Duffys Classic Cars
250 CLASSIC CAR COURT SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
1962 Chevrolet Biscayne Emerald FULL Custom
Full disclosure here, the following description was borrowed from Hot Rod News and the name of the builder has been edited to simply "The Builder" (to protect his privacy). The detail and info they were able to report on far exceeds our meager ability to glean what is obvious and, or not so obvious, about this fabulous one of a kind Chevy. So take in the words then take in the pics and you will be very impressed
The builder of this topless '62 Chevy wasn't built with the kind of noise and spectacle that would appeal to your average 11-year-old kid. It was built with the kind of imaginative modifications that would attract the attention of anybody with an eye for cool custom stuff. But you have to look closely. As a designer, The Builder worked very hard to make mods that blend subtly and seamlessly with the stock components of the car.
The builder was only 19 in 2004 when his caramel-colored '62 Chevy wagon was a Goodguys Custom Rod of the Year finalist. The following summer, this Galapagos Green convertible former hardtop, nicknamed Emerald SS, made its national debut at the 2005 Heartland Nats in Des Moines, where it was a Goodguys Young Guys Pick and an R&C Top Ten winner. At the 2006 Sacramento Autorama, it won awards for Outstanding Engine, Outstanding Interior, and Outstanding Detail in the Custom category.
We wondered what made The Builder decide to build back-to-back '62s. "When I finished the wagon, I still had a lot of ideas in my head about what I could do with a '62 that would be even better," he says. "The wagon was all new to me, almost like the pre-design. I tried to add things to make that car more noticeable. Here I tried to take away things to refine what was already there. Now that I knew how everything fit together, I could really build a great car-something that I'd never seen before, but that looked like it could have been a factory design. I wanted to make it really hard for people to find where the car has been cut and where it's been modified."
In that regard, he has succeeded. All the work that went into slicing off the hardtop, or widening the body an inch to improve the proportions, or creating a show-quality airbagged chassis isn't the kind of thing you can see at a glance. A lot of people miss it. The kid on the bike missed it, but the judges at the Sacramento Autorama saw it right away.
The Builder gave the original '62 framerails the show car treatment, grinding and smoothing all welds and shooting the whole thing with several coats of green paint to match the body. He custom built a tubular frontend, and added 2-inch drop spindles and a '60s-era steering box. Suspension is provided by the CoolRide airbag system from Air Ride Technologies (sorry kids, no hydraulics). The four-corner disc brakes are unique, one-off pieces designed and fabricated by Derick.
Drivetrain: The engine compartment was done up high-tech-style with custom-built inner fenders, firewall, and radiator shroud. In between sits the Chevy small-block dressed up with a handmade air cleaner and custom valve covers. The 0.030-over 350 was machined by Rick Darling Performance and built byThe Builder's father, using 11:1 TRW pistons and rings. A polished Edelbrock intake and Holley carb deliver fuel and air. A stock column shifter operates the Turbo 350 with a B&M 2,800-rpm stall converter. A '62 Chevy rearend with 3.73:1 gears gets things going.
Wheels & Tires: It's hard to imagine a custom '62 Chevy rolling on anything but five-spokes. Americans would look good on a street machine, but The Builder's progressive design called for something a little more contemporary, like these Vintec series wheels from Billet Specialties. The front and rear proportions are balanced by 208 1/2 rear rims and 18x7s in the front. The low-profile Falken radial tires are sized at P215/40R18 and P255/35R20.
Body & Paint: Lopping the roof off of a hardtop may seem radical, but even the severest body modifications look super subtle. The Builder didn't want to make it obvious where he had made cuts and changes. "I really tried to make it look like a factory piece instead of like a custom car," he says. The eliminated hardtop, the custom side glass, the shaved panels, and the unique emblems are easy to spot. Not so obvious is where he widened the doors half an inch and the quarter-panels a full inch to reduce the boxiness of the body and perfect the proportions from every angle. He did his best to keep all the extensive bodywork undetectable. "Most people walk past the car and have no clue." Once it was complete, he finished everything in DuPont Galapagos Green. Emblems by McGraw Design are the final touch.
Interior: The extra clean '50 Chevy dash was lengthened 8 inches and widened 5, and is the centerpiece of the interior. The gauges were built from modified '49 and '50
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