1962 Chevrolet Impala – Blood In, Blood Out

Seeing red in an LS3

Tony Ybarra of Crowley, Texas, bought this 1962 Impala convertible in 2009. Once he brought it home he parked it in the backyard were it sat for years. The reason for it sitting back there so long was because Tony already had a 1961 convertible and a 1964 convertible he was working on. “The ’62 Impala was known as my red-headed stepchild because it sat in the backyard and it got no attention.” Unfortunately for Tony, in 2012 his house caught fire and it reached the garage where the ’61 and ’64 were kept. “The cars couldn’t be saved when the house caught fire so they burned down with the house.”

Once he was back on his feet from the house fire, he began to work on his ’62. He took it to Johnny B. Good to have him do the bodywork and paint it with a DuPont red. When it came time to get an engine he decided to go with a 2013 LS3 crate motor. “I used to own a Corvette in the past so I’ve always like their engines. To me LT1s and LSs have always been top-of-the-line motors and that’s why I decided to go with the LS for the build.” He had his friend Scott from Forth Worth, Texas, install it.

Once it was running he had Ernie of A&E Kustomz in Irving, Texas, wrap and mold the frame before installing the whammy pump. While at A&E Kustomz he had the sound system put in as well. It was then taken to Jose of Fort Worth to have the Cars1 interior kit put on. The body trim was taken off the ’62 and was sent out to Cortez Engraving in Dallas, Texas, for some custom engraving before Carlos Polishing in Garland, Texas, chromed it. The final touch to the build was the Seven Deadly Sins mural that Ryan Townsend of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, airbrushed.

“It was a little difficult working on this car due to building a house so right now I’m still doing some detail work to the ’62 before I move on to my ’57 Bel Air convertible and my son’s 1972 Monte Carlo. Since the house is already build I might go full force on them.”

First I would like to thank God and then my wife and kids. My son Nico has always been there helping me out and also a big thanks to all those who helped me in the build, they know who they are.”

Tech Specs

Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1962 Chevrolet Impala

Vehicle Nickname: Blood in, Blood out

Owner: Tony Ybarra

City/State: Crowley, TX

Club: Prominent

Engine: 2013 LS3 engine with 4L65E transmission were equipped with Hedman headers, Borla exhaust, Billet Specialties serpentine system, Optima battery, and Ron Davis Racing radiator

Body/Paint: DuPont red

Suspension: Chrome whammy pump, Adel dumps, and four Optima Blue-series batteries

Wheels/Tires: 13-inch Zenith / Premium Sportway 5.20s

Interior: Stock interior with Dakota Digital gauges and a custom console

Sound System: Sony head unit, Kicker amps and speakers, including the two 10-inch Kicker subwoofers