As builders, many of our masterpieces are shaped by our childhood memories and introductions to the culture. That’s one of the greatest things about our culture; the older generations can pass on their Lowriding traditions to the next, keeping them alive for generations to come. This has been the case of the Ikeda family’s latest protege, Daniel Ikeda. Like many of us, Daniel was born into Lowriding and surrounded by the culture for all of his life. Both his father and mother were Lowriding before he was born, and even as a five-year-old child, Daniel Ikeda remembers his dad’s 1963 Chevy Impala convertible and 1963 hardtop Impala Lowriders. He counts those memories among his earliest, and recalls fondly hearing all of the stories his parents would tell him about their early days of Lowriding and how they used to put bricks in the trunk of their cars to lower them before the discovery of hydraulics. Another story Daniel recalls comes from his parents, who described the scene when builders started to install hydraulics in their cars, just to see if they could hop as high as a beer can, beer bottle, or curb. These tales gave Daniel insight into how long his parents had been Lowriding and also how important the culture was to their lives.
He knew he had to follow suit. When it came time to build a car of his own, Daniel wanted to keep the roots of a traditional build while still adding his own touch. He always liked the look of the ’65 Impala so when a friend was selling one, Daniel bought it and started to work on it. After a year of build time and a few thousand dollars worth of work, Daniel completed the Impala.
Daniel would like to thank his wife, kids, and parents for their love, support, and guidance. He would also like to thank his club, Connected Car Club, for their support as well. With the completed build, Daniel is now the one cruising in the Impala with his children, just like he used to do with his parents when he was a child. Daniel hopes that they will continue Lowriding just like he did after all those years he spent with his parents. Chances are they will, and hopefully we will see one of Daniel’s sons’ rides in the pages of a future issue of Lowrider Magazine.
Owner: Daniel Ikeda
Vehicle: 1965 Chevy Impala SS Convertible
City/State: Ventura, California
Club: Connected Car Club
Paint: Van Nuys Paint in Van Nuys, California, prepped the sixty-five for the original Chevrolet Aqua. Juanito, from Show Status Customs in Santa Paula, California, added silver leafing to the exterior of the car.
Engine: The 1965 327ci engine was pulled, rebuilt, and freshened up by Arnold Ikeda. A polished intake, carburetor, and MSD ignition was also added to the engine. The power glide transmission was freshened up and Daniel added a set of 18-inch glass packs to expel all of the Chevy’s exhaust.
Interior: Victor from Mac’s Upholstery in Ventura, California, installed a CARS1 original upholstery kit to keep the sixty-five OG on the inside.
Sounds: Manny Aguilera installed the Alpine sound syste. An Alpine head unit was installed in a custom center console along with a 22-inch color bar. Alpine and Absolute component speakers are placed throughout the interior of the sixty-five.
Chrome: Jose at Atlas Plating in Oxnard, California, took care of all of the chrome plating.
Suspension: Daniel took care of the box frame himself. He added chrome undercarriage pieces and made sure the frame could handle the hydraulic setup. Mike Ramirez from Ventura, California, installed 8″-inch cylinders in the front, 10-inch cylinders in the back, along with a four-switch system with a whammy pump, Adex dumps, four solenoids, and aluminum blocks, all powered by four batteries. Mike also added two-ton springs in the front and one-ton springs in the back, which are painted to match the exterior of the car.
Tires: 155/80R13 Firestones.