There’s a saying that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and this was definitely the case for Will Bunch of San Diego. Growing up in a household governed by custom cars which were built by both his father and uncles, Will learned plenty and the impressions forged into his mind created yet another lowrider enthusiast who was bit by the bug. “They were always working on their cars and growing up around that made quite an impression on me,” says Will.
Influenced by the aura of candy paint and chrome, he was naturally attached and since then he’s already been through a handful of cars including multiple hydraulic hoppers, a Cutlass, a Towncar and a handful of Cadillacs. Will says he currently has a ’70 Impala convertible, but it is his ’59 Impala hardtop that seems to be getting the spotlight nowadays. Known as “Game Plan”, Will recently busted out with this head-turning all-yellow classic and he says in the few shows he has attended, the car has earned him a small collection of trophies and awards already.
Looking at the ’59 now, it’s quite amazing to see how it transformed over the restoration. Will says he had found the car for sale on a lowriding website called layitlow.com. The car was located in San Jose, California, and it was in pretty rough condition, similar to something out of an old junkyard. To Will’s credit though, the car was a California car and therefore didn’t have much of a rust problem and the body was fairly straight. Will may not be balling and have a ton of cash on hand, but with his fulltime job and his acquired hands-on skills with cars, he was able to complete the ’59 with a fair and reasonable amount of dough.
Will gives thanks to his special lady, Christine, and their two daughters Ariana and Anaiya for their love and support. Will also sends out thanks to the members of his club, Straight Game car club, Roger at Endless Customs, Donald at Don Juan Customs, and Jose at SD Kustoms for all that they did in the buildup of Game Plan.
“The Game Plan”
Owner: Will Bunch
Vehicle: 1959 Chevrolet Impala
City/State: San Diego, California
Club: Straight Game
Engine: 1985 Chevy 383 stroker V-8 built by Will Bunch. Other features include Black Mountain precision 2-inch cog pulleys and an aluminum radiator with dual electric fans.
Body/Paint: Will himself did the bodywork and prep before he handed over the car to Jose at SD Kustoms in San Diego. Using solids, pearls, and candies, Jose got down to business with this yellow color schemed intricate paintjob. Curly of Curly’s Pinstriping in Paramount, California added the final finishes of fine lines on the body and Frank of Sanchez Pinstriping in San Diego did the pinstriping on the frame and engine compartment. Danny Romero of Romero Custom Polishing handled all chrome-plating needs.
Interior: Flaco from Flaco Customs in San Diego put together new yellow carpet and paired it up with matching yellow leather and suede seats that feature the Impala flag emblems.
Sound System: Will installed the Retro Sound head unit, Kicker amplifier, Alpine equalizer, and Polk Audio 6×9-inch midrange speakers. One 10-inch Kicker L5 subwoofer kicks the bass and an old school color bar under the dashboard visually lights up to the music.
Setup: Roger at Endless Customs in Lemon Grove, CA, did the work on the frame while Donald at Don Juan Customs in San Diego did work on the suspension and put the body onto the frame. Will actually took it upon himself to install the Black Magic three-pump hydraulic setup powered by nine deep cycle batteries. 6-inch cylinders are up front and extra tall 16-inch cylinders promise a super-high lockup in the back.
Tires: Coker 5.20 whitewall
Wheels: 13×7-inch 100-spoke with locking Zenith knockoffs