Lowrider http://www.lowrider.com Ultimate Source of Lowrider Cars, Bikes & Arte Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:30:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 1979 Schwinn Fair Lady – Faith & Hope http://www.lowrider.com/features/1979-schwinn-fair-lady-faith-hope/ http://www.lowrider.com/features/1979-schwinn-fair-lady-faith-hope/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=211868 A rolling piece of art that serves as the platform for a message

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Originally the build was going to be a tribute to Sandro Alatorre’s aunt who recently lost her battle to breast cancer. Sandro decided that his bike could double as a message of hope and courage to all affected by this horrible disease. With that in mind, he wanted this bike to serve as a universal message for all those battling cancer to have faith, and that’s how the project gained its name.

1979 schwinn fair lady 140 front wheel

In building the bike, he felt the reach and the focus should serve as something larger, and it all began with humble beginnings. When he first purchased the frame on eBay, the first thing in order was to start wrenching away in his garage. Since the back end of the Schwinn was too small to accommodate aftermarket fenders, he decided to chop it off and replace it with a sectioned piece from another frame. From there, the center post was cut out and replaced with an engraved metal post that has the addition of an engraved ribbon attached.

1979 schwinn fair lady twisted steering wheel

Getting custom parts like the ribbon posed a problem for Sandro. He felt that the sources he reached out to were charging far too much and not meeting his deadlines so he decided to experiment by making his own custom parts. At first, he would end up messing up more than once but success came soon enough.

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In order to get a one-of-a-kind paintjob he had to get a custom mix. He mixed pink candies and pearls to create this color, and after laying it out, he decided to paint his own patterns. He’s also the first to admit that “The quality of the patterns isn’t as high as work performed by others, but I can always say ‘I painted it’ which is a major plus for me.”

1979 schwinn fair lady custom front fork

Aaron Gonzalez then came in and airbrushed breast cancer awareness murals, including a pink ribbon. In all, Sandro would be the first to admit that “This bike has been a learning experience and a way of polishing [his] skills.”

1979 schwinn fair lady air line

Now that the bike is complete, it is his goal to show it wherever possible, and he’s also hoping to spread the message of hope, courage, and faith to all those affected by the disease. It’s a rolling piece of art that serves as the platform for a message, and we salute Sandro on a job well done.

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1979 Schwinn Fair Lady

Vehicle Nickname
Faith

Owner
Sandro Alatorre

1979 schwinn fair lady sandro alatorre

City/State
South Lake Tahoe, CA

Club
Straight Clowning

1979 schwinn fair lady side profile 2

Body/Paint
PPG custom-mixed pink candy with flaked pink and red patterns

Interior
Pink velour

1979 schwinn fair lady rear end

Wheels/Tires
Custom 140-spoke wheels

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1948 Taylor Tot Stroller – Blue Heaven http://www.lowrider.com/rides/1948-taylor-tot-stroller-blue-heaven/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/1948-taylor-tot-stroller-blue-heaven/#respond Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:00:15 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=211955 When you hold to heart the passion of lowriding and family values, then the welcomed addition of a baby brother is more than good news.

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When you hold to heart the passion of lowriding and family values, then the welcomed addition of a baby brother is more than good news. So after the necessary cheers and celebratory shots are done and over with, the only thing left to do is figure out a gift to welcome him to the world.

1948 taylor tot stroller tray handle bar

For Angel Viramontes, the good news sent him and his father on a scavenger hunt that ended at the Pomona Swap Meet. It was there they found a Taylor Tot that was in rough condition. Rusted, tattered, and looking like a relic that was resurrected from the sea, they bought the bike and immediately went to work. They started by stripping it down to bare metal and fixing any rust spots that needed to be patched. Once complete, it was prepped, primered, and splashed with an Oriental Blue.

1948 taylor tot stroller side profile

But just as they started to assemble the bike, Angel thought for a second that it could’ve been done better so the bike was stripped down once again and that’s when Angel shot it again—this time with Candy Oriental Blue with the addition of teal patterns.

1948 taylor tot stroller engraved base plate

Happy with the end results, he dropped the Tot over to Rick Munoz and that’s where he added a custom mural of Dodger Stadium, complete with the L.A. skyline on the backrest of the seat. Since the front and rear axles were removed, they then decided to have them sent out to Engrave It and it was there each of them were carved up, chromed, and then installed to complete the yearlong build.

