In real estate, they say location is everything. When it comes to a way of life, thirty-eight year-old Roy Hulbert can say the same thing. He grew up in Los Angeles, California and caught the Lowrider bug quite early. "I remember at 8 years-old dreaming about cruising in a '63 Impala," Roy tells us.
In 2002, Roy met his wife Lynda and began seeking out their place in the Lowrider community. Together, they would cruise to events and share his passion. Even after owning a couple of nice rides, Roy had still not achieved his dream of a '63 Impala. In 2008 in Champaign, Illinois, they found a stock 1963 Chevy Impala convertible and it looked like the perfect canvas for their masterpiece. Roy hired a mechanic to check out the Chevy and to make sure the deal was legit. With a quick look-over, Roy was the proud owner of what he now has named, "Vyne Tyme."
The car wasn't touched until 2011 when he decided to take it to the next level. Roy stripped the car down and added a high-powered 350-c.i.d. out of a Chevy IROC-Z. Roy's friend, Josh Warren, began the bodywork and the stock white interior was gutted and sent to Randy Bills at Mr. Bill$ in Colorado Springs, where they agreed to install a peanut butter green vinyl color. Ready for paint, Carlos Maes laid down a unique blend of PPG waterborne yellow and green metallic pearl. All of the bumpers and accents were removed and chrome-plated by Denver Bumper. Electroplating of El Paso in El Paso, Texas handled the gold plating. Roy's friend, Chuck Linebaugh, perfected Vyne Tyme's trunk in his own style.
As a member of Good Times C.C. since the chapter began in Colorado in 2005, Roy has been dedicated to upholding the level of quality they demand. "In Good Times, we have a saying," Roy explains, "It's full-time or no-time." Having built his Impala in four months, he has exceeded all expectations. Roy insists that he has plenty of work to add to his '63, but for now, the support of what he has already done to the car has been enormous; his wife and club have been with him every step of the way.
Roy wants to extend his thanks to his wife for her support and hard work, Josh for getting the ball rolling, Carlos for a one-of-a-kind paintjob, Randy for the clean interior, Chuckie for a unique striping and leaf job, and Good Times for being his second family. "I drive the heck out of the Impala, so I'm sure the finishing process will take a while," Roy explains.
Owner: Roy Hulbert
Vehicle: '63 Chevrolet Impala Convertible
City/State: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Club: Good Times C.C.
Engine: Kelvin Connerly added the '92 Iroc-z tuned port injection 350-c.i.d. and a 350 transmission.
Body/Paint: Josh Warren at Phil Long Collision in Colorado Springs, Colorado handled the bodywork. Carlos Maes laid down the PPG waterborne yellow and green metallic pearl while "Chuckie" out of Colorado Springs dropped in some masterful pinstripes and gold leaf throughout the Chevy. Denver Bumper out of Denver, Colorado did chrome plating and the gold plating was done at Electroplating of El Paso in El Paso, Texas.
Interior: Randy Bills at Mr. Bill$ in Colorado Springs, Colorado tackled the interior adding peanut butter green and brown vinyl following the original pattern.
Sound System: Roy installed the bumps by installing a Pioneer Premier head unit with Alpine amplifiers and two 10-inch MB Quartz subwoofers.
Tires: P155/80R13 Lemans Champion rubber.
Wheels: 13-inch 88-spoke pre-stamped Dayton wire wheels.