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It’s 1962 and Chevrolet just released its iconic Impala, offering a newly redesigned and stylish sport coupe model. With an astonishing total production amount of 704,900, it’s no wonder they have become such treasured collector vehicles. For the Chavez family, that is exactly what this ’62 Chevrolet Impala has become.

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It had been in the family for over 13 years before being passed down to Salvador Chavez. With a lowrider history that began at the age of 16, he knew exactly how to bring this cherished family jewel back to life.

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As with most builds, first on the list was the paintjob. “There’s only one guy who I would trust with my car,” Salvador says. So after a custom Black Cherry pearl basecoat was applied, Pete of Krazy’s Kustom in Palmdale, California, laid down the intricate line work. It followed the car’s sleek body lines as well as graphics on the roof depicting the traditional Stylistic’s ribbon. From there, the task of completing the interior fell onto Ben Medina in Inglewood, California, who would blend a Midnight Black vinyl together with a two-toned combination of Crimson Red & Smoke Gray suede materials. Gangsters Kustom Trunks would carry the interior scheme into the trunk, encasing the custom two-pump chrome Hoppos hydraulic setup complete with polished hard lines and six Grey series batteries installed by Big Man Hydros in Lancaster, California. With accenting detailed engraving by Edgar Barba in place and triple gold OG wire wheels bolted on, this historic piece of America was finally ready to take a cruise … only this time with a bit of that lowrider flair.

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1962 Chevy Impala

Owner
Salvador Chavez

Nickname
Stylistics 62

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City/State
Palmdale, CA

Club
Stylistics Car Club South L.A.

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Engine
’79 Chevy small-block

Body/Paint
Pete of Krazy’s Kustom laid down intricate line work graphics depicting the traditional Stylistic’s ribbon over a Black Cherry pearl basecoat.

Interior
Ben Medina in Inglewood, California, combined a Midnight Black vinyl joined together with a two-toned combination of Crimson Red and Smoke Gray suede materials.

Ready for takeoff, the '62 Impala had some sharp body lines and style.
Ready for takeoff, the ’62 Impala had some sharp body lines and style.

Suspension
Big Man Hydros in Lancaster, California, installed custom two-pump chrome Hoppos hydraulic setup complete with polished hard lines and six Grey series batteries.

Wheels/Tires
13×7 triple gold OG wire wheels mounted onto Uniroyal whitewall radials.

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1989 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z – The Blue Agave http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1989-chevrolet-camaro-iroz-z/ http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1989-chevrolet-camaro-iroz-z/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:00:21 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184079 Mixing two worlds together like a finely made margarita.

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Ryan Martin is a 41-year-old bartender who moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, from Chicago way back in 1989. He was only 15 at the time and had never seen a lowrider car before but it wasn’t long before he spotted one in his new Southwestern surroundings. His jaw just about hit the floor! He had always been into sports cars so when he decided to start building a lowrider car of his own, he found a way of mixing the two worlds like a finely mixed margarita. Rather than build the usual lowriding G-bodies, Cadillacs, and Impalas, Ryan and his girlfriend Lynda started a search for an Iroc-Z convertible.

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In 1995, they found the right one at Quality Pontiac, the local car dealership. The ride was all stock and black in color. Ryan says it was in pretty decent shape, aside from the usual wear and tear. He bought it and drove it for a few months and then started the customizations. Ryan went on to focus on bodywork and paint. After the body was straightened and the silver base was put in place, the car then went to local painting legend, Rob Vanderslice. There, Rob carefully laid down the patterns, candy paint, and tons of clear. The Iroc was then wet-sanded down and buffed to a perfect mirror-like finish. Ryan had also disassembled the motor and removed everything metal in preparation for gold plating services from Duke City Bumper in Albuquerque or Electroplating in El Paso. At this same time, the interior was being done in navy blue and gold crushed velvet.

Once completed, the car was taken to car shows for the next five years where it was well-received by showgoers. An LRM feature was in the works but the timing just wasn’t right at that moment as Ryan decided he had to rearrange his priorities and turn his focus on family. The Iroc-Z was then parked for close to a decade! When Ryan’s son, James, was older and began to show an interest in the car-just a few years ago-Ryan and his now-wife Lynda felt it was time to resurrect the car.

