Each month in “From the Hood” we bring you one of the sport’s hottest-looking engine compartments. This section highlights an engine that’s been customized and hooked up with performance parts as well as cosmetic components. From The Hood is broken down to include performance parts, pulleys and brackets, engine compartments, induction and ignition systems.
This month, we feature Chris Roark’s ’58 Chevy Impala from Vacaville, California. The immaculate engine compartment in this beautiful ’58 Impala represents the lowrider market perfectly as it hits every point without going overboard.
Chris is one of those special guys who needs to have everything just right; some would call him a perfectionist. Chris took about 10 weeks on his compartment, making sure that everything was as perfect as possible or at least better than when the car was originally purchased. The ’76 Corvette engine was smoothed out and painted, and a RV cam was added to have that extra lobe for added torque and power.
Several custom parts were made for the compartment, including the distributor top, and billet tags can be found throughout the compartment. The engine itself received finishing touches that include freeze plug covers, and every hole was covered with a custom plug. The intake was also polished to accent the painted carburetor. The radiator received a bracket that features an Impala with a spiral design of more than 500 machined holes.
With its detail and quality, Chris’s Impala is where the lowrider industry needs to go. It’s surprising to us that the car has not yet won an Excellence award at a Lowrider event given all of its detail. It’s just a matter of time until Chris bags that award. If you feel that you have an engine worthy of our From The Hood section feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.