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1962 Chevrolet Impala SS
Don't let its harmless appearance fool you! It might not look like it, but the Impala SS was one of the first true muscle cars. On the outside, it looked just like any other two-door. But under the hood, a powerful Chevy V8 is lurking!
About this creation




















































This is one of my favorite chassis designs so far, I think. The new muffler design is working out perfectly!











And now let's get inside.



Whoops! The interior's a bit cramped. You'd be alright, as long as you didn't mind cutting off the blood circulation to your legs.







I believe there's a Chevy V8 waiting for us under that hood.



Yes, there is, yet another V8 powering this car. So far, every car I've posted has had a V8. But I promise you, my next car is powered by something else entirely...



But wait! There's one more little detail I need to show you in the back.



You didn't really think I was going to waste all this open space in the back, did you? Come on now, really?



This is my first model that actually has some decent trunk space, mostly because of the long back end.




Okay, this is the part where I finally quit running my mouth, and you start writng your comments, right? WRONG!! Did I mention this my entry for a contest being held by West Coast Tuners and Midnight Club? The idea behind this contest is to take the stock version of your car, and then tune it. So, where's the tuned version? Just keep scrolling down!





So, what does a guy have to do to take his Impala drag racing?




First, fit some skinny little drag tires in the front, and put a couple of wide racing slicks in the back. Make sure the front end is low, to keep it as aerodynamic as possible!



Next, you'll need a wheelie bar out back. The back end of this car already sits pretty low, so you'll need to do something to keep it from scraping.



Next, you'll need a big-block Chevy V8, probably from a Camaro or a Chevelle. You'll have to remove the hood also, to vent the heat away from the massive engine.



And there you are, ready to scream down the strip at 150+ mph! Think you can handle it?



Just a quick heads-up: My next car might not have an opening trunk, so enjoy this one while you can!



All of the parts are still easily interchangeable, of course. If this was an actual LEGO set, you could switch back over to the stock version any time you like. Between the two, I think I like the stock version just a little better. I hope you enjoyed my little tuner project, and thanks for viewing!

Update: September 18th, 2009. Some photos of the slightly improved tuner version, as requested by Dax Olesa. Okay, so it might be a little late for the contest, but it looks pretty dang cool.







Now that there's a blower on top of the engine, a removeable cover can be added.











Also, there's a fire extinguisher where the passenger seat used to be.... Just in case, guys. Just in case.



Now let's finish it off with a little black trim. Okay, or a whole lot of black trim.







Grrrrr.. I told you to find a safe place to hide!






Now, the rest is up to the judges...



*click-clack* Alright, judges! You're going to give us a fair contest, right?