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A few new upgrades were done, including an added new grape-colored “stay fast” ragtop, a brand-new 700-R4 transmission with shift kit (built by Nacor Trujillo), new Flowmaster mufflers and Hooker headers, engraving by Krazy Kutting in Yuma, Arizona, and pinstriping by friend Mickey Horton out of the Phoenix area. Ryan also decided he wanted to ride a little lower so he and his friend Rudy Navarro installed a Firestone airbag setup with two pumps and a custom one-of-a-kind 3-D Chevrolet Bow Tie air tank fabricated by Fritz down in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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Ryan says he hasn’t updated the interior because he still wants the car to represent the lowrider style of the ’90s. Ryan now drives his car to all local shows and even some as far away as Indianapolis, winning many First Place trophies along the way. Ryan claims that he is helping his kids put the finishing touches on a matching pedal airplane and matching skateboard so they can start showing something in their near future.

Ryan sends big thanks to his wife Lynda and their three sons, Johnathan, James, and Sean for all their love and support. He also gives big thanks to his mother-in-law, Vivian “Nana” Armijo (may she rest in peace), for allowing him to build the car in her garage.

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1989 Camaro IROC-Z

Vehicle Nickname
The Blue Agave

Owner
Ryan Martin

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City
Albuquerque, NM

Engine
’89 Chevy 350 cid with 700-R4 transmission with shift kit

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Upholstery
Gotcha Covered in Albuquerque did up a super-custom old-school-style interior in crushed velvet.

Body/Paint
Professional Paint & Body in Albuquerque did the necessary bodywork before painter, Rob Vanderslice, laid down his trademark pattern work of intricate ghost and tribal patterns in cobalt blue and “burple” colors. Mickey of Mesa, AZ, added finishing touches of pinstriping.

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Sound System
Ryan installed an Alpine head unit with Alpine tweeter and midrange speakers.

Wheels/Tires
17-inch all-gold Daytons wrapped in Pirelli Super Sport 215/40-R17s

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2015 Lowrider Las Vegas Super Show http://www.lowrider.com/events/1603-2015-lowrider-super-show-las-vegas/ http://www.lowrider.com/events/1603-2015-lowrider-super-show-las-vegas/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 13:00:05 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=183752 Once again Las Vegas plays home to the ultimate showdown of custom-painted, gold leafed, and chromed creations.

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For almost a couple of decades now, Las Vegas has been the home to the baddest, custom-painted, gold leafed, and chrome undercarriage creations displayed in the ultimate showdown. Every year, thousands of lowrider fanatics continue to flock to the High Roller City to see the real “Glamour and Glitz” of Las Vegas. The Lowrider Super Show brings out the best of the best! Every car club is challenged to bring out only their elite rides to be showcased at this one-of-a-kind show. Turntable displays, plush carpeting, show signs, and mirrors, can only complement some of the top unimaginable builds that compete for the top honor awards.

The return of Trokita Loca.
The return of Trokita Loca.

This year’s 2015 Super Show saw the level of quality custom and traditional car builds rise up again, almost as like a tradition that is expected annually. It was the year of the ’58s, where we saw a ’58 Nomad wagon dramatically become an El Camino and another ’58 sporting a ZL1 Supercharged crate motor under its hood. Down the aisle appeared another radical gold convertible ’58 Impala, which eventually took home the coveted Lowrider of the Year Trophy.

Radical rides. A crowd of photographers. The excellence award: Erik Westerman and his proud muralist Alberto Herrera.

There were so many one-off classic and custom lowriders indoors and outdoors that just about anyone who had a cell phone in hand became a professional photographer or videographer. Though there was an eye-catching glass roof, frontend tilted forward Regal, and a magenta flaked “Top Notch” ’61, what became more noticeable at this show was the influx of bombs. There was a quantity of quality, mint, and full-custom conditioned Chevy Fleetlines, Master DeLuxe, Buicks, and Pontiacs on display and all over the place.

Artistically displayed.
Artistically displayed.

Also growing in exhibit attendance is the custom culture of lowrider-styled motorcycles that came in droves rumbling into the show. In recognition of this growing phenomenon, that mirrors the images of their four-wheeled counterparts by way of custom paint, whitewall tires, spoke wheels, lowered and chrome accents, Harley-Davidson was a Super Show Sponsor, as they contributed also in support along with a huge indoor display of bikes. They also gave out gifts and awards to their loyal riders.

V-Max LSA supercharged five eight.

