the heads rebuilt, factory Canadian Powerpack heads



Smoothed the fuel pump





Smoothed the 2.5" Corvette Ram Horns







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Old 09-22-2011, 11:48 AM   #4
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Painted and reassembled, NOS Cal Custom Valvecovers freshly polished



We test fired it on a stand in my garage- ran awesome

Now it was time to teardown the car and start the airride. At this point the suspension is being completely redone.



















Supervising Shawn while I drink beer and smoke





I owe some favours to my friend Felix for all the polishing he's doing for me!
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:48 AM   #5
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Plumbed all my valves



8 gallon, 8 port tank. Street T on top with a pressure switch and Shrader valve. Street T on the bottom with a 200psi blow off valve and a drain cock

Next up, Steering rebuild and PS Conversion

















Gotta cut those new bumpstops

Should I go with Roman Red/Red interior or Tuxedo Black with a red interior? (ignore the wheels)



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Old 09-22-2011, 11:49 AM   #6
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I noticed a hairline crack in my intake from the top heaterhose fitting spreading to my thermostat housing thanks to my cheap ass chrome Mr.Gasket fittings. I guess I snugged them a little too tight. So I swapped the intake for a new Edelbrock last night. Weighs considerably less, I lost the carb adapter so the breather will sit lower, and will flow better but I regret not painting it orange.









Polished the fuel line, mounted my new starter and flywheel, timed the motor as best I could and started running the plug wires too

I'm not feelin the wires...







Thats it for now, more to come...
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Old 09-22-2011, 11:50 AM   #7
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:10 PM   #8
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Run the Fentons,they will look really cool on your car.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:49 PM   #9
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Very sweet car! She's comin along nice! I vote chrome steelies!
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:56 PM   #10
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steelies for sure
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:01 PM   #11
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What did you paint the engine with? Looks really good
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:16 PM   #12
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ck car with be gorgeous!
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Old 09-22-2011, 02:52 PM   #13
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What did you paint the engine with? Looks really good
Etching primer, spray bomb Plastic Kote Chevy Orange and then Plastic Kote engine clear.
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:38 PM   #14
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Real nice man! I dig the bubble top, and it's cool you will be able to trace it through GM Canada!
I also dig the Fentons as well. I got a PERFECT damn near new set of chrome steelies if you wanna trade!! ... ok, didn't think so. haha
I'm running 14" Cragars with thin whites on my 62....they'd look good on that too

Really though, it's a slick car and i'm sure is gonna be a fun build, and even better to drive!

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Old 09-22-2011, 03:47 PM   #15
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Tony hopefully I'll have it in primer driveable for the Syracuse Nats next year!
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:52 PM   #16
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Tony hopefully I'll have it in primer driveable for the Syracuse Nats next year!
That'd be cool. We may actually go for a day next year and i'd love to see it. We havn't gone in 4 years.
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:57 PM   #17
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Caaaaan you dig it??

I vote chromies myself...
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Old 09-22-2011, 04:07 PM   #18
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Nice score! , its hard to find one so straight and rust free. IMO, Tuxedo Black with a red interior, the sheet metal certainly looks straight enough for black.
With Black, I would do the Steelies.

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Old 09-22-2011, 05:11 PM   #19
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black with red interior with those fenton's .
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:14 PM   #20
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Its about time Adamo ! Looks really nice, and I vote for black with the Fentons, too many red Chevys already !
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