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Most of us can drift to memories of those high school days hanging out with our high school sweetheart. A fortunate few, they still have those sweethearts in their lives. For most however, they are merely a memory and can even be referred to as “the one that got away.” For Michael Escobedo, the one that got away was a beautiful ’53 Chevy 210.

Aztec-themed hydraulic setup.
Aztec-themed hydraulic setup.

All through high school they were seen together, hitting car shows, cruising, he even met his eventual wife driving it. But as quickly as life brought them together, fate would separate them. “I sold the car to my cousin to start a business with my father,” Michael says. And after a few years, as fate usually works, the opportunity to get her back soon presented itself. After trading a ’63 Chevy Impala to his cousin, this high school sweetheart was back where she belonged.

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Over the years his cousin had done some work to the car. But this time Michael was going to turn this daily driver into a full custom show car. The project was off and running when Jaz-E, a local painter, layered the Sea Foam and Dark Green pearl two-stage paint, complementing the already-patterned rooftop. From there, Victor at Lechero Upholstery, re-created the original ’50s-style stitching in a Mint Green cloth with matching inserts.

The 210 was the midrange model of Chevy from 1953-57.
The 210 was the midrange model of Chevy from 1953-57.

Leonard, at Di Vinche Hydraulics, installed a two-pump custom setup, complete with chrome hard lines connected to custom oil reservoir tanks powered by four Optima batteries. Michael also added chrome wraparounds, bumper guards, an OE compass, traffic viewer, and all-new chrome metalwork throughout. Instead of the traditional wire wheels, the decision was made to go with original True-Spoke 13×7 wire wheels with 155-80/13 radial whitewall tires, giving it a distinct old-school look that always takes him back to those memorable high school days.

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1953 Chevy 210

Vehicle Nickname
Aztec Madness

Owner
Michael Escobedo

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Car Club
Arizas Finest

City
Avondale, AZ

Member of Arizas Finest Car Club.
Member of Arizas Finest Car Club.

Supsension
Leonard at Di Vinche Hydraulics installed a two-pump custom setup, chrome hard lines connecting to custom oil reservoir tanks, powered by four Optima batteries

Body/Paint
Jaz-E layered the Sea Foam and Dark Green pearl two-stage paint

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Engine
Original ’53 Chevy 235

Interior
Victor at Lechero Upholstery re-created the original ’50s-style stitching in a Mint Green cloth with matching inserts.

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Wheels/Tires
Original True-Spoke 13×7 wire wheels with 155-80/13 radial whitewall tires

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Logos Two – Weave Into History http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/fashion/1606-logos-two/ http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/fashion/1606-logos-two/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:00:01 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=195300 An institution that serves the lowrider lifestyle with the finest old-school sewing, embroidery, and screen printing.

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Shop
Logos Two

City
Paramount, CA

Owner
Randy Headley

URL
www.logostwo.com

Culture and technology has changed … a lot. Smartphones have replaced home phones, Google has replaced libraries, and photo albums have long been traded in for computer screens. Seriously, remember when you used to have to lick your fingers and flip through the pages of a photo album? Remember when you used to look through a pile of photos? Well that’s all gone. Technology has given us much, yet robbed us of plenty.

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On the flip side, culture has changed as well. Do you remember when actors and actresses actually had talent? Do you remember when you could actually understand the lyrics in rap songs? Well, those days are long gone and here today are the Kardashians and Young Thug. But I’m not here to gripe about the state of the world, I’m here to just say that now more than ever we appreciate old-school values and tradition. That said, this is exactly why we appreciate our culture. Lowriding (for the most part) has remained relatively unmolested by technology. Cars are still built by hand, and the core values of lowriding still revolve around manual labor. From car painting, pinstriping, to upholstery, our hands have been the tools to make our imagination come to life, and the same holds true for our car club jackets, shirts, and plaques. So when I run across an old-school company that stays true to its roots, it’s always an honor to feature them, and this story here is a great example.

