Lowrider http://www.lowrider.com Ultimate Source of Lowrider Cars, Bikes & Arte Mon, 22 May 2017 16:42:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham – A Sick Classic http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1994-cadillac-fleetwood-brougham-sick-classic/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1994-cadillac-fleetwood-brougham-sick-classic/#respond Mon, 22 May 2017 10:00:15 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=214664 When Victor Alcantara was asked what he wanted to name his Caddy, he answered with "ClassickO" a name that combines the words "classy" and "sick" that best describes his build.

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When Victor “SickO” Alcantara was asked what he wanted to name his Cadillac, he responded without hesitation and said “ClassickO.” In short, it’s a name that combines the words “classy” and “sick” into one word, and it’s a homemade term that best describes his Fleetwood build.

At the age of 13 Victor was sucked into the lowriding culture. His enthusiasm was so strong that he asked his parents to buy him a lowrider bicycle-one that he still owns today. Soon after he found himself searching for a fullsize ride to work on and that’s when he ran across a 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood that was located a few hours away in Joliet, Illinois.

When he got there, he paid the asking price. The first thing he noticed was that the tires were bad, so he replaced them before the ride home. An hour into his drive, one of the cylinders started leaking, so he pulled over and added some oil. As if that weren’t bad enough, he soon experienced a blowout. And, bad luck typically comes in threes, so, go figure, he was pulled over for having no plates or insurance when he was just 15 minutes from home.

During the build process, Victor soon befriended “Tank” from SolitoS Car Club of Chicago, and with his help the Cadillac went straight to a local named Mikey-the one responsible for switching up the entire hydraulic setup to a safer and more stable system. The next step in the build was to have a complete color change done by Reyes Custom in West Allis, Wisconsin. The factory gold paintjob was replaced with a bright red paintjob complete with a red canvas top. From there, pinstriper Chavo was flown in from the Arizona to lay down some pinstripe on the Caddy.

At this point, the Fleetwood was ready to show its wings, so Victor brought it out to a local car show. As Victor’s bad luck would have it, the engine blew on the way there, so it was back to the drawing board as Victor and his club members lent a helping hand to rebuild and replace the motor. Reyes handled the interior change and Victor was able to completely transform his big body after all his bad luck.

Victor wishes to thank his SolitoS club members for their help and support in making sure that his dream was completed, as well as his good friend Horacio Rosiles for the mechanical help. He wishes to thank Reyes Customs for their masterful work with the transformation of the Cadillac.

As a single father of beautiful 8-year-old Natalie, Victor has to lead by example and show that your dreams can come true no matter what obstacles are in the way. As his first lowrider car, Victor has gone above and beyond all expectations.

1994 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham

Vehicle Nickname
ClassickO

Owner
Victor “SickO” Alcantara

City/State
Waukegan, IL

Club Affiliation
SolitoS

Engine
5.7L LT1, 4L60E transmission

Body/Paint
House of Kolor Candy Apple Red painted by Tony’s Automotive, red canvas top by Reyes Customs, pinstriped by Chavo from Phoenix

Suspension
three pump Black Magic anodized red, full front end chrome, reinforced suspension

Interior
two-tone red and tan by Reyes Customs

Sound System
JVC Phase Linear flip-out head unit, MTX components and amps

Wheels/Tires
14-inch OG wire wheels painted to match, 175/70-14 radials

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Miguel Hernandez’s 1963 Chevy Impala – A Woman’s Love http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/miguel-hernandezs-1963-chevy-impala-womans-love/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/miguel-hernandezs-1963-chevy-impala-womans-love/#respond Fri, 19 May 2017 10:00:37 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=214632 Phoenix's Central Street has long served as the place to cruise for many years and for Miguel Hernandez, it is the place where his lowrider story began.

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Central Street in Phoenix has long served as the local boulevard for many years. Like most cruising spots, it has its fair share of stories to tell, and if the streets really could talk they would tell a tall tale—and many of them at that. But amidst those stories are many that would revolve around the birth of many lowriding enthusiasts. For Miguel Hernandez, this is exactly where his lowrider story began.

