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PERFORMANCE ARTISTRY PRIDE CULTURE

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FEATURES

10 Hold Your Horses! 32 Living With Regret 36 Truck of the Month 40 Craftsmanship at its Finest 44 Green-Go Madness 48 Mr. Bel Air 54 Pink Lady 88 A New Look

Vernon Maxwell's '58 Chevy Impala Convertible Dave Edades' '63 Chevy Impala Convertible Lorenzo Garcia's '48 Chevy Suburban Nasario Moncayo's '85 Buick Regal Joe Guzman's '62 Chevy Impala

Johnny Arevalo's '54 Chevy Bel Air Convertible Nicole Torrez's '61 Chevy Impala Jorge Maldonado's '64 Chevy Impala SS Convertible

DEPARTMENTS 06 Editorial 18 On the Scene 28 Tanks & Tails 62 Roll Playerz 66 Lowrider ShopStop 94 Lowrider Bicycle 96 Roll Model 98 New Products

TECH

70 Old Trucks Never Die, They Just Get Floored 74 Budget Body Shop Rusted metal floor panel replacement

Harbor Freight tools have long been frowned upon, but after doing our own research and reviews we were left with nothing but smiles—and that much more money for the rest of our project builds.

80 The Winter Jam Panel

Axalta Paint invites custom automotive artists to Universal Technical Institute Campus

EVENTS 20 2016 Kansas City AutoRama On the Cover: Front, back, and side to side—angles that is—elegant gold ’58 and pastel pink ’61 Impalas.

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July’s issue of LOWRIDER magazine comes fully equipped with all thrills and no frills. In this issue we’re featuring a very elegant gold ’58 Impala that’s powered by a zesty ZL1 Camaro powertrain, while the other car featured on the double-car cover is a pastel pink bubbletop owned by a significant other. In total, there are eight car features in this issue and they all offer varying degrees of creativity that are sure to inspire and become a topic of conversation. Our lifestyle coverage in the issue features an art exhibit in Arizona, as well as a visual tour of AutoRama, which shared some cool Kansas City lowrider culture. From there, we jumped over to the 5th Annual Axalta Lowrider Custom Paint Class. The event, which went down at the Universal Technical Institute in Long Beach, California, invited 20 of the best custom painters and ’stripers in North America and they gave us tips and pointers on how to lay down intricate designs and patterns. In addition,

we pay a visit to automotive interior designers, California Upholstery, and check out some of their latest creations that are stitched to sheer perfection. As I close off this editor’s letter, I would also like to talk about the introduction of our “Roll Models” series, which is presented by Quaker and Shell Oil. The segments, which were created to shed new light on lowriding, did just that, and so much more. The outpour of positive comments and feedback was beyond our expectations, and this time we’re back with another segment that is sure to please. In closing, I just have to say that the lowriding scene IS NOT making a comeback. To say that our culture is making a comeback means that the scene had disappeared—or went somewhere—but it’s never gone anywhere; we’ve been here this whole time. Now it’s time to expand its reach, give it a different light, and expose the culture for its beauty, enthusiasm, and creativity. So help us out and let’s all shed positive light on an automotive 6

cultural experience that’s here to stay. From hunting down parts to searching for hard-to-find accessories, lowriding is truly an incredible experience that comes with plenty of trials and tribulations. But in the end, the relationships that are forged within this community are based on the admiration and respect of a culture that is built on tradition, history, and cultural influence. I’d also be the first to admit that the scene has had its fair share of drama, but that’s a necessary evil in any industry that contains this much passion and that much love. But in the end, most of us set aside our problems and continue to enjoy the fervor, the passion, and the culture that revolves around camaraderie and cars. In closing, please do your part to spread the word about the culture you’ve helped create. Ride responsibly, but make sure you always ride LOW. Joe Ray


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WHO WOULDN’T LIKE A 556HP SUPERCHARGED ’58?

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In our Dec. ’15 issue, our cover car was a '61 ragtop owned by Tanya Maxwell, wife of Ultimate Hydraulics owner Vernon “V-Max” Maxwell. Going back another two years to our Dec. ’13 issue, we featured V-Max’s '58 Impala ragtop in its previous guise. So when Tanya’s ride was finished off with a supercharged LS9, he couldn’t have her showing him up with a faster car. Time to go all in and

Not only are '58s bold, but they also look great in gold!

give the '58 a makeover. Originally this car sat in the backyard of V-Max’s friend for roughly 15 years. With enough persistence, eventually V-Max’s friend caved in and sold him the car. Although it was in rough shape, it wasn’t beyond salvaging and was eventually given an onyx black finish and fitted with an LS3. Now it was time for a brighter color and more horsepower.


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"ORIGINALLY THIS CAR SAT IN THE BACKYARD OF V-MAX’S FRIEND FOR ROUGHLY 15 YEARS." For suspension, the previous 9-inch was removed and replaced with a Currie rearend as well as CPP air ride, CPP tubular A-arms, and a full set of Wilwood disc brakes. The older motor was exchanged for a new Chevrolet Performance LSA. It’s hooked to a 4L60E trans and is also fitted with MagnaFlow exhaust, along with Lokar cables, Optima batteries, and components from Airaid and Aeromotive. With over 500 horses, it really didn’t need anything else. Remington whitewalls on 14x7 original Daytons makes for the perfect rolling stock. A Cars1 reproduction interior keeps everything period authentic and the Dakota Digital gauges, ididit column, 605 steering, and Vintage Air put all the creature comforts into