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Logos Two has become an institution that serves our lifestyle with the finest old-school sewing, embroidery, and screen printing. They’re responsible for crafting plenty of the car club jackets you’ve seen around town, and at car shows, and they’re a family business that’s been serving our industry for over 40 years. From club jackets, to custom Ts, they design and create apparel for small and large orders. But of particular interest has always been the old-school embroidery that’s done with Chenille thread. Each of their pieces are manually sewn by hand, and there’s something so significant, and so official, when you see one of their complete pieces.

A glass-cased museum of automotive culture.

Located in Paramount, California, the staff at Logos Two is phenomenal, and with over 100 years of collective experience it makes them true to it, and not new to it. So we’d like to tip our hats and salute Randy and his team for serving our community and becoming a staple in our community. In short, they’re part of the reason why our roots run deep and why we’d never trade tradition for technology.

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Little KenNiyia’s 1976 Schwinn and Pedal Car http://www.lowrider.com/rides/bicycles/1604-little-kenniyias-1976-schwinn-pedal-car/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/bicycles/1604-little-kenniyias-1976-schwinn-pedal-car/#respond Thu, 28 Apr 2016 12:00:50 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=195051 After Kenneth Holley showed us his kid's bikes we instantly knew we had to get them into the studio.

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We met 4-year-old KenNiyia Holley’s father, Kenneth, of Los Angeles when he came into our studio this past December. Kenneth was there detailing DMack’s 1963 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.

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The 1976 Schwinn 16-inch bike and seat was 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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Vehicle Year/Make/Model
1976 Schwinn 16-inch

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Vehicle Nickname
Baby Crush

Owner
KenNiyia Holley

City/State
Los Angeles, CA

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Club
Original Ridaz

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Vehicle Year/Make/Model
Pedal Car

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Vehicle Nickname
Secret Crush

Owner
KenNiyia Holley

City/State
Los Angeles, CA

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Club
Original Ridaz

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A 556hp Supercharged 1958 Chevrolet Impala http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1604-556hp-supercharged-1958-chevrolet-impala/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1604-556hp-supercharged-1958-chevrolet-impala/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:00:49 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=194772 Vernon "VMax" Maxwell couldn't have his wife showing him up with a faster car, so he decided to go all out with his own ride.

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Previously, we’ve featured a 1961 ragtop owned by Tanya Maxwell, wife of Ultimate Hydraulics owner Vernon “V-Max” Maxwell. Going back further, we featured V-Max’s 1958 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 give the 1958 a makeover.

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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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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 14×7 original Daytons makes for the perfect rolling stock.

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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 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 1964 models.

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It took eight months to dress the 1958 in its new clothing, but V-Max assures us he’s done and just enjoys 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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1958 Chevy Impala convertible

Owner
Vernon “V-Max” Maxwell

City/State
Norco, CA

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Club
Ultimate Riders

Engine
LSA with 4L60E trans

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Body/Paint
Stock with Axalta 1964 model fawn paint

Suspension
Currie rearend, CPP air ride, CPP tubular A-arms, Wilwood disc brakes

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Interior
Dakota Digital gauges, Vintage Air A/C, Cars1 upholstery, ididit column

Stereo
Retrosound head unit and Cerwin Vega speakers, amps

Wheels/Tires
14-inch Daytons/Remington 175/75-R14

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LSA by the Numbers

Engine Type LS-Series Gen IV Small-Block V-8
Displacement (ci) 376 (6.2L)
Bore x Stroke (in) 4.065 x 3.622 (103.25 x 92mm)
Block Cast-aluminum with six-bolt, cross-bolted main caps
Crankshaft Forged Steel with eight-bolt flange
Connecting Rods Powdered metal
Pistons Hypereutectic aluminum
Camshaft Type Hydraulic roller
Camshaft Lift (in) 0.510 intake/0.540 exhaust
Valve Lift (in) 0.492 intake/0.480 exhaust
Camshaft Duration (at 0.050 in) 198-degree intake / 216-degree exhaust

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LOWRIDER Roll Models Episode 3: Michael Grey http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/lowrider-roll-models-episode-3-michael-grey/ http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/lowrider-roll-models-episode-3-michael-grey/#respond Tue, 26 Apr 2016 22:43:31 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=195246 Learn why we look up to Michael Grey of USO Car Club as a Roll Model

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In this episode of LOWRIDER Roll Models we take a look at Michael Grey of USO Car Club.

