All Lowrider builds take time; especially when you’re working on a budget or have to completely put a car together. Mike “Mike D” Davey of San Diego, California, did the latter, after receiving his ’64 Impala while working at Old Town Collision. The car was basically a shell, as it was taken apart and in pieces. With a majority of the car’s parts missing when Mike got his hands on it, the real fun was about to begin. The car would eventually become known as “The Barter System 2,” as Mike had his work cut out for him to not only find all of the parts he needed to complete the convertible; he had to trade and barter for several of them as well. Thanks to his own persistence and help from his friends and fellow car club members, Mike began hunting down all of the parts he needed.
Mike already had a car in the club that was complete, so he was able to take his time to get this car done without having to rush it. Once the major parts of the car were obtained, Mike sent the body to West Coast Body and Paint, where Tony Ruiz did all of the bodywork. Once that was done, Mike D. laid out the Ermine White Axalta two-stage paint, and graphics were added once that work was finished.
Now that the car’s paint was where it needed to be, Mike was left with the task of choosing a power plant for his new Impala. His friend and fellow car club member, Smiley, found him a donor car with a cracked intake manifold. This became the spark Mike needed, as he decided to go modern and add a Magna Super Charger to his LS1. The 5.7 was equipped with a 96MM throttle body, Professional Product billet fuel rails, Street & Performance pulleys, dual stainless 2-inch exhaust and 4L60E transmission, Hole Shot torque convertor, and a Jaguar rear end with CPP disc brakes.
The interior received the Dakota Digital gauges and a sound system that was good enough to make passengers think that they are sitting in a concert hall. The sound system, installed by Miguel Aguirre, included a JVC head unit, molded kick panels, Sound Stream midrange speakers and woofers. The system receives its power courtesy of a Sound Stream amplifier and a Precision Power amplifier, paired up with an Alpine ERA-6320 sound filed processor. Once all the interior and audio was taken care of, the Impala was taken to Saul, of Friendly’s Upholstery, who installed the Cars Inc. interior.
After years of bartering and working on this Impala, Mike D was finally ready to take the car out for a cruise with his fellow members of the San Diego chapter of the Majestics. Thanks in part to his modern drivetrain, Mike is usually one of the first riders ready to show his car or hop on the freeway at a moment’s notice.
“The Barter System 2”
Owner: Mike Davey A/K/A Mike D
Vehicle: 1964 Chevrolet Impala
City/State: San Diego, CA
Club: Majestics Car Club
Engine: 2004 LS1 5.7 with a 96MM throttle body, professional product fuel rails, Magna Super charger, Street & Performance pulleys, Spal fans, dual stainless 2-inch exhaust and 4L60E transmission, Hole Shot torque convertor, Jaguar rear end with CPP disc brakes.
Body/Paint: Axalta two-stage Ermine White, paintjob.
Sound System: JVC head unit, molded kick panels, Sound Stream midrange speakers and woofers. Sound Stream amplifier and Precision Power amplifier paired with an Alpine ERA-6320 sound filed processor.
Setup: Jaguar rear end along with custom ASC speed metal arms, Custom Swaybar and Flaming River rack-and-pinion, 4 Street Life Hydraulic pumps.
Tires: 155-80R13’s Firestone radials
Wheels: 13×7 Zenith Wire Wheels