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LOWRIDER AUGUST 2016

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08 Timeless 30 Desti-9 38 Lowrider Family 42 California Feel 48 L.A. Flavor, NY Streets 52 First Love 88 California Daydreaming

Rudy Trevino's '65 Buick Riviera

Sergio Martinez's '59 Chevy Impala

Adrian Romero's '52 Chevy Fleetline Anthony William's '66 Buick Riviera Benito Camacho's '72 Chevy Impala

Bobby Enz's '50 Chevy 3100 Justin King's '87 Oldsmobile Cutlass

DEPARTMENTS 04 Editorial 34 Tanks & Tails 58 Lowrider Originals 62 Roll Playerz 66 Lowrider ShopStop 94 Roll Models Series 96 Web Exclusive 98 New Products

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70 Framed and Set Up 76 Interchangeable Parts 82 Do It Yourself

We set up a classic car on a rodded-out chassis and suspension and the results were ridiculous. We take on a drum-to-disc brake conversion A fresh firewall and a fresh metal headliner

EVENTS 16 2016 Grand National Roadster Show 22 2016 Arizona Super Show On the Cover: This month is a unique set of ’65 and ’66 Buick Rivieras followed by the Uniques' very own Radical Truck.

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The Buick Riviera was the well thought out masterpiece of some of the best designers and engineers of its time back in the early ’60s. Riviera possessed an aura of sophistication and luxury quite as rare as that of the famous Mediterranean playground for which it was named. Officially, the clay model concept called XP-715, was the perfect design to revive the La Salle brand that died way back in 1940. GM designer Bill Mitchell presented his European design and style to Cadillac, and when Cadillac management proved indifferent to the car, he tried to sell it to Chevrolet and Pontiac. Neither were interested. But when Buick and Oldsmobile saw the clay model an intense competition developed between the two brands for the production rights to XP-715. GM asked both to present a full breakdown of their plans for the new model: production numbers, marketing, manufacturing costs, projected sales price, and profits. Buick’s advertising agency put together an exciting presentation and eventually they easily won out. They’d call the car Riviera, a name first used for Buick’s early ’49 and ’55 pillarless hardtop era. Mitchell gave the GM designers the assignment of combining Rolls-Royce and Ferrari styling to create Buick's eventual classic, the ’63 Riviera. The body lines featured the “Coke bottle” style and razor-sharp lines, highlighted by the Rolls-styled roof line and fake air scoops on the front of the rear wheelwells. Considering other American luxury-performance machines of the time, the Buick was one of the best, as it featured standard factory accessories that were upgrades for other makes and models. For 1965, the Riviera included the hidden headlamp clamshells, as per the original design that were permanent to cut cost. The scoops located behind the doors and rear wheel arches were removed. The scoops had been there for visual purposes only and did not provide any functionality so the removal did not pose any threats to

overheating. Other mild changes saw the taillights become incorporated into the rear bumper, which enhanced the look even more. The first-ever Rivieras are arguably one of the best-looking car classics of all time and they are also rivaled by their second-generation ’66-’70 Rivieras and the third-generation “Boat Tails. But one thing is for sure, if we had to make a choice between which were the baddest Rivis ever, we would all agree that the ones wired down with altered suspensions that come with different color chips than that of the factory are the best. Lowrider Rivieras like the candy red and multi-shaded orange specimens offered on this month’s cover are also concepts like the XP-715. The only difference between them is one was clay and these others are metal souls. The Lowrider Sanctioned Arizona Super Stadium Show III kicked off yet another spectacular event this last March. Only this year’s Arizona Cardinal Stadium spectacular car show event became one for the ages—historic! Once the football field was rolled away and removed, legendary show cars and past and present Lowrider of the Year vehicles took over the area where the 50-yard line was. All the traditionally known car clubs made their presence felt along with 600 premium customized rides that included a few breakout qualifiers 4

to start the show circuit year off as well. The always huge Arizona crowd was entertained by jumbo screens, a main stage hopping contest, and music entertainment that was heard throughout the enormous facility. This memorable super car show has to rank up there with one of the all-time shows ever thrown, and the real trophy awards should go out to the Arizona Lowrider nation who came out in droves to pack and fully support this grand event. Congratulations once again to Tony Herrera and all of his crew who outdid themselves to welcome everyone who played a part in this show’s success. And while I got a little inspired or fired up about that show, I hope that everyone out there has been inspired by the emotional video series called Roll Models—doctors in ’58s, military heroes building convertible classics as therapy, Las Vegas CEOs cruising the Strip, and politicians with prized “Bomb” possessions are not only mentors to us all, but they are also the superheroes who remove the Lowrider stereotypes. They exemplify that you can be anyone you want to be, especially as a proud Lowrider too! God bless us all who are proud to be lowriders, Joe Ray


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WHEN IT’S COOL, IT DOESN’T GO OUT OF STYLE BY PHIL SCHWARTZE | PHOTOS BY BETO MENDOZA

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Coco Chanel once famously said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.� Some things just never lose their cool factor. Certain trends have come and gone in the car world, especially lowriding, but others never get old. Even unmodified, few would argue that a car like the '65 Buick Riviera looks all that dated. In fact, according to its owner, Rudy


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Trevino, it even drives like a modern car. When he decided to go all in and turn the car into a lowrider, he wanted something simple and clean. We’d have to say that this ride would have looked just as good on our cover 40 years ago as it does now. It just goes to show you that some things just never age. Rudy had wanted a Rivi because

All Buicks come fully loaded and with style.

they’re unique and not the mainstream choice. He had been looking for one for years and found this one in Houston on eBay. It’d come from the second owner and had originally been in New York City. This car was loaded with factory accessories and those old enough to remember would attest that it was really ahead of its time. A speed sensor set at 11

70 mph goes off when you go beyond that. Other options like an Autronic Eye, tissue dispenser, power windows, power seats, and factory A/C round out the package. Next step was finding the right shop to take on the project. After meeting the guys from Top Notch Customs at the LOWRIDER Super Show, Rudy and the team hit it off


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and the choice was made on who’d take on the project. The car retains its factory dual-quad 425 as well as the original transmission and rearend. Some chrome and an aluminum radiator dress it up along with being matched to the body color. The frame was reinforced, Aarms extended and molded, and

Clamshell headlights and recessed bumper taillights were new for 1965.

everything was powdercoated in preparation for the hydraulic setup. It consists of two Hoppo’s pumps with a floating oil reserve tank, four Delta dumps, four solenoids, four switches, 6-inch front and 12-inch rear cylinders, and four Centennial batteries. ABS disc brakes all around slow down the 14-inch Zeniths.