Long before life’s obligations came knocking, a young and carefree Miguel could be found on Central Street cruising in one of his two lowriders. As the years passed, those cruising days were replaced with a cruise down the aisle of love with his wife, Mily. Soon after, a growing family became top priority and the necessities of life eventually led him to sell his prized lowriders—although he vowed to one day build another.

As time went on and life’s responsibilities started to drain his accounts, his dreams started to slowly take the back seat. Fortunately for him, Mily never forgot his sacrifice, and one day when he least expected it, Mily surprised Miguel with a 1963 Chevy Impala as a gesture of her gratitude. Together, they embarked on a restoration voyage to make this Impala worthy enough to cruise down Central. The build became just as beautiful as the process itself.

“The car was in decent shape,” Miguel says. “We started by updating the original 327 with chrome aftermarket parts, then accented them with hand-engraved designs. The factory power windows were given a once-over and an original green interior kit was installed by Chapo’s Upholstery.” Arizona native, Chavo, was called upon to complete the custom Turquoise paintjob. He adorned the vehicle with his signature patterns, ‘striping, and leafing to the roof, trunk, and sides of the car. “I wanted to roll on what I had back in the day,” Miguel says … referring to the OG Truespoke wire wheels he had recently refurbished.

In the end, this build is one that speaks volumes about the core of lowriding. We are a compassionate bunch who focuses on family first. “I want to thank everyone who helped us out,” Miguel says. And of course a huge thank you is sent out to his wife because without her kind gesture of love none of this would have been possible.

1963 Chevy Impala

Nickname
El Matute

Owner
Miguel & Mily Hernandez

Car Club
Klique

City/State
Phoenix, AZ

Engine
Original 327 with chrome and engraved accents

Upholstery
Original Green with OG seatbelts and power windows

Body/Paint
Turquoise Green with patterns and pinstriping

Suspension
Custom airbags with six switches

Wheels/Tires
13-inch Truespoke wire wheels

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CPP G-Body Brake Systems – Brake Yourself, or Brace Yourself! http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/chassis-suspension/cpp-g-body-brake-systems-brake-brace/ http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/chassis-suspension/cpp-g-body-brake-systems-brake-brace/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 10:00:33 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=214619 We're sure many of you have had a close call with underperforming brakes. Aside from the possible risk of injury-or death-to you and others, faulty brakes can literally be the end game for your lowrider.

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The amount of money we pour into our lowriders is remarkable at any level. Even if you went with a budget build you would still pump tens of thousands of dollars into it, but imagine putting that much money into a lowrider only to have an underperforming brake system?

Seriously. Think about it. I’m sure many of you have had a close call with underperforming brakes, and it’s terrifying. Aside from the possible risk of injury-or death-to you and others, faulty brakes can literally be the end game for your lowrider.

Pull out all the stops with this G-body, direct-fit, hydraulic brake assist unit.

But thanks to companies like Classic Performance Products (CPP), there are now direct bolt-in hydraulic assist kits available for your car, and that includes G-body cars.

CPP’s HydraStop Hydraulic Assist Systems (PN 7887HBK-SB) are designed to upgrade manual or vacuum-assisted brakes with a powerful and compact modern hydraulic assist unit. The kit includes everything you need to complete the installation in an afternoon using common hand tools and an average amount of mechanical skills. Using all-new parts, this direct-fit, high-performance hydraulic brake assist unit puts out an amazing 1,800 psi at the wheels. The HydraStop Assist System is also available in the “Street Beast” package with steel firewall mounting bracket, aluminum Corvette-style master cylinder, side-mounted Prop & Stop Block kit, rubber pressure, and return hoses. Kit includes all necessary fittings and hardware for installation.

Common hand tools and average mechanic skill levels can install this system in an...

Here are a few tips that will help ensure the best performance from your HydraStop Hydraulic Assist System:

Corvette-style master cylinder

Master Cylinder: With HydraStop, the master cylinder will create up to 1,800 psi of line pressure. This is much higher than the pressures created before so a worn master cylinder may begin to leak either internally or externally. CPP’s advice is to use the system with a quality master cylinder.

Steering Gear: Beware of the old steering gear, which may have contaminants that could potentially void the warranty of your HydraStop.

