Customizing is a pretty subjective thing. People often get accused of overdoing it with their lowriders and trying to cram every square inch with some sort of modifications. Different strokes for different folks, but a shiny black car tends to be universally acceptable. In the case of Vanessa Ramos and her husband, they took the car off the member of another club and continued to customize it to their liking. Not lacking in details by any means, we couldn’t help but admire the subtleties hidden in plain sight.

The ’61 is powered by an ’81 350 with plenty of chrome to bling it out and it’s all tied to a 700-R trans. You can’t help but admire the Bow Tie block on the firewall, the 61 embossed on the valve cover breathers, Spal fans, Champion radiator, an Edelbrock Endurashine carb, and March Performance pulley system. CPP front disc brakes along with the rears bring the powdercoated 13×7 Zeniths wrapped in 5.20 Coker rubber to a stop.

That onyx-like paint by Marco at My Collision in Katy, Texas, has been adorned with discreet light gray muraling on the skirts and sides by Sic 713 of Sic 1 Studios. The continental kit was patterend out with engraving by Shorty’s Hydraulics with additional engraving on the front and rear bumper guards, door handles, and hood ornaments. Engraving on the control arms and rearend was done by Street Life Customs in Phoenix, Arizona. Interior appointments were kept pretty faithful to stock with the addition of an ididit column, Dakota Digital gauges, and JL Audio stereo components installed by Mickey Amos. Plans to pattern out the truck more are also in the works.

Pesco pumps, Hydro Air dumps, and Accumax solenoids power the aircraft hydraulics with 8-inch front and 14-inch rear cylinders. Two-inch extended front A arms and molded rear arms are also incorporated and it’s all powered by four Optima batteries. The components were installed by Last Minute Customs.

The car is definitely living proof that you can “keep it simple, stupid” and still pull off quite a beauty. Thanks goes out to Mickey Amos, Sic 713, Last Minute Customs, Street Life Customs, Shorty’s Hydraulics, Todd Land, and is dedicated to Michael Zungia. We look forward to seeing it at the shows.

Tech Specs

Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible

Vehicle Nickname: One Hitta Quitta

Owner: Vanessa Ramos

City/State: Deer Park, Texas

Club: Latin Kustoms

Engine: 350 V-8 and 700-R trans

Body/Paint: Black paint by My Collision, Katy, TX. Engraving by Shorty’s Hydraulics and Street Life Customs.

Suspension: Pesco pumps, Hydro Air dumps, Accumax solenoids, aircraft setup. 8-inch front and 14-inch rear cylinders. Two-inch extended front A arms and molded rear arms, four Optima batteries.

Interior: Installed by previous owner. Dakota Digital gauges, ididit steering column.

Sound System: JL Audio

Wheels/Tires: 13×7 Powdercoated Zenith / Coker 5.20s