1961 Chevrolet Impala Bubbletop Restomod

  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Chevrolet
  • Model: Impala
  • Type: Coupe
  • Year: 1961
  • Mileage: 250
  • VIN: 11837L110175
  • Vehicle Title: Clean
  • Location: Sparta, New Jersey, United States


Here we go again...if you hit the buy it now, have the funds and intention of actually paying. The hot rod community does not need folks that do not follow through.....

1961Chevrolet Impala Bubbletop Restomod

LS2,Bagged, A/C, Lots of custom touches.

Fully sorted out, drive anywhere and look cool doing it!!!!!

I have nearly 450 photos taken just for the revision/updates that were made if you needed to see something specific.I have included many in-process photos to give you an idea of some of the work that was done.

When I bought the car it needed many areas addressed and sorted out to be updated/revised to what I was looking for.It needed some typical things to make it right but it also needed some special things to set it apart from other 61’s.In order to do this, I sent the car to Street Metal Concepts in Sanford, FL.

SMC performed all the work and delivered to me a car that not only was a strong cruiser that you can take anywhere, but also one with some subtle custom touches that make the car unique.

You’ll see from the list below that there was quite a bit of parts and labor and effort put into this car to make it what it is today.

The coolest feature; the car seat anchors!!I have a 2 year daughter who is a Gearhead so I asked SMC to fabricate car seat anchors so my daughter can go with me anytime.They are removable if you wanted but the fact that they are there, is COOL!

The car is fully sorted out and I drive it everywhere.I wanted a car that not only looked good but also one that I can get in, turn the key, and just DRIVE!That is exactly what SMC did for me.This car is a great revised DRIVER!The car runs at 180 degrees down the highway and revs at 2,000 RPM cruising at 70 MPH.The air blows cold, (sorted out the vintage air system and rerouted vents and ducting).

The list of items below is a snap shot of what has been done since I took ownership. I for sure am missing things but hopefully this gives you an idea of the time, effort and cost that has been invested in this car to get it where it is today.

LS2with a mild cam


CustomPainted Billet Specialties

22inch in rear, 20 inch in front

Frontdisc brakes

Customsheet metal work in the engine bay sprayed matte bronze to match wheels andcenter side stripes.

Customfinished trunk, (that actually looks good)

ALLNEW Air Ride System by Air Lift, (brand new compressors, bags, lines, fitting,controller, 5 gallon black powder coated tank etc)


BrandNew Interior, (seats, carpet, mats etc)

Tanks Inc. Fuel injection/baffled fuel tank

Fuel tank mounting straps

Fuel tank mounting isolators

Tube style fuel level sending unit

Tanks inc. 255lph in-tank fuel pump

Tanks inc. fuel pressure regulator/filter combo

Trickflow steampipe kit

Magnaflow mufflers

Billet Specialties legend series "Speedway" 22x10 RR 20x8.5 FT

Nitto Tire 555 G2 265/35/22 RR 235/35/20 FT

Holley low profile oil pan

Braided PTFE fuel line

PTFE -6an hose ends 90 degree x2

PTFE -6an hose end 45 degree

PTFE -6an hose ends straight x4

NPT to -6an fuel pump fittings x2

Sending unit installation kit

Dakota digital VHX instruments

Air Lift 3P Auto Ride Height 1/4" management system

Air Lift 5 gallon air tank black powder coat

Secondary compressor wiring harness

1/4" push to connect fittings for bags

Oil pan gasket

K&N oil filter

New front and rear bumpers

Billet grille kit

Rear bumper license plate mount kit

Battery hold down bracket and retainers

Washer fluid reservoir kit

Replacement horns

Trunk carpet and panels upholstered to match interior

Radiator hose port adapter w/-AN hose/fittings kit

MAP sensor

MAF sensor

Front and rear seat belt set

Door window guides x2 sets

Quarter window rollers x2 sets

Package tray

Door lock knobs

Seat adjuster knob

Seat upholstery work


Trunk build out supplies and upholstery vinyl

KYB rear shocks (correct length for lowered) 343056

Headlight bezel grille spacer hardware

Headlight wiring sockets for "quad beam"

hood adjusters and trunk rubber bumpers

Steering column upper bearing kit

Complete re-tune on ECU

Radiator overflow tank aluminum

16psi Radiator cap

Intake bolts

Ridetech upper control arms.

LED replacement bulbsfor front and rear with LED flasher

Front loop floor mats

child seat retainers, (see pics)

Serpentine belt

Turn signal switch

RT and LT rear brake wheel cylinders

1/2" bumpstops

Rear axle bearings

Rear axle flange gaskets

Differential carrier gasket

AC Recharged

Pinion seal