People often say your name or nickname is a pretty fortuitous bestowing. After all, it’s safe to say that any guy who is named Stacy will likely have to fight his way through his school years since his parents saw fit to make him the target of bullying. Thankfully for Lucky Armas of Individuals Car Club, his future, at least as far as cars go, didn’t turn out to be a permanent gray cloud. Lucky picked up this ’60 ragtop after trading a ’64 hardtop for it. What originally had been planned as a quick project to fix up and sell eventually snowballed into what you see here.
Lucky wanted to make this particular ride a bit different than other ’60s he’d seen, so giving it a two-tone paint scheme was added to the mix. Although he started with a rough ride that was missing its interior, windows, and had poorly maintained original paint, it now certainly bears little resemblance to a car that others may have given up on. Powering the Impala is the original 283, which was rebuilt before he got the car. Lucky put new gaskets in the motor, repainted it to match the car, added a chrome dress-up kit, and also dropped on an Edelbrock manifold and carb. The exhaust was redone as well and a slip yolk was added to the driveshaft.
For suspension duties, you’ll find a Tacoma rearend, reinforced and wrapped frame, and chrome undies. This thing was built to hop. Three dumps, 10 batteries, two pumps, eight solenoids, and eight front cylinders with 12 in the rear give the Impala all the high/low power it needs. Black Magic rear control arms and 1-inch extended front A-arms keep everything stable. Mikie from Hop Shop in Gardena, California, took care of all the work needed.
The interior was done stock style, but with custom leather and suede by Gustavo at Rojo Bros Custom Upholstery in San Jose, California. A Pioneer head unit with two Kicker amps and two Kicker subs, all installed by Lucky help the thumping get done right.
Body mods were kept to a minimum, but paint dividers on the door help differentiate it a bit. All the paint, striping, and muraling was done with House of Kolor paint by Coastone. Cruiser skirts and a continental kit were added as well.
Of course, the good fortune that helped this build become what it is today is deserving of some hard-earned thanks. Lucky gives a shout out to his wife, kids, father, friends, and club for being supportive of the time and late nights spent working on 60 DIPN. We hope any future additions to the car will be as blessed as the ones that went in so far.
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1960 Chevy Impala convertible
Vehicle Nickname: 60 DIPN
Owner: Lucky Armas
City/State: San Jose, CA
Engine: 283 w/Powerglide trans
Body/Paint: House of Kolor by Coastone
Suspension: Tacoma rearend, reinforced and wrapped frame, and chrome undies. Three dumps, 10 batteries, two pumps, eight solenoids, and eight front cylinders with 12 in the rear
Interior: Leather and suede by Rojo Bros Custom Upholstery
Sound System: Pioneer head unit, Kicker amps and subs
Wheels/Tires: 13×7 Zenith / Hercules 155/80/R13