1948 taylor tot stroller back rest

Once fully assembled and detailed, they took a step back, admired the bike, and already had the perfect name: “Blue Heaven.” In all, this custom cruiser is sure to have other kids feeling blue, and it also serves as the starting point of yet another generation of lowriders who will continue to carry on the tradition, the family values, and the creativity found within our lifestyle.

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1948 Taylor Tot

Vehicle Nickname
Blue Heaven

Owner
Damian Viramontes

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City/State
Santa Fe Springs, CA

Club
Legions

1948 taylor tot stroller patterned seat

Body/Paint
House of Kolor Candy Oriental Blue and Candy Teal

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1963 Chevrolet C10 – Time & Patience http://www.lowrider.com/rides/trucks/1963-chevrolet-c10-time-patience/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/trucks/1963-chevrolet-c10-time-patience/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:00:22 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=211596 Ronnie Trujillo spent 13 years to get his C10 to where it is now. But regardless of all the time and money he put in none of it compares what he was able to got out of it.

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Back in 2005, an opportunity presented itself to Ronnie Trujillo that he just couldn’t pass. He had the chance to pick a 1963 C10 from his cousin Sabas—and as a fan of the early ’60s-era trucks, it was a no-brainer to scoop it up. So with kids in tow, he shot on over and picked it up.

1963 chevrolet c10 low passenger side view

Being a fan of lowriding, the truck was a driver, but no looker, and that’s when he began to envision his build. He thought about everything from color to stance, but before the dream could be realized there came plenty of patience and stacking of the chips.

1963 chevrolet c10 wood bed

Once ready, the first thing on the list was to get the bodywork done. With all the kinks ironed out and the body sitting straight as could be, he had Jose Ramirez douse the body with an elegant and soothing champagne color that sported a contrasting white pearl top. And while the truck was in running condition when he received it, he decided that a bigger motor was in dire need. To address the issue, he had his good friend Rudy drop in a new 327 small-block that was then tested and tuned to perfection and after a few test runs, it was time to start disassembling engine parts to get it dipped in chrome.

1963 chevrolet c10 steering wheel

Inside, Barnes Upholstery revamped the interior and went with a tan velour and white vinyl interior—a motif that complemented the exterior theme. With the seats in mint condition, the next part of modding this truck came by way of his friend Laurence who installed an airbag setup, which sets the fender wheels right over the cross-laced wire wheels.

1963 chevrolet c10 front bumper

In all, it took Ronnie 13 years to get it to this point and anyone who’s been in his shoes can testify that a build of this caliber presents plenty of turmoil, joy, and a good chunk of change. Yet regardless of how much money was spent it doesn’t compare to the lessons this build has taught his boys. The valuable memories he was able to create with them taught them much about patience and determination, while serving as an informal education for the boys that is sure to have each of them building their own lowriders and carrying on not only the legacy, but the passion and fervor of lowriding.

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1963 Chevrolet C10

Vehicle Nickname
OC10

Owner
Ronnie Trujillo

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City/State
Anaheim, CA

Club
Old Style

1963 chevrolet c10 327 engine

Engine
327-engine with Edelbrock intake/carburetor, Holly headers, Magnaflow exhaust and Optima yellow top battery.

Body/Paint
Champagne with pearl white

1963 chevrolet c10 rear bumper

Suspension
air ride system

Interior
tan and white in vinyl and velour

1963 chevrolet c10 bench seat

Sound
Alpine deck, speakers and amp

Wheels/Tires
14-inch 72-spoke cross lace with Coker 5.20

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1959 Chevrolet Impala – A Customary Custom http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1959-chevrolet-impala-customary-custom/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1959-chevrolet-impala-customary-custom/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:00:38 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=211549 Many of us tend to work better when we're under the gun, and for Karl Ferazzi things are no different.

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Many of us tend to work better when we’re under the gun, and for Karl Ferazzi things are no different. In fact, the pressure of a nine-month deadline and a family tradition would give him the necessary inspiration to complete his dream car in time.

