When you are young and coming up, it can be very easy to be influenced into the wrong type of lifestyle. We all want to discover who we are and peer pressure can lead us into doing things we shouldn’t and following the wrong path. It’s crucial for any adolescent to have a good role model or influence, and David Acosta is living proof. David’s uncle was into lowriding, and he took his young nephew with him to cruises and car shows. In return; all he had to do was keep the car clean. It taught him work ethic, discipline, and most of all, gave him a positive outlet for his young life. When he became a freshman in high school, he bought his first car, an ’80 Chevy Malibu, which he built Lowrider-style. With this first build out of his system; he then went on a quest for his dream car—a ’63 Chevrolet Impala.
After purchasing a total of six ’63 Impalas, he decided to sell four of them and keep two. One would be “California 63,” named after Mooney Boulevard (the cruising spot in Visalia). The other would be “91 Octane,” since that’s the ideal fuel needed to power the beast. David decided to do one build at a time. With “California 63” being the first purchase of the two, he decided to build that one first. Soon after that car was complete, he received a good offer for it, and the car made its way to Germany. With “91 Octane” sitting in the shadows for four years, it finally became a priority.
The car was purchased with no engine, so he decided to install a ’96 Vortec. Just a week and multiple burnouts later, the motor gave up on him. He then tried his luck with a ’99 Vortec, which lasted him about three years. When that engine finally called it quits, Spanky’s Speed Shop convinced David into getting himself an engine that would be able to handle his heavy foot. They knew in order to obtain the maximum durability; they would have to build a cast-iron LSX. The cast-iron block is able to handle up to 1,000 hp with a few additions and modifications. With the car engine now meeting his expectations, David knew it was time to install an air-ride set up, allowing the Impala to layout. He would like to thank his wife, Norma, and kids Nadine, Nathalie, and Nia, along with many old and new friends whom helped him in the build.
Owner: David Acosta
Vehicle: 1963 Impala
City/State: Porterville, CA
Engine: 5.3 LS engine block, boarded-out to the 5.7 specs. ARP studs, Headman headers, Pro Comp cams, and Dirty Dingo alternator bracket to clear the hood and Apex manifolds.
Body/Paint: The first step was to shave the firewall and mold the glovebox. David did as much work as possible before sending it out to Jaime Ortiz, in Porterville, for the finishing touches. The car was then sprayed PPG Silver. Pinstriper Richard Lopez, from Delano, added the fine lines to the top.
Interior: The car originally came with a factory bench seat, David decided that was not the look he was going for and added bucket seats. Joe Smith of Porterville then got his hands on the interior and wrapped it in tweed.
Sound System: He then took his car to Marks Audio, where they installed speakers in the package tray and kick panels to keep them from being exposed.
Setup: Air ride
Tires: Firestone 155/80/13R