When it comes to LOWRIDER Magazine cover cars, there are plenty of 1964 Impalas that have been showcased throughout the years since way back in ’77. There has been about every color imaginable of ’64s displayed as cover features too when you think about it. With every angle, side, rear, or front image that can be photographed, only a few are chosen to be the one selected for striking the right pose to make that certain cover’s monthly issue.
Every year, make, and models of cars look good in all colors, but there is always one color that brings out the best in each body style, and when it comes to the 1964 Impala, lime green seems to be the right fit. It really brings out the best in this iconic and classic lowrider owned by Daryl Hernandez. When Daryl was around 18 years of age, he chose to have his ride totally dismantled and customized from the ground up. The San Bernardino, California, native chose Ronnie Payan Kustomz and crew to pull the body off the frame and completely mold the underneath of the belly, firewall, and dashboard.
After installing a 44-inch moonroof, the body was then prepped for the candy lime gold color that ultimately separates this car from all of the rest. The underbelly and frame were also sprayed to match the exterior, and after all was said and done, this show car was on its way to be accented in different complementary green colors and silver leafing by the pinstriper known as Mike Tippets. Cartoon added his famous murals and artwork to the trunk lid and then it was time to seal the deal with numerous coats of clear.
Daryl’s ’64 was dipped completely in chrome and he also had a Vette engine dropped in to take care of the car’s performance as he cruises the Inland Empire or wherever there is a major car show location waiting for his ride to be displayed. Before this all happened, a four-pump hydraulic system was installed and engraved along with the one-piece bumpers made by the one and only Hernans Custom Engraving. Fiberglass console and trunk panels were custom made by Ronnie’s Kustomz as he set up California Upholstery to stitch together various green colors of leather to complete the build.
After Audio Extremes made a house call for the sound system install, this lime green machine hit the road to the Vegas Super Show where it claimed the “Full Custom” First Place award. Daryl may have nicknamed his special ride “Chump Change,” but sometimes if you get a little lucky and find the right shop to build your ride, you not only save time and headaches, you also save a lot of cash! Mom and dad get a special thanks from Daryl when it comes to inspiration for his build and he also gives a shout out to Ronnie and the crew. Nice ride. Nice color, man! .
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1964 Chevrolet Impala
Vehicle Nickname: Chump Change
Owner: Daryl Hernandez
City/State: Bloomington, CA
Body/Paint: Ronnie Payan Kustoms, striping by Mike Tippets, murals by Cartoon
Engine: ’86 Vette tune-port engine, 700-R transmission, chrome and paint by RPK
Suspension: Frame molded and painted, chrome undercarriage, Adex dumps, flat block pumps by RPK, engraving by Hernan
Upholstery: California Upholstery, South Gate Fiberglass console and floor, Dakota Digital installed by RPK
Sound System: Audio Extreme installed the Alpine / kicker
Wheels / Tires: 13×7 Daytons / Cornell tires