1959 chevrolet impala rear bumper

But completion of the car didn’t come without some hiccups. For starters, the challenge of acquiring his 1959 Chevy Impala was a struggle in itself. He found the car sitting in an open field in Northern California, but getting the owner to part with it was a task in itself. After much pleading and negotiating, he was finally able to free the car from its barren landscape and from there it went from shop to shop dealing with every headache you could imagine. No one seemed to be able to bring his dreams to life, so it sat for years disassembled and nowhere near the condition he had picked it up in.

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As fate would have it, Karl wound up moving to Las Vegas with car in tow, but that’s where life would take a 360. He met a woman by the name of Stephanie—that same woman would eventually become the woman he would propose too. But that’s when the pressure kicked in and things got interesting. The pressure wasn’t so much due to the wedding, but more so because of a family tradition where it was customary that a classic car be used to escort the bride and groom during their big day. So with nine months until their wedding day, Karl knew he had no time to waste.

1959 chevrolet impala interior

The car—which now looked like a scrambled puzzle board—would end up back as part of the master plan and Karl began the metalwork. The body was then prepped and cleaned up all in time to receive its new paintjob, which was made up of a Crown Sapphire Teal with Snowcrest White to both the roof and trunk. The undercarriage was then refurbished and powdercoated black with the original 283 small-block receiving the same love.

1959 chevrolet impala rear passenger side view

It is noteworthy to add that this restoration would be completed using only factory or original parts. “I refused to use aftermarket reproduction parts,” Karl says. A stance that he is extremely proud of and one that has carried over to his obsession to acquire every accessory made for this model. With the long “to-do” list nearly all checked off, some of these hard-to-find and rare extras include factory A/C, cruise control, rear window defroster, and power to both seats and windows.

1959 chevrolet impala front passenger side view

To this day, the power couple still remains happily married, but the road to that glorious day of matrimony is one filled with many great memories, both good and bad. In fact, it’s safe to say that the Impala helped land him in the right place at the right time. That said, he gives much gratitude to his wife, and also admits that had it not been for Stephanie and their family tradition, this car may have never been completed.

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1959 Chevrolet Impala

Nickname
Loaded Nine

Owner
Karl Ferazzi

1959 chevrolet impala karl stephanie ferazzi

Car Club
Goodfellas

City
Las Vegas, NV

1959 chevrolet impala original 283 engine

Engine
Original stock 283

Upholstery
Original Turquoise with vinyl and cloth inserts

1959 chevrolet impala seats

Body/Paint
DuPont chromabase Crown Sapphire Teal with Snowcrest White

Suspension
Original stock frame powdercoated black

1959 chevrolet impala quarter panel

Wheels/Tires
13-inch chrome Zenith wire wheel with 5.20 whitewall Premium Sportways

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1998 Lincoln Town Car – Life’s Golden http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1998-lincoln-town-car-lifes-golden/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1998-lincoln-town-car-lifes-golden/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:00:47 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=211467 There are certain things in our lives that take us from bad to good, and for Daniel "Suga Dee" Gallardo, that move came by way of lowrider culture.

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There are certain things in our lives that take us from bad to good, and for Daniel “Suga Dee” Gallardo, that motivation and inspiration came by way of lowrider culture. Born in Alamosa, Colorado, Daniel wasn’t originally headed in the wrong direction but when his family moved him to Highland Park, California, things changed. “I started getting in trouble and couldn’t stay out of it,” Daniel tells LRM. “That’s when the lowriders took over.”

1998 lincoln towncar back passenger side rear view

Although too young to drive, he was fascinated with the culture and often fantasized about owning a custom car. Lowriders were all around him and the influence created a new goal and a fresh new vision. When he was finally able to drive, he purchased his first lowrider, a Chevy truck on Daytons. He wound up joining Majestics Car Club and, as he kept getting more involved in the lowrider culture, he eventually purchased a Cutlass that was built to be a hopper.

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One day while scouring the web, Daniel found a unique Lincoln that caused him to change his mind. The Lincoln was built in Compton, California, by Nene, a fellow Majestics member, but had long been traded away. Daniel’s loyalty to his club and his love of the Town Car propelled him to offer a trade for his hopper.

