The ’63 Chevy Impala is one of the most popular Lowriders of all time for a reason. Its unique box shape and back end have kept low and slow enthusiasts yearning for this Bowtie classic for decades. Such is the case for lifelong motorist Juvenal Montemayor, a member of Majestics who was smitten by this car at an early age. “I’ve been Lowriding since I was a kid, I had a Lowrider Bike when I was 12,” Juvi says with pride via telephone from his Delano, CA home. Now proud to fly the Majestics plaque, Juvi worked hard to build a Chevy that could live up to his club’s standards; if you don’t believe me, check out this pictorial and judge for yourself.
“I always loved the ’63, the body style, the difference in the back of the car, it’s always been my favorite,” Juvenal says wistfully. After paying his dues as a member of the Majestics Bicycle Club since he was 14, Juvi knew what his next move would be. I was in Majestics Bike club when I was fourteen but I always wanted to get my own car, which I did when I was 18,” he says. “The club was happy for me, as I was one of the youngest members to have a car. They helped me out a lot in finding the parts and wheels I needed, and they also referred me to certain painters and engravers.” With the teamwork of his club behind him, Juvi built his dream car.
“The paint was a tribute to an old-school car from the ‘80s, for me, that was just a special time coming up,” the young rider says regarding the Chevy’s unique Gold, Black, and Tangerine color scheme. While the paint is indeed impressive, it was one of the more time consuming aspects of this three-year build. Shuffling back and forth to the paint and chrome shops was a bit frustrating, but I didn’t wanna give up because I wanted to see the car finished,” Juvenal says with determination.
His persistence has certainly paid off with this incredible Chevy, worthy of this month’s coveted center spot. The car even took home honors in 1st Place Mild for Best Murals and Best Paint at the Las Vegas Super show. “I wanna thank my car club for helping me out, and thank Sal for helping me put the car together,” Juvi says with a smile. “Of course I’d also like to thank my family for helping me out as well. Still a very young man, it’s clear that Mr. Montemayor has many years of cruising ahead of him, and with a build like this one, he’s happy to let it breathe. “I’m so happy to own this ‘63 and I’m gonna enjoy it for quite a while. I want to let people see this one; maybe someday I’ll do a convertible or something,” he says. We, like the rest of the Lowrider world, will be waiting.
Ladies Night Out
Owner: Juvenal Montemayor
Vehicle: 1963 Chevrolet Impala
City/State: Delano, CA
Club: Majestics Car Club
Engine: OG Big Abel of Tranzas Customs installed a’96 Chevy 350 V8 Vortec engine, which was equipped with an Edelbrock Carb/Intake, fully dressed in chrome with Flowmaster dual chrome exhausts.
Body/Paint: The ’63 has a fully wrapped and molded frame, thanks to JR. Rodriguez of Advanced Body Shop of Delano, CA., and he also handled the other bodywork. The body also has a continental kit with a 42-inch moon roof. Paint on his classic was done by Sugar Bear of Silva’s Auto Art in Earlimart, CA. He used a Copper/Tangerine/Flake combination with Black urethane paint. Pearl splashes and candy fade lines were added by vet Mike Lamberson of Draggin Lines out in Riverside, CA. Murals on this Chevy come courtesy of Alberto Herrera of Quality Art in Visalia, CA., who used a “Ladies’ Night theme”. Art Lopez, of Arts Restoration in Wasco, CA wrapped the interior in black fabric and vinyl. Custom engraving was added by Miguel Chavez in the form of a custom rear wishbone.
Sound System: Diego Montemayor worked out of Delano’s Finest and installed an Alpine head unit with Alpine tweeters, mids, and 10-inch subwoofers.
Setup: A three-pump, full chrome, Pro Hopper setup was installed by Sal out of Bump and Bounce out in Kerman, CA. The setup features 8-inch front cylinders with 10-inch rear cylinders, with four switches, six Accumax Solenoids powered by four batteries. Peter, of Anaheim plating handled the chrome duties on the ’63.
Tires: Premium Sportway 5.20s
Wheels: Custom-painted Zenith 13x7