"CERTAIN TRENDS HAVE COME AND GONE IN THE CAR WORLD, ESPECIALLY LOWRIDING, BUT OTHERS NEVER GET OLD."

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Badges, door handles, mirrors, and keyholes were shaved off so the House of Kolor Candy Brandywine could be laid down by Louie “Kustom Kandy” Carrillo. Other than that the car retains its stock lines and trim. Joe at California Upholstery did up the double-stitched magnolia-colored leather, same color as a Bentley.


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1965 BUICK RIVIERA OWNER Rudy Trevino CITY/STATE Rowland Heights, CA CAR CLUB Pegasus ENGINE 425ci V-8, automatic trans SUSPENSION Two Hoppo’s pumps with a floating oil reserve tank, four Delta dumps, four solenoids, four switches, 6-inch front and 12-inch rear cylinders, and four Centennial batteries. ABS disc brakes, frame was reinforced, A-arms extended and molded, and everything was powdercoated SOUND SYSTEM Pioneer head unit, Infinity 6.5-inch, Pioneer 6x9s, Kicker subwoofer INTERIOR Dakota Digital and Dolphin gauges, upholstery, and custom console by California Upholstery BODY/PAINT Shaved with House of Kolor Candy Brandywine by Louie “Kustom Kandy” Carrillo WHEELS/TIRES 14x7 Zeniths / Premium Sportway 5.20 13


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RIVIERAIN1965 965 The Riviera debuted in 1963. The '65 version most famously featured clamshell headlights hidden behind the grille pods and taillights relocated to the bumper. A 401ci standard or optional 425ci Wildcat V-8 was offered, the latter of which is called the Gran Sport option, which also featured a 3.42:1 rearend, fivespoke wheels, larger-diameter exhaust, and a three-speed 400 automatic transmission. The wheelbase was 117 inches and weight was approximately 4,200 pounds. A vinyl top was offered as well. Approximately 3,354 Gran Sport editions were built out of 34,586 Rivieras and cost around $4,400 new.

Burled wood accents and LED lighting with some billet inserts bring the interior into the modern age with some classy touches. A center console was added and dash changed up a bit to house the relocated Dolphin and Dakota Digital gauges. A Pioneer head unit powers a Kicker subwoofer and Infinity and Pioneer speakers. Rudy named the car “Highway to Hell” not because he’s an AC/DC fan, 14

but because he thought it’d bring hell to the car shows since it was a departure from the usual Impalas that dominate the scene. Rudy would like to thank Peter and Paul at Top Notch Customs, Pegasus Car Club, and his friend Ary for their help. However you slice it, it’s a heavenly interpretation of a car that isn’t conventional, but looks as good as it did 51 years ago.


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LOWRIDER HOT RODS? HOT ROD LOWRIDERS? BY JOSH CHING

For the 13th year in a row, the Grand National Roadster Show took over the Pomona Fairplex for another weekend, filling its buildings with over 500 of the most beautiful show vehicles around.  This year’s show saw a definite blending of styles in the builds, from the bodywork to the paintjobs to the choice of accessories. There were lowriders rocking hot rod wheels, and hot rods in lowrider-style paintjobs and colors. This was a show that many times

Ford LTD car show.

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made us stop and ask, “Is this a lowrider, or is this a hot rod?”  Last year, Rudy Sandoval from Groupe Car Club debuted a beautiful blue '73 Ford LTD, “True Blue,” that we featured as our cover car for our Aug. ’15 issue. As a follow-up to last year’s successful debut, Rudy was back again with True Blue, which he displayed alongside his latest build, another LTD, that we’ll be featuring sometime in the future.  At the end of the weekend,


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THIS YEAR’S SHOW SAW A DEFINITE BLENDING OF STYLES IN THE BUILDS, FROM THE BODYWORK TO THE PAINTJOBS TO THE CHOICE OF ACCESSORIES. Darryl Hollenbeck came out as the big winner. Darryl and his '32 Ford Roadster took home the L.A. Deuce Award as well as the title of America’s Most Beautiful Roadster. Other big winners from this year’s show include Andrew Ursich and his Ursich Customs Knucklehead, which was named America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle, Jerry Logan and his '60 Cadillac, which won the George Barris Kustom D’Elegance award, and Elsa Cisneros’s Chevy Impala convertible, which won the Best Restored award.  After seeing the high level of builds at this year’s show we can’t wait to see what the 2017 Grand National Roadster Show will bring us. 18


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"Nomad Land."

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BY BETO MENDOZA | PHOTOS BY STEPH BUENO & BETO MENDOZA

WE SPREAD OUR WINGS AND KICK OFF THE 2016 LOWRIDER TOUR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM 22


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David Bautista's '64.

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Final score.

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To start the season fresh, we kicked off our annual 2016 tour at the University of Phoenix stadium. Being that this was our third consecutive year at the stadium, if felt like home as we perused over 600 of the best custom lowriders on the West Coast. As with every show, someone’s ready to introduce the world to a new creation, and this year Johnny Salters busted out his two-tone '56 Chevy Bel Air. A well-distinguished builder, he’s built some incredibly stunning Chevys in South Carolina and this one was definitely a class act. In addition, Rudy Sandoval flossed and introduced the world to his red '76 Ford LTD. He's the owner of the infamous blue '73 Ford LTD, which we featured last year as a cover car. This new one did not disappoint and he showcased them side by side. Furthermore, a handful of legendary vehicles from the


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’70s were also displayed at the show. Among those legendary vehicles were Jesse Valadez’s '64 Impala, “Gypsy Rose,” from East L.A., as well as Joe Ray’s '71 Buick Riviera, “Dress to Kill.” Code-named the “Summit of Champions”, we entitled this show that particular moniker because we had both the 2014 and 2015 Lowriders of the Year on display in Arizona, and it was definitely a historic moment. Other notable mentions included Bobby Garcia from Goodtimes Car Club, who brought out his '87 Oldsmobile Cutlass, "RM Series," and then Chris Roark from Tradicionals Car Club brought out his '58 Impala, which is appropriately named “Final Score.” But the list didn’t end there, a roster of heavy hitters also included Jesse Saldana’s '65 Impala from Thee Artistics called “Blvd Madness,” Daryl Hernandez’s green '64 called “Chump Change,” Jose’s '58 “South Side Blue” from Los Angeles Car Club, Asbel Carcahe’s '67 “Heaven

Johnny Salters debuted this pristine '56 Bel Air from South Carolina. 26


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"South Side Blue" '58 from Los Angeles Car Club.

