Jose Beltran from Anaheim, California, grew up in the San Fernando Valley around cars when he was young because his dad was a car guy. “My dad owned a lot of cars, but the one that I remember the most was his 1965 Impala convertible.” He used to take Jose and his brother cruising around when we were younger. Even though the ’65 Impala was still a work in progress, it stood more than the others to Jose.
In 1990 Jose joined the Army. “I was young and I needed to get away and go do something positive.” He was stationed in Germany before being deployed to Iraq for Desert Storm. It was during that time that his dad owned the ’65 and Jose had plans of purchasing it from him when he got back. Unfortunately for him and his dad, times got tough for his dad and he had to sell the classic before Jose returned from his tour.
Fortunately for Jose, his uncle Chory from Tijuana, Mexico, buys and sells lots of cars and came across a ’65 convertible. “My uncle is the chapter president for Oldies in Tijuana and got the ’65 on a trade deal.” Jose ended up purchasing it and began to slowly work on it. He ended up painting it black with red interior. He took the car to Danny D to get some pinstriping done. “I began talking to Danny while he was doing work on my car. After talking to him, I felt I could build the Impala in a way that I could join Lifestyle car club.” This sparked the idea of tearing down his newly completed ride. “Lifestyle was a car club I’d seen at shows and always admired the quality of cars they built. I had the car done for about three months before I decided to tear it down and rebuild it.” His sights were set on the goal of building a Lifestyle-inspired car. He took the car right back to Danny D to have it sanded down and repainted. Once he got it back, he put the car together and took it back to California Upholstery to have the interior redone. Before he took his car to any shows, Jose debuted his car on Hollywood Blvd. Jose was able to show his ’65 at two car shows before being rear-ended. “I was leaving the second show I had ever taken my car to when I was hit in the back. I had to send the car back to Danny D for a third time to have it fixed.”
Now Jose is back on the streets again where he considers that type of scenery to be the best car show you can go to. Jose would like to thank the man upstairs, his dad who helped out a lot on the build, his mom for all the support, Danny D for always helping him out, Jorge Maldonado, Jorge Guizar, Brandon Brusca, and all his friends and club members who helped out, and Jim Morrison of the Doors for coming up with the name for his ride. “I would like to dedicate this build to my three sons Jose aka ‘Happy,’ David, and Danny whom mean the world to me. They are my everything.”
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1965 Chevrolet Impala convertible
Vehicle Nickname: Love Street
Owner: Jose Beltran
City/State: Anaheim, CA
Engine: 350 engine with Flowmaster exhaust.
Body/Paint: Danny D of Baldwin Park shaved the emblems, door handles, and mirrors before using multiple House of Kolor candy flakes paints to pattern out the car
Suspension: Hydraulics installed by Bubba
Interior: Jose and his dad completely shaved the dash and Scott built the center console out of fiberglass. It was then taken to Joe of California Upholstery in Bell, CA, to stitch the custom interior seats.
Wheels/Tires: 14-inch 100 spokes / 5.20s