Funny how things happen sometimes. During the photo shoot for this month’s center car, we ordered some Mexican food for lunch. Lance McIntosh of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was under the gun trying to think of a name for his ’93 Cadillac Fleetwood and the answer to his dilemma fell in his lap… literally. After picking up a big green chili that came with lunch, the answer to his question was clear, “Green Chili.” The Caddy is as bright and hot as the sun, and has many an aspiring car builder wanting to paint their vehicle this color when they see it.
Lance’s story with this car started in Portland, Oregon, where Lance lived and was a mechanical engineer for several years. A club member decided to sell the project that he had started and Lance picked up where the owner left off. Being a Uce C.C. member in Portland, Lance learned from fellow members what it takes to build a visually appealing vehicle and applied everything that he had learned to Green Chili.
With his fabrication and welding abilities, Lance found out that he was actually quite handy in the car realm and a year ago decided to start his own shop, Show Quality Customs in Albuquerque. Lance is already working on his next project-a two-door Caddy, so you can look for another hot look from the gang at Show Quality Customs.
Owner: Lance McIntosh
Vehicle: ’93 Cadillac Fleetwood
City/State: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Club: Uce C.C.
Engine/Drivetrain: Keeping things reliable in the true Caddy tradition, the motor is stock. Lance says that it’s ugly right now, so we’ll take his word for it.
Body/Paint: The color of this car is certainly the thing that has people wandering over to it at car shows and Lance has Eddie Slepicka of Bent Metal Customs in Portland, Oregon, to thank for that. House of Kolor candy lime green was shot by Eddie who also handled the body straightening choirs.
Interior: The stock beige leather interior is accented with custom-painted candy lime green woodgrain dash, door plates and Billet Specialties steering wheel-one of those subtle things that catch your eye and have you looking for a while.
Sound System: Lance’s shop, Show Quality Customs in Albuquerque, kept it simple on the sound system end and installed an Alpine CD player in the dash along with TVs in the headrest and a PlayStation 2 for the gamer in everyone.
Setup: Show Quality Customs also took care of the hydro setup, which consists of a two-pump ShowTime competition setup. Adjustable trailing arms, extended upper A-arms and boxed lower A-arms are just some of the things that Lance’s mechanical engineering degree came in handy for. Elsewhere, 8-inch cylinders in the front and 14-inchers in the rear get the “Chili” lifted, while 3-ton front and rear springs keep things suspended with two blocks and four switches making sure that the juice goes to the right place. The frame was partially reinforced and powdercoated by Jayson Fleming of Westside Customs in Portland.
Tires: P155/80-R13 Cooper
Wheels: 13×7 OG wires with green anodized rims