Lot #435.4 - In 1995, it was a Chevy Impala Super Sport re-creation. In 2002, Monster Garage took it to the ice and made a Chevy Impala Zamboni. The trunk opens up with a flip of a switch and an additional steering wheel emerges as well as a conveyor belt and auger. Additional acquired parts include a 36" blade, auger, conveyor belt, motor, water tank, extended drive shaft, extended accelerator pedal and brake pedal, auto-lock 12" linear actuator to open trunk and studs for tires. Major body modifications include rear-corner windows sealed and two holes in hood for exhaust pipes. The biggest challenges for the team were making the mechanism to hold the auger and blade, the steering box and extended steering shaft to allow Jesse to drive the car from the rear and making device to adjust the blade. With the help of Richard Zamboni, the team made a water-conditioning unit to clean the ice once the blade shaved it, positioned an auger behind the blade to gather the shaved ice and designed a conveyor belt to lift the shaved ice and dispose of it into the car. Each of these components is located under the trunk and once the car drives into the rink, the blade is pressed into the ice by lowering the car using custom air bags. When the car is resurfacing the ice, it is operated and driven from the back. To achieve this, the mechanics extended an additional steering wheel as well as additional brake and accelerator pedals to the trunk. With a flip of a switch, the trunk lifts and the additional steering wheel and back seat rise up ready to resurface. With its sleek Purple Candy Apple paint coat, purple neon floor lights, studded tires and dual exhaust pipes throwing flames from the hood, this monster machine is sure to change the face of all ice-resurfacing machines.
THE TEAM: Jesse James, custom-bike builder/designer, West Coast Choppers in Long Beach, CA, Bob Van Der Brink, retired high-school shop teacher in Chino Hills, CA, Stuart Fuller, hot-rod designer in Downey, CA, Ken Hoffman, self-employed fabricator and welder in Simi Valley, CA, Renee Newell, sculptor, in Santa Monica, CA, Dan Padilla, artist, Tom Prewitt, custom painter, Damon's Motorcycle Creations in Brea, CA, Tad Yenowine, set-builder in Los Angeles, CA and Richard Zamboni, president, Frank J. Zamboni & Co. Inc. in Paramount, CA.
VEHICLE SPECS: 5.7-liter SFI V8 with electronic ignition and Dual exhaust routed through the hood flame throwers. Flames shoot straight up approximately 1'. Steering: power. Brakes: disc brakes. Suspension: air bag kits by Master Image Customs. 225-35-20 tires by Toyo Tire. 20" wheels by Alba Wheels Electronics: neon tube lighting by Auto Indulgence Inc. Interior: black and purple vinyl by Nacho's Auto Upholstery. Height: 5'. Width: 7'. Length: 18'. Ground Clearance: 2". Weight: 7,000lbs.
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