Em­pire State of Mind



Sachin De­bidin's '64 Chevy Im­pala

Dreams may come true but they never come easy, just ask Sachin De­bidin. As the proud owner of this '64 Im­pala he calls “Papa Smurf,” the New York res­i­dent may seem to have it all but he’s def­i­nitely paid the price to get there.

His story be­gan when he dreamed of owning a clean '64 Im­pala Su­per Sport con­vert­ible. Know­ing that dreams don’t work un­less he did, he spent years work­ing and sav­ing to achieve his goal, and once the cash was right it was time to pull the trig­ger. He searched high and low for a com­plete car that was al­ready built, lo­cat­ing one in Flor­ida. “The car was well kept in a col­lec­tor’s garage and just the way I wanted it with A/C, power brakes, and power steer­ing,” Sachin says. It turns out the car was be­ing sold af­ter the owner died, so with dili­gence he bought the car for $30,000 and ar­ranged for a trans­port to take the car back to New York—a trip that would take 30 days.

His goal had been achieved and Sachin marked his ac­com­plish­ment by tak­ing a cel­e­bra­tory cruise through­out the Em­pire State. This is what he dreamed of, this is what he worked so hard for, and lit­tle did he know that his dreams were about to get crushed. On just the fourth day of own­er­ship, while out on a cruise, all seemed to be go­ing well un­til a drunk

driver crashed into him.

Not one to quit, he was dis­ap­pointed but not de­terred, so he de­cided to re­build his dream and make it bet­ter. The res­ur­rec­tion be­gan at S&R Auto Body where

Ray Deen started re­pair­ing the dam­age, prior to Kis­han Ram­sarup spray­ing down a new coat of PPG metal­lic blue. Squeaky Klean Auto then dropped in an air setup; TNA Mo­tor­sports re­uphol­stered the in­te­rior while Krazy Kut­ting came into play by bless­ing the engine parts and the wheels with his en­grav­ing mas­tery. Not one to cut cor­ners, it seemed as if the only thing left un­touched was the engine bay, so he dropped in a 5.7 LS, giv­ing him the re­li­a­bil­ity and power he wanted.

Now that he’s back on cloud nine, he’s not only got a new look but a new per­spec­tive, and it’s all a re­sult of his laser-sharp de­ter­mi­na­tion and fo­cus. He’s also show­cas­ing his Em­pire State of Mind and there’s no bet­ter way to close this story than leav­ing you with Ali­cia Key’s chorus from Jay-Z’s “Em­pire State of Mind”:

“In New York

Con­crete jun­gle where dreams are made of

There’s nothin’ you can’t do

Now you’re in New York

These streets will make you feel brand new

Big lights will in­spire you

Let’s hear it for New York, New York, New York.”

This clas­sic from the 1964 New York World's Fair era was and still is the best ride out there.


New York six-four rag LS-equipped.

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