Owner Trino Alfaro
Vehicle 1964 Chevy Impala
City/State Tracy, California

In this month's From the Hood, we are proud to bring you a glimpse into Trino Alfaro's newest project; this immaculate '64 Chevy Impala SS Convertible. If the car looks familiar to you, that's because it was our cover car for the June '08 issue of Lowrider Magazine. Even though the car was already a work of art, Trino decided to pull out all the stops, refurbishing the entire car into the masterpiece you see here. The '64 was named "Cherry '64," after it was laid down with a custom Candy Apple Red paint job. The rebuild project took only 6 months to finish, and that's without cutting any corners.

Trino really wanted to upgrade the classic Chevy, so nothing was spared when the reconstruction process began. The car was once again taken apart in Trino's garage in Tracy, CA. While Trino worked on dressing up the engine, the body was taken back to paint man Leo Osuna for a facelift. Leo added some custom candy graphics in different shades all over the body, and he also continued these graphics throughout the engine compartment, giving the Impala that extra detail. The fan cover was also painted with flake and candy red stripes. As the paint was added, Trino took the 2000 Chevy 350 and added some extra custom accessories. Theses accessories included a custom engraved and chromed upper radiator hose, air filter, valve covers, and a heater core. He also upgraded the engine with an Edelbrock EnduraShine intake manifold and carburetor. For a cleaner look, all the wires were hidden with flex hoses and custom-bent tubes. The chrome additions to the '64 were sent to Moreno's and Showtime chrome in Fresno, CA. Trino wanted only the best engravers out there to help him out with the project, so different engine parts were sent out to various engravers, including Cortex from Texas, Gino out of Fresno, and Miguel Chavez from Los Angeles. Alberto from Visalia, CA also upgraded the molded hood with a custom mural, using a sexy, "business-female" theme.

After the car was finished, it was sent to the Las Vegas Super Show and displayed as if it was a brand new build. After checking out these pics, you can see for yourself why it was one of the most talked about Lowriders in the Super Show. Make sure you keep picking up LRM to see a full feature of Trino's all new "Cherry '64" in the near future.

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