David Trujillo of Santa Maria, California, originally purchased this ’64 Chevy Impala for a mere two thousand dollars. For a classic car, that certainly didn’t seem like too bad of a deal. Yes, it did need some work, but overall, it didn’t seem to be that big of a project.
Once David got the car home, he began to sift through it all. He took everything out of the car, from the bumpers that were just lying on the backseat to the springs that were lying on the floorboard. Once he was done, he had nothing but a pile of parts in front of him. Suddenly, that “not too bad of a project” looked more like a nightmare and he wondered just what exactly had he gotten himself into!
He learned very quickly what was missing and he needed to make the car complete. On top of all of that, he also realized that he was going to need another frame. David started to reach out to different paint and body shops, but it seemed nobody wanted to touch this project with a 10-foot pole!
David started to lose hope for this ride and it sat in his driveway for the next two years. David considered selling it until he remembered a guy he met in the ’90s named Rafa Gonzalez; the main man over at the Color Pros shop in Santa Maria. David called over there and, fortunately, Rafa was still there. Rafa was hesitant to take on the project at first, but finally agreed as long as David was willing to be patient and invest some time. David was more than agreeable to Rafa’s terms, as he knew that he was his last hope in giving this ’64 a proper makeover.
Eight months passed and the Impala was finally resurrected with a straight body and a new paintjob. From there, David says everything else was easy. An interior upholstery makeover came next as well as a custom hydraulic setup that allowed the car to lay slammed on the ground. A sound system upgrade was also completed so that David could cruise with some classic tunes. With the ride finally done, it was time to celebrate with a bottle of champagne. David’s wife, Cindy, then came up with the fitting name of the car: “Champagne on Ice.”
David sends out big thanks to his friend and fellow club member, Mario Hernandez for finding parts for this ’64, and to Joey’s Customs for their work, and last—but definitely not least—to his wife, Cindy, for all her support!
“Champagne On Ice”
Owner: David Trujillo
Vehicle: 1964 Chevy Impala
City/State: Santa Maria, CA
Club: New Crowd Car Club
Engine: 1964 GM 250hp V-8 with powerglide transmission, Holley carburetor, and Edelbrock intake manifold.
Body/Paint: Rafa Gonzalez of Color Pros in Santa Maria, CA, was the man in charge of the bodywork and paint. Rafa smoothed the body over before laying down a two-tone Omni tan metallic with white color scheme. The late Angelo Maisano pinstriped the ride with elegant fine lines.
Interior: Waldo Covarrubias of Mobile Auto Upholstery in Santa Maria, CA, added a nice off-white (with tan beadings) interior.
Sound System: The staff at Atlas Custom Sounds in Santa Maria, CA, installed a Pioneer head unit, Rockford Fosgate amplifier, four tweeter speakers, four mid-range speakers, and four woofer speakers. Two Pioneer 7-inch monitors complete the entertainment system. One 7-inch monitor is in the trunk, inside a custom-made metal ice cooler.
Setup: Joey Duncan of Joey’s Customs in Santa Maria, CA, installed a two-pump setup with three dumps, four solenoids, four deep cycle batteries, hardlined hoses, and four switches.
Tires: 13×7 Dayton
Wheels: Whitewall 155/80/13