1961 CHEVY IM­PALA BUBBLETOP

Low Rider - - FEATURE - Julio Me­len­dez

EN­GINE:

350 with Edelbrock En­durashine in­duc­tion

BODY/PAINT:

House of Kolor Pa­gan Gold with candy and pearl fade, pin­strip­ing and leaf­ing by Mike Lam­ber­son, roof pat­terned by Coast One

SUS­PEN­SION:

New sway bar and Y-bar; hard­lined hoses, A-arms ex­tended and molded; two cus­tom pumps, three Adex square dumps, four so­le­noids, three Parker slow­down faucet valves, Stuc­chi check valves, ma­chined alu­minum blocks, and four Op­tima bat­ter­ies; work done by A1 Hy­draulics and Lo­cos for Life Hy­draulics; 8-inch front cylin­ders, 12-inch rear

IN­TE­RIOR:

Cal­i­for­nia Up­hol­stery with LED light­ing through­out

SOUND:

Pi­o­neer

WHEELS/TIRES:

13-inch 72-spoke straight-laced Zeniths with pow­der­coated hubs/Rem­ing­ton 155/80R13

What started off as an older restora­tion was brought back to life as a neck snap­per. Us­ing a va­ri­ety of warm earth tones, a new vi­sion had al­ready been for­mu­lated, but it was up to him to get it done. With the help of some of the big­gest names in the lowrider game, he got to work cre­at­ing this one-off bubbletop and the end re­sult is a car that is as vis­ually stim­u­lat­ing as it is sooth­ing.

From the hood to the trunk, you can get lost in the de­tails. This time­less clas­sic is sure to be­come a crowd fa­vorite that will in­flu­ence the next gen­er­a­tion of lowrider fans and builders alike.

To view the full de­tails of this redux, visit lowrider.com.

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