CODE-NAMED THE “SUMMIT OF CHAMPIONS,” WE ENTITLED THIS SHOW THAT PARTICULAR MONIKER BECAUSE WE HAD BOTH THE 2014 AND 2015 LOWRIDERS OF THE YEAR ON DISPLAY ... on Earth,” and so many more. In all, it was a gala event with a list of A-class cars of no compare. Franks Hydraulics sponsored the action-packed hop that featured over 30 competitors. With up to four rides hopping at the same time, the atmosphere was intense while DJ Drea kicked the beats. Some of the clean street hoppers included Miles “Twin” Gordon’s '97 Lincoln Town Car from Individuals, Page One from Westside Car Club, and Kaoru from the Hop Shop with her '59 Impala. An accompanying concert featured a variety of artists that took the stage, like J Romero, Mob Fam, Lighter Shade of Brown, Baby Bash, and it all came to an end with Benton Wood. Definitely one for the history books, this was yet another great kickoff to our tour and it’s definitely a season opener that paves the way for an even better rest of the year! For more information on the next Arizona show, log onto arizonasupershow.com. 28


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Sergio Martinez has an admiration for '59 Chevy Impalas that started when he was just a kid. At the age of 13, his friend’s older cousin pulled up in a '59 sport sedan. It was like love at first sight seeing that stylish car. A few years later when in high school, his friend showed him his dad’s '59 four-door sedan. They went for a short cruise and that’s when it all began. He was just taken by every

aspect of the ride, from the front end to the wings and cat eyes. It was the ideal oldie car and came second to none.  Since then, it was the beginning of a dream. Bedroom posters, LOWRIDER magazine clippings and pictures of '59s have covered the walls. After years of searching and wishing to own a '59, Sergio realized that a '59 was out of his price range.

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For the moment that dream would not come true. So he bought a Trading Time magazine and found his first oldie car, a '57 four-door sedan in March of 2010. Upon bringing it home, it immediately underwent a total restoration. In November 2011 he came across a deal on a '39 Chevy Master DeLuxe he couldn’t refuse, realizing that if he had waited and saved enough funds, he could've


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bought a '59. Although it was too late for that, the '39 was restored in 2012.  Just before the completion of the '39, a longtime friend was selling his '59. For Sergio, the moment he had been waiting for was finally here. Sergio got in contact with his neighborhood friend Cesar Perez from 20 years ago. After that car had been advertised on Lay it Low for a while and nearly sold, it was a done deal. Sergio finally had his dream car. The '59 was finally home in March of 2012 and he started the frame-off restoration process that summer. The car was then restored to original condition after tossing different ideas around. 

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Just like the body style, the cockpit is also eccentric.

1959 CHEVY IMPALA VEHICLE NICKNAME Desti-9 OWNER Sergio Martinez CITY Chicago, IL INTERIOR An original green interior kit from Cars1 was installed ENGINE ’72 Chevy 350-cid smallblock V-8 built by Guzman’s Auto in Garden Grove, CA SUSPENSION EZ-AirRide airbag setup with two polished compressors and a single black 7-gallon tank

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SOUND SYSTEM The all-Sony sound system consists of a Bluetooth Sony Deck with USB Port, three 6x9-inch and two 6-inch mids, a single 12-inch subwoofer, and a single amplifier BODY/PAINT Sergio and a friend of his did the bodywork and painted it Highland Green to keep the original look on the '59 WHEELS/TIRES Player Wheels with a TruClassic look and '59 caps on 5.20 Premium Sports


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BUILDING YOUR DREAMS CAN BE COSTLY, LUCKILY FOR ERNIE CRUZ HE ESCAPED WITH JUST A BIT OF NAGGING AND A FEW EVIL LOOKS.

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After a year of turbulence, the smoke has finally settled, the family is good, and the bike of Ernie Cruz III is sitting pretty in pink. But ask him if he’d do anything different and he’d simply say, “No, I’m really happy with this build.”

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of stories about a hell-bent wife who was getting tired of the loud music, the buying of parts, and the countless hours he would spend building the bike—sound familiar? Well, fast-forward to present day, and everything is kosher in the Cruz


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2012 HARLEYDAVIDSON ROAD GLIDE VEHICLE NICKNAME Trouble 12 OWNER Ernie Cruz III CITY Fresno, CA ENGINE Custom gauges and Carlini handlebars before Billy and Black Rob of Ride Motors in Fresno, CA, worked on the Twin Cam 103 engine. Gino of Fresno engraved the motor while Moreno’s did the chrome and polishing. A Kuryakyn air filter was added to finish the engine’s look. BODY/PAINT Jake Blancas of Fresno added the candy magenta paint. Jake added different fan and tape shades patterns in pink and purple before adding gold leafing, light blue and pink pinstriping. Alberto Herrera of Quality Art in Visalia, CA, added religious murals on both sides. Ano-Tech in Fresno anodized all the parts. UPHOLSTERY The seat was covered in light gray suede with a diamond pattern. SOUND Manuel “Fresh” Hernandez installed a flipout Pioneer deck, JL Audio amps and Infinity speakers WHEELS/TIRES Sinster 23x3.5 Diamondback spoke wheels in the front and 16x5 in the rear wrapped in Vee Rubber tires

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household, and we already know a happy wife equals a happy life. At first glance, the bike is mesmerizing. With a bold mix of magenta color tones, the bike sports a brilliant hue of pantones, which were painted and patterned to perfection. Considered by many color experts to be a color to represent change and transformation, the magenta pantones found on this bike are definitely indicative of the transformation that took place. With just about every nut and bolt removed, the Harley’s engine casing has plenty of chrome and engraving, the stance is perfect, and the oversized front wheel gives this Harley the curb appeal of a big-boy toy. In his attempt to build a Harley that would easily sit besides the best, he is proud to have placed at every show he has entered and has even more plans for the bike. Of course, this is something that only a true enthusiast would ever understand, because in our world there is really no such thing as a finished project—only the next project. In all, this bike is truly worthy of gracing the pages of LOWRIDER magazine. We tip our hats to Ernie for pulling off an incredible job and we salute his wife and his grandmother for staying by his side— and on his back. Of course, Ernie made sure to mention that both his wife and his grandmother were both instrumental in making his dreams come true. 36