1958 CHEVY IMPALA CONVERTIBLE OWNER Vernon “V-Max” Maxwell CITY/STATE Norco, CA CAR CLUB Ultimate Riders ENGINE LSA with 4L60E trans SUSPENSION Currie rearend, CPP air ride, CPP tubular A-arms, Wilwood disc brakes 14

SOUND SYSTEM Retrosound head unit and Cerwin Vega speakers, amps INTERIOR Dakota Digital gauges, Vintage Air A/C, Cars1 upholstery, ididit column BODY/PAINT Stock with Axalta '64 model fawn paint WHEELS/TIRES 14-inch Daytons/Remington 175/75-R14


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the modern age. A Retrosound stereo gets plumbed through Cerwin Vega components for an old-school look with contemporary sound quality. For color, V-Max went with an Axalta fawn that was found on the '64 models. It took eight months to dress the '58 in its new clothing, but V-Max assures us he’s done and just enjoys 16

driving it. With a vintage pair of OEM Trail Master mirrors added, he still probably finds it hard to see any cars keeping up with him. A nod must be given to the crew at Ultimate Hydraulics for their work on the car as well as Brad Rogers and Louis Castillo. We think it’s a beautiful ride and hope you and Tanya are burning up the SoCal streets.


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ONTHESCENE E S T A B L I S H E D

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PHOENIX’S ANNUAL ART SHOW FEATURING TOP PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS STORY BY HECTOR LEVYA

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The dynamic trio of Rudy Salazar, Mando Aldama, and Chuck Serna of Phoenix did it again. Their annual Lowtography Art Show featuring the lowriding community’s top photographers and artists was once again the must-attend show of the year. Having outgrown its previous location, Lane Splitters Garage was the perfect venue for attendees to enjoy a full day filled with lowrider cars, motorcycles, vendors, and, of course, art. An entire city block was closed down to accommodate the 50-plus motorcycles and Phoenix car clubs, like Spirit, Klique, Los Boulevardos, Slow Lane, as well as Los Angeles’ own Lifestyle Car Club. The street was littered with vendors like Low Down and Dirty, Working Class Cultura, Paint and Hope, and SugarMill Studios of Las Vegas. The main attraction, of course, was inside. Straight Razor Barbershop and Supreme Seventies created a contrasting background to the artful displays of Ron Hernandez, Albert of Vicious Paint, and Bugz Gonzalez of Bugz Auto Art. Photography exhibits, included entries all the way from Japan, courtesy of Fisheye Photography. Los Angeles representatives included Saul Vargas, Jose “Flikazo” Ortiz, and even Superiors of Orange County made the trip with Mike Gonzalez’s recently completed Harley-Davidson “Home Wrecker.” Each year this event gets bigger and better. One can only imagine what they have in store for us next year. See you in Phoenix. 18


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MISSOURI’S LOW RIDES GO UP ON FULL DISPLAY

BY JOE RAY

The Championship Auto Shows produce the largest car show series in the automotive business. Better known under the monikers of AutoRama or World of Wheels, there are close to 20 events held annually across the United States and Canada. Though hot rods and the competition for the Ridler Award are always at the heart of each show, in recent years the composition has expanded to include more custom lowriders on their tour. Houston,

Two-tone sedan that makes a very custom delivery.

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Mercs, shoeboxes, and Fleetlines were the cool of Kansas City.

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"KANSAS CITY’S VERY OWN LEGENDARY CAR BUILDER BLAS LEDEZMA BROKE OUT WITH A SATIN AND SLAMMED '49 BUICK ROADMASTER..." Salt Lake City, and even Omaha are on this year’s list, as well as this issue’s featured coverage of Kansas City’s AutoRama where the spacious venue, Bartle Hall, recently hosted hundreds of custom cars, classics, hot rods, trucks, motorcycles, and of course the Lowrider Nation all under one roof. In addition there were many feature exhibits and several celebrity guests, like Danny “The Count” Koker from Counting Cars, who was in concert Saturday night with his band the Counts 77. Also getting rock star type of attention was an immaculate white '57 Cadillac Eldorado Seville, chopped top Mercs, and a '65 convertible De Ville on jackstands, putting Minnesota on the lowrider GPS. Kansas City’s very own legendary car builder Blas Ledezma broke out with a satin and slammed '49 Buick Roadmaster, and as always, the Viejitos Kansas City chapter brought

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out their mean-looking bomb classics. There were many different car club show cars exhibited and represented well at this show, and though everyone looked like a winner, the Editor’s Choice award went out to a '64 Impala rag from SouthSide. The unity amongst the Lowrider community has been brought upon by the sincere guidance and blessings offered by none other than the man known as the “Preacher.” Though he once again displayed his two beautiful rides in support of the show it was with a heavy heart, because his wife was also gravely ill, and after the show she died. God bless her and may she rest in peace; we’re sure many prayers went out from the good friends gathered around her. Besides the car show's attendance also being huge for this three-day weekend event, the crowd was very much attracted to the LOWRIDER exhibit area where the

The Munoz family and their future LOWRIDER artist son, Aaron Jr.

