Empire State of Mind
DREAMS DON’T WORK UNLESS YOU DO
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.
CAR MODEL 1964 IMPALA BY CHEVROLET
New York six-four rag LS-equipped.