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“I was 7 years old the first time I ever saw a lowrider,” Adrian Romero says. “My uncle was showing me a few pictures of his car that had been published in a recent LOWRIDER magazine feature and it was at that time that dreams of not only building my own car, but one day gracing the pages of LOWRIDER magazine began.” From lowrider bikes to car shows, this dream would follow him throughout his childhood. Coincidently, it was at a car show where he would meet his future wife who, lucky for him, also shared his affinity for classic cars. After a few months of searching for the perfect car, they came across an Internet advertisement and soon they would have their dream car sitting in the driveway. This '52 Chevy Fleetline restoration would take over four years. It began by visiting Louie Moncibaez, who would prep the body to receive a fresh bath of Axalta Burgundy metallic pearl two-stage paint, matching his wife Veronica’s favorite nail polish color. This color would be carried into the interior where Jaime

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Guanajuato Sr. of Phoenix blended a Burgundy and cream leather combination. While Diversified Metals, also in Phoenix, was plating and chroming all the vehicle’s metalwork, Adrian’s father, Steve, and Junior Garcia continued the hard work filled with long nights that typically accompany any build of this scale. With the original '52 Chevy 235 breathing new life,

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original steel wheels painted to match and Coker whitewalls gleaming, the heart and soul of this ’50s classic had been revived, thanks to a little bit of lowrider magic. “A lot of people came together to help me build my dream car,” Adrian says, “but special thanks go out to Junior Garcia and especially my wife, Veronica, and our kids, who them-


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The Fleetline debuted as the Aero Sedan just before American manufacturers ramped up for war production.

selves have started their own lowrider builds with a bike and stroller often displayed alongside our car. But especially to Steve Romero: I want to say thank you for all your hard work along the way and that first trophy we received at the Las Vegas Super Show was for you, Dad.�

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Society plays a big role in forming a young boy’s life. Anthony Williams of Memphis, Indiana, grew up watching movies and music videos. Those movies played a big role in his development of custom cars. “I used to be glued to the TV when a Cheech and Chong movie would come on,” Anthony tells LOWRIDER. “I would specifically wait for the cars to see what lowrider they would be driving.” That anticipation would carry on when he turned legal driving age. Anthony’s aunt gave him his first

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car. It was broken down and beat up. She said to him, “If you can get it running, you can have it.” That motivation got him to quickly learn the intricacies of a motor and how it works. Within a week he had the car on the road, and within a month the car was lowered. His passion at that time was kicked into high gear for a true lowrider show car. Over the next years Anthony built numerous standard lowriders, Impalas, Regals, and Caddys, but he kept searching for something to grab


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THEBUICKRIVIERA The Riviera is a personal luxury produced by Buick and was GM's first entry into the prestige niche.

THE JOURNEY WAS LONG AND WASN’T EASY BUT ANTHONY FINALLY SAW IT BECOME A COMPLETE SUCCESS. hold of his attention and replicate a more California feel based on the movies he watched as a kid. On Mother’s Day 2009, Anthony’s search ended when he found a car that embodied everything a lowrider should be—a '66 Buick Riviera for sale about six hours away in Chicago. It didn’t take him long to make the decision to drive the distance to purchase the sleek Buick and then make it back home. Anthony brought the Buick to Culver Customs in Louisville, Kentucky, where paint and body master Josh Culver handled all the bodywork and added a Sunrise Pearl basecoat. Gary Seeds of Badseed Customs laid down the patterns and metalflake to accentuate the color. The next step was updating the cabin to flow with the fresh new exterior. Anthony brought the Riviera to DLux Interiors in Jeffersonville, Indiana, where stitch professional Dee outfitted the entire interior in custom colors and material. To make a ’60s Buick the perfect lowrider, you need suspension, and Anthony knew exactly where to go. His good friend Jason Caranto was enlisted to give the Buick the perfect hardline setup to add to the long Riviera.

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1966 BUICK RIVIERA VEHICLE NICKNAME Rain Goddess OWNER Anthony “ANTNE” Williams CAR CLUB Los Boulevardos CITY Memphis, IN SETUP Two chrome CCE pumps installed and hardlined by Jason Caranto, four batteries, four switches BODY/PAINT Shaved door handles, emblems, mirrors, wipers, cowl panels, and louvers by Josh Culver, House of Kolor Sunrise Pearl basecoat by Josh Culver, Kandy & pearl patterns by Gary Seeds, hand pinstriping by Killer D INTERIOR Color-matched vinyl interior, pink carpet all done by Dee at Dlux Interiors WHEELS/TIRES 14x8 Truspokes with 185/70 Uniroyal tires

“SIX HOURS IN A PERFECTLY BUILT BUICK RIVIERA IS A VACATION TO ME.”

Hard to challenge the looks of any front end of a Riviera!

The Buick was then brought back to Robert Doyle’s shop where Anthony and his son and daughter reassembled the vehicle. The journey was long and wasn’t easy but Anthony finally saw it was a complete success. It took the help of his daughter, Tomi, his son, Anthony, his friends Rob, Robert, and Bob, as well as numerous others who lent their hand to the build, including Gary Seeds, Darin Allen, Josh Culver, and Jason Caranto. A special thanks to go to TeamMidwest for inspiring a lowrider movement in his area. Anthony is proud of the build that he says he drives everywhere. “I’ve driven it to shows in Chicago,” he says with a smile. “Six hours in a perfectly built Buick Riviera is a vacation to me.” His friends have nicknamed the car "Rain Goddess" because it always ends up raining at the shows he takes the Buick. It could be that it’s such a beautiful ride that even the rain wants to get close to it. 46


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Benito Camacho of Brooklyn, New York, is better known as DJ Big Ben. Benito is a disc jockey at Hot97, a New York–based hip-hop radio station, and has been collecting cars since 2006. He’s a fan of classic cars and didn’t know much about the lowrider scene before he decided to get himself one. “I kind of just jumped into it without knowing anything. It was just my love for classic cars in general that made me want to get one.” The one thing he knew about the lowrider scene in New York was that most of the cars that he’d seen were either a '63 or '64 Impala or a hopper. “I wanted to stand out from the crowd so I went with a different year than most get.” He first found this '72 Impala from East L.A. on a lowrider forum called layitlow.com. “I thought the '72 was a great canvas for what I wanted to do.” The guy who sold Benito the car told him that it used to be a Majestics car. “I thought that was pretty cool, especially with all the history the club has.”

