1962 Chevy Impala Convertible – A Nod to the Gods

Eddie Mijangos' Mayan-Themed '62

The sky is certainly the limit in turning what’s in your mind’s eye to reality when it comes to cars. You have a chance to do something no one else has created. In Eddie Mijangos’ case, since he’s Guatemalan, he wanted to go with a Mayan-themed ride to honor his heritage.

With a paintjob as green as the quetzal it has enough engraving in Mayan motif to make the gods smile. Having graced the pages of LOWRIDER before with his ’87 Cutlass “Evil Ways” and ’61 Impala “Bugsy Malone,” you can be sure that he wasn’t going to pull any punches, making this stand out.

Eddie picked up this ’62 in original condition and took it over to M&M Hydraulics in Ontario, California, where they reinforced, wrapped, and molded the frame. They then put in a Ford 9-inch rear, dropped in old-school Hoppo’s pumps, four-square dumps, one tank, four batteries, four solenoids, 8-inch front and 10-inch rear cylinders, and four switches. Stopping those 13-inch Zeniths are Lincoln rear disc brakes and CPP discs in front.

Winston’s Auto Repair put in a 350 with plenty of chrome and serpentine setup and tied it to the 700-R trans with an extended and engraved driveshaft. The fuel tank was also engraved and done by Jaime Castaneda after OG Wiro came up with all the patterning, which includes a Mayan calendar in the trunk.

Lexus front seats and the rest of the interior was done by California Upholstery in all leather, along with a vinyl top with suede on the inside layer as well as a custom console. A Dakota Digital dash, CPP chrome tilt column, and JL Audio components complete the rest of the inside with stereo installation, done by Audio Factory.

The exterior was shod in an organic candy green with a gold base by Javier and Mexico Collision Center in South Gate, California. Curly’s Pinstriping handled the fine lines with the murals done by OG Wiro.

Eddie would like to thank his wife and sons for their support as well as Felix, Steve, Martin, and P. Nut. It’s hard to imagine this car being able to stand out any more than it already does. We look forward to seeing it at the shows.

1962 Chevy Impala Convertible

Vehicle Nickname

El Quetzal

Owner

Eddie Mijangos

City/State

Huntington Park, CA

Engine

350 V-8, 700-R trans

Suspension

Wrapped, molded, and reinforced frame. Ford 9-inch rear, Hoppo’s pumps, four-square dumps, one tank, four batteries, four solenoids, 8-inch front and 10-inch rear cylinders, and four switches. Work by M&M Hydraulics.

Sound System

JL Audio components by Audio Factory

Interior

Leather with Lexus seats and custom console by California Upholstery

Body/Paint

Organic candy green with a gold base by Mexico Collision Center in South Gate, CA. Pinstriping by Curly’s Pinstriping, murals done by OG Wiro, engraving by Jaime Castaneda.

Wheels/Tires

13×7-inch Zenith Wire wheels with three-prong original knockoffs / 5.20 Premium Sportways

Chevy in 1962

In 1962 you could get one of the following car models: Bel Air, Biscayne, Chevy II 100, Chevy II 300, Chevy II Nova 400 (Chevy IIs were new for 1962), Corvair 500, Corvair 700, Corvair 900 Monza, Corvette, or Impala. A ’62 Impala convertible weighed approximately 3,560 pounds and was priced around $3,026. Engine availability on all passenger cars included the 153ci inline-four, 194ci inline-six, 235ci inline-six; 283, 327, 409 V-8s; and the 145ci flat six on the Corvair. Medium-duty trucks were offered with optional diesel engines for the first time in 1962. The turbocharged Spyder option was also new for 1962 on Corvairs, which had a production amount of 6,894. The Corvair was discontinued in 1969 after a nine-year production run and Elvis Presley bought his wife, Priscilla, a ’63 model as a college graduation gift.