Power Steering Pump: The pump will power both the HydraStop and the steering gear. Worn pumps may have issues creating full pressure at idle speed due to contaminant that will pollute the new brake poster. Once again, be sure to use a quality pump.

Power Steering Filter: A clean and fresh filter will protect internal seals, valves, and other features of the HydraStop from contaminants. Using a good filter will capture these contaminants and extend the life of the parts that work with the system.

Pump Requirements: It is necessary that the pump flow at least 2 gallons per minute and make 1,200 psi. Slower rates will cause the brake assist to be delayed and cause the loss of steering assist when the brake is applied.

Pedal mount rod hardware included.

Mounting Position: Make sure that the push rod is mounted along the booster centerline. This is ideal for power brakes and the hold may need to be drilled in.

Torque Specs: When installing the system, please refrain from guestimating the torque. Please follow the suggested torque specifications from CPP as listed below.

General Torque Specifications
1/4″ Grade 5 10 lb-ft 1/4″ Grade 8 14 lb-ft
5/16″ Grade 5 19 lb-ft 5/16″ Grade 8 29 lb-ft
3/8″ Grade 5 33 lb-ft 3/8″ Grade 8 47 lb-ft
7/16″ Grade 5 54 lb-ft 7/16″ Grade 8 78 lb-ft
1/2″ Grade 5 78 lb-ft 1/2″ Grade 8 119 lb-ft
9/16″ Grade 5 114 lb-ft 9/16″ Grade 8 169 lb-ft
5/8″ Grade 5 154 lb-ft 5/8″ Grade 8 230 lb-ft


Note:
with 18 inches and larger wheels CPP recommends 1/2-inch wheel studs. The larger the wheel diameter, the greater the force is on the wheel studs. Please inquire about replacement wheel stud kits available from CPP.

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2017 Denver Super Show http://www.lowrider.com/news/2017-denver-super-show-announcement/ http://www.lowrider.com/news/2017-denver-super-show-announcement/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 22:15:03 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=214609 Sunday, May 21 from 11AM-5PM LOWRIDER is taking over the National Western Complex .

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Sunday, May 21 from 11AM-5PM LOWRIDER is taking over the National Western Complex for the 2017 Denver Super Show.

Featuring live performances by Baby Bash, N2Deep, Rodney O & DJ Joe Cooley, and Dank 1 & Dj Simes Carter, come for the concerts, stay for the car show and hop exhibition.

Same time at the gate by purchasing your tickets online here.
* Online tickets are $30.00. Kids 10 and under are free.

While you’re there don’t forget to stop by vendor row and pick up your official Denver Lowrider Show shirt.

Follow all the action on social media with the hashtag #denversupershow.

For more information check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Schedule of events:

11:00 AM Doors Open
1:00 PM Hop Exhibitio – Stadium Arena
3:00 PM Dank 1 & DJ Simes Carter
3:30 PM Rodney O & DJ Joe Cooley
4:00 PM N2Deep
4:30 PM Baby Bash
5:00 PM Show Ends
5:15 PM Awards Ceremony

LOWRIDER would like to say thanks to this year’s show sponsors

  • Hoppo’s Customs
  • Street Cred Lowrider
  • Krazy Kutting
  • Xtreme Auto Soundz

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Jesse Carbajal’s 1978 Chevy Monte Carlo – A Sunset Dream http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/jesse-carbajals-1978-chevy-monte-carlo-sunset-dream/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/jesse-carbajals-1978-chevy-monte-carlo-sunset-dream/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 10:00:23 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=214569 The apple doesn't fall far from the tree; and when your father is a collector of cars, it's hard not to catch the bug and get inspired.

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The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; and when your father is a collector of cars, it’s hard not to catch the bug and get inspired. So in what might seem like an adult toy chest, both Jesse and his brother picked up on their father’s lifestyle and their admiration for their father’s collection became second nature-but that shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

After spending time around so many of his father’s cars, Jesse began a mental list of some of his favorite rides, and among the list was a 1978 Monte Carlo. With its elegant, free-flowing lines, the Monte Carlo was not only commonly available, but also an affordable platform used for lowriding. So that’s where Jesse began.

