For as long as he can remember, thirty-four-year old Scott Dolle of Louisville, Kentucky has always been into cars. "I got into cars at a young age, going to car shows with my dad, who was always into Corvettes," he says. As he grew, his tastes veered into the culture he now loves; the glorious culture of Lowriding. "In high school I got into Lowriders, along with several friends [who were] forming Lower Impressions Car Club," recalls Scott. "I always wanted a '64 SS, but could not afford one at the time. Shortly after high school, I found a '65 SS [and] drove it for a year or so, but it needed more work that I wasn't able to do at the time, so I sold it," says Scott. A regretful Scott did not waste his time when a second chance to buy his dream car came around. "One day, my boss at work told me about a '64 SS with 56,000 original miles on it, so I immediately bought it and began working on it."
Perfection takes time, and this build took the Toyota factory worker over 7 years to complete, as there were several obstacles in his quest that impeded his dream. The first goal for Scott's build was making sure that the car was reliable. Scott tore into the stock 283 that came with the car, and updated the top end, with an Edelbrock intake and carburetor. After timing the car and making sure that the car was receiving the proper spark, the '64 was slowly transforming from project car into reliable transportation. In order to complement all of the aluminum that the engine had received, the next step in beautifying the car was to spray the small block so that it would match the exterior of the car.
Now that the car was running properly, it was sent out to the body shop where the car's exterior would receive a major make-over. That task was entrusted to Mark Swan of Taylorville, KY. Since the car was in mint condition, Mark only needed to perform some minor bodywork before spraying the car in a two-stage PPG red pearl metallic. The bodylines of the Impala were then accented with pinstripping, courtesy of Bob Lathery of Jefferson, Indiana. After the paint was done, Scott took the car home and salvaged the interior by replacing the carpet.
Scott took the car home to enjoy it for a summer, but just like summertime in the Midwest, that didn't last long. He sent his car over to Brent Greer, who dropped the frame and fully wrapped the x-frame. This served as the foundation for a custom set-up that was going to be installed by Jason Carranto. Jason worked with Scott to incorporate a mild sound system, and a four pump Pitbull hydraulic set-up. The two front pumps shared an Adex dump that controlled the pressure. The rear pump featured individual dumps to allow the car to do three-wheel motion at the touch of a switch. With custom paint that surrounded the chrome in the trunk compartment, half-inch tubing, and an eight battery power source, the duo created a reliable hydraulic system worthy of a "set-up of the month."
The frame and undercarriage of the '64 had also received a touch of paint, done in stages, as the frame was painted after it was reinforced. With the frame off of the car, the floorboards were cleaned and prepped, allowing them to receive the same color of the exterior. When Scott painted the undercarriage of the vehicle, he also decided to change the roof color, as it was originally painted white and he wanted to give the car a completely new look. At this point, all of the trim and undercarriage of the car was sent out to Shelbyville Plating and Polishing, where their expert staff gave the parts a show-quality mirror finish.
Perseverance has finally paid off for Scott, who has completed a world class Lowrider build, despite the obstacles he faced along the way. In fact, what Scott thought would take a year, took three, but there was a great reason for the delay; the birth of Scott's second daughter. His family remains his top priority, but one look at this amazing Lowrider speaks volumes about his dedication and passion for the culture. "What I enjoy most about my car is going cruising on a Saturday night, or hanging out at the park on a Sunday afternoon. To me, that's what Lowriding is all about," says Scott. "For me, winning at a car show is good, but I enjoy hearing a little kid at the show say 'that's my favorite car here daddy!'" Spoken like a true Lowrider.
Owner: Scott Dolle
Vehicle: 1964 Impala
City/State: Louisville Kentucky
Club: Lower Impression CC
Paint: PPG Red Pearl metallic two-stage paint; Pinstripping by Bob Lathery of Jeffersonville, IN
Engine: Stock 283 motor; Edelbrock intake and Carburetor combination; Billet air cleaner; Chrome and Billet accessories
Setup: Pit-bull four-pump set up with aluminum blocks, chrome fittings, one Adex square dump and two Italian dumps for the rear pumps; eight 31-series batteries
Tires: 155/80 R13
Wheels: 13x7 100 spoke red anodized