Lowrider fans from all parts of the world attend this show, almost as if it were a holiday event. They come to see the Glasshouse Caprices, the Tri-Fives, ’60s model Impalas, Buick Rivieras, Cadillac convertibles, G-bodies, and LTDs. There were a few “dare to be different” rides that caught the eye, like a few Packards, a baby ’55 T-bird, and a Lincoln Mark 3. Just about every traditional car club was represented in theme-printed anniversary T-shirts or embroidered logo stitching on Dickies work shirts. The Majestics, Good Times, and Uso Car Clubs were represented by numerous cities throughout the U.S. and beyond. The Dukes, Imperials, Oldies, Lifestyle, Groupe, Impalas, Rollerz Only, Los Angeles, Stylistics, Antiques, and the Klique Car Clubs were there in masses, but the one who was a car club all by himself, and made his presence felt throughout the show, was Lowrider Hall of Famer Kita Lealao, who was the most loved and appreciated man there. Knowing that Kita made a visit made this show perfect and complete.

Harleys are making a rumble on the lowrider scene.
Harleys are making a rumble on the lowrider scene.

There were mariachis, on-stage rap stars, an Invitational Hopping Contest, and novelty booths throughout the show. Hoppos Hydraulics and Krazy Kutting, along with DGA T’s were the Lowrider sponsors who had continuous crowds gathered amongst their merchandise all day long. LOWRIDER Ultimate Car Care Products were given away to many of the owners of show cars throughout the venue so that they could compare and eventually replace their old wax and cleaners that can’t match up to this LOWRIDER licensed and guaranteed better result products.

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LOWRIDER photographer Beto Mendoza walked the miles of aisles for three days snapping away at this Super Event. There were other photographers on the scene to help with coverage of this Show as well, from Stephanie Bueno, Sara Silva (Wify), Hector Leyva, Volo, Fernando Deanda from Texas, and veteran photographer Takashi himself, who has never missed a Super Show as long as he’s held a camera. To witness the entire show’s experience and enter to get your free ticket go to www.lowridermagazine.com.

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Ridiculous time, hard-earned work, and money went into this show and you can place your bets in Vegas that next year’s stakes will be higher again, as this lowrider game has no limits—just ask our judges who have to sift through every detail and eventually decide on a single winner for every category, when they know everyone deserves a First Place award. See you next year!

Show sponsor Harley-Davidson had a huge presence. Show sponsor Hoppo's Hydraulics. LOWRIDER Car Care and model Ava Marie.

Lowrider Excellence Award

Erik Wisterman and his ’62 Chevy Impala

Newly crowned Lowrider of the Year Chris Roark's '58 Rag.
Newly crowned Lowrider of the Year Chris Roark’s ’58 Rag.

Originals

Original of the Year: Jesse Lopez of Traditionals Car Club and his ’59 Chevy Impala

Second Place: Manuel Rojas and his ’62 Chevy Impala

Third Place: Porfie Maldonado from Oldies Car Club and his ’37 Chevy Business Coupe

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Traditionals

Traditional of the Year: Abel Zavala of Imperials Car Club and his ’64 Impala Super Sport

Second Place: Rudy Trevino of Pegasus Car Club and his ’59 Chevy Impala

Third Place: Cynthia Camarena of Winos Only Car Club and her ’57 Chevy Bel Air

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Trucks

Truck of the Year: Raymond Garcia and his ’83 Chevy S-10

Second Place: Chema Garcia of Nokturnal Car Club and his ’03 Lincoln Navigator

Third Place: Sal Sierra of Royalistics Car Club and his ’36 Chevy

Majestics Glass House LS.
Majestics Glass House LS.

Bombs

Bomb of the Year: Chris Melendez and his ’51 Chevy DeLuxe

Second Place: Jaime Esquival of Oldies Car Club and his ’37 Chevy

Third Place: Martin Maldonado from Oldies Car Club and his ’48 Chevy

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Lowrider of the Year

Lowrider of the Year: Chris Roark of Traditionals Car Club and his ’58 Chevy Impala

Second Place: Bobby Garcia from Goodtimes Car Club and his ’87 Cutlass Supreme

Third Place: Jesse Saldona of Thee Artistics and his ’65 Chevy Impala

Abel Zavala from Imperials with his trophy for Traditional of the Year. Check out the rides and get some ink! Show sponsor Logos Two.

