Revamped 1961 Impala Zo6 - Zee-O-Six Impala

Propelled By A 405HP Z06/LS6 Crate Engine, This Big Bow Tie Is Foaming At The Mouth.

Mike Ficacci Nov 1, 2008 0 Comment(s)

The interior of this Impala is dolled up with the perfect combination of leather, suede, and alligator accents. "We ordered five full hides of black leather and one gator skin from Kamali Leather in New York," says Todd. That's right...alligator accents that will surely feel right at home in Land-O-Lakes, Florida, where Todd resides. The stock seats and door panels were retained and recovered with black leather and 'gator. The custom console is made completely of fiberglass. Also employed is the Auto Meter Carbon Fiber gauge cluster and a Budnik steering wheel.

A mix of paint and body professionals had their hands in the exterior artwork applied to this Impala from Doug, Jeff, and Bob Peterson, to Chris Cruz Artistry in Deland, Florida. The car was completely stripped to bare metal, and the painstaking task of resurrection began. From priming to blocking, sanding, and back again, multitudes of sandpaper grits were used to create a perfect base for the Prowler Orange Pearl metallic paint from DuPont. "The Petersons applied the final coat of clear over the graphics only to be blocked three more times. First with 600, then 1,000, then 1,500 grit before the final rub," Todd said.

Taking more than six years to complete, Todd and friends tightened the last bolt as they loaded the Chevy up for our photo shoot. Asked if he would change anything on the car, he simple said the Impala turned out flawlessly. This full-size dream machine has an LS6 for a soul and classic lines from the days of yesteryear. Does it get any better?




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