Mike Cadavid is a law-enforcement officer in Miami, Florida. At age 24, Mike has owned his ’64 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport for more than eight years, making the car a genuine member of the family. When he first purchased the car, it was in good shape but needed some touching up, something Mike began while he was anxiously waiting to be old enough to drive.
Mike’s parents originally suggested keeping the all-original vehicle stock, since Super Sports are rare, but Mike opted to add some small lowrider touches. It became his daily driver, transporting him back and forth to school as well as to work, but Mike soon found a second car that allowed him to concentrate on modifying the SS.
Mike’s good friend, Harold at Harold’s Autobody at Wynwood, Florida, helped him take the SS to the next level. Starting small, they painted the engine and made a few minor changes, but it soon became apparent that a frame-off restoration was the right way to go. Harold worked with Mike, teaching him paint and body techniques and assisting during the customizing process, an effort that was spread over a two-year period.
The changes included a second, updated chassis from Red’s that was already wrapped and molded with all of the welds ground smooth and the frame rails painted. A four-pump hydro setup with 10 batteries gave the SS true lowrider versatility and the Pioneer CD stereo with multiple speakers makes every outing memorable. The new silver jade pearl paint job sprayed by Harold’s Autobody is a traditional Chevy color, but updated for the new millennium.
All of the time and effort was worth it and Mike’s overjoyed with his completed Impala. The SS is a lowriding legend and Mike and his car have become regulars on the show circuit. Now that the Impala has been featured in his favorite magazine, his ultimate dream has come true. Special thanks go to Harold’s Autobody, Action Plating, Murray’s Speed and Custom, Hubbard’s Impala Parts, Noel’s Muffler Shop, family, friends, and his Uce club members for their help in creating the dream.
Jade PearlOwner: Mike CadavidVehicle: ’64 Chevrolet Impala Super SportCity/State: Miami, FloridaClub: Uce C.C.
Engine/Drivetrain: With the help of his father, George, the 283-c.i.d. V-8 was removed and rebuilt, receiving a complete overhaul with all-new internals including a Lunati camshaft, 4-bbl. Holley carburetor on a polished Edelbrock intake, March pulleys, and 2.5-inch ceramic-coated Shorty headers from Hooker. The new motor was matched up with a two-speed Powerglide transmission and telescopic driveshaft. Billet Specialties air cleaner, valve covers, breather, wire looms, and oil pan add one level of shine. The chrome water pump, alternator, power steering pump, distributor, mini starter and Cool Flex hoses take it to the next level.
Body/Paint: The sheet metal on the ’64 was brought back to original and painted silver jade pearl by Harold’s Autobody in Wynwood, Florida.
Interior: The interior was redone by Master Seat Covers in Miami, creating a traditional look using bone white leather, trimmed with green piping. Mike and his cousin Andres completed the interior, adding loop pile carpet as a finishing touch. Mike customized the glove box, adding a CD player along with oil pressure, temperature and battery gauges.
Sound System: The stereo uses a Pioneer Premier head unit, the CD player in the glove compartment, and a trunk-mounted Rockford Fosgate amplifier. A pair of 6×9 Audiobahn speakers in the rear package tray and twin 5.25 speakers in the kick panels surround the passengers with sound.
Setup: Frank at Red’s Hydraulics reinforced the suspension with molded upper and lower A-arms and 3.5-ton ShowTime chrome springs all around, using 8-inch ShowTime cylinders up front and 12s in the rear. The four-pump system uses two Hi-Low pumps to the front and two Red’s pumps to the rear, with an Adex dump to the front for precise control when hopping and Deltas on the rear. Ten Deka deep cycle batteries in a chassis-mounted rack provide plenty of power. Once the suspension and hydraulics were in place, chrome additions from Action Plating made everything shine.
Tires: P155/80-R13 Lemans radial whitewalls
Wheels: 88-spoke chrome Daytons with two-pronged knockoffs