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against the norm and came up with a blacked-out theme. With a vision in mind, the seven-month journey from average cruiser to major head turner began. The first step toward giving the bike a lowrider style was building a full front and back air suspension. Rather than ordering an aftermarket fender and tank Travis went to work on putting his own custom touch on the stock parts. Countless hours were spent stretching, molding, and smoothing every piece on the bike. Both front and rear fenders were stretched and molded to add to the lowrider look he wanted. Having done virtually all the work up to this point with his own hands in his garage Travis was now faced with the one aspect he needed help with: paint. After asking friends for recommendations and talking to several different painters, Travis decided to load his tins on a pallet and ship them to a painter across the country in California he discovered through Instagram. With a few instructions on a basic color scheme, painter Jake Blancas was given free reign and set free to get creative. Final assembly brought about a series of challenges, including where to mount the compressor for the air ride, a custom saddlebag solved that problem. After countless hours over a very fast-paced, seven-month build, Travis’ only regret is that he didn’t have another bike to ride while this masterpiece was built. 30


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IT WAS REGRET THAT LED DAVE EDADES TO BUILD THE '63 IMPALA OF HIS DREAMS BY HECTOR LEVYA

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1963 CHEVY IMPALA CONVERTIBLE

The ’90s were an unprecedented time for lowriding. From music videos to movies, it seemed as if mainstream media was finally embracing our culture. It was this national attention that led to influence many youth who might not have otherwise been exposed to the lowrider community. Such is the case for Dave Edades who, while seeing the iconic movie Boys In the Hood, immediately knew he would one day own a '63 Impala convertible. He would soon make his dream a reality and after a few upgrades to his recently purchase convertible, he found himself cruising just like Ice Cube had done in the movie. Active military duty would soon come calling and only after a few years of cruising he decided to sell his beloved Impala … a decision he would soon regret. That feeling of regret would eventually lead him to search for another '63 Impala convertible. Only this time, with the help of a few longtime friends, he was going to do

Even military duty couldn't stop this lowrider mission.

a complete frame-off restoration and “build it right.” The project’s first step was to take the original 327 smallblock engine and give it a breath of fresh air by adding a Billet Specialties serpentine pulley kit, dual fans, a two-speed powerglide transmission, custom dual exhaust, and Edelbrock accessories. This was all done with

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the help of Danny Gonzalez and Carlos Ponce, owners of G-Spot Customs in Las Vegas. From there, they would cover the car in a Caramel Brown pearl. Gary Jensen, a pinstriper in Las Vegas, then laid down some gold leaf and pinstriping to accent the vehicle’s body lines. While FM Plating was busy chrom-


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1963 CHEVY IMPALA CONVERTIBLE VEHICLE NICKNAME Sugar Daddy OWNER Dave Edades CAR CLUB Devious Ones Car Club CITY North Las Vegas SUSPENSION AccuAir I-level system by Dave Edades ENGINE Original 327 with Billet Specialties serpentine pulleys, dual fans, and a two-speed powerglide transmission

BODY/PAINT G-Spot Customs covered the car in a two-tone Caramel Brown pearl, with Gary Jensen laying down some gold leaf and pinstriping accents INTERIOR Old Man Jerry put together the tan leather and Eggshell White leather interior, featuring original stitching and custom side panels WHEELS/TIRES 155-80/13 radial mounted onto 13x7 diamond-cut chrome and gold-plated wire wheels

THAT FEELING OF REGRET WOULD EVENTUALLY LEAD HIM TO SEARCH FOR ANOTHER '63 IMPALA CONVERTIBLE. ing the vehicle’s original metal trims, Old Man Jerry put together the tan leather and Eggshell White leather interior, featuring original stitching and custom side panels. Dave himself would take on the task of installing the AccuAir I-level system, as well as some of the audio/video components featuring an Apple iPad serving as the control center for subwoofers. Rolling on 155-80/13 radials mounted onto custom 13x7 diamond-cut chrome and gold-plated wire wheels, 35

don’t be surprised if you find Dave cruising up and down the Las Vegas strip. He has no intentions of selling this convertible anytime soon. Dave would like to give thanks to his wife Amie and his sons Jason, Izzy, and Steven, for their support during this build. “To Danny Gonzalez and Carlos Ponce, I thank you for all your hard work … I could not have done it without you. This build is dedicated to Randy Green and William Pertgen.”


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'48 SUBURBAN WAS A TRADE UP BY BETO MENDOZA

Lorenzo Angel Garcia was raised in San Jose, California. His mom gave him a '72 Chevy Caprice when he was 8 years old—yes 8! “I couldn’t do anything with it at the time, it mostly just sat there until I got older,” Lorenzo explains. “I got rid of it when I was in high school.” Lorenzo had traded his Caprice for a running '68 Cutlass. This

would be his first trade of many more to come. “I’ve had about 45 cars. Whenever I get tired of the car, I go out and start looking for trades. I began with a ’70s car and I’ve worked my way down to the ’40s. I could have been in the ’30s by now but my dream car is '41-47 convertible.” He was able to pick up this Suburban

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1948 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN NICKNAME Trade Up OWNER Lorenzo A. Garcia CAR CLUB 408 Ryders CITY San Jose, CA ENGINE 235 BODY/PAINT Rootbeer brown with Candy Tangerine top SUSPENSION Mustang II front clip, disc brakes, Monte Carlo rearend, two pumps, three batteries WHEELS/TIRES Triple gold Zeniths

A very subjective and sublimed Suburban.

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by trading a fully patterned '47 Fleetline Fastback he had. “The Fleetline was in great condition but I feel like my chances of getting a convertible are greater with the Suburban.” The Suburban already had the root beer brown paint and candy tangerine top. “It was pretty clean but I knew what it could look like by adding my style to it.” He began by adding triple gold Zenith and a hydraulic setup. Lorenzo then had fellow club member Pete help him out by adding patterns and ’flake to the Suburban. Pete used Candy Tangerines and Candy Pagan Gold to add multiple tape shades and patterns to the top. “I was speechless with the work Pete did in four days but I still felt I had to take it to one more person to add the final icing on the cake.” That man was Carlos Lima, San Jose’s legendary painter from the ’70s. With full creative freedom to do what he wanted, Carlos pulled out his brushes and laid out yellow and red fine lines throughout the entire body as well as gold leafing. During our shoot, Lorenzo was in the middle of a deal to trade this Suburban for an all-original '47 convertible. If he does get it, he plans on having it fully patterned, juiced, and on Zeniths. We wish him luck on the deal and can’t wait to see his vision on it.