Building the car in the opposite coast was something that Benito had to figure out before having it shipped. “I wanted it to be a pretty street car that was in great running condition.” Benito was able to get in contact with Curly’s Pinstriping in Paramount, California, who was able to have the car built to his liking. After taking care of the build, Curly shipped the car out to Benito. “There was nothing like getting my car off the trailer and driving it down my block in Brooklyn. Everyone was staring as if they saw a spaceship.” Curly did a fantastic job on the build but Benito had to have the hydraulic setup redone. “They worked great but it felt like I was driving a pogo stick. I know that accumulators are a ‘no-no’ in L.A. but these New York streets will make you change your mind.” Benito had his friend Lou from Drastic Auto Club in Brooklyn rebuild the setup by adding accumulators to get a smoother ride. DJ Big Ben spins wax on airwaves and rolls wires on the streets.

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FIFTHGENERATION The Fifth-Generation Chevrolet Impalas are full-size automobiles produced by Chevrolet for the '71-'76 model years and was one of GM's top-selling models.

1972 CHEVY IMPALA VEHICLE NICKNAME Baby Blue OWNER Benito Camacho CITY Brooklyn, NY ENGINE 350 with an engraved finned shotgun air cleaner, Sunpro gauges, flex hose, stainless steel master cylinder, dual electric radiator fans, and a Yellow Top Optima battery UPHOLSTERY Two-tone vinyl SOUND Kenwood CD player

BODY/PAINT Electric blue metallic body with a flaked silver top. Baby blue and sky blue ’striping was added all over the body and the top was patterned with different shades of purple and blue SUSPENSION Chrome double-whammy pump, six switches, four accumulators, and six batteries WHEELS/TIRES Chrome 14-inch wire wheels with the painted dish to match the top and Remington 175/75/R14 whitewall tires

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No one can forget their first ride, but few of us ever manage to hang onto them. In the case of Bobby Enz, he bought what he calls an “old beater” '50 Chevy 3100 as his daily driver at the age of 16. The rest is a 20-year, on-and-off project that turned into this radical chopped pickup

that Bobby says won’t be finished ’til he wins Truck of the Year. He’s definitely well on his way, though. After college Bobby started working on the truck and sort of did it backward by doing the paint and body and then moving onto the mechanicals. The

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Four Blue Top Optimas power this Green Machine.

suicide doors are shortened in length and width, and a pop-out gas door has been added. The roof was lopped off, windshield chopped 3 inches, and the firewall was shaved, smoothed, and molded. Bobby did all the sheetmetal work, while Perfect Colors laid down the PPG and


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"NO ONE CAN FORGET THEIR FIRST RIDE, BUT FEW OF US EVER MANAGE TO HANG ONTO THEM." 1950 CHEVY 3100 VEHICLE NICKNAME Game Over OWNER Bobby Enz CITY/STATE Whitewater, CA CLUB Uniques ENGINE 235 inline-six and three-speed manual SUSPENSION Four A1 hydraulic pumps, four Adex dumps, eight Accumax solenoids, and 10-inch cylinders. Frame reinforced, '69 Nova rear, lowering blocks in the back, straight axle in the front

BODY/PAINT Suicide doors shortened in length and width, roof removed, windshield chopped 3 inches, firewall shaved, smoothed, and molded. PPG & House of Kolor Forest Green, Light Mist Green, and Organic Green shades. Muraling by Sal Elias. Pinstriping by Angelo Maisano and Mike Lamberson. Engraving by Jaime and Daniel Casteñeda. SOUND SYSTEM Pioneer Double DIN, 6x9 speakers, Kicker subwoofers, Hifonics amps, and JL Audio speakers INTERIOR Glide seats, interior by California WHEELS/TIRES 13x7 Zeniths / Premium Sportway 5.20

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House of Kolor Forest Green, Light Mist Green, and Organic Green shades. Sal Elias handled the muraling while Angelo Maisano and Mike Lamberson put down the fine lines. Engraving was done by Jaime and Daniel Casteñeda. The stereo, much of which is housed in the bed, is powered by a Pioneer Double DIN, 6x9 speakers, Kicker subwoofers, Hifonics amps, and JL Audio speakers in the front. The original radio was shaved off the dash and now has custom-detailed gauges done by Bobby, a fiberglass consoled, and Glide seats covered in vinyl. The stitchwork was done by California Auto Upholstery. The motor and trans came out of a '62 C10 and are the 235ci inline-six and three-on-the tree. They were given a simple rebuild and some dress-up components, like Fenton header, a custom

radiator, 120-amp alternator, and Rochester carb. There’s plenty of chrome to pull it all together and it turns a '69 Nova rearend with 11-inch ABS discs all the way around to stop the 100-spoke Zeniths. Four Blue Top Optimas are hidden underneath and power up four A1 hydraulic pumps, four Adex dumps, eight Accumax solenoids, and 10-inch cylinders, all pumping the juice through hardlines. The frame was reinforced and lowering blocks in the back with the straight axle in front keep it suspended in period-authentic style. All the work was done by Bobby. It’s not as often as we like that we see trucks like this, but Bobby definitely lives up to that Uniques' club name. Although the truck is called “Game Over,” we’re sure it’s not the last we’ve heard of it. 57

ADVANCEDESIGN The Chevy Advance Design trucks debuted in 1949 until they were replaced by the Task Force series in 1955. This '50 3100 would have contained the 216ci inline-six with 92 hp, which helped it become Number One in sales that year. The truck weighed about 3,175 pounds with telescopic shock absorbers replacing the lever action models previously used. It was the last year for the driver side cowl vent as well. A 3600 series was also available with a larger bed, as well as the 3800 series. The 3100 platform was also seen on smaller panel trucks and Suburbans. Here’s some of what you could get as options: leather seat trim, chrome radiator grille, rear fenders, oil bath air cleaner, and heavy-duty clutch. Dealer accessories could even include such novelties as a toolkit bag with tools.