Raised in the small, farming community of Durham, California, Michael grew up spending his summers changing sprinkler pipes in the fields. Laboring in the fields gave Michael a strong work ethic and also inspired him to want to do more with his life. After getting interested in accounting in high school, Michael would later go on to become the president of the Accounting Society at Chico State, where he met the Chief Financial Officer of Harrah’s.

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Inspired by the CFO of Harrah’s, Michael applied to work for Harrah’s after graduating from college and was hired the next day. Today, Michael is the Chief Financial Officer at Caesar’s Palace, and is a great example of what one can accomplish with dedication and determination. This is why we look up to him as a LOWRIDER Roll Model.

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Shawty Bentacu – Simple Burque Girl with Big Dreams http://www.lowrider.com/girls/1603-shawty-bentacu-simple-burque-girl-big-dreams/ http://www.lowrider.com/girls/1603-shawty-bentacu-simple-burque-girl-big-dreams/#respond Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:10:08 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=191643 During one of our trips to Albuquerque, we were able to meet up and shoot this gorgeous makeup artist and hairstylist.

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Makeup Artist: Self
Hair Stylist: Self
Wardrobe: Self

Shawty Bentacu is a gorgeous makeup artist and hairstylist from Albuquerque, NM. Her first modeling gig was for a friends shop. She enjoyed being in front of the camera and dabbed in the modeling scene but never pursued a career in it. Her goal is to one day own and run a barbershop/salon. With this in mind, she is currently attending barber school and is focusing on finishing up school to get one step closer to her goal.

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During one of our trips to Albuquerque, we were able to meet and shoot Shawty. Unfortunately for us, it rained on the day of the shoot and we had to move the shoot from its original location to La Vida Customs garage. Regardless of the location, we guarantee you fall in love with her down to earth attitude and her beautiful smile.

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Lowrider: What kind of girlfriend would you be?

Shawty: I think I’m fun but I’m Latina, so you know I’m a little crazy! Haha!

Lowrider: How much fun and how crazy of a girlfriend would you be?

Shawty: I’m not a jealous girlfriend. I’ll go to the strip club with my boyfriend and give him his space but I do need a lot of attention and need to be loved all day.

Lowrider: According to the Hot Crazy Matrix, you fall into the Wife Zone, so we are ok with your level of crazy.

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Lowrider: What do you like to do for fun?

Shawty: I love to go to the movies, do makeup and go on walks and hikes.

Lowrider: What would be the perfect first date?

Shawty: Going to eat some crab legs and the date is already perfect for me. Haha. I guess going somewhere with a nice view after would be a nice way to end the night. I’m simple, I don’t need too much. I just need you to listen to me and be an active listener.

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Lowrider: How do you like living in Albuquerque?

Shawty: I love it! I’m a Burque girl for sure. Everything is perfect here. It’s never to hot or to cold and I think people are friendlier over here.

We will be visiting Burque later this year, so keep an eye out for a follow up feature with our favorite New Mexico girl.

Model Name: Shawty Bentacu
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Ethnicity: Hispanic
Occupation: Makeup artist and hairstylist
Height: 4’9″
Measurements: 34-26-40
Instagram: @shawtee_11

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Budget Body Shop Using Harbor Freight Tools http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/additional-tech/1604-budget-body-shop-using-harbor-freight-tools/ http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/additional-tech/1604-budget-body-shop-using-harbor-freight-tools/#respond Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:00:55 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=194991 When one considers building DIY shop—or for the extreme hobbyists—Harbor Freight tools will last the test of time so long as they are maintained properly.