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RESCUING AN ’85 BUICK REGAL FROM A LOCAL TOW YARD Since 1903, Buick has been embedded in the American culture and, although at times taking a backseat to the big brother Chevrolet and little sister Ford, Buick’s innovations, cutting-edge designs, and a pursuit of luxury performance has sustained

this iconic brand for over a century. The craft of modern luxury, however, is not exactly what came to mind when Nasario “Nash” Moncayo, of Perris, California, came across this '85 Buick Regal at a local tow yard. With a fascination for cars that goes 40

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back to the age of 15, Nash saw potential, and soon this Regal was off to start a new life. First on the list was to upgrade the undercarriage by adding a tubular suspension with 4 ton more bounce coils activated by a chrome two-


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G-BODYREGAL The G-body Regal generation of lowriders liked the aerodynamics of the sloping hood and nose profile. They also liked the fact that this favorable style of ride could climb 15 feet in the air with one hit of the switch!

pump setup featuring Adex dumps and eight batteries installed by Top Notch Customz in Riverside, California. Peter and Paul, of Top Notch Customz, would also give this car its signature look by spraying a unique blend of PPG Root Beer brown with Gold metallic pearl throughout the body, as well as undercarriage. Mike Lamberson would later add accenting pinstripe lines. Mark Lopez, of Elegant Upholstery, was called upon to cover this full custom interior in Sandcastle Brown leather, adding a five-color combination pattern running down the seats as well as custom door panels. The Art of Sound in Upland, California, upgraded the audio system with an Alpine head unit and coaxial two-way type-r speakers throughout. With a Nardi steering wheel in place and custom billet grille installed, it was time to visit Charlie, of Wire Wheel King in Campbell, California, who made a set of custom anodized gold 13x7 reverse wire wheels just for this project. With a little over a year to complete this project, Nash is proud of bringing this Buick back to life. He is now able to truly say that this is â&#x20AC;&#x153;craftsmanship at its finestâ&#x20AC;? for Empires Finest Car Club style.

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1985 BUICK REGAL VEHICLE NICKNAME It Is What It Is OWNER Nasario “Nash” Moncayo CAR CLUB Empires Finest Car Club CITY Perris, CA INTERIOR Mark Lopez of Elegant Upholstery covered this full custom interior in Sandcastle Brown leather, adding a fivecolor combination pattern running down the seats as well as custom door panels. ENGINE Factory '85 Buick V-6 4.1

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BODY/PAINT Top Notch Customz sprayed a unique blend of Root Beer brown with Gold metallic pearl throughout the body, as well as undercarriage SUSPENSION Tubular suspension with 4 ton more bounce coils activated by a chrome two-pump setup installed by Top Notch Customz in Riverside, CA WHEELS/TIRES Charlie of Wire Wheel King in Campbell, CA, made a set of custom anodized gold 13x7 reverse wire wheels mounted onto 5/20-13 Premium Sportway


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MAKING HIS VISION OF OWNING A LOWRIDER A REALITY

BY VOLO

Since he was a teenager, Joe Guzman of Anaheim, California, has always wanted to own a lowrider. He knew it would take time and a lot of hard-earned money to make that vision a reality. With patience and of course some persistence, the right car at the right time and place presented itself to Joe in the 2004. Good friend, Shawn, told Joe about a â&#x20AC;&#x2122;62 Impala that was for sale in the nearby Buena Park. Joe decided to

go see it. Once he laid eyes on the classic car, he knew it was the one! After bringing it home, Joe eventually had the car painted a light green and did some basic upgrades to the ride to get it to that lowrider style he liked. However, after a few years, an idea sparked in his head to take his Chevy hardtop to the next level. He decided to do a complete makeover on the ride, totally repainting it with a candy green finish,

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custom patterns, flake, pinstriping, leafing, and eye-popping murals. The interior also received quite a makeover: dashboards and custom center console received paintjobs to match the car’s exterior, and the seats and

door panels were reupholstered with brand-new green vinyl. There is no doubt that this ride is ready for pulling some awards at car shows, but that won’t stop Joe from cruising it on the streets from time to

The back bumper kisses the asphalt when locked up in front.

"WITH PATIENCE AND OF COURSE SOME PERSISTENCE, THE RIGHT CAR AT THE RIGHT TIME AND PLACE PRESENTED ITSELF TO JOE IN THE 2004." time with his fellow Klique Car Club members. Joe gives thanks to everyone involved with helping him build this car, especially Alex Placencia at Big Al’s Body Shop. Joe says it was Alex who was always there for him when he needed help with this ’62. Joe may be done with the car (for now), but he says he has a convertible ’62 Impala in the works, so be on the lookout for that very soon!

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1962 CHEVY IMPALA VEHICLE NICKNAME Green-Go Madness OWNER Joe Guzman CAR CLUB Klique CITY Anaheim, CA INTERIOR Sal Quinones of Santa Ana, CA, did up some nice green marine vinyl upholstery, accented with green stitching. ENGINE ’72 Chevy 350-cid smallblock V-8 built by Guzman’s Auto in Garden Grove, CA SUSPENSION Andy Guzman also tackled the custom hydraulic suspension, installing a Hoppo’s whammy pump with four dumps. Four batteries power the setup and it is controlled by four dash-mounted switches. Herman of Anaheim did a partial reinforcement wrap on the Y-bone frame. AP Show Chrome in Anaheim took care of all chrome plating needs.