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EBC Brakes GD Sport Rotors & Truck Pad Install http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/chassis-suspension/ebc-brakes-gd-sport-rotors-truck-pad-install/ http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/chassis-suspension/ebc-brakes-gd-sport-rotors-truck-pad-install/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:12:24 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184145 Having a great looking lowrider without a solid mechanical foundation is a recipe for disaster — especially if you have bad tires, or a worn braking system.

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Having a great looking lowrider without a solid mechanical foundation is a recipe for disaster — especially if you have bad tires, or a worn braking system. But what’s even worse for your health is if your daily driver or hauler isn’t well maintained.

The bottom line is you have to be able to stop. A faulty braking system or bad tires can mean the difference between life and death, and it’s the one part of your car that you definitely don’t want to ignore. They say that roughly 15 percent of accidents occur because of mechanical failures so don’t get caught slipping. The simple fact is that the more you drive, the more you use your brakes and tires so it’s always important to keep a close eye on them.

For this article we decided to freshen up one of our car haulers that had worn tires and bad brakes. Now one of the upgrades which can be done are big brake kits, but if you’re looking to keep your factory brakes, but want more bite and performance then look no further than EBC Brakes. For this application we went with their drilled and slotted rotors in combination with EBC truck pads.

Their pads are British made and feature longer life, better bite and a feature called NUCAP NRS system hook technology, which offer 5 times the bond strength of conventional pads. EBC is a world-class leader and manufacturer of brake components. Unlike most China brands, EBC manufactures 90% of its rotor range in ISO and TUV approved facilities in the UK or in Italy. All of their rotors are machined and finished in the UK and in the USA. Their castings or finished rotors are manufactured with the strictest quality controls and a 100% run out and dimensional check.

GD Sport Rotors

The GD Sport rotors feature drilled and slotted directional rotors. The slots and holes in the disc proved an effective way of venting the layer of gas and dust that builds up between your pads and rotors when in heavy or repeated hard braking. These properties also help keep temperatures down, help increase prolonged pad life, and improve wet-weather performance by allowing water to escape the rotors top surface, thus increasing pad bite and driver confidence.

In addition, all USA sport rotors are slotted at the Las Vegas facility of the USA operation. They employ 14 people in our USA rotor machining facility alone and have a bank of 8 HAAS and Feeler CNC machines using the latest CNC controls and tooling for superb accuracy. On a global scale Most EBC rotors are made from British castings and 100% of these are precision machined in either the UK or the USA.

Remove & Replace

So how easy is it to install your front rotors and pads? It’s really easy if you have the proper tools and just a bit of mechanical prowess. Of course, we suggest that you only perform this job if you are mechanically inclined or if it’s done under the supervision of someone who is.

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Here are the basic steps:

Once the vehicle is secured and lifted off the ground, and placed on jack-stands, remove the lug nuts and then remove the front tires. Lift the hood and pull the brake reservoir cap off so the pressure will be released when the brake piston is pulled back.

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1. Loosen the pins of the caliper and take note of their position for reassembly.

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2. Once you pull the caliper off, there is a piston inside which pushes the brake pads against the rotor. You will need a special tool to push the piston back. This is also why you want the cap to the brake reservoir loose, so the fluid goes easily back into the reservoir. Remove the old rotor and place on the new and improved EBC Rotor in the proper directional position.

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3. See the Rotor Comparisons between the O.E and EBC Product

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4. Mount back on the Caliper to begin replacing the brake pads.

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5. Replace the pads and take note of the position because they are also directional.

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6. See the difference in the conventional pads versus EBC Pads which include longer life, better bite and a bonding strength that is 5 times stronger

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7. We went on to reinstall the front brake components to complete our front brake job mission.

About EBC Brakes:

EBC has 14 machining centers in these two countries to manufacture these precision parts. Rotors are made from high quality grey iron to exacting standards and undergo extensive testing and rigorous quality control and are then precision machined to your chosen slot or dimple pattern.

The dimple drilled rotor was invented by EBC back in the 90’s and has been imitated by many because of its ability to offer pad degassing without “Through Drilling” disc or rotor holes which has been shown to promote rotor cracks.

The wide aperture slots on the EBC units actually draw cool air under the brake pad and rotor interface and help cool the temperatures of the pad contact which can shoot up to well over 1000 degrees at the very heart of the brake pad during heavy braking and can cause brake fade or loss of brake effect.

These “Full sweep” slots on the EBC Sport Brake rotor also help remove dirt dust debris and water from the braking area but without doubt the main benefit of such sport rotors is their ability to maintain a flat and parallel pad surface throughout the lifetime of the brake pad set.

