Many of the today’s top players in the lowrider game were directly inspired by their legendary predecessors. Derrick Fisher of Norwalk, California, may never have built this beautiful black ’64 Chevy Impala SS convertible, “Still Hustlin’,” if not for the formidable influence of Charles Clayton. “After watching Charles Clayton, the founder of Individuals Car Club, rolling down my street as I was growing up,” Derrick recalls, “I said that one day I’m going to fall in line with that club.”
Derrick has done more than just “fall in line” with Individuals C.C. His ’64 is one of the L.A. chapter’s finest cars at the moment, but it didn’t happen overnight. “I had built a few show-quality Olds Cutlasses,” he relates. “I set my sights on my dream car, a ’64 SS convertible. It took me many months to locate a ’64 convertible that would be worthy of the time and money that I was willing to invest.” He finally found one such ’64 in the back of a shop, though it was missing major parts.
Once he reeled in his prize, Derrick’s first chore was to send everything out for sandblasting. He then spent the next year tracking down all of the needed parts and accessories. Much of the work, except the body, paint basecoat, hydros and engine (see Tech Specs) was done in Derrick’s backyard over a two-year period, including the final assembly.
According to Derrick, the quality and style of this build can be traced back to Charles Clayton and Individuals C.C. “The standards and the way that the Individuals rode like a team made me set a standard for myself and how I build my cars,” Derrick declares. “Even before joining the club I was very close to ‘Lolo,’ who was very active with the club, and with his assistance, I began to build show-quality cars that I could clown with on the streets. Because, as Charles Clayton has always said, ‘If you can’t ride it, there’s no sense in building it.’ ” We can’t argue with that.
Still Hustlin’Owner: Derrick FisherVehicle: ’64 Chevrolet Impala SS convertibleCity/State: Norwalk, CaliforniaClub: Individuals C.C.-Los Angeles
Engine/Drivetrain: Lonnie at C&O Automotive in Lawndale, California, built the bored-out 383-c.i.d. Chevy “stroker” engine and fitted it with an MSD ignition, Demon carb, aluminum racing head, billet parts, 350 Turbo transmission and Magnaflow exhaust.
Body/Paint: Don Keller of Los Angeles put down the DuPont Chromabase black paint, which was enhanced by pinstriping done by Maurice and “Curley” at Signature Pieces in Norwalk. Maurice wasn’t done yet, adding ghost patterns to the body and murals to the rims, doorjambs, interior and wheelwells featuring “a strip club setting, downtown L.A. and Daniel R.I.P.” Godo Rodriguez in Los Angeles provided the chrome plating.
Interior: Ben at Supreme Auto Upholstery in La Puente, California, stitched up the gray ostrich upholstery with gray suede headliner.
Sound System: Hustlin’ the beats is an Alpine head unit with Hifonics amps, Pioneer mids and tweeters, and three 12-inch Kicker CVX subwoofers, all installed at Mad Customs in Compton, California.
Setup: A two-pump setup with three Adex square dumps, 6-inch (front) and 14-inch (rear) cylinders, four switches and eight batteries came courtesy of Rick Rock at Lowlife Hydros in Inglewood, California, with additional chassis work done by “Mondo” at Hi-Low Hydraulics.
Wheels: Dayton wires