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Sal Manzano’s father was a paint and body man who worked at a dealership but also did side work out of a shop he had with a friend. Sal would always end up at the shop after school when he was only 10 years old. His dad would let him help out around the shop. “He would let me sand, take cars apart, and try to do bodywork. I was like a sidekick to him,” Sal explains. One day while at the shop, a candy red '77 Buick Regal from Amigo’s Car Club pulled up. “The car had lacquer paint and it dropped to the floor with hydraulics. This was back in 1977 and I had never seen a car do that before.” It was at that moment that Sal fell in love with candies. “I told my father that I wanted to do those types of paintjobs.” His father happened to be friends with the Regal owner’s father and got Sal a job at his detail shop. While working at the detail shop, Sal learned how to paint.

In 1980, Sal was on his way to go use a pay phone to call his girlfriend at the time. On his way there, he spotted someone doing a mural on a car in a garage. “I went up to him and asked if I could watch. He said as long as I didn’t bother him. I stood there and watched him for two hours.” That air brusher ended up being Benny Flores. Sal came back to watch him finish the mural the next day and asked if he could work for him. “I already knew how to block, sand, and buff but with Flores I learned how to do candies and patterns.” After a year of working for him, Flores allowed him to help him pattern cars. “He would tape them up and I would follow through. He would do one side and I would do another. I loved it!” Sal worked with him for about 13 years. Flores went on to paint hot rods and Sal stayed painting lowriders. “Benny is the one who inspired me to do this.” 58

Sal began painting candies on his own and it allowed him to travel all over the country. One of the most memorable places was New York. “I was out there with the guys from Drastic Car Club and I was able to see the twin towers a couple of months before 9/11 happened.” One of the issues with being a traveling painter is not having access to a paint booth. Sal has painted cars in garages, barns, and even storage containers. He’s painted a lot of cars in his time but has never done one for himself. He currently has one in the works that he wants to build for his son Gael, who was born with a tumor. “It really hit me hard when I found out he was born with a tumor. I blamed myself for that because I wouldn’t wear a mask.” Sal later found out that the tumor was most likely hereditary since a family member had one two years prior. His son is doing well and shows a lot of interest in some of the


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paintjobs that Sal has done. These photos were taken at a rehab center in Tijuana, Mexico, where Sal donated his time to show a lot of the patients some of the tricks of the trade. I like showing these guys something and them making something out of it. Sal has now been painting lowriders for almost 40 years. Throughout the years, he has remained humble and has always been willing to share his painting knowledge with other painters. When we last spoke to Sal, he seemed ready to finally hang up his paint gun and retire, but gives thanks to God for everything he has done for him.

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Every school has their “cool kids”… the ones with the latest clothes or the ones who always seem to be the life of the party. For Jaime Villa, he was one of these fortunate cool kids. You see, his older brother, Oscar, owned a custom 5.0 Ford Mustang on 13-inch Dayton Wire Wheels and Jaime remembers when his brother would pick him up at the end of class. “Everyone would look and stare as we cruised away,” Jaime says. From that time on, he vowed to have his own

custom car one day. “I always wanted a Ford Expedition,” Jaime explains. “After a few years of saving my money, it was finally time to graduate from riding shotgun to the driver seat.” On the very first day he purchased the SUV, it was off to the tint shop where they would also install a custom T-Rex billet grille. From there it was off to Tune It, who would complete the bodywork with Triple J Custom Pintura, creating an intricate display of teal, blue, and purple pattern

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2000 FORD EXPEDITION VEHICLE NICKNAME Relentless OWNER Jaime Villa CLUB Swift CITY Mesa, AZ ENGINE 2000 Ford 4.6L BODY/PAINT With Tune It completing the bodywork, Triple J Custom Pintura created an intricate display of pattern combinations with Chavo adding pinstriping lines throughout the vehicle UPHOLSTERY Todd Jubert’s Interior Shop in Phoenix created the custom two-tone blue and tan tweed interior and added a custom Billet Specialties steering wheel SUSPENSION CJ Silvey of Superior Auto Sound installed the custom Slam Specialties AccuAir airbag system powered by Optima batteries as well as a custom JL Audio speaker sound system WHEELS/TIRES Bentchi B15 chrome wheel wrapped with Diablo 255/3026 radial tires

combinations. Local Arizona artist Chavo was brought in to add miles of pinstriping lines throughout the vehicle. Todd Jubert’s Interior Shop in Phoenix created the custom two-tone blue and tan tweed interior, added a custom Billet Specialties steering wheel, and bolted on the custom Bentchi B15 chrome wheels wrapped with Diablo 255/30-26 radial tires. CJ Silvey of Superior Auto Sound installed the custom Slam Specialties AccuAir airbag system powered by Optima batteries, as well as a custom JL Audio speaker sound system. The litany list of custom modifications to this vehicle would eventually include a shaved tailgate, Lambo-style doors, custom tilt hood, 3-D headliner, as well as custom fiberglass center console and dash. To this day Jaime continues to improve on the car of his dreams but is reminded that this could not have been possible without the help and support of good friends and family like Abel, CJ, Todd Jubbert, Eddie Aviles, Ricardo Rubio, Lil John, and, more importantly, his son, Isaac, and beautiful wife, Mayra. 64


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The ’70s were a time of excess and self-expression reflected in the cars of the day. These cars were featuring paint schemes with more flare and flash than ever before. Those timeless bubble windows allowed you to peak and introduced the world to biscuit and diamond tuck custom interiors. It is no wonder this era would spawn some of the industry’s top custom car fabricators and builders. Such is the case for Ritchie Valles, who found himself surrounded by the custom car culture. “My brothers were into lowriders,” Ritchie says, “and my father owned an upholstery shop where I would apprentice under him. Dad was more into the traditional cars and definitely did not like the hydraulics, but what he especially did not like was the fact that I had decided not follow in his footsteps and go into the family business. Instead I chose to make a name for myself building custom cars. “It was at the young age of 19 that 67

things really started taking off for me, with a centerfold feature in the recently created LOWRIDER magazine. My '79 Caddy ‘Taste of Wine’ really put me on the map. Who would have known that I’d still be building custom-ordered cars 40 years later. But at 19, I found myself working a 9 to 5 at an aircraft shop, and it was there that I asked myself ‘Is this all I am going to be?’ It was at this time that I decided that to be the best, I had to surround myself with the best. So in 1980 I decided to join the infamous Lifestyle Car Club, known for their customized cars and vibrant paintjobs.” Ritchie’s environment was now beginning to resemble that of one of the industry’s top car fabricators and designers. Word spread of this real-deal car builder who was chopping Impalas in Burbank. He worked out of the original So-Cal Speed Shop, now transformed into Unique Twist Auto Body and Paint. Soon, Ritchie found himself working alongside the original king of custom-


