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1962 Chevrolet Impala - Stockton, California

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City/State: Stockton, California
Name: Tony Alvarez
Year: 1962
Make: Chevrolet
Model: Impala
Tires: Nexen Tires (225/30/20 Front & 265/30/22 Rear)
Wheels: Boyd Coddington (20x8.5 Front & 22x10 Rear)
Suspension: Updated front & rear stock suspension along with Air Ride (Dual Viar compressors & 1 gallon tank)
Interior: Sunbird Front Seats, Original rear Impala seat. Grey leather with suede inserts. Bentley carpet, suede headliner
ICE: Pioneer In-dash DVD Complete Fosgate System (2 10's 2 6x9's 2 6's in Front. Custom center console
Paint & Body: Two Tone Green & Silver, Gloss black Frame, Candy lime green engine & transmission.
Complete Frame off. Molded Cowl, Dash Emblems & Package tray. Trunk was completely molded with the trunk lid


Tony Alvarez of Stockton, California originally purchased this 1962 Chevrolet Impala from his co-worker, but it didn't stay in his possession for long. He ended up selling it to a close friend, who eventually sold it to a family member. 9 years after the initial purchase, he jumped at the opportunity to acquire the vehicle yet again. 2nd time around is when the 62 stuck around long enough to become his masterpiece. Tony never once thought about taking the back to factory approach on his restoration. Instead he opted to take the Low Rod approach (aka "Money Pit"), a road not often traveled when restoring an early 60's Impala.
Since it was obvious he was going to keep the 62 around, he made sure it would stay reliable also. In order for that to happen it was delivered to Jim Picetti handled the electrical work & engine install. After that checked out, it was time for the next phase. Since Tony's ride was not going to be a traditional OG build he placed the 62 in the hands of a Jim Alfiche, the mastermind behind the paint & all of the custom body work. Tony picked up a two-tone Green & Silver 62, sitting on a gloss black frame with a candy lime green engine & transmission. Standout body features include a molded cowl, dash emblems, package tray & a trunk that was completely molded with the trunk lid.
209 Kustoms was the next stop along the way. The stock front seats were tossed & replaced with Sunbird buckets that were wrapped with grey leather w/ suede inserts along with the original rear bench seats. All Interior panels received the same treatment also. Everything blended together nicely with the suede headliner & Bentley quality carpet. In Car Entertainment was enough when on the go, consisting of a Pioneer in dash DVD & Rockford Fostgate system. However, the appearance of the install was all show. A one of a kind center console houses a pair of 6" speakers that fire towards the front passengers, while the rear molded deck conceals a set of 6x9's for the rear passengers (The kids). The molded trunk highlights the dual amps in the 1/4 panels & dual 10" subs under the deck lid. Last but never the least was the wheels.

Now Tony chose to switch b it up stagger the wheels with a set of Boyd Coddingtons, 20x8.5 for the front & 22x10 on the rear. A good combo for a car with no limits. The end result is custom ride with a color coordinated paint scheme through in & out? (video for details). Build time took a little over 2 years to get to its current stage, along with a lot of $$$$$. The motor only has over 500 miles Tony completed his masterpiece. Due to Tony's work schedule the 62 doesn't hit the road as often as he'd like it to, but it is nice to know that he can drive it anywere when it does. The visions he had for his ride were wild & in the end everthing came out to his expectations. Not only was he responsible for envisioning the ride, he was a major part of the build as well, as well as his brother Jaime Alvarez.
Just a few weeks after "One Sick 62" finally came about, the attention the car received was astonishing. "I just wanted to have a show car that I can drive daily" & that he has. Tony thanks his Wife Andrea & his Children (Kristina, Jordan & Adrian ) for being there for him. Along with Jim Picetti, Mike Cabrera, Jim Alfiche, Jaime Alvarez, & Mark A. Lovecchio Jr.
Word on the street is that Tony got a 65 Impala Vert. We'll have to wait & see.

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