After our easy to install and upgrade of our pick up truck hauler brake job, we went from there and decided to install a new set of Grabber HTS General Tires. We took a set of 265/70 R16’s to the local Wheel and Tire shop to have them speed balanced and mounted to our original wheels. We’re fans of this specific brand because of their Duragen ultra high strength steel belts and micro fiber casing reinforcements. The broad tire contour provides better tread wear resulting in higher mileage and confidence in even the most challenging conditions.

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In addition, the fuel-efficient tire compound minimizes CO2 emissions and it also sports responsive grooves and stabilink bars, which help, enhance handling and steering response.

Before every Lowrider, there is a truck and trailer to help pull your classic from shop to shop or car shows. Make sure you always arrive safely and dependably with the right brake and tire package!

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1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme – Hurting Feelings http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1985-oldsmobile-cutlass-supreme/ http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1985-oldsmobile-cutlass-supreme/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:00:28 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=183515 A reminder of what being and building a lowrider really is.

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With more and more lowriders coming out of high-end custom shops, this particular build serves as a reminder of what being and building a lowrider really is. Lowriding is about the camaraderie and relationships forged during those late nights in the garage. Unless you have built one yourself you will never know what the lowrider lifestyle entails. “You have to build your dreams,” Jose says, when asked as to why he did not have a shop build his car. He instead opted to build his car himself, in his garage, with the help of longtime friend Irvin Madrid.

A self-employed build.
A self-employed build.

With no HOA to worry about, Madrid got to work on the bodywork prepping the car for the three-stage Gold pearl found throughout the car. Chavo stopped by to add some accenting scrollwork as well as custom gold leafing. Meanwhile, Jose was busy with interior and exterior fabrications as well as the installation of a brand-new 350 small-block crate motor outfitted with chrome and billet accessories. With custom tubular suspension in place, it was time to drop in a brand-new chrome three-pump Black Magic hydraulic setup with four switches powered by six batteries activating the 8- and 12-inch cylinders. While Ben’s Custom Wheels was putting together the 13-inch, 72-spoke cross-lace wire wheels, Fernando Garcia, of Garcia’s Upholstery in Phoenix, was busy wrapping the interior with various shades of tan and Amber leather materials.

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After long days and hot Arizona nights, this backyard lowrider build was ready to take on any competition. “A lot of people were part of this build,” Jose says, “but I would personally like to thank my family, especially my mom and daughter … and of course, Irvin Madrid for all the hard work he put into this car.”

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1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Vehicle
Hurting Feelings

Owner
Jose Trevizo Madrid

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Car Club
Unity Car Club

City
Phoenix, Arizona

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Engine
350 small-block crate motor

Interior
Jose and Irvin Madrid molded the custom dash and bucket seats with Garcia’s Upholstery in Phoenix wrapping them in various shades of tan leathers.

Body/Paint
Irvin Madrid sprayed the car with a three-stage Gold pearl with Chavo adding accenting scrollwork as well as gold leafing.

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Supsension
Irvin Madrid and Jose installed a chromed three-pump Black Magic setup with four switches powered by six batteries activating the 8- and 12-inch cylinders.

Wheels/Tires
13-inch, 72-spoke cross-lace wire wheels by Ben Custom Wheels

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Anzo USA Headlights/Taillights Install http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/interior-electrical/1602-anzo-headlight-taillights-install/ http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/interior-electrical/1602-anzo-headlight-taillights-install/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 22:40:12 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=183758 With the headlights and taillights of one of our daily drivers starting to show their age we decided to replace them with a set from AnzoUSA.

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The roots of lowriding runs deep. As a matter of fact, it’s long been a lifestyle more than it has ever been a hobby. With the countless amount of hours and heartbreak that goes into building one, it becomes clearly evident that this is something of a tradition. In essence, a lowrider becomes a part of our family unit, and at times it’s the one member of the family that creates the most tension and chaos.

Lowriding is the reason we stay up days on in waiting for our builds to be done. It’s the reason we spend countless hours hunting for rare or hard to find parts, and it’s the reason we try to get that over time pay. It’s also the reason we often find ourselves driving beaters as daily drivers. Now don’t get me wrong, when I say the word “beater” I’m referencing our economical cars like Hondas and Toyotas, not the old and tired clunkers you were thinking of.