To make his dreams come to fruition, he began with an online search where he found a 1978 Monte Carlo located in Arizona. It was an all-original car with only 50,000 original miles, and with a price tag of only $3,000, Jesse couldn’t pass it up, even if he was financially strapped for cash at the time.

With the car in his possession, the first thing he did was straighten out the body and have Louie Carrillo lay down one of his trademark candy flake tangerine paintjobs. Little by little Jesse kept chipping away at the build and along the way he opted for a two-pump hydraulic setup, a complete sound system, a custom interior, and the necessary wire wheels.

During his build, money was tight, but the end result is a lowrider that he’s extremely proud of. The car not only became a testament to his patience and love for lowriding, but also an experiential process that brought out the best from both his family and friends. In closing, Jesse would like to thank his wife for her inspiration and support, and now that the Monte Carlo is done, it’s become a rolling canvas that represents one man’s dream and his family’s tight knit bond and admiration for a man-and a car-they respect, love, and truly admire.

1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Vehicle Nickname
Sunset Dream

Owner
Jesse Carbajal

City/State
Santa Ana, CA

Club
Uniques

Engine
Stock

Body/Paint
Flaked House of Kolor Tangerine

Suspension
Two pumps, four switches, and six batteries

Interior
Khaki-colored leather

Sound
Kenwood stereo with two amps and Pioneer speakers, and a single 10-inch subwoofer

Wheels/Tires
100-spoke 13×7 wire wheels and Firestone 155/80-R13

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2017 Chicago World of Wheels http://www.lowrider.com/events/2017-chicago-world-of-wheels/ http://www.lowrider.com/events/2017-chicago-world-of-wheels/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 16:00:04 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=214517 World of Wheels packs the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center with enough cars to keep you dreamy--or just drive you broke.

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Chicago is well known for many things. From Wrigley Field to Al Capone, Dillinger to Bernie Mac, Chicago is a breeding ground for some legendary personalities and companies. I mean seriously, Oprah Winfrey is from there. You’ve got the Bulls, Bears, and Cubbies, and when it comes to technology we can thank Chicago for the TV remote (Zenith) and the car radio (Motorola). But hey, let’s not forget to mention the Chicago deep-dish pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, and those damn Italian beef sandwiches that are made to perfection.

But that’s not all! Sharing in the greatness of the aforementioned is a car show that you may have heard of. The show? World of Wheels. The city? None other than the Windy City itself.

This three-day event just recently celebrated its 55th year in production and it was held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The show is a part of a series of car shows that are held all over the nation, and it showcases North Central’s top street rods, muscle cars, trucks, motorcycles, and lowriders. The huge venue consists of five halls and it includes a wide range of vendor booths with products and services related to the automotive and auto parts sectors. In short, it’s packed with enough products and car parts to keep you dreamy—or drive you broke.

Besides all the celebrity entertainment and autograph sessions, each hall had its own exclusive show within its own area. Among the attractions, “Tin City,” which showcased nothing but nostalgic and full custom leadsleds. “Cycle Rama,” Chicago’s premier custom motorcycle show had a hall all to its own, and surrounding these attractions were a few football fields of space jam packed with radical street rods and muscle cars, including the “Ridler of the Year” vehicle on display. Also sitting in a hall of its own was the “Lowrider Nation” attraction. Along with the Lowrider rig and a pair of SoCal customs, the attraction was a testament of the Chi Town lowrider scene, and boy did they come deep. Since 1980, Chicago lowriders staked their ground and never gave way. Instead they created their own legacy and today they have grown to become a force to reckon with. Also included in this mix were lowriders who traveled from San Diego, El Paso, Arizona, and the New Mexico.

It came as no surprise that the quality of these cars was spectacular. The entire lowrider exhibit was filled with brilliant colors, bright chrome, an air of creativity, and a welcoming committee like no other. Then again, lowriding is about spreading positivity and welcoming others to our scene, so thanks again for the hospitality and for proving once again that lowriding is a family affair.

