1962 Bel Air – Poverty Spec
I wasn’t around when this car was new, or when dog dish hub caps were the first thing that were taken off of a new car. However, when I bought this car three years ago I fell in love with the color matched wheels and factory hub caps. One of the first (and only) things that got upgraded on the car was the brakes and suspension, installing dropped spindles and disc brakes. Only problem was, when I put the disc brakes on, my beloved color matched wheels no longer fit. The larger brakes were too big for the factory 14″ steelies.
When this car was built 54 years ago it was just about as the most basic vehicle you could get. With its 235ci six-cylinder, three-speed manual transmission, four doors and rubber floor mats it was nerdy – a complete grandma car. In fact, older generations still tell me it’s a grandma car, which I’m totally fine with. I love it for how simple it is. Because of this I felt that poverty caps and steelies were fitting, so immediately after installing the brakes I sought out a set of 15×7 steelies off of a mid 80’s Caprice along with a set of tires and port-a-walls, I’d even gone through the effort of having paint matched. Unfortunately like many of my personal projects, it just kind of sat on the backburner until recently. I’d borrowed a set of torq thrust wheels from another car and put them on the Bel Air thinking it was temporary, but they ended up staying for the better part of three years. Really the only thing holding me back was prepping the wheels for paint, and I’d actually media blasted them after buying them but I never got around to cleaning the lips up where hub caps had been mounted. Finally a friend of mine volunteered to paint them, and another friend mounted and balanced the tires for me. After driving around for a few days admiring the beautiful color matched wheels I finally snapped the poverty caps on. And yes, they are from a 1964 model. It took me three years to not get these things painted, and after handing them over to my friend Quinn they were on the car less than 72 hours later. I can’t believe it took me that long to actually put them on, I’m ashamed. Not only have I missed out on the look I’ve wanted for the car all this time, I totally let another car fall into disrepair because I borrowed the wheels from it for so long. This is exactly the look I was going for the day I bought this car. Factory, but lowered. Only took me three years to get there.