There is nothing sticky about this ride except for the attention that it grabs…
Bruce B. from Los Angeles, California, has had many custom classics in the recent past, from ’61 and ’62 Chevy Impalas to Cadillacs; this guy is a lowrider to the bone. Sure, Bruce says that he does have other interests, such as motorcycles and beautiful women, but it’s the lowrider cars that he has put most of his time and money into. Bruce obviously has some close friends in the automotive customizing scene of L.A. and he has used his valuable resources to the best of his ability with this latest creation, a pink ’62 Impala known as “Bubblicious.” Pink like bubblegum, there is nothing sticky about this ride except for the attention that it grabs when rollin’ down the streets.
The original cost to Bruce for this classic was only $2,500, and it didn’t take many more dollars to get it to the point that it’s at now thanks to Bruce’s connections in the Southland of California. Through the barter system and general favors from and for friends, Bruce was able to get the hookup on many customizations and restorations on his ride! Starting from the frame and working up and out, this ride is cherry in every way.
Good friend Richard at Evergreen Coach Works in Montebello, California, did the initial work on the chassis. From there on, it was Cook and Mark of “The Company” in Bell Gardens, California, who did some custom brake work. The engine and undercarriage received some major chrome upgrades thanks to Gordo Rodriguez at Gordo’s Chrome Shop in Los Angeles. The seats were upgraded with power thanks to Bruce’s homie Vince. Of course, the pink paint job is one of the most eye-catching mods on this low-low, but it was D&D Designs of Baldwin Park, California, who added some elegant pinstriping and none other than “Doc” of L.A. who did the cool custom pattern work.
Bruce says that while building Bubblicious, two good friends passed away. But, he says that he often sends this ’62 up through the clouds to visit them and let them know that it was built in their memory. Bruce thanks everyone involved in making this custom creation on rims, especially the guys at The Company for building “another dream”!
|Vehicle:||’62 Chevrolet Impala|
|City/State:||Los Angeles, California|
|Engine/Drivetrain:||‘80 Chevy small-block 350-c.i.d. V-8 stroked to 383-c.i.d. with an Edelbrock carburetor and Air Gap aluminum intake. Cool-Flex radiator hoses, Hooker headers with Flowmaster exhaust and billet aluminum pulleys were also added. Jim Escalara from Larry’s Performance in Montebello, California, was the engine builder.|
|Body/Paint:||“Big D” and “Blue” from Big D’s Drive-Thru Painting in Los Angeles did the bodywork and painted the ride with three-stage “Pepto-Bismol” pink.|
|Interior:||Fernando at Fernando’s Upholstery in Los Angeles took care of the custom interior work, consisting of silver vinyl (with gray inserts) in the stock pattern.|
|Sound System:||Richard Arreola at Rich Sounds in Harbor City, California, installed an Alpine head unit with Mark Anthony and Rockford Fosgate amplifiers. A Rockford Fosgate crossover sorts the sounds to MB Quart tweeters and midrange speakers and Rockford Fosgate subwoofers.|
|Setup:||The famous Ted Wells of Old School Hydraulics in Altadena, California, installed 8-inch cylinders in the front and 12-inch cylinders in the rear, sitting on 31/2-ton (front) and 2-ton (rear) coils. The Old School pumps use one Adex dump (front) and two Adex dumps (rear) while 14 batteries and four switches power and control the setup.|
|Wheels:||13×7 100-spoke Dayton|