In all this was definitely a memorable experience. Not only was it great to travel to one of the most beautiful cities in the country, but it was great to experience how Chicago and World of Wheels does lowriding. To step foot in one of the most beautiful cities is great but to see just how Chicago holds down the lowrider scene is incredible—these guys are relentless! There is also no disconnect when it comes to their levels of competition and quality, and after being treated to all the famous foods in the city, it’s safe to say that the food is merely an extension of the quality found all throughout the Windy City. Viva Chicago!

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New Life Car Club’s 2017 Pre-Valentine’s Dance http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/new-life-car-clubs-2017-pre-valentines-dance/ http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/new-life-car-clubs-2017-pre-valentines-dance/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 10:00:50 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=214491 Against a backdrop of live music and flowing spirits, many of L.A.’s top car clubs come together to celebrate.

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They say “all is fair in love and war.” And although we all love the sport of lowriding, the rights to who owns the boulevard have always been a war. In the ’70s and ’80s you would have been called crazy if you thought you could get members from Klique, Groupe, New Life, or Imperials all in the same room. For decades, they battled for dominance of Whittier Boulevard, and although the battles typically pertained to who had the best candy paint or who had the lowest cars, these battles sometimes became more “hands on.”

The stories of Whittier’s glory days have gone onto become embellished, tall tales we tell the new generation of lowriders, and so have the stories of the infamous car club wars. Today, we came across the highly anticipated Valentine’s Day Dance, hosted by New Life Car Club, where we found those same clubs now standing shoulder to shoulder retelling those same tales.

Then again, what better way to do so?

Against a backdrop of live music and flowing spirits, many of L.A.’s top car clubs came to celebrate this day of love. Old Memories, Originals, Bomb Club, and Techniques were just a few in attendance; but this time around there was no battle for turf. Instead they could be seen enjoying a lavish dinner while others were on the dance floor boogying to classic tunes.

To see these clubs sharing the same space and trading stories is one for the history books. It was a night of highly active festivities. And although their rivalries are as strong as ever, it became clearly evident that their love for lowriding superseded all.

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The Bittersweet Build of a ’61 Chevy Impala Convertible http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/bittersweet-build-61-chevy-impala-convertible/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/bittersweet-build-61-chevy-impala-convertible/#respond Mon, 15 May 2017 10:00:46 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=214415 For some, seeing their car get a new lease on life is a joyous occasion, but for Jesse Coria the experience was bittersweet.

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As with most who grew up in or around the lowrider scene, your dreams are typically larger than the money in your bank. And things were no different for our next featured guest, Jesse Coria.

Growing up around the scene, he had always envisioned his dream build to be a 1961 Impala. Yet rather than wait for the perfect moment and the right amount of cash, he took to the streets and started by working on a G-body. “At the time, I didn’t have any resources or the money to build what I wanted,” Jesse says, so throughout the years he built multiple cars and each time they turned out better than the last. With a goal to one day build himself a 1961 Impala convertible, he was constantly on the search, and the one thing he knew was that he’d have to start with something that needed a lot of work.

1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Passenger Side Front View

One day while surfing the ‘Net he spotted the shell of 1961 convertible for $11,000. It was a barnyard find with not too much history behind it, but nonetheless Jesse saw a vehicle that would serve as the perfect start for his build. With the deal done, the transporter dropped off the rag and Jesse was in for a big surprise. Aside from the rust, he found a bigger problem. The car didn’t have floors, a trunk, motor, or a transmission and right then and there he knew that restoring the 1961 wasn’t going to be a walk in the park.

He began asking around to see who would be able to restore the shell, and all fingers pointed to The Chevy Shop. “I made contact with Bert at The Chevy Shop and he agreed to take on the project.” After three months Bert and his crew removed all the rust, ironed out all the kinks, and laid down a pearl paintjob that spanned from the belly on up. Shortly after getting the pristine shell back, Jesse was ready to take his build to the next level and that’s when tragedy struck and he was forced to put the project on hold. Due to health and financial issues within the family, at one point he thought about selling the car to help out, but listened to the insistence of his girlfriend, Gina, who told him to put it away and not sell it. “If it wasn’t for her I probably wouldn’t have the car anymore,” Jesse says.