That said, we decided to replace the headlights and taillights on one of our daily drivers which happens to be a 2005 Honda Civic. The headlights of our car were cloudy and beyond repair, and the taillights were showing signs of aging so we decided to replace them with a set from AnzoUSA.

WHY AnzoUSA?

With over 30 years of manufacturing experience, AnzoUSA surpasses their competition in quality, innovative styling and product offerings. They offer the best
quality performance lighting products at an affordable cost and all of their products are SAE and D.O.T. compliant to FMVSS No. 108; and manufactured in our state-of-the-art ISO 9002 and QS 9000 quality certified factory.

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So what does that mean in plain English? It means that they’re the best at what they do and meet or exceed the quality found on OEM replacement units. Unlike some of their competition, you won’t get leaky or faulty headlights or taillights because they’re manufacturing is bar none the best in the business. In addition, they rigorously test every AnzoUSA lighting product in a Thermo-Hygrometer (temperature and humidity chamber) and a Rain-Resistant Tester. During testing, they thoroughly expose all of their products to intense photometric testing to assure a quality and sealed product.

Headlight Replacement

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With just a little bit of elbow grease, replacing your headlights is really quite simple with tools laying around the house. Here are the steps:

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1. Remove pushpins along the top grill and also the bottom portion of the bumper.

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2. Remove the pushpin and the bolt, which is located where the bumper meets the front fender.

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3. Once you remove the pushpins and bolts from both sides, remove the bumper carefully and place it somewhere safe making sure to not scuff the bottom.

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4. Remove the headlight by removing the 4 bolts located on the headlight.

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5. Remove the turn signal harness, parking light harness and high beam harness as indicated on the pictures.

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6. Splice the red wire coming out of the headlight. The wire should be red with a yellow stripe.

7. Install the new AnzoUSA headlights by reversing steps 5 and 6.

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Taillight Replacement

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Replacing your taillights are even that much more easier. All you need is a little push and an 8 mm socket.

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1. Remove pushpins found on the interior carpet lining around the trunk.

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2. Pull plastic cover towards the inside of the trunk.

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3. Remove four of the 8mm screws located in the back of the taillight.

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4. Remove the parking/ brake light harness along with the reverse light harness and the turn signal light.

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5. Remove the taillight carefully.

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6. Install the new taillight and connect the wire from the tail light and all other lights found on the housing.

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Luxurious 9th Annual BBQ http://www.lowrider.com/events/1603-luxurious-9th-annual-bbq/ http://www.lowrider.com/events/1603-luxurious-9th-annual-bbq/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:44:55 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=183626 Luxurious Car Club shows us how they do things in Canada.

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The Luxurious Car Club chapter in Montreal, Canada, threw their 9th annual barbecue at George O’Reilly Park. The park offers a large parking area and a great view of the St. Lawrence River. The Luxurious Car Club provided a free barbecue for all show participants. Car clubs from Montreal, Toronto, and all of the surrounding areas showed up, like the Majestics, Affiliated, and Loyalty Ones. The showstoppers at this traditional show and barbecue were a blue ’64 Impala and ’84 Buick Regal, from Toronto.

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The show’s main attraction had to be the hop. With over $1,000 in prizes, there were plenty of switch-happy participants. Jeff “Skinny” Forgione of “Switches And Thangs” from Toronto was on the switch most of the day, as he had build most of the hoppers participating in the hop. The real excitement happened when 9-year-old Adam Giroux, son of Luxurious club president Abel, came into the hop pit. Little Adam hit back bumper with his ’87 Oldsmobile Cutlass. This isn’t anything new either because this local hop star has been hitting switches since he was 5. Unfortunately though, the hop had to be cut short due to the rain, but not after a great day at the park with the Lux Fam.

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Sandblasting the Rust off our ’54 GMC Truck http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/paint-body/1603-sandblasting-the-rust-off-our-54-gmc-truck/ http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/paint-body/1603-sandblasting-the-rust-off-our-54-gmc-truck/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=183473 We take our Project “Bomb Truck” cab to have the decades-old paintjobs and body fillers removed.

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Sandblasting is the word that is used to describe the act of propelling very fine bits of material at a high velocity to clean strip a surface from paint, body filler, rust, or anything else that is clinging to it. Millenium Powder Coating in El Monte, California, has been blasting away at automotive, industrial, and commercial metal and steel materials probably since rust first existed. From complete car bodies, chassis, and frames, they also specialize in wrought iron and patio furniture, too.

