Some lowrider builders like to jump from project to project, selling off a car as soon as it’s finished and moving on to the next project. Others, like Odilio Station of Henderson, Nevada, get it right the first time and stick with their ride through thick and thin (or maybe they just don’t have the desire or energy to go through the trials and tribulations of a project build all over again).
Odilio came into possession of this ’64 Chevy Impala SS convertible more than two decades ago and it’s been his driving passion ever since. “I got the car in a trade with a friend in Long Beach, California, back in ’86,” Odilio recalls. He then spent the better part of the next two decades building and rebuilding the “Gangster Black” Super Sport, doing most of the work himself in his garage (with a little help from his friends).
Now don’t get the idea that just because Odilio did most of the work by himself that he’s on some kind of ego trip or that he’s not grateful for the help that he received. The man knew what he wanted and had the talent and connections to make it happen without shipping his car out to shop after shop. He also makes a point to thank Chuck, Tom, “Rob Dog,” Dre, Kyle and his fellow Street Players Car Club members for their invaluable assistance.
Of course, the ’64’s been along for the ride on many of Odilio’s most special life moments. “I’ve brought three kids home from the hospital in this car.” He’s also brought home a number of trophies from car shows, including three Lowrider Magazine Super Shows. That’s a nice collection for anyone. Cool deal, Odilio!
GanGster BlackOwner: Odilio StationVehicle: ’64 Chevrolet Impala SS convertibleCity/State: Henderson, NevadaClub: Street Players C.C.Engine/Drivetrain: An ‘80 Chevy 383-c.i.d. engine with a serpentine belt system, Edelbrock carburetor and crate-loads of chrome built by the owner powers the ’64.
Body/Paint: Though it doesn’t look like a “garage paint job,” Odilio’s friend Chuck put down the black paint and did the necessary body/prep work in his garage. At some point, the ’64 acquired a Continental kit out back, but other than that, it’s mostly stock.
Interior: Odilio restored the original black and silver interior.
Sound System: An Alpine head unit and two 12-inch subwoofers are at either end of this audio system.
Setup: The owner also got the drop on the hard-lined hydraulics setup featuring two pumps, three square dumps, 8-inch cylinders, four switches and eight Optima batteries. The frame was reinforced to cause the owner no worries when he hits a switch on the “Sin City” Strip.
Tires: 5.20 Premium Sportway
Wheels: 13×7 wires