1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible 396 Big Block Engine

After a few years’ hiatus, Jesse was ready to continue the restoration process, and at that point the car was shipped off to Oklahoma where it met another unexpected hibernation period. The car sat for two years without any work being done, and that’s when his close friend (and fellow club member) Bobby Garza stepped up and drove out to pick up the car. Once in Garza’s possession he took the car to Texas to have the build restarted.

1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Custom Bucket Seats

The car was dropped off with the Leal brothers. With no interior, motor, or a frame, Jesse flew out to discuss the details of the build and with specific instructions the Leal brothers went straight to work by acquiring a frame, molding it, customizing the interior, assembling the car, and having artist Lokey leaf and ‘stripe the car. From there Jesse purchased a plethora of parts that included a 396 big-block, gravity-fed pumps from Hoppo’s, and a set of Zeniths from Freaky Tales. With all the parts in his possession he had them shipped off to Texas and that’s when the final stages of the restoration was completed in just two months—just in time to be debuted at the Vegas Super Show.

With the car in its final stages there was a big rush to finish the car in a couple of months because Jesse’s mother had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. “My mother is my biggest believer, and even when I didn’t believe in myself she pushed me forward. She wanted to see me reach my dream of completing and competing my dream car, but all the while the doctors didn’t give her much hope to live to see the day.” Multiple doctors advised her against the surgery, as they feared she would die on the operating table, but his mother didn’t lose hope and went ahead with the surgery.

1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Taillights

“Seeing my car get new life while at the same time seeing my mom battling for her’s was one of the toughest times for me.” A few days before the Vegas Show, Jesse’s mother went in for surgery and came out of it with the procedure being a success.

1961 Chevrolet Impala convertible Cross Lace Zenith Wire Wheel

After years away, the 1961 finally came home the same time that his mother came home from the hospital. To see both back home made this struggle all worth it and Jesse says, “I really have to thank Bobby Garza because he really pushed for the car to get done in time, in case the unthinkable happened; and my girl Gina because she stuck with me when I lost it all and I got it all back,” Jesse explains. “There isn’t a lot of hope for a lot of us who come from the streets. We aren’t supposed to succeed in life but this car is my personal proof that as long as you don’t give up hope you can succeed no matter what cards you’re dealt.”

1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible

Vehicle Nickname
Overnight Celebrity 2

Owner
Jesse “Chuch” Coria

1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible interior Good Times Club Plaque

City/State
West Covina, CA

Club
Good Times

1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Big Block 396

Engine
Big-block 396 out of a 1966 Impala SS with a Spectre Performance oval air filter, ball milled valve covers, Edelbrock manifold/carburetor, flex-a-hose, ARP bolts, aluminum radiator with an electric fan, and Eddie Motorsport hinges

Body/Paint
Axalta Lemon Sunset Pearl paintjob with ‘striping by Lokey Calderon and murals by Rick Munos

1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Driver Side Front View

Suspension
Shortened, chromed, and engraved rearend with a fully wrapped and molded frame; CPP master cylinder and chrome molded and engraved A-arms; two Hoppo’s gravity-fed pump setup

Interior
Custom interior with four bucket seats and a center console wrapped in ultra leather in hide color by Leal Brothers and installed by Phillip Flores, Billet CPP steering wheel, ididit chrome/tilt steering column, and a Dakota Digital gauges

1961 Chevrolet Impala Convertible DB Drive WDX 3K Subwoofers

Sound
Pioneer double-din monitor deck with DB Pro Audio mids, subwoofers, and amps

Wheels/Tires
13×7 chrome Zenith wire wheels with 5.20 Premium Sportway tires

 

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La Bulla 2017 http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/art/la-bulla-2017/ http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/art/la-bulla-2017/#respond Fri, 12 May 2017 10:00:57 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=214322 Celebrating the iconic masks worn by Los Luchadores

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Boxing may have taken a back seat to MMA in terms of popularity, but it still has a large and loyal following. That said, boxing events may be few and far between but the announcement of a big fight gets the blood boiling and the rivalries rooting for their favorite fighter. In short, it’s a call for celebration and controversy.

2017 La Bulla Art Show Mike Avena

That said, the Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight has been hyped up as the fight of the year and it created a melting pot of controversy, conversation, and celebration. As for us, well we called it a bust from the get-go, so instead of sitting around waiting for the expected to occur, we did something better with our time and decided to hit up La Plaza de la Raza for the La Bulla art exhibit.

