Just like Peter Parker, J-Dog’s Spider-Man–themed ’69 Impala had to deal with a lot of doubters in its climb to the top. Having first found the car in haggard shape with what he describes as a “hideous chameleon paint job”, J set out to flip this Green Goblin into a superhero as a testament to the work his shop (J Dog Kustomz) was capable of.
“First we were just going to paint it, but then we decided to do suicide doors, figuring they’d really turn heads on a car this long.” And though they do, for J it didn’t make sense to stop at a one-trick antelope. “I had come up with the design for a front-flipping hood about ten years back, but nobody would ever let me do it on their car. This was my chance to really show that it would work.” With the forward three openings swinging out at unexpected angles, something had to be done in back so that it “didn’t look stupid”—hence the unique side-opening trunk design, along with swivel bucket seats inside. With moves more dazzling than the webbed-wonder’s high-flying acrobatics, J’s Impala not only shows off his shop’s abilities—it has the competition shouting “Look out! Here comes the Spider-Man.” W.G.
Year/Make/Model: 1969 Chevy Impala
Rims: 22-inch Filos one-offs
Paint: Black with candy-apple red bowling-ball effect, Spider-Man airbrushed murals
Interior: Full leather retrim with swivel front seats.
Exterior: Suicide doors, front-tilting hood, side-tilting trunk lid
Audio/visual: Alpine 7-inch DVD player in-dash, 3 12-inch subs, Alpine components, keyless remote doors, trunk and hood
Engine: 383 stroker with aluminum head, stainless steel headers, 350 Turbo
Suspension: Custom-built airbag suspension with 7-inch rise/drop capability
Shout-Outs: Nicky Harris and Renee’s Upholstery