When Ed Rojas purchased his 1961 Chevrolet Impala 4-door, it needed more yard work than engine work.
“The interior was full of leaves. I brought it from an elderly lady that was gonna give it to her granddaughter for school.”
Luckily for Ed, the granddaughter was looking for a more modern vehicle. After paying 16-hundred dollars it was his.
“I’ve had this car for about 25 years. It used to be brown. I put about 25 grand into it over time. All done in my driveway.”
Rojas says other than the leaves, it was pretty much intact. He did a lot of re-chroming and painting to get it to where it is today.
“A lot of people don’t care for it because it’s four door. An uncommon car. But I built it for me. I built it for what I like.”
Despite not being everyone’s cup of tea, Rojas has amassed a garage full of prizes for this ride. He got into cars in a familiar way.
“I used to build lowrider bikes as a kid. I used to paint them. I’ve been doing this a long time now. If I’m not in the house I’m in the driveway working on this car coming up with some new idea.”
Rojas says the location of the new cruising scene on Fulton Street is a plus, as opposed to past locations like Blackstone Avenue.
“It’s really concealed into a tight area. If you’re coming here, you’re coming here for this cause. It’s like a brotherhood. Like a family. Real lively. Relaxing too.”