Parts ready to be sandblasted.
Parts ready to be sandblasted.

For most sandblasting places of business, sand used to be the most commonly used material, but since the lung disease silicosis is caused by extended inhalation of the dust created by sand, other materials are now used in its place. Any small, relatively uniform particles will work, such as steel grit, copper slag, walnut shells, powdered abrasives, even bits of coconut shells will do. Due to the dangers of inhaling dust during the process, sandblasting at Millenium is carefully controlled, using an alternate air supply, protective wear, and of course proper ventilation.

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We trailered over the LOWRIDER Project “Bomb Truck” cab to have the decades-old paintjobs and body fillers removed. There was also a lot of rust in the usual places you would expect from a ’54 GMC cab being parked out on a farm for decades. We had Millenium sandblast the cab as you will see here as part of the cleaning method to later prepare it for etch priming the surface for the application of primer, sealants, and then custom paint. When painting, one doesn’t want to trap dust, dirt, or bubbles in a previous layer of paint, or other imperfections under the new layer. By launching small bits of abrasive at the surface at a high speed, all imperfections are knocked loose and can then be easily washed off, creating an incredibly smooth surface upon which to lay the new layer of paint.

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Worker sandblasting a truck cab.

Millenium Powder Coating prides themselves on providing the best powdercoating in the industry. They have very fair prices and a quick turnaround that more often takes place in one day. They are set up to handle jobs of all shapes and sizes, and there is no job too big or too small for their team of qualified professional powdercoaters to handle. So, after we trailer back our Bomb Truck cab to the custom metal fab shop, we will return to bring back the entire frame and suspension of this project to be powdercoated in the most durable finish and luster. Check out our facility tour and see for yourself the quality work that only Millenium can provide!

Millenium Powder Coating is offering its services of sandblasting, powdercoating, burn strip, and metalizing. They have great prices, a fast turnaround, pick up and delivery services.

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1967 Buick Riviera – One for the Road http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1967-buick-riviera/ http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1967-buick-riviera/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=183300 We’ve all had that one car that stuck with us above all others even when they're gone, however not many get a chance to revisit them like Carlos Leos did.

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If we asked for a show of hands from everyone we talk to about how many of them regret having to sell a certain car, we’d see more hands than when the teacher asked which of us wanted to be excused to recess early. We’ve all had that one car that stuck with us above all others, for some reason. Many of us only have memories to remind us what it was like, but there are others who are determined to shell out the dough to relive the experience. Carlos Leos’ love affair with his ’67 Riviera had persisted long after he sold it. Then he was able to snap up another and it was deja vu all over again.

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After Carlos’ neighbor located a rough but running ’67, Carlos took it home and began the teardown. Since this is one car that came from the factory looking good, Carlos opted not to deviate too much from stock configuration. Underneath, the hydraulic setup consists of two Homies pumps, four Delta dumps, six solenoids, and four batteries with 8-inch cylinders at all four corners. The original Wildcat motor and automatic trans were rebuilt. It’s all riding on 14×7 Truespoke wheels with 5.20 Premium Sportway rubber.

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As an auto painter by trade, Carlos and his two buddies Rudy, aka “Burrito,” and Fabian took the car down to bare metal, shaved the emblems, painted it in a brilliant House of Kolor Candy Tangerine, added ghost patterns, and metalflaked the roof, which was also given a 42-inch moonroof by Carlos’ friend Juan. Danny D did up the car with his custom pinstriping, and the finished product definitely does the old Rivi justice.

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Inside the interior was kept true to original with tan tweed with upholstery on the seats by Francisco, aka “Pancho” (RIP), and Carlos took care of the door panels, headliner, and dashpad. A Pioneer head unit and speakers, along with a Sony Xplod subwoofer brings the sounds into the modern age and installed by Little George.

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When going into the build, Carlos wanted to prove to himself that he had one more in him. Since he believes this may be the last car he ever builds, he gave it the name “Achilles Last Stand.” If it is in fact his last build, the effort truly speaks for itself. He’d like to send thanks to his wife and kids for putting up with his build and Burrito and Fabian for their help (and headaches) throughout the process. We hope to see all 430 ci of it tearing up the road until he has an epiphany and decides he isn’t quite done yet and it’s time to build another car.

