Rod & Custom Feature Car
Palm Desert, California
1958 Chevrolet Impala
The Impala retains its stock chassis, albeit slightly lowered, with C&S Auto and Truck in Mira Loma, CA, performing the suspension and rear axle work. The full-size Chevy now benefits from disc brakes at each corner, actuated by a chromed power booster and master cylinder on the firewall.
The original 348ci engine was bored and stroked to 409ci displacement, and the main bearings and snout machined to accept a forged steel 427 crank. Ross pistons were machined to give a 9.5:1 compression ratio, and hooked to big-block Chevy con rods. COMP Cams supplied a Nostalgia cam, as well as the rocker arms, pushrods, and valvesprings. A trio of Rochester two-barrels were bolted to the 348 intake, with a progressive linkage, while MSD electronic ignition and plug wires fire the beast. Paul Pfaff Racing Engines performed the machine work, while RD Performance in Hemet, CA, assembled and installed the motor, along with the original Powerglide, rebuilt by Mogi Transmission (Riverside, CA) with a 2,200 stall-speed converter. Billet aluminum pulleys were sourced from Zoops, while Randy Davidson fabricated custom brackets for the power steering pump and alternator.
Wheels & Tires
Those Candy Green 15-inch steel wheels were sourced from Mooneyes, who also supplied the Lancer hubcaps, while the rubber comprises same-size-all-round whitewall radials from the Whitewall Candy Store.
Body & Paint
Danny at Corona Customs was responsible for the bodywork and panel alignment, in the process shaving the door handles, rear quarter-panels, and decklid. Glory Grilles supplied the tube grille, behind which live the stock parking lamps and turn signals. The Chevy was then turned over to Pete Santini who applied green 'flake to the roof, and Candy Green and Pearl Mint Green accents, scallops, and panel paint over a Pearl Vanilla White base, using House of Kolor hues, all to a Steve Stanford design. The dash, package tray, and steering wheel received a few coats of Candy Green too. Bellflower tips were installed behind the rear wheel arches, with lakes pipes under the rocker panels.
Eric Thornsen Custom Interiors in Agoura Hills, CA, got the nod to duplicate the exterior colors on the interior, selecting white leather and green 'flake vinyl in a sculptured and pleated pattern on the stock seats, as well as the door and rear quarter-panels. The trans tunnel was also covered in pleated white leather, the remainder of the floor covered in green carpet. The white headliner received green piping. Hidden around the interior is a Secretaudio (Custom Autosound) system installed by Transonic, along with a 45-rpm record player from Burton's Classics.