Model: Ari La Modelo
Johny Torres of Las Vegas, Nevada was one lucky kid when he was younger. His first Lowrider came as a gift from his older brother when he turned 18 years old, and it was a 1962 Chevy Impala Super Sport. Ever since he was 12, the ’62 and ’60 Impalas were his dream cars and suddenly he had the keys to one of them. The other dream car was a 1960 Impala, but a ride like that was just way out of his price range. Ironically, it was the ’62 that spring boarded Johny’s pursuit of the 1960 Impala. He sold the ’62 and repeated this process; buying and selling his cars, each time making more money until he was able to have the funds to buy that 1960 Impala he always wanted.
The ’60 he was ultimately eyeballing was located at a dealership in Florida and the asking price was $40,000. The ride was complete but would still need restoration to be up to the standard Johny desired. While still contemplating the purchase, Johny came to learn that the ride originally came from Ventura, California-Johny’s hometown! He knew at that point that this ride was meant to be. Over the next four years, Johny also learned a lot about car building, thanks to the restoration of this ragtop. After repeatedly running into the over-promising and under-delivering of local shops, Johny began building the car himself. Upgrades to the car include a new black canvas top, electric pop-trunk, NuVue spotlight mirrors, taillight visors, continental kit, train horn, power seats, and a smoothed-out firewall. Johny didn’t shave the heater because he likes to roll with the top down even in the winter, and that heater comes in quite handy.
For the summertime; the Vegas heat can really swelter, so Johny installed a 4-row Champion aluminum radiator modified to fit around the 500-ccp gearbox. A 5-blade fan and a 2400-cfm electric fan were installed in front of the aluminum radiator to keep things extra cool and running smoothly. A 200-amp alternator and two Soundstream capped cell batteries power the sound system, amplifiers, and the train horn. A Mallory ignition, aluminium pulleys, polyurethane bushings, a chrome Ididit steering wheel column (connected to the power steering unit), upgraded joints, a shortened drive shaft (thanks to Dan’s Drive Line), dual exhaust with silencers, 350-turbo transmission (thanks to the Pro Trans shop), disc brake upgrades, and stainless steel brake lines from front to back round out just some of the many upgrades throughout this black-tie convertible.Just about everything among the vehicle’s undercarriage received a touch of chrome or was powder-coated black (thanks to Juan over at Snail Motorsports in Las Vegas.
The car made its debut at the Lowrider Magazine Las Vegas Super Show in October 2012, receiving plenty of attention from passersby. Johny says the success with his ride wouldn’t have been possible without the help and support from his father, his girlfriend, Patty, and God. Johny says that he and Patty spent a lot of sleepless nights and endless days building the “Super Star,” but they are now getting their full enjoyment out of this classic; hitting up the local cruise strips almost every weekend.
Owner: Johny Torres
Vehicle: 1960 Impala convertible
City/State: Las Vegas, Nevada
Engine: Original 1960 Chevy V8 348-c.i.d. built up by Jack’s Machine Shop in Las Vegas.
Body/Paint: Johny took the car apart himself at his home, painting the undercarriage and doing the bodywork. Johny then laid down a PPG tuxedo black finish with two gallons of clear. Ernesto’s Body Shop in Las Vegas did the jet-black color scheme’s final touches.
Interior: For interior needs, Johny also took care of the upholstery on his own, ordering an original interior from Cars.
Sound: Johny installed the entertainment system consisting of a Soundstream VR 5358 CD/DVD player head unit, two Soundstream amplifiers, Soundstream midrange speakers and one 15-inch Orion woofer speaker.
Tires: 155-80R13 Whitewall tires.
Wheels: 13-inch Zenith cross-lace.