Owning a lowrider means never having to say, “I give up.” Thirty-nine-year-old Chuck Linebaugh of Lone Tree, Colorado, is living proof of this, and he knows full well that when adversity comes in a project, you have to barrel through and make the best of it. Being raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Chuck grew accustomed to seeing amazing custom vehicles on the area’s boulevards. Chuck recalls his introduction quite vividly. “My very first show was a Lowrider show in Miami in 1991,” he adds, “I loved how everyone could express their own style.” That sense of creative freedom inspired Chuck and it grew larger every year until he came across a ’65 Chevrolet Impala sitting under a tree in Deland, Florida. After procuring the neglected American machine, Chuck decided to put his creativity to work.
It was at that time he also met his now-wife, Kim, and he began sharing his passion and love for the Impala with her. “It almost became his second girlfriend,” Kim tells us. The tumultuous times began when the shop at which Chuck had his Impala parked was vandalized, and the rims were stolen off the vehicle. At the same point in time, Kim was offered a more lucrative job in mountainous Colorado. They both agreed to pack up their belongings and make the trip to better their lives. The Impala was loaded into an enclosed hauler, but the company hadn’t secured the car down. When it arrived, it was completely damaged.
Chuck enlisted Tomas and Alberto, of Quiroz Paint & Body in Longmont, Colorado, to repair the Impala. While in the shop, Alberto laid down rich layers of House of Kolor Kandy Cobalt Blue with two gallons of clear. As a working mechanic, Chuck was able to rebuild the motor himself to make sure it could handle the rough Colorado roads. Even with such a large trunk area, Chuck wanted to separate enough room to have a quality stereo system and a cleanly designed suspension setup. Handling all the work himself, he installed a Black Magic whammy setup using hard-lines. Above the setup, he added an enclosed amp rack with speakers. The Impala was then brought to Angel at American Upholstery in Aurora, Colorado, where a peanut butter and black vinyl cabin was installed.
As any lowrider enthusiast knows, their custom cars are never completed—there is always more to add or replace. Chuck spends countless hours in his home garage working on the Chevy while Kim patiently waits for him. “She is definitely the Mistress,” Kim says with a smile. “It’s when he starts sleeping in the car that I’ll have to worry.” Chuck wishes to thank his car club City Wide, Cesar, Tiffanie, and the one with the most important support during his build; the support of his loving and understanding wife, Kim.
Owner: Chuck Linebaugh
Vehicle: 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS
City/State: Lone Tree, Colorado
Club: City Wide C.C.
Engine: Chuck rebuilt the motor in the comfort of his own home using his mechanical background and experience. The Chevy 350-cid was restored to look like new. The turbo 400 transmission was built up to make sure the Chevy has plenty of giddy-up. A competition cam, Edlebrock carburetor and aluminum-forged pistons round out the engine upgrades.
Body/Paint: The bodywork was handled by Tomas Quiroz, of Quiroz Paint and Body. His brother, Alberto, got to work in the paint booth coating the Impala with House of Kolor Kandy Cobalt Blue and secured it with two gallons of clearcoat. Chrome plating was done by Gabriel at Performance Motoring in Mesa, Arizona.
Interior: Angel, at American Upholstery in Aurora, Colorado, did all the necessary restorations and added a full peanut butter and black vinyl interior package. The water and oil pressure gauges were built into the center console and a custom molded package tray was added.
Sound System: Chuck added his own bumps, installing a Pioneer head unit using all JL Audio components. Two Phoenix Gold amplifiers make sure the four JL Audio 10-inch subwoofers rattle the windows. Fiberglass door pods were built to hold the mids and highs.
Setup: Ron at Black Magic in Las Vegas hooked Chuck up with the Black Magic whammy tank. Chuck installed it and hard-lined everything. Three Workaholic batteries handle all the necessary moves from the four-switch dash-mounted panel.
Tires: 155/80R13 Majestic rubber
Wheels: All chrome 13-inch cross-laced 72-spoke OG Wire Wheels