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The Unique Twist Auto Body and Paint shop.

izers, the legendary George Barris, and as the demand for Ritchie’s custom creations grew, so did his list of high-end clientele. That long list would come to include Barry Weis, Cher, and Henry Winkler. He would eventually end up on the TV show Car Warriors, where he won the prized car. Quality cars, however, are not built overnight … and with a waiting list that exceeds a year, you and your open checkbook better be ready when he calls your number. With a “less-ismore approach,” his attention to detail is what continues to set him apart. “I have a vision and follow it through, leaving a bit of my heart and soul in each build,” he says. “The quality, technology, and complexity reach new heights with each passing year and for the next generation of builders I say, be humble with your work and pay attention to what everyone is doing. We are all talented in some way, with each of us having our own estilo; set your mark on the scene and don’t be a follower.”

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Specifically, we were interested in their chassis solutions for the increasingly popular ’59-’64 Chevrolets Impalas. After years of R&D, their engineers have developed an innovative chassis that provides a low ride height, coupled with comfort, excellent handling properties, and even better is the fact that the frames are all fully customizable.

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Out back, the rear suspension offers the best your wallet can afford, and their available components and build quality ensure that you will be getting superior handling and the ability to handle an abundance of power, thanks to a triangulated four-bar rear suspension and a beefy 9-inch rearend. Adjustable coilovers and an adjustable antisway bar provide the desired ride height, while a new two-piece driveshaft greatly reduces vibration and minimizes floorboard modifications. In fact, the ’59-’64 Impala frames require less floor mods than any aftermarket chassis for these cars.


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If you let AME know that you intend to install your own hydraulic suspension, they’ll make sure to adapt the frame specifically to fit your needs. Though Art Morrison frames come equipped with Performance Air Spring suspension, coilovers, or AME’s exclusive Multilink Independent Rear Suspension, you also have the option of ordering your own chassis, which can easily support a coil spring platform as well. From rolling chassis to bare frames, the only limitations are your budget.

Now your classic ’59-’64 Chevy can have the handling characteristics of a newer muscle car’s suspension technology! All it takes is a CADengineered replacement chassis from Art Morrison and it’s a project that most competent do-it yourselfers can accomplish in their own garage. Little to no welding is required to install this chassis. The bottom line is this, we’ve done our homework, have decades of experience building cars, and when it comes down to it, even GM’s famed X-frame will still twist and flex. That said, take a look at the frames from Art Morrison Enterprises. We’ve compared them side-by-side with custom-wrapped and boxed frames and if you do the math, it only makes sense to purchase an Art Morrison 74

engineered chassis as opposed to wrapping or boxing an old obsolete frame. In addition, all their frames will have modern suspension and you no longer have to mod older frames in hopes that it’ll fit. In closing, it might seem like a big one-time purchase, but when you add up the hundreds of dollars you’ll spend here and there, AME frames are the best choice in the market. You also have to remember that you’ll spend much less time doing follow-ups to see if your fabricator is working on your frame, less time trailering the frame here and there, and the bottom line is time is money, so the savings in buying a custom frame are worth its weight in gold when it comes to dollars, common sense, and time.


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Interchangeable GM part illustrations of a '93 Cadillac Coupe De Ville and a '96 SS Impala in comparison.

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are aftermarket conversion kits that will help you convert from a drum to a disc, but if those setups are a bit too pricey then you can always do a Frankenstein conversion by transferring parts from another year, make, and model that has disc brakes. So is it really that simple? Yup … but it will require that you have some basic mechanical prowess, a few tools, as well as the patience to source the parts. General Motors automobiles have thousands of interchangeable parts. From interior to exterior parts, there’s a plethora of options to choose from, and the same goes for rear disc brakes. For instance, when it comes to rear axle disc brakes, a '96 SS Impala, '80-'86 Cadillac Seville, '79-'85 Cadillac Eldorado, or the third-generation V-8 Camaros and Firebirds were commonly fitted with generous rear disc brakes—11.5-inch rear rotors and two-piston calipers. That caliper and rotor package remained consistent between 1988 and 1997, offering a 10-year span of F-bodies from which you could use as a donor to car to get the parts you need to convert your drum over to disc brake. The best plan is to find a rear disc brake donor that’s interchangeable like we did for this tech article. In our own research, we’ve found the parts you will see here for as little as $100 at a local wrecking yard. Just so you understand what we are talking about, the rear axle bolt flange on the third-generation Camaro rear axles is the same as the older 10- and 12-bolt GM rear axle housings, so these calipers will bolt onto virtually any ’70s and later 10- or 12-bolt rear axle assembly. Replacement rotors and pads, even sliders, can also be purchased new at your local auto parts stores. Assuming your car is currently rolling on rear drums, it is critical to include an adjustable proportioning valve somewhere between the master cylinder and the rear calipers. This provides a way to custom-tune the pressure to the rear brakes. This helps compensate for variables such as adding rear discs, tire diameter changes, and ride height. The key is to adjust the pressure to the rear brakes to prevent premature rear

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1. The complete '96 SS Impala rear disc brake assembly put together from a wrecking yard and a local auto parts store—rotor, caliper, slider, rubber dust boots, pads, and backing plate.

"IS IT REALLY THAT SIMPLE? YUP … BUT IT WILL REQUIRE THAT YOU HAVE SOME BASIC MECHANICAL PROWESS, A FEW TOOLS, AS WELL AS THE PATIENCE TO SOURCE THE PARTS." brake lockup that can result in a loss of control. The only other installation issue is the parking brake cable connection that in the interest of brevity we’ll leave to you. As for pads and rotors, there is a world of options, from basic stock replacement parts that cost almost nothing to drilled and slotted rotors and high-performance pads that are still affordable. Perhaps the

biggest hassle in mounting this rear disc brake conversion on an early car is pulling the rear cover/pumpkin of your rearend axle to yank the C-clips so the rear axles can be removed. The rest is easy. Very few tools are needed, so follow along as we take a complete set of a '96 SS Impala rear disc brake assembly and swap it onto a '93 Cadillac Coupe De Ville drum brake assembly. 2

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old backing plate, shoes, and wheel cylinder system so that we could get to the axle shafts.

differential cover so we could remove the cross shaft pin. Then we pushed the shafts from the outside in so that the C-clips that retain the axle in their permanent place could be removed. We then slid out the axle shafts.

