Anyone that grew up in Oxnard, CA can testify that the area has certainly had its fair share of Lowrider activity. The Oxnard scene had a huge influence on Chris Fields who grew up there dreaming of participating in the local culture. "Oxnard Blvd and Saviers Rd. was the spot to be, and watching everyone cruising out there really influenced me into the scene," says Chris. In the early '90's Chris used to cruise around with his Compa, Robert Garcia, in his '63 convertible. It was Robert who helped Chris find the '62 that is being featured here, a discovery that was made more than eight years ago. "I had a friend that passed away who used to own a '62 and since then, the '62 Impala has been my favorite car," Robert says sincerely.
The '62's transformation began almost immediately after Chris had purchased it, but it didn't take long for him to run into problems with the build. "We tore the car down and we took it to a few different painters, but unfortunately they ended up being the wrong guys," says a frustrated Robert. "One of them started working on the car, but three years later, it was just sitting on the side of his house. I kept calling him and going over to his house to see the work but it was just evident that it wasn't going to happen." After getting fed up with the painter, Chris went by and took his car back. It was around that time when his fellow club member, Jose Barba, hooked him up with Low Lowz and More out of Rialto, CA. "It was smooth sailing after I took it in to Low Lowz and More," explains a relieved Robert.
"I tried to make the car look "gangsta" by adding the blinds; a booty kit and having it lay real low. Once I was finished, it just came naturally to me to name the car, "The Seventh Letter."
Chris would like to thank Eklips and Young K for helping him with the design of the bat switches and the knock off chips, Risky for hooking him up with OG Abel, and he'd like to send a special thanks to his wife and kids.
Owner: Chris Fields
Vehicle: '62 Chevy Impala
City/State: Oxnard, CA
Engine: 327 with 350-turbo transmission, Flowmaster exhaust, Thorly headers, Edelbrock 650 CFM carb, Edelbrock intake, Zoop serpentine kit, Be Cool radiator and fan, EMS hood hinges, Lokar tranny stick, Tuff Stuff starter, Interstate Battery, Taylor Wires spark plugs wires, Billet Specialties valve covers and air cleaner.
Body/Paint: Jose Garcia at Low Lowz & More of Rialto, CA used a special blend of corona cream paint on the '62. Walt Prey in Simi Valley added the fine lines, while OG Abel of OGAbel.com in Chino, CA added the mural in the molded trunk.
Interior: Brad at Low Lowz & More installed the stock seats and carpet. Dakota Digital gauges and a Billet dash cover were added along with molding the dash and the custom speaker kick panels.
Sound System: Ray, of Low Lowz & More, alongside Chris installed the Fosgate amps and Fosgate tweeters, mids and two 10" Power Fosgate subwoofers.
Setup: Ted Wells installed two Pesco Shot Gun pumps, three Adex dumps, and six Interstate batteries at Old School Hydros in Altadena, CA. Hernan of Engrave It in Montclair, CA did all the engraving. The fully wrapped frame was completed at Low Lows & More in Rialto, CA. Other suspension modifications include molded upper and lower a-arms, a shortened rear end, 605 Steering Box, I Did It steering column, ABS electric booster and disc brakes.
Tires: OG 5.20's Premium Sportways
Wheels: 13x7" Daytons