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SOUND SYSTEM AP Show Chrome installed a 7-inch flat face Kenwood head unit. A JL Audio amplifier, JL Audio tweeter, midrange speakers, and a couple Kicker woofers round out the complete entertainment system. BODY/PAINT Alex Placencia of Big Al’s Body Shop in La Habra, CA, did the necessary bodywork before laying down a candy chameleon green finish with mini flakes. Manny’s Pinstriping of La Habra did the silver leafing and pinstriping and Mark Whittaker lent his artistic talents of airbrushed murals depicting an Azteca princess with Azteca warriors. A 42inch electric sunroof with green-tinted glass was also installed. WHEELS/TIRES 13-inch cross-lace Zenith wire wheels are wrapped in 5.20 Premium Sportway whitewall tires


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1954 CHEVROLET BEL AIR CONVERTIBLE

BY HECTOR LEYVA

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Johnny Arevalo of Tucson, Arizona, is no stranger to lowriding. With a career that already includes multiple custom and original Impala builds, as well as the previously featured '39 Chevrolet “Mr. Magnifico,” he brings us his latest creation aptly named “Mr. Bel Air.” “I wanted to fill my garage with something new,” Johnny says, “and a '54 Chevy con-

Though the Bel Air roof line was styled to look like a convertible, there's nothing comparable to a removable roof.

vertible is something I have always wanted.” So, after finding this rare ragtop Chevy in his own backyard of Southern Arizona, it was off to the infamous Old Memories Bombs Factory where a majority of the restoration would take place. The build was in full swing and while Royal Plating in Tucson was both polishing and chroming all 49

the original metal trim, Roger of Wicked Whips was called upon to bodywork and spray this Bel Air’s signature Turquoise Blue paint. The original 235 engine was then rebuilt and upgraded with factory power steering. With a front and back lowered suspension the set of 13-inch, all-chrome, 100-spoke wire wheels bolted right up. The interior


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1954 CHEVY BEL AIR CONVERTIBLE VEHICLE NICKNAME Mr. Bel Air OWNER Johnny Arevalo CAR CLUB Old Memories So. AZ

SUSPENSION Both front and back are lowered 3 inches ENGINE Original '54 Chevy 235 with power steering

CITY Tucson, Arizona

INTERIOR Original patterns with white leather and green inserts

BODY/PAINT Roger of Wicked Whips in Tucson sprayed the signature Turquoise Blue

WHEELS/TIRES 13x7 Galaxy wire wheels with 155-80/13 Cooper radials

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The inside was painted to coordinate with the outside body color, with the Bel Air script added inside the strip.

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was freshened up as it still echoed the original two-toned factory white leather patterns and green leather inserts. With the brand-new Kenwood audio system way past 10, it was time to hit the switch on the power convertible top and cruise down that open Arizona desert highway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to give a special thank you to my wife who continues to support me during past and present builds, and thank her for always leaving the checkbook open,â&#x20AC;? Johnny says. With the assembly line at full speed, rest assured Bombs Factory will continue to produce more rides from both Johnny and the rest of the Old Memories South Arizona chapter.


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Where would we be without our ladies? It’s asking a lot for our significant others to tolerate this obsession (err … hobby, we mean), much less support it. You know you found a keeper though when one not only encourages it, but sinks her teeth into it as much as you. Danny Torrez met his match when he married fellow lowrider Nicole. After many years together Danny decided to build his better half the car of her dreams. Although many might argue that a pink car isn’t masculine, we’d have no problem

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added so it sat low, but locked up high. Chrome plating throughout the undercarriage makes it all look clean. A stronger Toyota rearend was added as well as Caprice spindles and disc brakes with an RAB Performance master cylinder and booster. Deep-pocketed lower A-arms for bigger coils, a CPP steering box, and a quartet of Daytons with Zenith knockoffs keep the rolling stock going strong. Two Hop Shop competition pumps in the rear and a one-piston pump for the front keep the juice flowing through hardlines with 1⁄2 -inch fittings. Eight-inch front cylinders with 14-inch rear cylinders, three Adex dumps, nine solenoids, six group 31 batteries round out the hydraulic package with pink anodized and engraved blocks. A crate 350 was prettied up with some RAB Performance acces-

sories, a Professional Products Power Plus manifold, Edelbrock 600-cfm cam, and tied to a 700R4 trans. The body was kept true to stock by Oscar Ruvalcaba and that beautiful PPG pastel pearl pink was done by Gilbert Acosta and is based on a shade of nail polish that Nicole liked. Accents like Curly’s pinstriping, muraling by Alberto Herrera, and engraving on the bumper guards, amp, A-arms, heater core cover, and hydraulics setup was added by Tommy Casteneda all done to Nicole’s specifications. Brightwork by D&R Chrome bring it all to life. The interior was stitched up by Bones of San Jose in pink suede and white vinyl. Danny made a center console to house the iPad head unit that connects the Zapco equalizer, five-channel Orion amp, four Alpine Type R

1961 CHEVY IMPALA VEHICLE NICKNAME P1nk OWNER Nicole Torrez CITY/STATE San Jose, CA CLUB USO San Jose ENGINE 350 V-8, 700-R4 trans BODY/PAINT PPG pastel pearl pink. Curly’s pinstriping, muraling by Alberto Herrera, and engraving on the bumper guards, amp, A-arms, heater core cover, and hydraulics setup by Tommy Casteneda. Chrome by D&R Chrome bring it all to life. INTERIOR Pink suede and white vinyl by Bones Upholstery. Center console by Danny Torrez. Flaming River column. 58

