We first saw this bad boy of a ’62 Chevy Impala during one of our local LRM shows and quickly asked as to who owned the car. “Why, that’s Big Jay’s car and he’s right here,” exclaimed members of Uniques C.C. of the Inland Empire. Well, before you can say centerfold, names and numbers were exchanged and questions were asked and answered before shaking on the appointment. Big Jay works too many hours as an air conditioning technician and enjoys blowing off a little steam with his interests, which include coaching a T-ball team, hanging out with friends and, mostly importantly, raising two youngsters.

As far as cars, it’s a lowrider’s life that Big Jay lives. Lots of dough was “invested” in a project that took approximately 21/2 years from start to finish. Nothing’s been left out; from top to bottom, “Bad Influence” has been meticulously worked over. A lot of the bright work found on the ’62 was done by AB Metal Polishing in Ontario, California, and all of the glass and weatherstripping was swapped out during the build-up. Even the rims were treated to a little anodizing by the dudes in Uniques’ Santa Ana chapter.

As for the dirty work, a warmed over 350-c.i.d. engine transfers its ponies through a modified driveshaft sporting a heavy duty carrier baring and a Positraction rearend can relay that bowtie power to the pavement. All in all, a very impressive effort for a normal guy who just wants to have fun with family and gives the onlookers a little shudder when his tight ’62 Super Sport rumbles down the road.

Bad Influence
Owner: Big Jay
Vehicle: ’62 Chevrolet Impala SS
City/State: San Bernardino, California
Club: Uniques C.C.(Inland Empire)
Engine/Drivetrain: ’76 Corvette 350-c.i.d. engine bored .060 over with a 91/2 to 1 compression, mild cam, Edelbrock intake and carb, Zoops billet pulleys, aluminum radiator all hard lined and built by Jim at Burns Machine Shop in San Bernardino. The tranny is an OG two-speed Powerglide that was rebuilt with a shift kit.
Body/Paint: Paul and John of A-1 Hydros in San Bernardino shaved the firewall and cleaned up the body before sending the car to George and Caesar at All Auto in San Bernardino for the killer House of Kolor candy Oriental blue paint over a silver base. Artist “Fonzi” of Montebello, California, got down on the sexy mural found on the ’62, while Mike Lamberson did up the Impala logo on the roof and the striping and silver leaf accents along the panels.
Interior: B&B Classics in Upland, California, installed an OG style interior to match the blue exterior. Lil’ J’s Custom Upholstery in Riverside, California, did up the skins in the trunk area of the six-deuce.
Sound System: Glen at Modern Image in Moreno Valley, California, installed Eclipse and Precision power audio gear to make Bad Influence go “boom.”
Setup: John Valdez at A-1 Hydros in San Bernardino installed 8-inch cylinders in front and 12s in the back, 31/2-ton coil in front and 11/2-ton coils in the rear. Two Marzocchi pumps with #9 gears and three Adex square dumps are hard lined to A-1 Customs blocks. Ten Trojan batteries wired to 12-volt solenoids and a fully wrapped Canadian “X” frame round out the setup.
Tires: P155/80-R13 Triumph
Wheels: 13×7 100-spoke Dayton