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You Ring, We Bring! Pizza Mogul Jimmy Fejzuloski’s 1962 Impala Wagon

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 3/17/2020 Douglas Glad,Wes Allison
a car parked on the side of a road: 1-1962-impala-wagon © Wes Allison 1-1962-impala-wagon

If you owned a pizzeria and had to get the pies out, wouldn't you want to do it in this wagon? Jimmy Fejzuloski hatched the idea before buying this 1962 Impala wagon with hopes of driving it nonstop on the HOT ROD Power Tour, then delivering pizza stuff from Paisans, one of seven pizza shops in Cicero, Illinois.

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"Glen from Billet Specialties has a beautiful '62 wagon," says Jimmy. "I would borrow his cars all the time, have them detailed and returned. I loved that car."

Jimmy found his Impala wagon on the internet in black primer knowing it was going to take "100,000" hours to get the car to look like Glen's, so he handed the car over to Boris Maryanovsky at Street Machinery for a build.

Boris is well known for carefully crafted illusions that are functional street machines that look like they were pulled from a barn or a field. At his shop near Cleveland, Ohio, Boris and his gang stripped the car down to bare metal and built patina in its place.

In eight months, Boris mastered the look, repaired the brightwork, restored the interior, and swapped in a 460-hp 6.0L LS with a 4L65E, and a 3.90:1 geared 9-inch rearend.

Boris used RideTech control arms with air springs to get the car low over the 18x8 and 20x10 Billet Specialties Turbine wheels. It is an X-frame car, so Boris needed to tuck the exhaust close to the frame and use 2-inch drop spindles in the front and air springs in the rear to get the job done.

Jimmy picked up the car and made it to the HOT ROD Power Tour with a larger group of friends from the Street Machinery circle. When he returned home, he drove the car daily to work and used it to deliver soda and other pizzeria-related supplies between his restaurants. Look for the car in the Chicago-area at a Paisans open house or just order a pizza and ask.

1962 Impala Wagon at a Glance

  • 460hp 6.0L LS engine swap
  • 4L65E four speed transmission
  • Billet Specialties 18x8 and 20x10 Turbine wheels
  • RideTech control arms
  • Hydratech master cylinder
  • Wilwood 13-inch disc brakes
  • 3:90:1 9-inch rearend
  • Patina Plantation body and paint

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