Owner Albert Hernandez
1964 Impala SS
"Spongebob" will square up on you!
Albert Hernandez of Sacramento, California wasted no time in scoring his rightful place in the Back Bumper section of our June issue; he broke out his camera and sent us a couple of images of his '64 Impala in action. After seeing this car's bar-raising performance, we knew we had to include it in this month's issue. For any other aspiring riders out there who want to follow in Albert's footsteps and score Back Bumper coverage for their own cars, snap us a few shots and send 'em in for consideration. Before you do that though, take a second to check out this high-flying '64 for an example of what we're looking for.
Albert's '64 Impala was designed for low maintenance and performance, as he wanted it to see more street time than garage time. This Impala was put together by the Hop Shop, and was ultimately powered by Hit'Em Hydraulics. Albert and Mike Villagrana of the Hop Shop's primary area of expertise is focused on Impalas, so this car was a 7added Caprice disc brakes and spindles. The spindles were taller, in order to let the car receive more coil. This really helps to prevent the car from bottoming out due to the force of the rear 16-inch lock up, which is provided by the car's rear cylinders. Albert's "Sponge Bob" earned its name from his daughter Jessica, after it received an eye-catching yellow paintjob. The Impala was hooked up with 3 Hit'Em pumps which are controlled by 4 switches and powered by 12 batteries. For precision, an original Adel square dump was used to control the front of the car. The principles in hydraulics were applied to the build, and the rest was history. Since being completed, this car has been the car to beat in California's capital.
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