A ’64 Impala Rag that Brings Heat to the East Coast

Bringing Heat

While out in New York for the Drastics picnic, I ran across this superclean 1964 rag. From afar it looked cherry, but I went in close for a better visual and let’s just say it did not disappoint. Whereas many cars look good from far and far from good, this Impala definitely held its weight in more ways than one.

I soon met the owner, Ricky Persuad, who it turns out drove out from Toronto, Canada. After a good conversation, he talked about picking up the car just three years ago and as with most project cars it wasn’t in the state that it’s in now. The car had rotted floors and equally shot quarter-panels, but even though it needed a full restoration Ricky was able to see past the rot and knew the car had potential.

After some extensive bodywork and panel replacements, the rag was doused in multiple layers of black paint and then reassembled, making sure all the lines matched. Once complete, it was dropped off to Switches & Thangs where it received a full frame wrap and setup install. Jeff Forgione installed two double-whammy chrome pumps, ran the hard lines, installed the stereo system, and paneled off the trunk.

Now that he had a superclean rolling chassis, he needed a new motor, so he opted for a fresh GM crate 350 motor. While Ricky is no mechanic, he has been around cars long enough to have built up his own mechanical prowess, so he took to his toolbox and installed the motor, transmission, and all the accessories you see here by himself. In all, the three-year passion project turned out a classic lowrider, and it’s yet another notch in the belt for the lowrider game that hails out of Tdot.

1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport Convertible

Vehicle Nickname

Blac Jac


Ricky Persaud


Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Majestics Toronto


350 motor with Tuff Stuff water pump/alternator/starter, Edelbrock EnduroShine manifold/carburetor, Hedman headers, MSD ignition/distributor, MagnaFlow exhaust, BeCool polished radiator, Flex-O-Lite dual-electric fans, and red top Optima battery


Axalta jet black


Ford 9-inch rearend, Tuff Stuff master cylinder/booster, molded and extended A-arms, and wrapped and molded frame. The setup consists of two Black Magic chrome, double-whammy pumps, four LV Image dumps, and eight batteries.


Dakota Digital gauges, ididit chrome and tilt steering column, and black leather seats in their original pattern


Pioneer deck, two RE Audio amps, MB Quarts speakers, and two 10-inch Pioneer subwoofers


13-inch wire wheels with black dish and spokes, and chrome hub and nipples