Comments

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  April 24, 2013
Good, but de-bobble it. Is that a word? Use flat plates.
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  February 20, 2013
Awesome car love it your going in favorite builders defo
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  January 31, 2011
Quoting Abdulla Al Khamees Nate I am 11 years old but have a question how can i make a 8 or 6 wide car because I just know how to make a 4 wide (MOC) which is simple. I'm eager to know.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNwxOaOKDQk .This is a dodge charger video look at it to know what i build . Thank you
It's easier than it looks. I think a lot of the same methods and designs used to build 10-wide cars can be applied to the smaller models you like to build. It's all just a simple matter of scaling down the stuff you might see in a larger car. So feel free to look at my cars for ideas, if you need to. Also, I like the idea of making a slide show out of your instructions. :)
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  January 31, 2011
Nate I am 11 years old but have a question how can i make a 8 or 6 wide car because I just know how to make a 4 wide (MOC) which is simple. I'm eager to know.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNwxOaOKDQk .This is a dodge charger video look at it to know what i build . Thank you
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  January 16, 2010
Quoting Alex Cooper Your cars are great, and your smg is awesome. how long did it take you to get that good at building legos?
Well, I'm almost 17 now, and I've been building with LEGO bricks ever since I was four years old. So I'd say about 13 years. I did have a bit of a dark age when I was around 12, so I probably could have gotten this far a little sooner. (Oh, well!) I'm glad you're enjoying my MOCs!
  January 14, 2010
Your cars are great, and your smg is awesome. how long did it take you to get that good at building legos?
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  December 19, 2009
Incredible attention to detail, man. Great work. But maybe jack the rear up a few more studs so it really sits like a drag racer.
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  November 5, 2009
Sweet car man i love it and i love the conversion to a street machine you did a great job!
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  October 11, 2009
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  October 2, 2009
22 + 16 + 20 = 58/75. Awesome job!
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  September 23, 2009
Quoting Dax Olesa But when I say big blower, I mean BIG: http://www.metalmafiaracing.com/Big-Blower.jpg Okay, well maybe not that big, but you get the idea ;)
Okay, now that's just scary! I don't think the car should weigh less than the engine. (haha)
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  September 21, 2009
Don't worry about the confusion Nate :) Still a good car, wich I think deserves a fair 20 points.
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  September 20, 2009
Quoting Dax Olesa A wheelie-bar could be nice, too.
Nevermind, I didn't see the one you had, I was just thing of the ones that are 3 feet long... ;)
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  September 20, 2009
Wow man, great work on the tunings! Thanks for doing that, I really like the two tone, and the wheels are looking great. But when I say big blower, I mean BIG: http://www.metalmafiaracing.com/Big-Blower.jpg Okay, well maybe not that big, but you get the idea ;) A wheelie-bar could be nice, too. Anyways, great job here, and good luck with Joel!
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  September 19, 2009
Nate. Awsome. Let me complete your awsome grade: Tune job: Neat and tidy. Just the way it should be :) 5/5 Proportions: Must I bother? 5/5 Interesting techniques: Awsome looking engine, and the hood fits on it like it was always there. The roof is always a hard part, and you made it look great. 5/5 Creativity: Very few impalas on MOCpages, and yours is incredibly unique. 5/5 Overall appearance: Almost impossible to make a studded car look good, but you did more than that :) 5/5 I'm truly in love with this car. 25!
 I like it 
  September 16, 2009
yes yes yes yes. im a sucker for these type of crs O.o!!! nice one
  September 14, 2009
Alexander... why only 16???
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  September 14, 2009
Quoting Alexander Hoogerwerf I'll give you a total of 16 points, it is not bad but if it was more tuned it would have a lot more points.
Perhaps it's time to consider the spoiler and blower Rolands was talking about. 16/25 is still pretty good, but let's wait for the last judge's opinion before I make any changes.
  September 14, 2009
This car looks good but I don't see a lot differences between stock and tuned, so sorry you can't get te ful points. I'll give you a total of 16 points, it is not bad but if it was more tuned it would have a lot more points.
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  September 13, 2009
Quoting Rolands Kirpis Also spoiler and some paint job would be appreciated too. So this looks just like tune in progress, like in NFS - when you have not enough money to tune everything, you just tune, what's necesary for earning more money o finish the tuning. So I give you 22 points -> 2 for "Tune job", Everything else undoubtedle 5!!
Thanks, Rolands! This car was actually inspired by an Impala I saw on the Speed Channel. Aside from a crazy spray job, it was pretty basic, without a spoiler or a blower. A custom paint job might not be a bad idea, though. Let's see what the other judges think first, and thanks for the good score!
 I like it 
  September 13, 2009
Nice, pretty basic and goodlooking!
  September 13, 2009
When I looked at the stock version by scrolling down, it was like "what it's gonna be, what it's gonna be, the tuned version!?!?!?" 'Couse the stock version simply exploded my mind. It was everything. And then it came - the tuned version and it was... not nthing, but if I'm serious, I expected way more. Draggers usually have those massive engines with big scoops. Also spoiler and some paint job would be appreciated too. So this looks just like tune in progress, like in NFS - when you have not enough money to tune everything, you just tune, what's necesary for earning more money o finish the tuning. So I give you 22 points -> 2 for "Tune job", Everything else undoubtedle 5!!
 I like it 
  September 11, 2009
sweet nice man
 I like it 
  September 10, 2009
Awesome moc man!!! Would you mind checking out my Dodge viper.
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  September 10, 2009
Quoting Johannes R I love the race version! It has some true muscle car feel in it. Also very clever way of doing exhaust pipes :)
Thanks! I got some of the inspiration from your drag racers. (Pinto, '64 Chevelle) Don't worry, I didn't copy any of your designs. Thanks for all the comments, guys! It's been a long and frustrating project, but I'm glad I could finally get the car posted.
Nate Andrews
Samuel heckaman
  September 9, 2009
Wow thats great can i have it? ~ Sam
Nate Andrews
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Samuel heckaman
  September 9, 2009
lrhol :} laughing really hard out loud
Nate Andrews
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Samuel heckaman
  September 9, 2009
Nope a marine base it takes up my whole floor i think my brother is going to destroy it because its so big. ~ Sam
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  September 9, 2009
This... This is brilliant my friend, I just stunned by the front, you have used some simple techniques on it, yet it looks so accurate, also the amount of details and functions are really amazing on such a scale like this, not to mention that aggressive drag version you built from your model, all in all another win from you, looking forward to see your upcoming MOCs, so keep building >>> peace.. Firas
 I like it 
  September 9, 2009
This is the best car! Great job!
  September 9, 2009
I love the race version! It has some true muscle car feel in it. Also very clever way of doing exhaust pipes :)
 I like it 
  September 9, 2009
As always, simple yet brilliant : ) 5 stars
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  September 9, 2009
Nate Nate Nate,what should i say? You´re one of the best "old school" builders i´ve seen.And this one is your "masterpiece".I like it more than your Musclecar.Fantastic detailed Impala.
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  September 9, 2009
Quoting Viktor Nemeth Very cool car Nate, this is the optimal scale I think. excellent details, very good bodywork. 5 stars
Thanks! :)
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  September 9, 2009
Very cool car Nate, this is the optimal scale I think. excellent details, very good bodywork. 5 stars
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  September 9, 2009
Quoting Samuel heckaman Hey nate guess what i'm working on.
Is it a Chevy?
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  September 9, 2009
Quoting Samuel heckaman Wow thats great can i have it? ~ Sam
LOL!
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  September 9, 2009
Quoting Darek L. i tought Chevy Impala is low rider, no muscle car :/
Most people would modify it to be a lowrider, but the stock version was considered a muscle car. Sorry for the confusion, I should have mentioned that on the page.
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  September 9, 2009
i tought Chevy Impala is low rider, no muscle car :/
 
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