After building 14 previous cars (all daily drivers), Noel “Nono” Soliz of Broderick, California, decided that the time was right to pull the trigger on “Shotgun ’64,” his first really hardcore street lowrider. So what made Nono say “yes, yes,” and dig deeper into his pockets to make this ride a special stand-out? Simple, this car is all about Nono. It’s a much sought-after SS convertible, everything on it is genuine, it has improvements that you’re sure to appreciate, and it runs better than any of the other rides that he’s had before.
Besides protecting a family, Nono’s only other obsession is lowriding the traditional way. It’s in the blood that courses through the blood of many in Northern California. The economic and social scene is healthy, which is why Nono had no problem disassembling a car into hundreds of pieces, while spending two years and untold amounts of cash on the vert. Basically, what it amounts to is a bumper to bumper restoration and customization project.
Three-wheeling is a free feeling, and in order to express all of that fun, you must get down to the frame. An expert on the switches, Nono knows that a powerful hydraulic setup can twist and turn a frame and suspension into a pretzel unless you’ve precisely added steel reinforcements to certain key areas. The keeper of the welding torch, LoLystics Car Club member Hector, sought out the frame’s stress points for planned “frame-wrapping,” which reduces metal fatigue and improves constant up-and-down hop pounding. The A-arms were also wrapped and sealed for super-strength and longevity. Normally attracting a lot of road gunk, but now classified in the bling section, Noel chromed-out the suspension for pure looks and added value because who knows how long the ragtop might stay in the garage?
Just a little more detail will do it. When car guys want a little more paint accent to pull out a special look, they have mobile pinstriper Angelo Maisano’s number. He side-lined the six-four the ol’ fashioned way-by hand-and enhanced some areas with a gold leaf design.
Nono has always aimed his rides for the cruise, not because he’s unloading a bucket of bolts to sell; it’s just that the build is so good that he gets on-the-spot offers to buy his lowriders wherever he travels. Sounds good, don’t it? But Nono won’t sell you his ride unless there’s a deal to reload another one in the works.
Owner: Noel “Nono” Soliz
Vehicle: ’64 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport convertible
City/State: Broderick, California
Club: LoLystics C.C.
Engine/Drivetrain: A balanced and blueprinted ’64 Chevy 327-c.i.d. V-8 with a 4-bbl. Edelbrock 650 carburetor and two-speed factory Powerglide transmission sends this Chevy off like a shot.
Body/Paint: Tim Martinez at Tim’s Autobody (Sacramento, California) performed the prep and (gold) paint work. The “one and only” Angelo Maisano put down the precision pinstriping and added some gold leaf designs.
Interior: An all-new interior by Niko’s Upholstery (San Leandro, California) features tan leather and suede with chrome trim and detailed embroidery.
Sound System: Wired by Nono himself, an Kenwood AM/FM/CD player stereo head unit plays through an old school Lanzar 2050 Optidrive amplifier with Pioneer tweeters and midrange speakers, and Rockford Fosgate subwoofers.
Setup: The LoLystics team worked out of the “garage” to install two Red’s Competition chrome pumps, four dumps, 6-inch (front) and 12-inch (rear) cylinders, six solenoids, six 12-volt deep-cycle gelcell batteries painted gold and four switches. LoLystics member Hector also extended and reinforced the A-arms.
Tires: P155/80-R13 Remington whitewalls
Wheels: 13×7 gold-center OG wires