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rear disc brakes, assembled onto what was once a drum brake Cadillac.

portioning valve, it was time to put the wires back on and take the Cad out for a stop.

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PART 1: A FRESH FIREWALL For this DIY installment, we’re literally getting under the hood of our '53 Chevy “Bomb” Truck. After looking at its current condition, we decided that it was necessary to address the tired, hole-tattered firewall, so we had it removed and replaced. Just like many projects, we discovered that the firewall was riddled with holes and dents from past abuse and poor installs, so it was time to get things prim and proper. To do this we decided to utilize a thicker piece of 16-gauge cold-rolled sheetmetal. Prior to that, we started off by using Miller Electric Manufacturing Company’s Spectrum 375 Xtreme plasma cutter to do the dirty work of removing the old firewall and then the Miller Multimatic 200 to burn the new firewall back together. In

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gun attachment, we welded the new panel. And for those wondering, it plugs into a 110and 120V power supply, depending on how much power is needed for the thickness.

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9. Using an electric grinder (and a 36-grit flap disc) we conservatively smoothed out the welds.

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10. Our Harbor Freight mini DA pneumatic sander and an 80-grit disc was just the ticket for doing the final finish detail work on the weld seam.

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wanted to weld in a secondary inner roof skin that would make for a nicer, seamless, painted headliner. For this task Brothers Truck parts supplied us with a secondary roof panel skin, but this time we used it on the interior side of the roof, instead of the outside. Since it was made for the outside of the cab, the dimensions needed length and width. To do this, we slit the

Typically on Chevy trucks produced from 1947-1955 they require a separate upholstered headliner piece to be installed in order to cover up the inside of the roof skin. This panel attaches to the inner skin of the back of the cab—as well as to the edges of the roof—so we decided that in lieu of having an upholstered panel, we

front corners, and used our Harbor Freight English Wheel equipped with sheet rubber on the upper wheel to allow for the panel to be gradually bent in a single direction—instead of all directions creating a crown. Once the inside of our cab is all body worked and painted it’ll look custom but also natural, as if it should have come from the factory that way!

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1987 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS VEHICLE NICKNAME Cali Dreamin OWNER Justin King CAR CLUB USO, Mesa, AZ CITY Mesa, AZ INTERIOR El Lechero installed light green vinyl and suede inserts with matching dash and headliner ENGINE '87 Olds 307 chromed with billet accessories BODY/PAINT Cisco at Streetlife applied the '08 Toyota Camry Pistachio Mint Green basecoat with custom pattern combinations by OG Doc and Mike Lamberson, adding some scroll-style pinstriping SUSPENSION Divinci at Streetlife installed the two-pump custom setup with chrome hard lines and three chrome Delta dumps WHEELS/TIRES 13x7 OG Wire Wheels 155-80/13 radials

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Growing up in Carson, California, Justin King found himself surrounded with the Lowrider culture. So, after years of living in the Phoenix desert, he found himself daydreaming of

those infamous West Coast summer nights filled with lowriders, friends, and family. With wife, Blanca, owning an '86 El Camino, and his daughter, Ayanna,

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recently unveiling her very own customized bike, you can rest assured the King family is doing their part to keep the Lowrider movement a family affair. Justin is no stranger to the sport, with a long list of cars … some of which include a '92 Lincoln Town Car and a '76 glasshouse. For his latest project, he decided to go with a more simplistic approach. So when local Phoenix tattoo artist “El Whyner” was selling a nearly completed '87 Oldsmobile Cutlass, Justin knew this was exactly what he was looking for. The Cutlass began with a visit to Cisco, at Streetlife, who would apply the '08 Toyota Camry Pistachio Mint Green basecoat, with OG Doc creating custom pattern combinations. Mike Lamberson would tie it all together by adding scroll-style silver leafed pinstriping. Hypnotic Art in Mesa, Arizona, then added murals, adding another level to the intricate paintjob. The interior was left in the hands of El Lechero, who would install light green vinyl and suede inserts with matching dash and headliner. Roundy’s Customs would then fiberglass and paint the interior plastic, matching the vehicle’s exterior. Divinci at Streetlife fully wrapped the original suspension and installed a two-pump custom setup with chrome hard lines and three chrome Delta dumps. The long list of modifications continued, like a 38-inch moon roof installed by


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"AFTER YEARS OF LIVING IN THE PHOENIX DESERT, HE FOUND HIMSELF DAYDREAMING OF THOSE INFAMOUS WEST COAST SUMMER NIGHTS FILLED WITH LOWRIDERS, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY." a local leadership, engraving on the door handles, and bumper guards by Hernan. With a Kicker audio system installed, it was finally time to put up the USO plaque in the rear window, cruise, and finally put those California dreams to bed. No project is competed without the help of a good support system, so Justin would like to thank his wife, Blanca, daughter, Ayanna and son, Jacob, along with Roundy, Abraham, Enrique, and the rest of the USO family.

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The day and age of crude assumptions and horrible stereotypes about lowrider owners are slowly dissipating and here today is an automotive culture that not only embraces what we do, but is also interested in what we do for a living. “What do you do?” has now become a common question among lowrider owners and that could have happened for a variety of reasons. Could it be the astronomical prices of today’s classics that sparked this interest? Or the fact that many of our lowriders are fitted with some pretty pricey motors and paintjobs? To be honest, we don’t really know and it’s not up to us to figure that out, but regardless of what has changed, all we can say is that we’re glad and actively doing our part by releasing yet another segment of our Roll Models Series. The series, which is presented by Shell Lubricants and Quaker State Motor Oils, brings to life the personalities behind certain lowriders and in this specific episode we’ll be speaking to Mr. Grey–a businessman who is no stranger to the world of gambling and finance. He’s an astute businessman who’s good with numbers and it’s safe

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OVERVIEW Auto Meter has your back with their all-new BEX Series Battery Extenders, the BEX-1500 and BEX-3000. Features include compatibility y with all lead acid batteries—standard (flooded), AGM, or g gel cell—parasitic drain protection, and its fully automatic smart charging g g with advanced circuitry y enables energy efficiency and safe charging that will maintain batteries without overcharging and desulphurizing worn cells. BEX series battery extenders are purpose-built to resist water. Simply bring the charger to the source without removing your battery and connect the leads.

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