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Years ago, mentioning the name Harbor Freight would earn you plenty of laughs and almost discredit your mechanical prowess, but those days are long gone. Today, Harbor Freight has lasted the test of time, and most of their products have impressed even the harshest of critics.

Considered by many elitists to be “throwaway tools”, that perception has quickly changed over the past decade. We’ve seen our fair share of shops use many of the products from the Harbor Freight catalog and their results have been stellar. Especially when one considers building a home-based 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 flipside 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 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 jobs 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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Air Needle Scaler
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 1963 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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7-Piece Body and Fender Set
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, dropforged carbon steel, they are sturdy enough to take a beating and come with fiberglass handles with nonslip-rubberized grips.

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Gravity Feed Spray Gun Stand
The perfect support stand for your spray gun, this nifty device is made of durable steel and comes predrilled so you can mount in on your workbench or your wall. You’ve spent more money buying a burrito at your favorite Mexican restaurant, so why not invest less into a stand that makes you the money that affords you those good meals.

200Z Pro HVLP Gravity Gun
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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3/8-Inch—50-Foot PVC/ Rubber Air Hose
Made of rubber/ PVC, this hose from Central Pneumatic, is lighter than rubber, more flexible than PVC, and after a few weeks of use it still held up. This hose, as with any hose, needs a longterm test plan, but for the price, we were definitely impressed by the build quality. With brass fittings and bend restrictors, the hose is well built at an affordable price point, so it won’t hurt your pockets to throw it away and buy another should it happen to fail.

P95 Maintenance Free Dual Cartridge Respirator
For the price, these respirators work. We’ve definitely seen better quality respirators in terms of build quality, so we’d have to pass on using this in the paint booth and use it for lighter projects such as sanding and light primer work. They’re definitely throw-away respirators because there is no way to replace the cartridge, but in all they’re a great general purpose respirator for the DIY guy.

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6-inch 320-Grit PSA Sanding Disco (50 piece)
These sanding discs with PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) are easy to use and attach and they come with an anti-clog zinc stearate coating to resist dust buildup and a “hole-free” design, which reduces tearing. Crafted with durable carbide abrasive, the heavy-duty C-weight paper backing works great. While we have seen other sanding discs with better bite and action, the price point of these discs makes them still our top pick, and the difference in performance between leading brands doesn’t make the squeeze worth the juice, so in the end it’s our top choice for a DIY build.

6-Inch Dual Action Sander
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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Stud Welder Dent Repair Kit
Perfect for repairing dings and dents without drilling, this stud welder comes with a high-powered low heat transformer with a resettable breaker. In addition, a 2-pound slide hammer and a 1-second cycle time makes it easy to use, and it’s got a 2 percent duty cycle. Once again, we used this tool to pull 16 dents ranging from small to large, and we had no problems at all. Once again, the perfect tool for a home garage at a fraction of the cost.

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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.

4-Piece Doorskin Repair Kit
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 12-3/4-inch dinging spoon.

We had one of 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.

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Air Inline Sander
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.

2-3/4×16 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.

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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.

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60 G 5hp 165-psi Two-Stage Compressor
The priciest item on our list is this two-stage compressor. I’ll admit that I’d probably buy a similar and used Ingersoll Rand compressor at this price, or a smaller-capacity brand name unit, but to be honest, it’s more of a vanity issue than a performance issue. For me personally, I like to see a nice compressor tucked away in my garage, but again that’s just me.

But if you must have a brand-new compressor, then this Harbor Freight unit is definitely a steal. A bit louder than oil-less compressors, this one fires up a bit slower than other dual stages I’ve seen but it works and it fills up quickly. On another note, here’s a free tip: Buying a big compressor is always better because it gives you more time to use tools without the motor firing up and your neighbors and friends won’t be so quick to borrow it.

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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Travis Bielert’s Harley-Davidson Softail DeLuxe http://www.lowrider.com/rides/motorcycles/1604-travis-bielerts-harley-davidson-softail-deluxe/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/motorcycles/1604-travis-bielerts-harley-davidson-softail-deluxe/#respond Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:00:56 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=194703 Travis Bielert always loved lowriders and Harleys. When it came time to build a bike it was only natural that he would build it with a Cali Vicla style.

