In this month’s tech series, we are going to show you how to maximize your trunk space when it comes time to add both audio and hydraulics. For our audio needs, we decided that we had to have the newest Rockford Fosgate audio components installed in our project. We wanted a clean set up that packed a punch but didn’t go over the top in terms of design and price. The mild sound system would consist of two 12-inch subwoofers and four 6½ component speakers, which would all be controlled by our Pioneer head unit stashed in the glove box. While we wanted some custom fiberglass designs for an enclosure, we also keep a wary eye out for rapidly changing fads in that arena. We also took into account the fact that full custom enclosures can often be delicate and less durable than more traditional install styles, so we decided to have a combination of paint, chrome, vinyl and carpet to get away from having a fully molded trunk.
With the designs complete for the audio portion of our install, it was time to work on the active suspension. We knew that our car was a classic, and that an old school build would look good, but we didn’t want all the disadvantages of an old style setup. We still wanted the setup to respond like a modern hydraulic system. We also knew that we would include Optima Batteries as a power source, so we had custom battery trays machined for the car. This would allow us to dress the batteries and leave them exposed, making it easy to charge and maintain the power system. Since we knew that we wanted to go a more modern route, we did some research and found this gravity feed pump.
You’ve often heard us say, “What was old is new.” Well, what about when we make something new look old? This was the case for the trunk of this ’60 Impala convertible, after we visited Empire Customs of Tucson, Arizona, who gave us a sneak peak at the new Empsco 520 series of hydraulic pumps. After seeing how this new pump was designed to look like a traditional Pesco pump, but machined with the reliability of a newer tailgate style hydraulic pump, we knew that this would be a perfect look for our Chevrolet Impala.
Once we had the pumps in our hands, we started figuring out what other necessities were needed for the trunk.