Owner Tomas Vazquez

1962 Chevy Impala Convertible

Chino, CA

Car Club

Today, we are bringing you a sneak peak at Tomas Vasquez’ 1962 Impala, “The Hollywood Deuce” This custom engine build shows us how you can build a clean engine and engine compartment that can hang with the best of ’em.

This custom restoration was pulled off the frame and completely inspected; making sure that every bolt was turned on the car. The ragtop received a GM 350 small block motor that featured paint to match the exterior. Several bolt on performance items included a chrome aluminum intake and Endurashine 650CFM Edelbrock carburetor combination. Billet Specialties Serpentine brackets and pulleys were used while a painted Optima and chrome plated battery tie-down provided the spark to start up the engine.

With all of this performance under the hood, the car had to be upgraded with a fully chromed disc brake setup. To make sure that the drive train held up to the power of the small block, it was married to a 350 Turbo transmission. With chrome on Tomas’ mind, the engine compartment was accented with ARP stainless steel fasteners and a triple chrome dosage, which can be seen on the valve covers, hood hinges, and throughout the engine compartment, including the fender wells.

This engine compartment for our From the Hood section caught our attention, and we knew we had to photograph it. Enjoy the teaser of this engine compartment, and look for his full spread in a future issue of Lowrider.

If you feel you have an engine that is worthy of being featured in our From the Hood section, drop us an e-mail at saul.vargas@sorc.com


• A Matson aluminum radiator with a single Spal pull fan was used to keep the car cool.

• Performance billet accessories were used for the engine compartment; they included chrome valve covers and Billet Specialties serpentine pulleys and brackets.

• The Complete engine compartment was hard lined with stainless tubing, and a custom radiator hose was built and used to keep the engine compartment looking streamlined.

• The wiring ran through custom bent tubing to keep the engine compartment looking good.