Some guys dream about having just one car. That's all they ask for... just one beautiful classic low-ride. Maybe a clean '59 Chevy Impala - no, make that a '59 Impala ragtop! For others, that ownership dream may be a little bit larger. They may ponder about the day they'll be rolling in an even rarer car than the '59; the 1958 Chevy Impala convertible. With enough hard work, patience, and persistence, who knows? Maybe that dream can actually come true.

For Armando Medina of Chula Vista, California, that dream is a reality. That's right, Mr. Medina owns a 1958 and a 1959 Impala. Both come in the highly desired convertible form, both sport the rear continental kit, and both fly the Individuals (of San Diego) Car Club chrome plaque up behind the back seat. Although they have their own distinctive body forms, both rides are similar in many ways. For example, both Impalas have the same iced green pearl exterior paint coat, both have super clean and chromed-out undercarriages and engines, and both have some pretty fancy hydraulic setups. It's no wonder they are so alike when both have been carefully handled and built by almost all the same hands.

It definitely helps when you're one of the top guys at your own auto body shop, too. Armando manages Nice & Easy Auto Body & Paint in Chula Vista, a shop that handles all bodywork and paintjobs with the utmost care. Originally, these two Impalas were being built for a customer and friend of Armando's named Eddie. Eddie had the '58 at first and had Armando start building it for him. When Eddie came upon a '59; he once again entrusted Armando to be the man in charge of doing the makeover. Unfortunately, time, money and patience got the best of Eddie and he eventually lost some interest his two projects. By that time, Armando had already put too much effort and money into these two rides, so Eddie worked out a fair deal and Armando became the new owner of both classic rides.

Armando gives big thanks to his son, his brothers and all his friends who emotionally and physically supported him during the buildup of these two awesome topless coupes. Armando says that he does plan to add a few more accessories to both rides and continue to help build up other rides in the San Diego, California area as well. We will be patiently waiting and watching for Armando to make those dreams come true!

Tech Specs

Fifty-8 / Fifty-9

Vehicle: 1959 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

Engine: This 350-c.i.d. V8 engine features plenty of chrome accessories, dual exhaust with FlowMaster stainless steel and chrome pipes.

Interior: Davalos of Davalos Upholstery in Chula Vista.

Body: Armando spearheaded the body's makeover at his own Nice & Easy Auto Body Shop. Mario Lemus sprayed a Sherwin Williams iced Green Pearl coat and VictorCordero.com of Chula Vista added the final touches of pinstripping.

System: Jorge over at Audio Xperts in Chula Vista installed a Kenwood head unit with the iPod hookup, a DEI 5-channel amplifier, 6.5-inch Alpine and 6x9-inch Orion mid-range speakers, and Pioneer 10-inche flat woofers.

Setup: Brent Greer over at Pitbull's Hydraulics in Louisville, Kentucky, installed this eye-catching custom hydraulic suspension setup. Chad Furman at Mr. Hardline in Hamilton, Ohio added his magic, running several stainless steel oil lines, fittings, and valves between the four hydraulic pumps and dumps. Eight 31-Series deep cycle batteries power the entire system. Mario Molina of Molina's Welding & Chrome Plating did the chrome plating.

Wheels: 13x7 100-spoke all-chrome.

Tech Specs

Fifty-8 / Fifty-9

Vehicle: 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
Owner: Armando Medina
City/State: Chula Vista, CA
Club: Individuals of San Diego

Engine: 2000 LS1 V8 Corvette crate engine with a 700 transmission and dual FlowMaster exhaust.

Interior: Davalos of Davalos Upholstery in Chula Vista handled all interior needs, reupholstering the OG style in a three-tone Green color scheme with fresh Green carpet.

Body: Armando spearheaded the body's makeover at his own Nice & Easy Auto Body Shop. Mario Lemus sprayed a Sherwin Williams iced Green Pearl coat and VictorCordero.com of Chula Vista added the final touches of pinstripping.

System: Jorge over at Audio Xperts in Chula Vista installed a Kenwood head unit with the iPod hookup, 6.5-inch Pioneer and 6x9-inch MTX mid-range speakers.

Setup: Neto over at BottomsUp Custom Hydraulics in Spring Valley, California, handled the custom hydraulic suspension, reinforcing and molding the frame and installing eight-inch cylinders in the front and 10-inch cylinders in the rear. Four Showtime pumps and four Adex square dumps were hooked up to eight deep cycle batteries. Mario Molina of Molina's Welding & Chrome Plating did most of the aftermarket chrome plating.

Wheels: 13x7 100-spoke all-chrome true knockoff.

Tires: P155/80R13 whitewall.

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