After the lengthy grind of putting together a dream car, there is nothing like that first cruise. Ask any Lowrider and they will tell you; we are all about cruising down the boulevard; it is our life’s blood. Arguably one of the most hallowed cruising spots is the famed Whittier Boulevard. Whether you are from the Los Angeles area or not, you have either heard about, read about, cruised it, or know someone who has been on Whittier Boulevard. While it is one of the most iconic cruising spots, it is not the only mecca of cruising. Almost every major city has or had a cruising spot. The San Diego California area had Highland Avenue in National City, The San Jose, California, area had King and Story Road, and the city of Pomona had Holt and Indian Hill right near the Indian Hill Mall.
Pomona, California’s Elim Zavalza remembers seeing Lowriders cruising Holt and Indian Hill as a kid. He recalls seeing Traffic, Elite, and Style car clubs cruising not only the cruising spot, but the streets of Pomona as well. The attention and the respect the cars and the car clubs got seemed intoxicating to the young man. Elim was hooked and set a goal to one day own a ride just as nice as the rides from the Pomona area car clubs.
While looking for parts for a 1962 Chevy Impala hardtop he was restoring, Elim came across this 1962 convertible. It was in pretty good condition and the asking price was right, so he bought it. He put the hardtop on the back burner and went to work on adding his personal touches to the convertible. After giving the drop top a frame-off restoration, Elim had the car he always dreamt about, and he began cruising the Pomona streets faithfully. He proudly added the Good Times car club plaque and represents his club in those same streets and at the shows as well. He’ll be the first to tell you that he drives it everywhere, noting that this is one car that was built to be driven. Elim is proud to continue the cycle of Lowriding that he grew up around, and we are proud to show you his clean ’62 as a prime example of true dedication to the Lowrider culture.
Owner: Elim Zavalza
Vehicle: 1962 Chevy Impala
Club: Good Times car club Convertible Chapter
City/State: Pomona, California
Paint: Flaco from Flaco’s Customs in Pomona, and Elim, prepped the body for paint. Flaco then sprayed the custom mixed Lexus Jasper Pearl in a color scheme designed by Elim. Danny D from Danny D Studios in Baldwin Park, California, striped and leafed the Impala. Adolfo Jimenez from Hexed Ink in Pomona, California, painted the Dia De Los Muertos murals throughout the ragtop.
Engine: Chevy 350ci built by Bert Mantilla from the Chevy Shop in El Monte, California. March Serpentine, Interstate Batteries, Edelbrock Carburetor, Flowmaster Exhaust, Chrome Dress Up Kit.
Chrome: Albert DeAlba, from Mario’s Auto Works, took care of all of the chrome.
Interior: Roberto from Roberto’s Upholstery in Pomona, California. covered the interior in tan & Ivory Italian leather. Elim added a stay fast canvas convertible top.
ICE: Johnny Alvarez installed the Pioneer and Infinity Kappa audio system in the Impala. A Pioneer double din TV is housed in a custom enclosure as well as the component speakers in the interior and trunk. Elim also added an Auto Meter gauge cluster to keep an eye on the motor.
Suspension: Stock Frame Restored and Powder Coated by Bert Mantilla from Chevy Shop in El Monte, California. Elim installed a rear air bag set up to drop the rear when the Impala is parked, and a front disc brake kit for added stopping power.
Wheels: Zenith 60-Spoke 13×7 Wire Wheels with gold nipples.
Tires: 13-inch Cornells.
Accessories: Power windows and vent windows, Power convertible top, and an Original working air conditioner.
Brands: March, Interstate, Edelbrock, Flowmaster, Zenith, Cornell, Auto Meter.