1998 lincoln towncar trunk lid mural

The history on the Lincoln was rich, having been painted and built by some heavy hitters in the lowrider community. Years later he made the move back to Colorado. He packed up all of his belongings—including his car—and for the past four years Daniel has worked hard at his warehouse job and credits his new success and prosperity to the acquisition of his Lincoln. “Since I moved back to Denver everything has come together,” Daniel says. “I met my wife and my great Majestics family.”

1998 lincoln towncar trunk setup

He wishes to thank everyone for their support, including his beautiful wife, Miranda, and all his Majestics club brothers worldwide for pushing him to keep striving to be better. Some would say that he saved the Lincoln Town Car from being forgotten, but it might be that his new Lincoln named “Cream” saved Daniel from bad choices and made him focus his life on the better things.

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1998 Lincoln Town Car

Vehicle Nickname
Cream

Owner
Daniel “Suga Dee” Gallardo

1998 lincoln towncar passenger side rear quarter view

City/State
Denver, CO

Club Affiliation
Majestics

1998 lincoln towncar motor

Body/Paint
Pearl Gold in a Root Beer Candy House of Kolor painted by Leo from Street Life Customs in Lancaster, California, patterns by OG Doc, pinstriping and leafing by Mike Lamberson & Curly, murals by Shinji Hara from Japan

Suspension
A two-pump Black Magic whammy setup and hard lines, six Deka batteries and four switches done by Ricardo from Majestics HP chapter, chrome by Junior from Compton

1998 lincoln towncar interior

Interior
Chocolate suede and cream leather done by Gonzalo from Finish Line Upholstery

Sound System
Pioneer head unit and all Pioneer components, Hifonics amplifiers done by Tiny, aka El Tequilero, and Big Nene

1998 lincoln towncar double whammy pump speakers

Wheels/Tires
Patterned-out 100-spoke Zenith Wire Wheels wrapped in Uniroyal Tiger Paws

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Cruise Life Car Club – Lowrider Revival in New Orleans http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/cruise-life-car-club-lowrider-revival-new-orleans/ http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/cruise-life-car-club-lowrider-revival-new-orleans/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:00:29 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=211983 The Lowrider culture isn't anything new to the Big Easy. What is new is its recent resurgence.

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The Lowrider culture isn’t anything new to the Big Easy. What is new is its recent resurgence. At the forefront of the latest lowrider revival in New Orleans is the local car club Cruise Life. Within the last few years, they’ve set their mark on an automotive scene once dominated by racing and race cars.

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The devastation that Hurricane Katrina left behind not only changed the countless lives of many, it also changed the city’s landscape forever. This city, like so many, was divided by landmarks and separated into areas that you either did or didn’t belong in. Fortunately, Katrina wiped all those barriers away. Soon the infamous “West End,” a local favorite cruising spot, began seeing a whole new collection of automotive enthusiasts emerge. Five of these car aficionados would eventually come together and create what we now know as Cruise Life Car Club.

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1962 Chevrolet Impala SS – A Woman’s Touch http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1962-chevrolet-impala-ss-womans-touch/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1962-chevrolet-impala-ss-womans-touch/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 11:00:34 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=211402 Being the only lowriders within 100 miles of their home of Rolla, MI, Jill Sederburg and her husband are diamonds in the rough.

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Being the only lowriders within 100 miles of their area, Jill and her husband are diamonds in the rough. As avid lowriding enthusiasts, sharing their passion and showing off their builds requires plenty of travel time, and it’s during those road trips that they get a chance to meet admirers and share their passion for a lifestyle that’s clearly evident.

1962 chevrolet impala driver side profile

I was lucky enough to meet the duo last year on July 4, as the Individuals Car Club celebrated their 40th anniversary. Being invited to the three-day celebration was an honor in itself, and the shindig was a blast. As expected, the club showcased a barrage of custom lowriders that were polished, waxed, and ready for a show of their own-and that’s when I spotted this head-turning 1962.

1962 chevrolet impala wheel skirt

Sporting a magenta paintjob and corset-style interior, this Impala successfully pulls off a sultry touch with a killer femininity that only a woman could do. Then again, that’s when I soon came to realize that the car belongs to Jill Sederburg.

