Having grown up on the Westside of Phoenix, Arizona, Pete Garcia was treated to constant eye candy as Lowriding was alive and well in his area. On one hot summer afternoon in the neighborhood, Pete caught the sight of a ’62 ‘vert cruising through one of the main streets. For a teenager, those sights make for the most memorable and unforgettable moments. For Pete, it was more than that; he knew at that moment that he had to have one of his own to roll in the local cruising scenes.
Years later, Pete’s dream finally came true when fellow car club brother, Pele, pulled up to his house with a truck and trailer. Without Pete knowing, Pele was hauling Pete’s dream car – the same one he swore he would own as a kid. Yep, Pele’s trailer contained a 1962 Impala Convertible Super Sport! Pele dropped off the car and as he drove off, he yelled out to a grinning Pete, “You said you always wanted one!” Fast forward four years; busted knuckles, long nights and deep pockets lead up to this incredible creation.
The build began by selecting a couple of donor cars to assist with some of the rusted out parts. After that mission was complete, the body was separated from the frame and the build was officially underway. The Chevy’s power comes from a crate 350 engine matched with a 700r4 transmission. Once the engine needs were tended to, Ernie, at Downtown Collision, handled the body and paint in Phoenix, and Chavo, from Chavo Pinstriping, handled the stripes. Pedro Cruz out of Los Angeles added the murals on the firewall and door jams. Pete put out the call to Ciadella and ordered a custom interior kit, color matched to the paint. The interior duties were handed over to Pete’s friend, Cholo. A hydraulic system was a must for Pete, as he sought out to make the Deuce a true Lowrider. He entrusted Erni Lopez, from E.L. Auto Customs in South Phoenix, to install a chromed-out, two-pump set up from Black Magic Hydraulics with eight Interstate batteries for juice.
The results Pete dreamed about as a kid finally came to fruition, though it was not easy. Pete readily admits that there were many times during the build where he wanted to throw in the towel, but thanks to encouragement and help from his loving family, friends, and his club brothers; he kept on with the build and not only does it grace the streets of Phoenix − it graces our pages as well.