Today, the ‘65 convertible can be seen cruising down Ocean Drive on Sunday afternoons, that is, when it’s not competing throughout the Lone Star State. Built for performance, this ride carries a “no trailer necessary” motto, as Eric is a firm believer in the idea that cars are built to be driven. “I drive my car to all the shows, whether they are local or 400 miles away; it’s all about the cruise,” he beams. Don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of this amazing Impala while heading up I-37; most likely it is just the Tamez’ family on their latest “Payback” outing. Paz, Tejas

1965 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible

Tech Specs “Payback”

Owner: Eric Tamez

City/ State: Corpus Christi, TX

Club: Rollerz Only C.C.

Body/Paint: Corvette Yellow by Trini & Mark at Gardner Paint & Body. Patterns are in House of Kolors, by Robert Sutherland at RDS Customs. Airbrush by John Saenz.

Engine/Chassis: Yellow rebuilt 327, 780 Holley carburetor custom built by Gary’s Powerhouse, Edlebrock Endurashine intake, and chromed accessories.

Hydraulics/Air: CCE airbag system-chrome tanks and compressors with steel braided lines.

Interior: Original pattern with sarape seat inserts by Allen Auto Upholstery.

Tires: Firestone 155/80R13.

Wheels: OG Wire Triple Gold 13x7.

Special Thanks: Eric wishes to thank the Tamez family; Abigail, Joe, J.D., his wife Cecilia, and his father, Danny Tamez, for all their support and guidance.