Owner Victor Charles


’62 Chevy Impala ConVertible


Lodi, California

Car Club

Impalas C.C.

In this issue’s edition of From the Hood, we are excited to bring you a sneak peak at Victor Charles’ Fortune Teller engine compartment. The candy-coated Brandywine 1962 Impala convertible caught our attention at the Super Show, and we felt compelled to capture it, in the hopes of giving you an up-close look at some top-notch hood work.

This custom restoration was a true frame-off job, meaning that the car was pulled off of the frame and completely inspected, before being refurbished completely. There is a one bolt or screw that wasn’t tightened or replaced on this classic beauty, as it made its transition from the garage to the street.

The ragtop received a GM 350 small- block motor which was painted to match the exterior. Several bolt on performance items that were included in the vehicle’s upgrade included an Edelbrock aluminum intake, and an Endurashine 650CFM Edelbrock carburetor combination. Billet Specialties Serpentine brackets and pulleys were also chrome-plated for extra flair. To cope with all of this added performance under the hood, the car had to be upgraded with a fully-chromed disc brake setup. The drive train was also upgraded, in order to withstand the power that the small-block was going to distribute. This meant installing a 350 Turbo transmission, in order to keep things running smoothly. To achieve the look that Victor had in mind, the engine compartment was accented with a triple-chrome dosage on the valve covers, hood hinges, and throughout the rest of the engine compartment, including the fender wells.

Victor never could have predicted that his car would receive so much positive attention and press, good thing he named it “Fortune Teller,” as it looks like the car is already living up to that description perfectly. For now, enjoy this teaser of his engine compartment, and look for his full spread to appear in a future issue of Lowrider Magazine.

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