1962 Chevy Bel Air by Hall’s Speed Shop
Hall’s Speed Shop owner Gene Hughes wanted nothing more than to drop the spare 426 Street Hemi engine into his 1962 Chevy Bel Air; people laughed and thought that was ridiculous, but as you can easily see, the end result is impressive. I mean, that didn’t stop there, with the old-school vehicle benefiting from some well deserved modern touches. This was quite the challenge, and it’s safe to say there was quite a bit of work done to the vehicle to make it look as cool as it does. Let’s just list the lowered front crossmember, the Mopar overdrive transmission, Moser axles, and a Detroit Locker; also worth mentioning are the Delco shock absorbers, front disk brakes, rear Ford police 11-inch drum brakes and the 1967 Z28 Camaro brake master cylinder.
American Torq Thrust mags come covered in BFGoodrich rubber, while the stunning Bastille Beige color was inspired by a 1979 Datsun mini-truck color chart, courtesy of American Autobody. On the inside, the 1962 Chevy Bel welcomes its owner with the stock dashboard, complemented by a custom insert, Stewart-Warner Power Series gauges, a sound system installed by Bryan Cushenbery that comes with JL Audio components, as well as polished stainless steel and aluminum trim. The black leather interior features custom patterns designed by Scott Downey, with the black carpeting with Hush Mat insulation beneath meant to keep everything comfortable and cozy; the air conditioning is worth mentioning, but I doubt it will have a negative effect on the Hemi-powered Chevy.