Jose “Turtle” Hernandez
1958 Chevrolet Impala
Excandalow Car Club
Some people build their cars for the shows, while others build theirs for the streets. Jose “Turtle” Hernandez started off his build with a street car in mind, and he has stuck with this mentality while building this 1958 Impala in stages. Dependability was Jose’s main goal with the build, and while he wanted something to cruise in, he still wanted the car to be aesthetically pleasing as well. Turtle decided to feature a very clean hydraulic and audio sound system in the Impala, giving some design points to a car that would be as dependable as it was eye-catching. Whether to go to a picnic or heading out on a California Saturday night cruise, Turtle made sure that this classic Chevy was good to go with enough gusto to still separate it from the pack.
This 1958 has a full sound system, comprised of two 12-inch, 1000-watt Audio Bahn woofers, which are properly showcased in a fiberglass see-through speaker box. The woofers are powered by two JL Audio amplifiers, which also direct sound via the JL audio mid-range speakers. Going for a custom look, Turtle installed custom panels that were prepped and painted to match the exterior of the Impala, adding a flash of design to the practical nature of his audio set up. These panels also cover the four 31-series batteries; which power the custom hydraulic system.
When you want something done right, you have to do it yourself, and Turtle used this approach when it came time to build his hydraulic set-up. Teaming up with Miguel at True Ryder Hydraulics of Antioch, Turtle designed and installed a set-up that was to serve as the focal point of the trunk. The two months of work featured True Rider hydraulic pumps, four accumulators for a soft ride, pressure gauges, four dumps to control each of the cylinders, and half tubing; which gave the system a clean and elegant look. Turtle, who learned all of his tubing skills from his friend, Sonny, hardlined the external reservoirs as well. The results of his painstaking tube work produced a set-up that looked elegant and complimented
the balance of paint and chrome throughout the trunk.
With a keen sense of subtle design, this audio and hydraulic build gives Turtle’s ’58 a classy edge out on the Boulevard. The custom trunk and tidy audio work have set him up to finish the rest of the build in a similar way, and it looks like this is going to be one clean Impala. Undoubtedly, we haven’t seen the last of Turtle’s ride, and we may even have to check back in on it in a future edition of Lowrider Magazine. Keep up the good work, Turtle, and the same to all of our future Bumps and Dumps feature builders.