SUSPENSION Frame boxed, molded, powdercoated pink, and patterned by Carlos “Coast One.” Custom trailing arms and wishbone suspension. Toyota rearend, Caprice spindles and disc brakes, RAB Performance master cylinder and booster. Deep-pocketed lower A-arms for bigger coils, CPP steering box. Two Hop Shop competition pumps in the rear and a one-piston pump for the front. Eight-inch front cylinders with 14-inch rear cylinders, three Adex dumps, nine solenoids, six group 31 batteries. SOUND SYSTEM iPad head unit, Zapco equalizer, five-channel Orion amp, four Alpine Type R 6x9s in rear, a 10inch Alpine Type R subwoofer, and two 5 1/4-inch Alpine Type R speakers in front. WHEELS/TIRES 13-inch Zeniths/ Firestone FR 380 155/80R13


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WHAT’SABUBBLETOP? S U O ? Although it was a short-lived styling touch of the early ’60s, the bubbletop basically only existed in 1961 and 1962. These cars feature a dome-like roof with large, curved rear glass and windshields, as well as curved pillars. In 1962 they were discontinued in favor of the “crinkle” top, which resembled a convertible at first glance. Bubbletop '62 Bel Airs equipped with a 409 are very rare and command big bucks. Only the '62 Bel Air two-door hardtop had the bubbletop body style, while the Impala coupe had the new convertible-look hardtop. The Bel Air four-door sedan of 1961 had the “flying wing” roof, but as unusual as the '61 Bel Air four-door hardtop was, the real oddball of the '61 Chevrolet lineup was the two-door sedan, the only year that the Impala was ever available in that body style. Other GM makes and models featured a bubbletop as well during the same years.

"... IF ELVIS COULD ROCK A PINK CADILLAC, THERE’S NO REASON ANY MAN WOULDN’T BE PROUD TO OWN THIS LOVELY '61 BUBBLETOP." 6x9s in the rear, a 10-inch Alpine Type R subwoofer, and two 51⁄4 inch Alpine Type R speakers in front. A Flaming River column is about the only other thing outof-the-ordinary inside the '61, but the rest is stock. Although, like most cars,

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Miguel Cazares of Santa Clarita, California, attended car shows with his brother when he was a kid. He knew back then that one day he would build a show vehicle of his own. He purchased this Escalade from Felix in Downtown L.A. with

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2008 CADILLAC ESCALADE EXT VEHICLE NICKNAME La Canelita OWNER Miguel Cazares CLUB Nokturnal CITY Santa Clarita, CA ENGINE 6.2L V-8 with redtop Optima battery and K&N filter BODY/PAINT House of Kolor root beer brown UPHOLSTERY Perforated leather and suede SUSPENSION Airbags WHEELS/TIRES 28x10 Diablo Elites with Pirelli Scorpion 295/25/28

MIGUEL CAZARES' ESCALADE EXT IS AN OBVIOUS NOKTURNAL "KNOCKOUT" CADILLAC. multiple patterns and then some striping and leafing from Rich Conejo of Sylmar, California. The old grille was taken off and a new five-piece set of Tiarra double-mesh grilles was installed. Albert at 909 Motoring sold Miguel a new set of 28-inch Diablo Elite wheels. After it came out of the shop with a new look, Miguel decided to do some work to the 6.2L engine. He painted the cover to match and then added a K&N intake and a redtop Optima battery with an engraved battery cover by Tommy Castanera. The final stop was with Joe of California Upholstery in Bell Gardens, California. Joe did the seat in perforated leather peanut butter brown, chocolate suede, with the Cadillac logo stitched into the seats. The trunk build is a never-ending story, so you are sure to see more upgrades later. 64


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Bob & Sons, Ron Mangus, Gabes Custom Interiors … all these names are synonymous within the custom upholstery world. And although all are legends in their own right, Joe Camacho of California Upholstery is stitching up quite an impact! From their innovating designs to the endless number of cars that are currently out on the street displaying their one-of-a-kind, highly sought after interiors. With assembly line precision, their interiors roll out of the Bell Gardens location as if it were a Detroit factory. It was the early ’80s when Joe Camacho found himself working alongside his father, Jose, at their family upholstery shop, cutting and sewing everything from couches to the everyday original interior. As time grew, business ideals between them would eventually push Joe to pursue his own personal goals. “Dad wanted to keep doing traditional

work and I wanted to do higher-end projects,” Joe says. So with a one-bay shop, Joe was off and running, taking in everything from original install kits to full lowrider projects. “Because I had limited space, I had no choice but to finish these cars as quickly as possible,” he says. It was here that his assembly line productivity was born and still continues to this day. Twenty years later they still do things the same way. As the clientele list grew, so did the shop, allowing Joe and crew to serve some lowriding royalty, such as Southside, New Movement, and Lifestyle car clubs. It would become commonplace for a car to go from his shop directly to the vehicle’s cover photoshoot. Eventually, California Upholstery’s popularity would lead them to work for A-list celebrities, such as Gerardo Ortiz, David Beckham, The Game, Topo “The Wide Body King,” as well as many a Dub car. 67

“When I first started, all I wanted was to create interiors that I would want to be seen in and drive,” Joe says. And with interiors ranging anywhere from $2,000 to $12,000, he has made it affordable for anyone to own one of his unique creations. With a system in place that will not allow them to fall behind, and with longtime workers, such as Santos Alonso (who has been with him for over 20 years), you can bet Joe will keep his word when it comes to completing a car. “Truth be told, it is my sister, Grace, who runs the day-to-day operations. She is the real brains behind this operation. I don’t know how she coordinates all of this,” he says. “With over 15 estimates to write a day, I really don’t know how she finds time to do it all. We couldn’t do it without her.” With a minimum threemonth waiting list, make sure to call and reserve your spot today. Joe and family are waiting to hear from you.