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Travis Bielert has been into custom cars for as long as he can remember. Growing up he loved lowriders and Harleys so when it came time to build a Harley it was only natural that he would build it with a Cali Vicla style. Having previously owned an old-school shovelhead bobber he found himself wanting something more comfortable and dependable for those long cruises, so it was off to the Harley dealer for a brand-new Harley Softail DeLuxe.

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For most people in the Harley world chrome is king, but Travis wanted to stand out from the crowd and went 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.

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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.

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Roll Model: Michael Grey http://www.lowrider.com/news/1604-roll-model-michael-grey/ http://www.lowrider.com/news/1604-roll-model-michael-grey/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 19:20:36 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=194673 Mike Grey is living proof that good things happen when you follow your dreams.

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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.

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The series, which is presented by Shell and Quaker State Oil, 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 to say that his job is to take the risk out of gambling—at least from the business side of things.

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To find out more about Michael Grey, be sure to tune into our latest series, which is online now. In yet another fascinating episode, we show you the colorful and diverse background behind another lowrider owner and this latest episode is sure to bring a compelling story, which will engage, entertain, and educate all who are car crazy.

We would also love to here your comments and suggestions, so please be sure to address them to our editor. Thank you for your continued support and we’ll see you online and at a show near you.

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1965 Chevrolet Impala – Side Piece http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1965-chevrolet-impala-side-piece-2/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1965-chevrolet-impala-side-piece-2/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:00:05 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=194556 Having a side piece usually gets you in trouble, but for Manuel Perez Jr. of PlayTimes Over Car Club, it's getting him attention.

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A “side piece” is a slang name given to a man or woman who you are seeing outside your marriage. For 35-year-old Manuel Perez Jr. of Pueblo, Colorado, that’s exactly what it means to him in his ’65 Chevy Impala with the assist to his wife, Jennifer. Manuel bought and built a ’94 Caddy for her and when he found the ’65 it took a lot of convincing for her to allow him to trade the big body for the Chevy.

The Impala wasn’t in the best shape, but Manuel had big dreams for his side piece.

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In order to make sure the old Chevy would crank every time, Manuel removed the stock motor and replaced it with a Corvette motor. The very next step was removing the old stock, ripped-up interior and replacing it with a more modern upgrade of materials and colors.

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Colorado Fastback.

As you can imagine, the body lines weren’t perfect or even straight when Manuel received the Impala. The dents had to be worked out of every side and new metal had to be welded to put the classic back together. The paint was the next step, which included some ghost patterns from front to back. From there, the attention was turned to the undercarriage. Once perfected, it was time to install the hydraulic suspension to bring the Chevy to the ground at the touch of a switch.

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As the president of PlayTimes Over Car Club in Colorado, Manuel must set an example of clean, well-built rides. “Side Piece” came a long way and fills that spot perfectly.

Manuel wishes to thank his wonderful wife, Jennifer, and their four children for supporting him throughout the build. He also wishes to thank his brothers, Arnold and Louie, and his father-in-law, Carlos. Extra thanks goes out to cousins who pitched in and helped, and his car club members. Having a side piece usually gets you in trouble, but for Manuel, it’s getting him attention.

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1965 Chevy Impala

Vehicle Nickname
Side Piece

Owner
Manuel Perez Jr.

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Car Club
PlayTimes Over

City
Pueblo, Colorado

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Engine
’69 327 SBC built by Carlos Gutierrez

Suspension
Arnold Perez installed the two Showtime pumps with six batteries

Interior
Joe Carrio from Joe’s Auto Upholstery handled the worn-down interior by adding fresh new white vinyl

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Body/Paint
Omni red and orange basecoat with silver patterns, House of Kolor Kandy Tangerine

Wheels/Tires
72-spoke, 13×7 gold center Dayton Wire Wheels with Hankook tires

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