The SuperFly RMD Garage 1962 Belair Sanity taken to the streets of Long Beach.
Words by Tony Matthews
Photography by Tony & Carmen Matthews
Making its first public appearance at the Sema Show last month, RMD Garage’s incredibly beautiful resto-mod 1962 Belair called Sanity is one heck of a project. This is Ralph’s dream build and it aired on the RMD Garage TV Show on the Velocity Channel about a month ago.
He purchased it many years ago for his daughter Nardia and sat in his garage for many years as he didn’t have the time yet to restore it the way he wanted. However, as you can see, he found the time and here it is.
There has been alot of love, care and attention like all the projects Ralph and his team put there hands on. The front of the Belair has had a custom grill and bumper, all hand made and made of steel…truly a beautiful front custom front end, which in our eyes doesn’t take away from the original style. A great job! We love that incredible BASF grey paint, which compliments that beautiful red paint.
The hood was also customised with quick release installed and under the hood sits that monster LS3 Turn Key Engine with 550bhp with a 460 LD transmission. And boy does it sound incredible!
Take a closer look at the engine bay area and you will see that Ralph and his team took out the original fender welds and added those custom covers, which clean up the bay really well. Ralph is all about the details and so the engine was painted and the covers applied for that wow factor as you open the hood.
When it came to the wheels, Ralph connected with the guys at Raceline Wheels to provide these beautiful five-spoke number. Covered in the gorgeous grey paint, the fronts are 20×9.5 inches but then take a look at the rears, which are 22×12 inches! They have been wrapped with some of the finest rubber in the industry, Toyo’s Proxe ST tyres. Also, Ralph wanted to ensure that the Belair stopped on a dime, so he got the guys at Wilwood to provide some epic brake upgrades.
One of the customisations that you don’t see in the photographs, is underneath the car. Like I said, Ralph is all about the details and under the Belair, he added coverage in the same grey paint as the wheels. A great touch in our eyes. It compliments the stunning Art Morrison Sports Chassis a treat, including the Borla Exhausts system, which was also given a coat of red paint, to match the exterior.
Walk around the rear and again, Ralph and his team did a wonderful job. The custom rear bumper like the front, all steel and hand-made by the team which compliment those beautiful rear lights. Giving the Belair even more of that futuristic detail.
Now open up the trunk and Ralph again has applied his eye for detail, with no area of the trunk left untouched. Same goes for the interior, that red trim just pops out at you and covers every part. The dashboard is also a work of art with the Classic Instruments with their dash cluster and features some unique custom parts such as the vents to the custom centre console. Ralph then partnered with Kicker Audio to provide the Belair with some sweet audio sounds.
Now one of the last modifications we wanted to cover, was the glass provided by AM Hotrod Glass. Each piece is all hand made and gives the Belair that modern look.
These come already smoked to compliment the deep red paint perfectly. You will see more of this type of glass in hot rod builds as they definitely bring these timeless builds into the modern era.
So a huge shout out to Ralph and his team for letting us bring this incredible Belair on the streets for this photo shoot.
Don’t forget to check the guys out on the velocity Channel, for the complete low down on this build and more.
Tech Spec: 1962 Belair Sanity
• Custom hood with quick release hinges custom, engine bay fabricated sheet metal, smooth firewall and custom housing.
• Powered by an LS3 Turn Key engine with 550 hp in a 460 LD transmission
• Shaved trim throughout
• Custom door poppers and trunk and electronically running off a high tech computer that utilizes cell phone capabilities
• Art Morrison sport chassis: Custom underbelly panels with. Stainless steel mesh
• Custom red ceramic coated Borla exhaust
• 16 inch Wilwood would six piston caliber brakes
• Custom LED headlights and custom flush mounted recessed LED taillight
• Interior: A fully custom interior design by Ralph Holguin and Joe Sanchez and built in house by RMD Garage
• Paint : BASF finished to perfection by Victor and Rafa Ceron
• Wheels: Raceline wheels front 20″ x 9 1/2’s front 22”s x 12 inches rear
• Window: A.M. Hot Rod Glass
• Audio: Kicker Audio
• Custom Dash: Classic Instruments
• AC : Vintage Air