Just the Facts
Owner: Carlos Guzman
Most folks find it pretty hard to build their dream car on a budget. When you're young and without responsibilities, it's easy to decide to either pay the phone bill or get a new set of hubcaps for your ride (sorry Ma Bell).
An E-Street Edelbrock 315-horse, 350-inch engine was installed in place of the original mo
But when you have significant responsibilities, like when you're married with kids and another on the way, then priorities get shifted.
Carlos Guzman, a young Marine veteran from Los Angeles, didn't really want to sell his 1965 Impala, but he needed to in order to help finance an expanding family. He had bought the car from a Marine buddy, and nicknamed the car "Marilyn"—he also liked Marilyn Monroe. And for inspiration, he even carried a photo of another fixed-up Impala in his wallet.
So when he put the car up for sale with an ad on the Internet (stating "need to sell my baby to help pay for a new baby"), a pair of bloggers who claimed they did a restoration show on cable television came knocking on his door. They liked the car enough to buy it, and videotaped the sale for their show. They then called up a flatbed truck to haul it away in front of a reluctant and now former owner.
But what Carlos didn't know was the bloggers worked for the television show Overhaulin', and that his wife, two brothers, and an uncle were all in on the act. Overhaulin' is the TV show that takes cars from unsuspecting owners and rebuilds them to show quality before handing them back weeks later to the owner, who is usually quite stunned. The show, created and hosted by Chip Foose, is now starting its seventh season and is very popular, especially with the hot rod crowd.
An M&H wiring harness was used in the rebuild, and the Overhaulin’ crew used reproduct
Once the Overhaulin' crew got the Impala back to their Southern California–based shop/set, it underwent deconstruction right down to the bare body and rolling chassis. The frame was then straightened (there had been a small accident with the car), stripped, and then powdercoated, while the body was media blasted clean. Damaged areas of the body (from both collision and rust) were repaired, and new quarter-panels were added. Some custom work was done, too, including the removal of the door locks.
The chassis was upgraded with a Currie 9-inch rear, which was narrowed 4 inches (2 inches per side) for larger wheels. A Hotchkiss Sport Suspension system was also installed, along with Baer Pro Plus disc brakes (six-piston with 13-inch rotors) on each corner. An ididit steering column was also added, as were 19x8 and 20x10 Foose Design wheels that were wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero rubber (245/40-19 and 265/40-20).
The base Impala interior featured a front bench seat, but Chip updated Carlos’ ride with a
The original 327 engine was then yanked out in favor of a new crate engine from Edelbrock that produces 315 hp with 381 lb-ft of torque. A radiator and electric fan from Classic Industries was used, as were ignition components and wires from MSD. Hooker Headers extract the exhaust, which exits through Magnaflow mufflers and out a one-off system. Famed drag racer Art Carr assembled the 200-R4 transmission from California Performance Transmission and it's coupled to a driveshaft from Inland Empire Driveline.
Using BASF waterborne 90-Line products, Foose and the show's A-team members painted the car Silver Screen Silver (to honor Marilyn Monroe), and Chip sprayed the fade across the bottom rocker area of the car. Dennis Ricklefs (with some help from Chip's son, Brock) then came by to lay down some contrasting fine lines all around the car.
Another SS addition is the shifter console that features a clock at its top.
Chrome plating for the car, which included the newly welded one-piece bumpers, was done at Artistic Silver Plating in Signal Hill, California. Chip wanted to update the base Impala interior to the higher SS-grade, so the stock front bench seat was tossed in favor of buckets, which were covered in red Katzkin leather by Bill Dunn. Overhaulin's A-Team also installed a killer ARC Audio-based stereo system, though it is well hidden from view.
Once the car was done, Carlos' brothers, Danny and Omar, got their uncle Alvaro Tello in on the act, too. Uncle Al runs an upholstery business, and he called his nephew up to get him to help with some upholstery he needed to get done. Carlos and his brothers show up at their uncle's shop to find a very nice Impala in for some work.
More SS detail is found in the door panel trim pieces.
Carlos checks the car out and is a bit sad because he knows his car could have been finished like the one he's looking at, though he adds things up real quick once Chip and the Overhaulin' team come through the door with cameras rolling. After realizing the car he's looking at was the one he sold just four weeks before, he's blown away when Chip presents him with the keys and gives the car back to him. As a topper, Carlos gets to take the car out for a spin with Chip riding shotgun—which would be a truly speechless experience for anyone!
As fate would have it, the photo Carlos carried of a fixed-up Impala in his wallet had also been built by the Overhaulin' crew, but it now seems Carlos will soon have photos of his own car back in his wallet, right next to those of his family.
The process in getting access to a car they've never seen before, getting it to the shop, dismantled, designed, rebuilt, and painted and polished before being given back to the owner as a running and driving car inside of four weeks speaks to the amazing ability of the Overhaulin' crew, appropriately nicknamed the "A-Team".
Brock Foose, Chip’s 11-year-old son, gets into the act on the Carlos’ Impala and helps Den
The Overhaulin' television show is now in its seventh year, and creator Chip Foose has now completed that grueling process with over 100 cars—re-imagining everything from a lowly Mustang to an exotic Lotus Europa. Originally airing on TLC from 2004 through 2009, the hour-long show will start its seventh season in October 2013 on the Velocity/Discovery cable channel with a new format.
In the episode involving Carlos Guzman's Impala (part of the sixth season), the car was put up for sale on the Internet and the undercover Overhaulin' team purchased it, only to return it to Carlos four weeks later as a finished, show-quality vehicle.
What folks who watch the show don't get to see is the manic pace of the talented crew when the cameras aren't rolling. Because of time constraints, the show sometimes spends only a few seconds commenting on the fact they've added a new Hotchkis suspension or Baer brake system to a vehicle when, in reality, hours are spent redesigning and retro-fitting parts and pieces to make everything work. Multiply this by new interiors, new drivetrains, any custom body or metalwork needed, plus a new paintjob and you begin to see there can be a lot left out of what is shown in the final version of the hour-long TV show.
But what does come across in each episode of Overhaulin' is the humanity shown to an individual who is helped along with his or her dream of owning a nice car, assembled by a great crew of talented builders. In the end, it always makes for some great television.
These Overhaulin’ guys don’t mess around, Carlos’ Impala was stripped to bare metal before
An added benefit to the car owner is the fact that Chip Foose designs your vehicle. Chip t
Chip Foose (left) and Chris Jacobs host the television show, guiding viewers through the p