Plasti Dip a Faded Chevy S10 Grille

By Lloyd Frazier


It all began when my good buddy Dave over at the Auto Ramblings Sportsmobile 4X4 Adventures site shared the discovery of this new product that people were using to spruce up or customize their favorite car or truck.  He said it sounded like something right up my alley since I was into auto detailing.  Plasti Dip is a product that started out as a non-conductive liquid plastic in a can that you dipped the handles of your hand tools in to improve grip and insulate for electrical work.  Now, thanks to, and many other sites that have popularized Plasti Dip for use on cars and trucks, I have become hooked to the max!  Plasti Dip is perfect for the do-it-yourselfer.  In the spray can form, it is easy to apply and fool proof when it comes to overspray.  Anything that gets past your masking job is easily peeled off after it dries. There are a myriad of colors and endless possibilities only limited by your imagination.

Plasti Dip perfectly fit what I needed to do for the faded grille on my ‘02 Chevy S10.  I could have replaced it, but that would have been expensive and taken quite some effort just to remove it.  I ended up using just over a can of black Plasti Dip to apply six coats on the grille and it looks better than new.  I will be reporting back in a few months to give a report as to the durability of this amazing product.

I have produced a video of my effort.  I hope that it might help explain some of the steps I took to clean, prep, mask, apply, and finish a typical job of this type.

Enjoy…and thanks for stopping by Auto Ramblings regularly.

2014 Chevrolet Impala–It’s Back in a Big Way

by Lloyd Frazier

NYASChevyImpalaReveal11.jpgThis is one of best designs the Chevrolet flagship sedan has donned since the 1994 –1996 Impala SS model years.  Then, it disappeared from the lineup until the 2000 model year.  The eight generation Impala was OK, just not great.  The exterior of the current production ninth generation Impala, in my opinion,  lacks appeal and blends in well with many of the other bland looking rental car sedans on the road.

When the Impala first hit the scene in 1958, smack dab in the middle of the rocket and fin design themes, it was a bulky, chrome ladened beast that competed with its other GM siblings similar offerings at Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiac.

The 1958 design was short lived.  Next came the second generation ‘59 Impala that was quite a polarizing design.  You either loved it or hated it.  One thing was for sure, it was instantly recognizable with those huge wings, massive back deck and tear drop taillights.

Thankfully, the triple taillight design returned in 1961 for the third generation Impala.  This generation, from 1961 -  1964, is the most popular designs for classic car collectors.  My all time favorite is the 1961 bubbletop 2-door sedan.  This was the year the Super Sport (SS) option debuted and would live on until 1969.  The SS designation would not return until 1994.  The Nomad designation saw its last iteration in the same year.

The totally redesigned fourth generation Impala, in its first year of production in 1965, set an all-time sales record for Chevrolet selling more than 1 million units in the US.  The Impala never saw sales numbers like that since.  My second favorite Impala is the 1965 SS with the 396 CID V-8.

The following fifth and sixth generation Impalas fell into design obscurity.  It was not the iconic, stand out car that it once was.  Impala was dropped from the Chevrolet line for three model years, 1991-1993. 

In 1994, the Impala, only offered in SS dress, hit the scene as a less bloated, high-performance version of the Caprice.   The 1996 model saw improvements and is already becoming a collector for muscle car enthusiasts.

Now comes an all new design for Impala.  The tenth generation Impala is larger and more upscale than the outgoing model.  The plans for the new Impala to be based on the Holden VE Commodore (think Pontiac G8)  with a V8 engine and rear-wheel drive were dropped due to new federal regulations.  Instead, it will share the Epsilon II platform that the current Cadillac XTS is built on.  There goes the promise of a rear-wheel drive, V8 muscle car…well, not exactly.  The SS debuts this year as well!

Check out the GM promo vid below.

Chevrolet’s NASCAR Heritage – SS Unveil

GM unveils the NASCAR Chevrolet SS in this video.  There is some great historical info at the beginning.  Chevrolet has chalked up over 700 NASCAR wins in its history.  Jeff Gordon makes an appearance during the unveil.  The production version of the Chevrolet  Super Sport will arrive in dealer showrooms late 2013.  It is good to see the new synergy between manufacturer and NASCAR once again.  The NASCAR SS will be revealed during speed week in February 2013 at Daytona.  Teams that will be involved in 2013 NASCAR SS Sprint Cup Series:

  • Budweiser #29 – Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress
  • Lowe’s #48 – Jimmie Johnson, Rick Hendrick
  • Bass Pro Shop #14 – Tony Stewart, Gene Hass
  • McDonald’s #1 – Jamie McMurray, Chip Ganassi

All cars are shown at the end of the video…enjoy!

Follow Team Chevy at:

  • @TeamChevy on Twitter

AR Recommended Viewing–THRIVE: What On Earth Will It Take?

There comes a time in our lives where we take a reflective look at where our world and our humanity are at and where it could be.  AutoRamblings takes this time to reflect on the direction our world is headed.  Jesus’ words in John 13:34 states it in a simple but easily understandable way that rings true, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” 

Humanity is awakening to the reality that the power and control  of our planet is concentrated into the hands of an elite, deleterious few. A refreshing look at where we are as a human race and where we could be is well delivered in the video below.  I recommend that you take two hours of your time to watch and absorb the information.

AutoRamblings would like to extend to you our wishes for a happy and rewarding holiday season to all.