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What is the biggest change you have seen when it comes to upholstery? Nobody wants original or traditional interiors any more. Even the once-sacred '58 is getting complete custom interiors that are hot-rod inspired. Who was your biggest influence? Javier of Mexico Collision was the first to give me complete artistic freedom. During my single-bay days, he would drop off a car at 6 a.m. and would pick up the competed version at 6 p.m. What would you like to see change? The painters always take all the credit and money. It seems as if the majority of a project car's budget always goes to the paint, with the remainder going to the interior. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad to see more and more car owners using their budget to help push the level of fabrication and design. How has social media impacted your business? It has become a platform to showcase our work, serves as free advertisement. It is also a way to keep our customer updated with the progress of their cars.

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Not all projects we begin start off with perfectly rust-free and dent-free metal. This was definitely the case when we really starting digging into our '53 Chevy pickup truck build. Once we got the cab all stripped down to bare metal we discovered a number of problem areas that would need to be cut out and replaced with fresh new metal. And for this we called upon Brothers Truck Parts, one of the leaders in replacement parts for Chevy trucks. For this installment we focus on the replacement of the lower rear cab corners, which are a very typical area for cancerous rust holes. They always manage to be a catchall for any type of debris over the years and just rot away the metal. We also address the truck cabâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s floorboards with toeboard pieces that were mangled up from years of abuse and holes from where a different chassis had been mounted underneath. Luckily Brothers Truck Parts came to our rescue and were able to supply all of the necessary replacement pieces to return our cab foundation to its original factory glory. 1

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5A.-5B. On the passenger side the inner rocker piece was still in good condition so we decided to retain it. In order to remove the outer sheetmetal piece at the spot welds we actually used a hard grinding wheel on the electric grinder to thin the outer piece until it was paper thin. This method we’ve learned works much better and quicker than trying to drill out all of the spot welds.

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stellar. Especially when one considers building a homebased DIY shop—or for the extreme hobbyists—these tools will last the test of time so long as you clean and maintain them properly. To be honest, the tool game has a lot of ego involved in it. We’ve seen guys with full Snap On tool sets that couldn’t build a car if Boyd Coddington was by their side, and on the flip side we’ve seen guys build incredible cars with the most obscure and inexpensive tools. In short, the tools don’t make the car, the person 74

using them does. That said, Harbor Freight really does make some great tools. In the cost versus quality comparison, they are perhaps the best tools on the market in many segments. Especially when you consider building a car at home, these tools are incredible and will definitely last a lifetime. To be honest, you also have to consider how much you’ll be using the tools. If you’re running an industrial or commercial operation where heavy tool use is required on the daily, some of


their products may not be as stellar as some commercial-duty brands, but we wouldn’t sign off on them right away. Do your homework, give them a try, and you’ll see that the stereotypes and rumors are mostly false. In this section we’ll be doing a review on some of their tools and we were more than satisfied with over 95 percent of the products we tested. Now, when you consider the price we paid, the savings are incredible, and the job still got done, while also leaving behind plenty of money saved—only to be put back into some good food and beer for the friends who dropped by to help.

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Compact and easy to use, this air needle scaler comes with 19 hardened steel needles, which offers a 1⁄2-inch stroke with a maximum speed of 4,600 bpm. With an average air consumption of 10 CRM at 90 psi, this tool is perfect for removing welding flux, rust, paint, and cement on just about any surface that needs heavy scouring. For us, we tested their air needle scaler to remove layers of paint from the control arms on a '63 Impala, and we even used it to remove some old chrome off bumpers. It did the job, and it did it well.

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We put this 7-piece set to work and it worked wonders. Again, at the hands of an expert, the job was done and there were no complaints about the build quality of the tools. Ideal for autobody repair and fabrication, this 7-piece set comes in a handy container for safekeeping. Designed to handle most fabrication and repairs, use the hammers and dollies in this body and fender set to remove dings and dents, flatten metal panels, create curves, and shrink metal. Constructed from heat-treated, drop-forged carbon steel, they are sturdy enough to take a beating and come with fiberglass handles with nonslip-rubberized grips.

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This HVLP (High Volume, Low Pressure) spray gun is gravity fed and not only is it better for the environment, but also a great savings when it comes to material costs. With a 20-ounce capacity, we used this gun to lay down a few fine coats of paint and the quality is definitely there.


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A dual motion orbital sander with 10,000 rpm and an adjustable speed regulator is what you get when you open up the box, and it does what it’s supposed to do. It’s really that simple. We used it for most of our projects, and the only problem we faced was user error when we over-lubricated the product. Again, tools don’t make mistakes, people do and we were proof of that.

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This dual piston straight-line sander generates 3,000 strokes per minute and features a 1-inch stroke and tensioned spring clamps for easy paper changes. This tool requires 90 psi of working pressure, and it’s a great tool for garage body shops. When given to body guys that are still new to the game, they had nothing bad at all to say, but when given to professional body guys, they said that it worked well but lacked just a bit of power. Again, a great tool for DIY guys and

worthy of its excellent price point. 23⁄4X16 AO SAND ASST 5-PIECE

What more can we say? These sanding sheets are incredible. Perfect for wet and dry sanding, you can use these for all types of material. We used it to strip down fenders with rust and patina, used it to sand down our woodwork for the speaker boxes and custom trim panels, and even used it on some furniture projects we were finishing off.

