There are times when simple straightforward designs have it all over wild extensive ones. James Mohoi’s way cool ’62 Chevy is a case in point. A tasteful good-looking two-tone paintjob, a great stance (both static and on the move), and a nostalgic wheel choice were just what James foresaw when planning the Chevy’s initial rodstoration.

It all started about three years or so ago. James hadn’t had a hot rod in over 20 years and the time had come to get back into the swing of things by putting together a nice little hot rod pickup. He wanted a truck that was a bit more unique than the ever-popular ’67-72 C10’s that are all the rage these days, so he set his sights on the prior Chevy body design and began searching for a ’60-66 that’d allow him to stick with the Chevrolet nameplate while still enjoying a pickup that’s a bit less common than the later style.

James began hitting some local shows and cruise nights searching for possible projects. He saw quite a few pickups, but nothing that he just had to have. Then, one evening he got a call from his girlfriend Sandra who told him about a ’62 Chevy she’d seen. It was slammed so hard it looked almost like it was sitting on the ground and she said it was about the coolest truck she’d ever seen.

The next day James and Sandra headed over to their friend Jaime’s place (if there was a cool pickup for sale in the vicinity, he’d be the one to know about it). And just as James suspected, Jaime told him right off the bat that he knew of one for sale locally that he was sure James would like. The trio hopped in the car and headed out to check out the pickup Jaime had in mind. As soon as they rounded the last corner and the subject came into view Sandra yelled “That’s the truck I was telling you about!”

The ’62 sat there in the driveway, slammed to the ground just as Sandra had said. It was far from perfect, but James knew right away this was a great foundation for the cool cruiser he’d had in mind. Upon closer inspection the deal was cemented when James looked at the license tag and noticed it had an expiration date of 9/28 . . . His birthday! That was on a Thursday night. James went back and took it for a test ride on Friday, and the following morning drove it home for good.

As soon as he could James, his pal Richie, and Sandra went to work. They disassembled, cut, ground, and sanded. Once ready, Richie filled his spray gun and coated the Chevy with a fresh two-tone paint combination. Once that was completed James replaced the truck’s windshield, side glass, and door seals as well as a few interior upgrades like the Indian blanket upholstery that helped personalize his cool new cruiser.

“It was far from perfect, but James knew right away this was a great foundation for the cool cruiser he’d had in mind.”

1962 Chevrolet

James Mohoi
Crown Point, Indiana

Chassis


Frame: modified stock
Rearend / Ratio: GM 12-bolt / 3.08:1
Rear suspension: modified stock, RideTech airbags
Rear brakes: drum
Front suspension: ’75 Chevy pickup IFS, RideTech airbags
Front brakes: disc
Steering box: ’75 Chevy, 605
Front wheels: vintage American Racing Daisy’s
Rear wheels: vintage American Racing Daisy’s
Front tires: Falken, 205/60R15
Rear tires: BFGoodrich, 275/60R15
Gas tank: stock

Drivetrain


Engine: early Chevrolet 327ci
Heads: iron
Valve covers: Weiand, aluminum
Manifold / Induction: Edelbrock / Edelbrock 600-cfm
Ignition: GM HEI
Headers: unknown
Exhaust / Mufflers: 2½-inch aluminized / Thrush glasspacks
Transmission: 700-R4
Shifter: column

Body


Style: C10 pickup
Modifications: shaved, filled
Fenders front / rear: stock / stock
Hood: stock
Grille: stock
Bodywork and paint by: Richie Juarez, Crown Point, IN
Paint type / Color: DuPont / champagne and white
Headlights / Taillights: stock / stock
Outside mirrors: stock
Bumpers: stock front, rear rolled pan behind stock bumper

Interior


Dashboard: stock
Gauges: stock
Air conditioning: none
Stereo: none
Steering wheel: Grant
Steering column: ’75 Chevrolet pickup
Seats: stock
Upholstery by: Sandra Wayco, Highland, IN
Material / Color: Indian blanket / white, blue, gray
Carpet: black