Eddie Alpizar has known about lowriding most of his life, but he says it wasn’t something he saw very often while growing up in Milwaukee. His uncle was into lowriders but more often than not he had to go to other areas to see them in person. This was a time before rap videos from Snoop Dogg and the like brought the lowrider culture into the common man’s living room.

His father was on the other end of the spectrum. He was into Impalas and owned a stock ’67. Eddie was young and at an impressionable time in his life. Impalas remained firmly planted in his brain throughout adulthood. Growing up in a place where hot-rods are the norm, those influences seeped into the planning and execution of Ice-Cold, his ’63 Impala. The motor, which is one of Eddie’s favorite parts of the car, is certainly hot-rod inspired and puts out about 500 hp. That’s more than enough power to put a set of wire wheels in a world of hurt with a mere stomp on the accelerator.

Like many projects, this one didn’t start out as a show car. Eddie wanted to build a clean car that he could cruise. While hitting various shows in the Milwaukee area, he met Willy Bailey. Willy’s vast knowledge and talent brought them together and they decided to open a little shop where Willy could work on Eddie’s project. It’s a small shop, one of those deals you open with a couple of friends to work on personal cars, but if you look at Ice-Cold closely, you can see they are putting out some big things from their small shop.

One of his goals was to gain the respect of the hot-rod contingent, which still has a heavy presence in the Midwest. Much of that plays out in the aforementioned engine and his choice of accessories. Many of these accessories are commonplace, in both the lowriding and hot-rod scenes. The billet Impala steering wheel and chrome steering column are equally at home in both. If you swing around to the trunk, you’ll see the heart of this or any lowrider for that matter-the hydraulic system. The three-pump setup leaves no doubt that this is a lowrider, and that “getting up to get down” is where it’s at.

Eddie has definitely been getting down this year. He’s made the trek to both the Phoenix show and the San Bernardino show. He’s always been a cruising-the-streets kind of guy but admits that he has really enjoyed showing his car. Getting to meet new people and seeing new places has opened up a whole new world for him, but there is a downside. Since the car is at such a high level, he doesn’t get to drive it like he normally would and he wants to totally redo the car. Traveling the show scene will do that for you. It opens up a whole new world of ideas. A car show is where Eddie met Willy, a whimsical combination of names to say the least, but we’re sure if and when they decided to tear down the car and rebuild Ice-Cold, there will be nothing unusual about the fine results.

Ice-ColdOwner: Eddie and Martha AlpizarVehicle: ’63 Chevy ImpalaCity/State: Milwaukee, WisconsinClub: Individuals

Engine/Drivetrain: The original block was bored out 0.06 inch over for a 347-cid Stroker motor. A set of 202 Corvette cylinder heads combine with the block for 11:1 compression. It was balanced and blueprinted and the work was performed by Willy Bailey at Bailey Racing in Milwaukee. The custom-made stainless steel exhaust was constructed and polished by Rick O’Shea. A rebuilt Turbo 350 received a Trans Specialty converter and shift kit.

Body/Paint: Bailey Racing, along with Dale Day, did the bodywork and paint: a Dupont Galaxy Pearl Metallic covered with a White Diamond Pearl. Berry of Berry Signs pinstriped the vehicle.

Interior: The interior is chocked full of aftermarket goodies, including a Dakota Digital dash, Ididit billet steering column, and a Trendz Impala steering wheel. Jax seat covers feature gray inserts with Charcoal Metallic vinyl in the stock pattern, charcoal carpet covers the floor, and the dash was chromed and engraved. Bailey Racing performed all the work.

Sound System: The system consists of a custom Auto Sound head unit that looks and acts like the stock unit but has RCA outs on the rear, along with an iPod connector. The signal is routed to a single hidden amp. A 12-inch subwoofer pounds out the bass behind the back seat. Willy Bailey, of Bailey Racing, handled the install chores.

Setup: The setup is a three-pump affair with high/low pumps and four switches. They control the three Adex dumps, eight batteries, the 8-inch cylinders that raise and lower the front, and the 12-inch cylinders in the rear. Everything is tied together by hard lines throughout. The frame is fully wrapped and Hollywood Kustoms, in Northlake, Illinois, performed all the work.

Tires: 175/80-13 Champion SE

Wheels: 13×7 Masterpiece wire wheels

Like many projects, this one didn’t start out as a show car. Eddie wanted to build a clean car that he could cruise. While hitting various shows in the Milwaukee area, he met Willy Bailey. Willy’s vast knowledge and talent brought them together and they decided to open a little shop where Willy could work on Eddie’s project. It’s a small shop, one of those deals you open with a couple of friends to work on personal cars, but if you look at Ice-Cold closely, you can see they are putting out some big things from their small shop.

One of his goals was to gain the respect of the hot-rod contingent, which still has a heavy presence in the Midwest. Much of that plays out in the aforementioned engine and his choice of accessories. Many of these accessories are commonplace, in both the lowriding and hot-rod scenes. The billet Impala steering wheel and chrome steering column are equally at home in both. If you swing around to the trunk, you’ll see the heart of this or any lowrider for that matter-the hydraulic system. The three-pump setup leaves no doubt that this is a lowrider, and that “getting up to get down” is where it’s at.

Eddie has definitely been getting down this year. He’s made the trek to both the Phoenix show and the San Bernardino show. He’s always been a cruising-the-streets kind of guy but admits that he has really enjoyed showing his car. Getting to meet new people and seeing new places has opened up a whole new world for him, but there is a downside. Since the car is at such a high level, he doesn’t get to drive it like he normally would and he wants to totally redo the car. Traveling the show scene will do that for you. It opens up a whole new world of ideas. A car show is where Eddie met Willy, a whimsical combination of names to say the least, but we’re sure if and when they decided to tear down the car and rebuild Ice-Cold, there will be nothing unusual about the fine results.

Ice-ColdOwner: Eddie and Martha AlpizarVehicle: ’63 Chevy ImpalaCity/State: Milwaukee, WisconsinClub: Individuals

Engine/Drivetrain: The original block was bored out 0.06 inch over for a 347-cid Stroker motor. A set of 202 Corvette cylinder heads combine with the block for 11:1 compression. It was balanced and blueprinted and the work was performed by Willy Bailey at Bailey Racing in Milwaukee. The custom-made stainless steel exhaust was constructed and polished by Rick O’Shea. A rebuilt Turbo 350 received a Trans Specialty converter and shift kit.

Body/Paint: Bailey Racing, along with Dale Day, did the bodywork and paint: a Dupont Galaxy Pearl Metallic covered with a White Diamond Pearl. Berry of Berry Signs pinstriped the vehicle.