A lot of people would be happy to have just one 1962 Chevy Impala parked in their garage, but not Juan Bustos. His love for Impalas made him want to add a convertible to his collection. Not long after finishing up his ’62 hardtop, he started searching for a drop top. Not finding anything local, he flipped through a Hemmings Motor News and found exactly what he was looking for.

The car was located in Utah and you know what that means—road trip. Finally, when seeing the car in person, he knew it was going to be a long road ahead. The car was mostly complete but everything was in boxes so it needed a complete rebuild. With the car back home, he wasted no time tearing into it. Doing most of the work himself and with an occasional helping hand from his Dad Johnny Bustos, the car took about 3 years to build.

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Juan is all about Family and when the car was finally completed, it debuted at the Albuquerque Super Show, which was a major accomplishment. His family knew about this achievement and had a big celebration that day, with aunts, uncles and grandparents coming out to take part in the day.

1962 Impala Convertible

Vehicle Nickname
“Slippin” Into Darkness

Owner
Juan Bustos

City/State
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Engine
Crate 350 With Chrome Dress Up kit

Body/Paint
Dark Grey Metallic

Suspension
Stock with disc brakes and a complete Air Ride Setup

Interior
Grey Original Style with 59 Inserts, Custom trunk panels

Sound
Alpine Head Unit, Alpine Midrange, Alpine amps and Subwoofers

Wheels/Tires
13×7 Zeniths With Coker 5:20’s