Andy Lodi's 1958 Chevrolet

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An early photo of Andy's Impala as it appeared when it was white. Photo courtesy of Andy Lodi - Adex.
Photo courtesy of Andy Lodi - Adex.
Photo courtesy of Andy Lodi - Adex.
Photo courtesy of Andy Lodi - Adex.
Photo courtesy of Andy Lodi - Adex.
Photo courtesy of Andy Lodi - Adex.
Photo courtesy of Andy Lodi - Adex.

1958 Chevrolet Impala owned by Andy Lodi of Altadena, California. The Impala was Andy's second car, and he bought it for 65 USD in 1971. At the time it was all original white with a green interior. Power came from an original 283 small block engine. He brought it home, tuned it up and mounted a set of Rockets with a set of 600x14 recaps. Not pleased with the look of the wheels, and how the white walls looked, Andy decided to ditch them for a set of Cragars with 500x14 tires. The drums on the car were painted in green Candy to match the interior. When it was finally time to cut the Impala and install lifts, Andy went to Palley's, the premier hydraulic surplus facility in the business. Andy was a "three switch man", so he installed Adel dumps, two Pesco Rooster pumps, six Delco batteries, 36 volts per pump, with 1955 Chevrolet battery hold downs, an oxygen tank with Dextron transmission fluid, six-inch one-o-ring steels in the front, eight inch one-o-rings steels in the rear, cups and donuts machined by Andy, tabbed up the front and welded Ski on the cross member. With an investment of about $150 into the '58, Andy was scraping up the pavement with front-back and pancake action. According to Andy, if you were not dragging the fram when you pulled up on someone, everybody was talking about you. The talking did not include words of encouragement, it was simple "If you didn't lay frame you weren't low riding". The lifts were installed in 1971, and it was the first car Andy ever lifted.[1]


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