When a certain model is popular in the Chevy hobby, it can be tough to build something that's different from everyone else's. Can you say '69 Camaro and '70 Chevelle? You've got tens of thousands of nice ones all across America, but after a while you see so many it gets difficult to tell them apart. The hidden prize in this quagmire is finding a way to build one of the popular styles that stands out from the rest. Enter our feature car. "We wanted a car that was totally different from normal '62 Impala builds," says Billy Morgan, our subject 's owner.
The first step was finding a starting point. One night at a local cruise, Billy saw a friend with a mint '62 Impala that had been rescued from a closed Arkansas Chevy dealership. With only 27,000 miles on the clock and its red interior and silver exterior in excellent shape, Billy knew this was his starting point. A week's worth of negotiating led to the Impala becoming his. Two weeks later, Billy met Will and Homer Hudson of Hudson's Rod & Custom, and the discussion started about how to build it. Artist Eric Brockmeyer jumped in with some design ideas, and the course was set to build a full-blown restomod.
Over a two-year span, the '62 was completely disassembled, it's body treated to four months worth of bodywork, removing the vent windows, tweaking, and smoothing to get things just right. Meanwhile, the crew at Hudson's modified the stock chassis with custom mounts for a full Ridetech Air Ride suspension, including recessing the spring pockets and modifying the control arms to get everything just right. Master Power dual-piston disc brakes were hung at all four corners, and the whole skeleton rolls on Boyd Coddington Junkyard Dog wheels, 18s up front, 20s in the back.
Since the paint color chosen was 2008 Hummer Grenade Green, the interior received some subtle armed forces touches, like (here's a first!) the 0.50 caliber shift handle. The seats are custom pieces wrapped in leather, and readouts are Dakota Digital. The center console was also custom made by Hudson's Rod & Custom, to match up with the raised floor. To motivate the Impala, a Chevrolet Performance 350 H.O. crate motor was installed, and topped off with an Edelbrock carb and intake. Hudson's fabbed up the trick air cleaner cover. Trans duty is handled by a TH350 slushbox. Exhaust gasses are disposed of through Sanderson 3-inch headers and Stainless Specialties mufflers.
The body was sprayed by Jonathan Goolsby in PPG Grenade Green, with flat black stripes. All the brightwork was cleaned up, and either rechromed or polished by Knoxville Chrome, while M&R Powder Coating handled the rest of the coating duties. Once finished the car made its debut at the 2010 Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio, where it took home a Street Rodder Magazine Top 10 award, and Builder's Choice Top 20. Later on at the Bristol Super Chevy Show, the car garnered two more awards.
While in pieces this '62 Impala might not seem that different or bold, when you put the pieces of the puzzle together, it does stand apart from others, and shows that sometimes that combination of simple details can add up to outstanding and unique results.