1962 chevrolet impala front end

One quick look at this lowrider and you just have to know that this wasn’t her first attempt at lowriding. In fact, her first car was a 1985 Buick Regal, but the car was sold back in 1997 in order to put a down payment on a house-definitely a wise move because you gotta take care of the home before you impress the streets. Since then, she’s gone onto start a family but the desire to build and own another lowrider never left.

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With the kids getting older they finally decided that it was a good time to get a second one, and this time around it was going to be for Jill. As a lifelong fan of the 1962, she found one in a garage some 100 miles away. It was in rough shape, had several missing parts to it, but it didn’t stop her from picking it up.

1962 chevrolet impala los passenger side view

To get the car back together, Premier Custom Collision Center massaged all the kinks out of the body while her husband did most of the rest. He laid down the magenta paintjob, installed the hydraulics setup and sound system, and about the only thing Ed didn’t do was the interior—a task Jill handled herself, and a feat that became even more impressive when she said, “I’ve never done interior before but I was able to stitch it up myself.”

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1962 Chevrolet Impala SS

Vehicle Nickname
SeDuece

Owner
Jill Sederburg

1962 chevrolet impala sederburg

City/State
Rolla, MI

Club
Individuals

1962 chevrolet impala 350 engine

Engine
350 with chrome valve covers/air filter, Jegs water pump, electric fan, aluminum radiator, Edelbrock intake/carb, Taylor spark plug wires, and red-top Optima battery

Body/Paint
Sikken’s Magenta Pearl with House of Kolor Candy Magenta patterns

1962 chevrolet impala passenger side profile

Suspension
Two-chrome Hi-Jacker pumps with four batteries

Interior
Black embroidered vinyl

1962 chevrolet impala double chrome pump

Sound
Kenwood CD player two MTX amps, four Powerbass speakers, and two 8-inch Memphis subwoofers

Wheels/Tires
13×7, 100-spoke wire wheels with 155/80R13 Milesters tires

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2017 Grand National Roadster Show http://www.lowrider.com/events/2017-grand-national-roadster-show/ http://www.lowrider.com/events/2017-grand-national-roadster-show/#respond Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=212033 If you're looking for a drug called chrome, creativity, custom paint, or concept leather interiors then you'll be higher than a kite because the GNRS is your fix!

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In the late ’50s there was a car show in the northern part of California named the Grand National Roadster Show but because of its venue and location it was always called the “Oakland Roadster Show.” The show was unparalleled and groundbreaking for its time, and since then nothing’s changed except the name.

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Now known as the “Grand National Roadster Show,” it has an interesting history. Originally held at the Oakland Exhibition Hall, it later nestled into the Oakland Coliseum up until 1997. Following that, the show went to various locations, which included Oakland, San Mateo, and eventually over to San Francisco’s Cow Palace in 1999 during its 50-year celebration. In 2004, the Grand National Roadster Show made its move to Southern California to make the Pomona Fairplex its mainstay. In the years to follow, show promoter John Buck, family, and crew have taken over to continue the legacy and they’ve done so with integrity, permanence, and a vision that caters to custom car enthusiasts throughout the globe.

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For the last decade or so, the show continues to be a source of aggravation and inspiration. Aggravating to those short a few dollars-and a few months-to complete their builds, or inspirational for those seeking some creative ideas and motivation to keep going. In all, the Grand National Roadster Show is a spectacular display of automotive culture and its common denominator is classic cars. With nine exhibit halls and a massive outdoor space, there are easily over a thousand rods, customs, trucks, lowriders, motorcycles, and lead sleds on display. In short, the show feeds our addictions. If you’re looking for a drug called chrome, creativity, custom paint, or concept leather interiors then you’ll be higher than a kite because the Grand National Roadster Show is your fix!

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This show is known for bringing the most detailed and highest quality builds that money can buy. Inside the main hall you’ll find a fleet of roadsters competing for the AMBR (America’s Most Beautiful Roadster) Award and if you want to see meticulous paintjobs with intricate designs, flakes, and heavy pearls there’s even a hall dedicated to lowriders.