It’s been two years since we last covered La Bulla, and we were actually pretty excited to head out. The art exhibit, which is lucha libre themed, celebrated the iconic masks by having a barrage of artists take a stab at creating their own artistic vision based on the notorious masks. With artists such as Hernan D’Aloia, Johnny Rodriguez, Irvine Saravia, Rockabilly, and and Rebel Hernadez putting out their best, the end result was an awe-inspiring exhibit that was on point. From fine oils to airbrushing, pencil to metal engraving, a variety of techniques were incorporated to create a stunning gallery of art with Mexican roots.

2017 La Bulla Art Show Engrave It inc

On that note, we’ll avoid being like boxing and spare you from the hype. Instead, we’ll be like MMA and let the work speak for itself, so enjoy the pics. Congratulations to La Plaza de la Raza for hosting yet another epic show, and congratulations to La Bulla for another great event!

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1940 AMF Fire Chief – The Fight of his Life http://www.lowrider.com/rides/bicycles/1940-amf-fire-chief-the-fight-of-his-life/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/bicycles/1940-amf-fire-chief-the-fight-of-his-life/#respond Thu, 11 May 2017 10:00:21 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=214301 A pedal car that embodies the true spirit behind lowriding

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Respect for the family unit is a common characteristic found within the lowrider community. From immediate family to those in our club, we look at fellow club members and those in the community as an extension of our very own. But the love and support we offer goes well beyond car-related issues, and it has everything to do with life in general—and that’s what this story about.

1940 AMF Fire Truck Side Front View

When Nate found out his godson, Little Marcel Mendoza, had been diagnosed with leukemia, he stepped to the plate and offered a form of therapy that could help lift his spirits. As a member of Legendary Groupe Car Club, Nate decided to create a one-off custom pedal car to get Marcel into the swing of things.

It all began when Marcel was only 3 1/2 years old. He was diagnosed with the disease and that’s when he was assigned to a therapy program to help him out. Looking to lift his spirits, Nate was determined to find an additional form of therapy to help keep Marcel’s spirits up between rounds. That’s when he decided to look for a pedal car. After coming across a pedal car on Craigslist, he purchased it and set off on a mission to make him something he’d cherish.

1940 AMF Fire Truck El Nino de Oro

Upon picking it up, it went straight to F.A. Kustoms where the pedal car was disassembled and prepped for a full custom paintjob. Once the paint dried, it was laced with murals while all the accessory parts were engraved. Mike Lamberson then added the final touches, and with the car complete he wanted Little Marcel to not only ride but ride with his brothers in arms. So in a move to make it official, he had Marcel start prospecting for the club.

1940 AMF Fire Truck Front View

While Marcel continues treatment, it’s an honor to have been able to shoot this feature because it shows the true spirit behind lowriding. Nowadays, mainstream media spends far too much time highlighting the negative aspects of lowriding but this is why we do what we love. You see, the roots of lowriding run deeps and there’s more to it than candy chrome and hydraulic pumps. Our culture is one built on a solid foundation and we applaud Marcel’s godfather for taking a proactive role in giving his godson an outlet to enjoy the fruit and passion of lowriding.

1940 AMF Fire Truck Top Rear View

Yet as I write this story, Little Marcel continues his fight with leukemia, so our thoughts and prayers are with him daily as he fights for his life. In closing, I would encourage all of you to also include him and his family in your prayers because a little bit of spiritual support goes along way. That said, we’re riding with you down the road to recovery and we’ll see you at a show soon! Stay up lil’ bro!

1940 AMF Fire Chief

Vehicle Nickname
El Nino De Oro

Owner
Marcel Mendoza

1940 AMF Fire Truck Marcel Mendoza

City/State
Perris, CA

Club
Groupe Riv. Co.

1940 AMF Fire Truck Skull Mural

Body/Paint
House of Kolor candy root beer brown

Interior
Suede and gator in brown and tan

1940 AMF Fire Truck Side Profile 01

Wheels/Tires
6-inch wires with whitewall tires

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