With the help of his beloved wife, Georgette, the finished ’58 was christened “8 Cents” because of its Penny color and the model year, and with that; the career of this veteran car builder has come full circle. A student of Lowrider Magazine since he was 16, taking influence from car clubs like Premier, Lifestyle, and Southside, as well as builders like Lowrider veteran Robert Espinoza, Johnny’s success in the automobile customization field leaves him with much to be thankful for. “I’ll be honest with you, God’s been good to me, I have really conquered so much in my life already, and I’m lucky to have a certain talent,” Johnny says humbly. After trying three times unsuccessfully to leave the Chevy dealership he worked at to open his own shop, things finally worked out for this master builder. “I decided I was going to leave all of this in God’s hands and if he wanted me to go into business, than it would start to work,” he says. Though he felt pressure to move to an area like the West Coast that would give him more business, he never strayed from his home in Monetta, and is proud to be a beacon of Lowriding within the region. With his amazingly supportive wife, Georgette (“I’ll see a car on Craigslist and an hour later, she’ll be riding with me to another state to check it out”) and his daughter, Haley, and son and future-Lowrider, Josh, by his side, there isn’t much more out of life that Johnny could wish for. Except of course, a Lowrider cover feature to call his own. “For me to get a cover, it’s unbelievable; it’s like my dream come true. Ever since I began lowering cars as a teenager and reading the magazine, I’ve pushed myself to become a better builder.” Johnny has already taken several first place trophies at a show in Tampa with “8 Cents” and he is well on his way to Dallas to qualify for this year’s Supershow. Though his road in Lowriding has certainly been a long one, it has, in true Lowrider fashion, been well worth the ride. “Just follow your dreams, if you want it, you can have it; you just have to work hard for it,” Johnny says with a youthful enthusiasm. Giving thanks to God, his wife and kids, John Kennedy, Ted Wells, Andy Lodi, Fonzy, the crew at Supreme Plating, and Redman’s of Augusta, Georgia, Johnny can’t wait for the world to see his latest pride and joy. No matter how much time and money Johnny has put into the build of his ’58 Impala Convertible, he can rest assured that in the eyes of all who read Lowrider Magazine, “8 Cents” will forever remain priceless.
Vehicle: 1958 Chevy Impala Convertible
Owner: Johnny Salters
Location: Monetta, SC
Engine: Johnny installed a Crate 350 with a Turbo 350 Transmission, Matson Radiator, Street Performance Pulleys, Street Performance parts, which were fully chromed by Supreme Plating in Inglewood, CA.
Paint: Basecoat Clear Coat PPG Factory Sierra Gold, painted by Johnny at his shop, Salters Custom Paint and Body in Monetta, SC. Murals by Fonzy.
Interior: A Cars, Inc. kit with a Dakota Digital Dash was installed by Redman’s of Augusta, Georgia.
Suspension: Johnny installed an ABS 4 wheel disc brake system, and used a stock suspension which was molded and extended. All of the chrome was done by Supreme Plating in Inglewood and the engraving came courtesy of David the Engraver.
Stereo: Johnny installed two JL Audio Amps, two JL Audio C5 5-¼” mids, Kenwood headunit, and two Pioneer 10-inch subs.
Wheels: 13x7 Zenith 72 Spoke, engraved by David the Engraver.
Original Accessories: Continental Kit, cruiser skirts, Trail Master Spotlamps, compass, Autronic eye, Wonderbar radio, floor mats, power windows, power vents, and power seats.