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One of the biggest attractions this year was the Tri-Five display. This hall was packed to the brim with nothing but 1955-1957 Chevys, and sprinkled in were a few badass Nomads as well. Aside from that, you can easily spend the whole weekend at the show and still not see everything there is to offer, including the vendor booths, collector memorabilia, and odds and ends that are at all the booths.

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While perusing the show, what stood out to me was not only the millions of dollars spent on customizing rides, but also the Moroccan 1957 convertible-one of three ever built. While eye balling the car, the front looks just like any other sharp 1957 front end, but the back end has a 1957 Cadillac fin transformation that will floor you. Seeing this ride in automotive history books and magazines does no justice to this very rare vehicle once you witness it in person with its top dropped. So follow us along as we make the rounds of miles of aisles with our camera crew from LOWRIDER and show you what caught our attention.

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1985 Buick Regal Limited – Phase One http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1985-buick-regal-limited-phase-one/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1985-buick-regal-limited-phase-one/#respond Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:00:45 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=211427 All it takes is one decision—or moment—to change your life.

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All it takes is one decision—or moment—to change your life. For Gonzalo “Gonzo” Atilano, that moment came when he was 6 years old. At the time, his mother moved the family to Chicago to better their lives, and that’s when he laid eyes on his very first LOWRIDER magazine.

1985 buick regal driver side front view

“I was walking through the grocery store with my mom and I saw a Lowrider magazine on the shelf,” Gonzo tells LRM. “I was 15, so it was the model that drew me in, but it was the cars that kept me.” While flipping through the magazine, there was one car in particular that caught his attention, a Buick Regal.

1985 buick regal chrome hydraulic setup

When Gonzo turned 16 he started a job at a local bank and started earning money. The goal was to save enough to buy his first car, so he worked hard. In due time, he located a 1985 Buick Regal sitting on a lot so he decided to drop on in and inquire. It turns out the car was traded in by an older man and it was completely stock and when he heard the asking price he dropped the cash and started planning out his dream build.

1985 buick regal back continental kit

While Gonzo had some friends already into the lowrider lifestyle, he knew what he needed to do. He brought the stock Buick to a local shop because of their reputation for hydraulic setups. After a while Gonzo started to learn about the setup and step-by-step he was able to completely transform the original basic hydraulic setup to a custom aircraft setup with his own two hands. The Regal was sent to the paint and body shop for the next step in his plan and was given a very simple coating, along with having the door handles removed.

1985 buick regal dash

One day his father stepped on the bumper to retrieve something from a top shelf in the garage and slipped, breaking the bumper fillers. That moment gave Gonzo an excuse to step up his game. He recoated the Buick with elaborate paint, graphics, and leafing. His friend, Hector, from his car club, Imaginations, added his expertise by installing a 42-inch moonroof in the Regal. The next step was removing the stock interior and adding new cloth and leather and suede fabric.

1985 buick regal driver side driver side profile

Throughout his life, Gonzo has exceeded all expectations and from a small 15-year-old child at the grocery store to a mechanic married to his beautiful wife, Veronica, he can only thank his loving mom, Celia, for her support. He also wishes to thank Imaginations for all their help. “Phase One” is the name Gonzo decided to give the Buick because he plans on making many more changes and alterations but is very proud of his first step.

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1985 Buick Regal Limited

Vehicle Nickname
Phase One

Owner
Gonzalo “Gonzo” Atilano

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City/State
Chicago, IL

Club Affiliation
Imaginations

1985 buick regal patterned hood

Body/Paint
PPG Burgundy with red flake by John at Payless; patterns, pinstriping, and leafing by Sic 713 from Houston, Texas; 42-inch moonroof by Hector Terrazas; shaved door handles

Engine
350 Chevy, chrome accessories painted by Bernie, installed by Lalo & Tony Chavez

1985 buick regal 350 chevy engine

Suspension
aircraft hydraulics, two Eemco pumps with Vicker pump heads, Click Clack dumps, and accessories include sight glasses, catch jars, filters, gauges, and stress points reinforced

Interior
Limited cloth interior, synthetic leather and suede headliner done by Peter from Victory Upholstery

1985 buick regal door card

Sound System
Kenwood head unit, Rockford Fosgate amplifier, MTX components

Wheels/Tires
13-inch, 72-spoke Dayton Wire Wheels, Firestone FR 380

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