Lowriding has definitely become a widely loved culture which has found its way into a variety of cities, states, and even countries. Evidence of this can be found in Hernando, Mississippi’s own Jason Johnston, who brings us this incredible 1964 Impala. In a state more known for its Donks and big-wheeled cruisers, Jason chose to stay true to the roots that inspired him since the day he first picked up Lowrider Magazine back in 1992.
When Jason bought his car, it was a solid builder that he purchased through eBay. He paid $2,000 for it and within five years on a modest income, he was able to turn it into the Lowrider of his dreams. The original purchase came from Arkansas and it was a rolling shell as someone had gutted it for the parts. Understanding the long road ahead of him, Jason slowly began buying parts for it whenever he could through his club brothers, eBay and local avenues. Before long, the Impala was equipped with a new GM Performance small block 350, Street and Performance serpentine pulleys, an air cleaner, and valve covers. Jason kept the engine running cool courtesy of a BeCool radiator and with aluminum and paint throughout the engine compartment; the car’s lines were hard- lined.
The suspension on this lowrider was done from the front to the rear as the frame was fully strapped by Pitbull Hydraulics of Louisville, KY. The car’s drivetrain was modernized with a Ford 9-inch that would also be able to handle the wear and tear of the hydraulics. The assembly of the suspension was done by Walt of Street Toyz Customs, who made sure that the 605 gearbox worked, along with the disc brake kit for the front of the car. The body work was also done by Walt who worked with Jason’s budget and kept him on track. Walt’s team also painted the car and left it ready for Maurice Andrews of Signature Pieces who flew in to handle the artwork that complemented the DuPont charcoal base.
Some of the accessories that were added to the car included a 44-inch moonroof that was built by Justin Askew of Kansas City, Missouri. Jason added NOS Sanco sunshades, power windows, power vent windows, and an OG tilt. The chrome on this car was taken care of by Brent Reese of Covina, CA.
Ever since Jason picked up his first magazine off of a friend’s coffee table back in ’92, he always dreamed that he would build a car of the magazine’s caliber but never imagined that one day he would be reading about it. We would like to thank Jason for keeping it real and staying low in his state of Mississippi.
Name: Southern Smoke
Owner: Jason Johnston
Vehicle: 1964 Impala
City: Hernando, MS
Club: Individuals Car Club
Engine: GM Performance painted 350 C.I.D, Edelbrock intake, carburetor, polished heads, chrome accessories, 700R transmission, MagnaFlow Mufflers
Interior: Cars Inc. original Factory style interior kit
Suspension: 4 Pitbull hydraulic pumps, 1 Adex to the nose 2 regular dumps for the rear, 10 batteries and a fully wrapped frame
Wheels: 13×7 Reverse 100 spoke anodized and painted spoke wheels
Tires: Firestone FR380 P155/80R13