6-PIECE PANEL/TRIM REMOVAL TOOL

What can we say? These tools do exactly what they’re supposed to do and they’re a must for any garage builder or professional shop. Seriously, if you need a set of “brand name” panel and trim removal tools, you’re definitely doing it to compensate for something to be discussed with your wife or girlfriend.

In closing, all we can say is that the ROI (return on investment) on these tools are epic. Harbor Freight Tools are no different than most mid- to high-level brands in the fact that you have to do your own research and see what works best for you. As with any product line, there will always be the good and bad part of their lineup, and while Harbor Freight may have had a shoddy reputation to begin with, things are slowly changing so don’t sign off on them anytime soon because they’re here to stay. So in short, worry more about your skill set than your tool set because in the end just remember that pencils don’t make mistakes and great tools don’t make great cars. It’s all about the person or the operator behind the instruments, which help us get where we need to be. It’s all about working with what you have, and what you can afford, and as I type up this story I’m smirking because I’m doing it on a $5 imitation-Mac keyboard that has worked flawlessly for the past six years.

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If you need to repair or replace a doorskin, then this is the ultimate kit for you. The 1.45-pound doorskin hammer is made of forged, ground, and polished alloy steel and features a cushion grip to help absorb the impact. Heel and toe dollies are also included in the kit, as well as 123⁄4-inch dinging spoon. We had one of our friends test the kit out, and it’s safe to say that the tools easily outweighed his skill set. That said, after hours of practice—and frustration watching—we had one of our body guys come over to do the job for him and even he was impressed with the quality of the kit in comparison to the price. MECHANICS GLOVES MEDIUM

Protect yourself from heat, cold, abrasions, and cuts with these breathable gloves. Created from 50 percent synthetic leather in the palms and fingers, these gloves were good but we’ve definitely seen better. Again, this is a matter of personal preference, but when working with your hands, we like to use better-fitting gloves and we found these just a tad bit sloppy. Just to emphasize the point, this review is coming from a bunch of glove snobs who are extremely picky with what they wear, and it’s a glove that would work perfect for most of the general public.

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We met 4-year-old KenNiyia Holley’s father, Kenneth, from Los Angeles when he came into our studio this past December. Kenneth was there detailing DMack’s '63 from Majestics before its shoot. It was there that Kenneth showed us his kid’s bikes and we knew we had to get them in the studio. The '76 Schwinn 16-inch bike and seat were painted cotton candy pink and pearls by Danny A. After the paint was done he added hot pink striping to the frame, seat, and fenders. To finish it off Kenneth added twisted pedals, twisted apple crate, mirrors, and a headlight. Tony Tone of High Class Car Club painted the pedal car using candy purple with pearls and pink pinstriping. Jesse Cruz of La Gente Car Club custom-made a seat; all the chrome was done by Speedy’s Polishing in Long Beach, California.

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Even in this day and age of openmindedness and social awareness, there are still many cultures overshadowed and haunted by negative and age-old stereotypes. Of the many cultures that continue to be judged or perceived on the basis of false or dated misinformation is the culture of lowriding. Typically pigeonholed as vehicles for gangsters and the mode of transportation for the underworld, lowriding has long been at the receiving end of negative press. That said, the mission for creating “Roll Models” is to introduce 5-6 minute video segments that will teach the masses otherwise. The purpose of these segments is to highlight and expose the true beauty of the personalities behind lowriding. We want to share our culture, spread the love, and above and beyond everything else, we want to share the stories of the men and women who not only build—but drive—these incredible vehicles and influence the world in their own special way. Lowriding is a labor of love that takes years to complete and these are cars that are typically passed on from one generation to the next. In short, they become a part of the family lineage and tradition. The personal relationship between car and owner is one that represents a culture that revolves around family. Yet, these six-figure builds are being orchestrated by individuals whose occupational history and significance is as rich and

vivid as the paintjobs on their cars and that is what we want to showcase. We will be featuring lowrider owners who are sworn officers, entertainers, and athletes and included in this long list of stand-up individuals are CEOs and CFOs of some of your favorite destination points. They are leaders in the community, they fight for our freedom, and some simply just work hard for their money, but in the end what ties them together is the unity of our car culture and the desire to give back to the community.   The reach of each segment is one that is sure to go viral. It is also an important vessel of communication that will open the eyes of car lovers globally. From longtime readers to those interested—but always embarrassed—to admit their appreciation of lowriders, these video segments will erase the marks of ignorance, and shed light on the overshadowed world in which we have a multicultural love affair with our cars and the lifestyle that stands behind it. In addition to educating the masses, we are here to educate the future lowriders about the history of lowriding while dispelling the myths and rumors that derelicts and misfits of society strictly own our cars. It’s time for us to expand the reach of our market and we wholeheartedly believe that Roll Models will help us achieve that goal and we’d love for you to join us for the ride. 96

Shell Lubricants, featuring Quaker State Motor Oils, and LOWRIDER magazine proudly presents our next candidate for the LOWRIDER Roll Models Series: Miguel Alatorre, Klique Car Club San Diego, '59 convertible Impala, Nov. ’15 cover car “The Antidote” As a retired military officer, Miguel Alatorre, has been responsible for fighting for our freedom and his fight continues today when it comes to stereotypes of lowriding. Roll Models sits down with this veteran as he makes a case as to why his love for classic cars and wire wheels has kept him on another mission.

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