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1967 Buick Riviera

Vehicle Nickname
Achilles Last Stand

Owner
Carlos Leos

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City/State
Los Angeles, CA

Club
Groupe

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Engine
Stock 430 V-8 and automatic trans

Body/Paint
Bodywork and House of Kolor Candy Tangerine paint by owner, Burrito, and Fabian; pinstriping by Danny D; shaved emblems; 42-inch sunroof

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Suspension
Two Homies pumps, four Delta dumps, six solenoids, four batteries, and 8-inch cylinders

Sound System
Pioneer 6x9s in the back, 5-inch front, Sony Xplod 10-inch subwoofer

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Interior
Tan tweed by Pancho

Wheels/Tires
14×7 Truespokes / Premium Sportway 5.20s

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Pillar of Style

Buick originally began giving existing car models the Riviera name to designate a pillarless hardtop. It began with the Roadmaster and also encompassed the Super and Electra models until the Riviera became its own model in 1963. They were introduced with one of Buick’s famed Nailhead motors until 1967 when the Nailhead was discontinued and the 430 was introduced, which only had a three-year production run. The ’67 version had a monstrous 211-inch wheelbase and weighed approximately 4,200 pounds. A bevy of safety features were thrown onto the ’67 version, including an energy-absorbing steering column, non-protruding control knobs, four-way hazard lights, locking seatbacks, shoulder belt anchors, and a dual circuit hydraulic braking system. The Riviera was finally discontinued in 1999 and although concept cars to revitalize interest in the model have been debuted, Buick has not made definitive plans to bring the model back into production.

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1964 Chevrolet Impala – Sun Break http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1964-chevrolet-impala/ http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1964-chevrolet-impala/#respond Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=183232 One man builds his car so he can have it to build memories with his newborn daughter.

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My Pham (My is his first name) from Seattle built Hondas in his earlier years. “My dad showed me how to work on cars when I was 15. My buddies then started bringing their cars over and I would help them work on them. I used to work on Hondas, muscle cars, basically anything I could get my hands on, but my real passion was lowriders.” His interest for lowriders started when he first saw a lowrider hitting back bumper in front of his high school. The thought of building himself a lowrider was always there but he never thought that he would be able to afford it, until a member of Eazy Duz It gave him a great deal on a ’64 that was in pieces and had no interior or motor.

Eazy Duz It Car Club "high rolling" in Vegas.
Eazy Duz It Car Club “high rolling” in Vegas.

At the time of purchasing the ’64, My and his wife Nora Yem were expecting a baby girl. “It was difficult managing my time between building a car and starting a family. For 3 and 1/2 years I would wake up early and stay up late. I had a goal to get the car done by a certain time and I made that goal.”

His daughter's name is pinstriped on the dashboard.
His daughter’s name is pinstriped on the dashboard.

When he got the Impala, it was all torn down and in pieces. With limited knowledge of classic Chevys, he used another club member’s ’64 as a reference to figure out where the pieces went. With the help from Ted, My finished up the bodywork and had Simon Chan spray a Corona Cream paint on it while Chavo from Arizona striped it. Amos Upholstery in Arizona installed the interior kit. The highlight of the ’64 is the Pesco setup that was installed by fellow club member Keo Sanh. “The ’64 had a real classy OG look, so I wanted to build the setup that would complement it,” Sanh explained. “Getting the Pesco setup working and seeing the car come together was real memorable for me but not as much as seeing how building this car brought my family and friends together,” My says.

Corona Cream paint is complemented nicely with this interior package.
Corona Cream paint is complemented nicely with this interior package.

To some, it may sound selfish that My spent so much time building a car while having a newborn. “I built it for my daughter Skyla, so that we can build memories of the two of us cruising in the car. I added her name to the dash of the car so that she can always be by my side while cruising.” This was his first lowrider build but not his last one. “I feel that now I can build one better than this one and I’m planning on building many more lowriders throughout my lifetime.”

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1964 Chevy Impala

Vehicle Nickname
Sun Break 64

Owner
My Pham

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City/State
White Center, WA

Club
Eazy Duz It

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Engine
350 crate motor with Tuff Stuff chrome alternator, March Performance brackets, Hooker Headers, Edelbrock carb, Edelbrock intake, SBC double-finned oval air filter, SBC finned valve covers, aluminum radiator, and a red-top Optima battery.

Interior
Ciadella interior kit

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Sound
Retrosound head unit, Alpine mids, and Phoenix Gold amps

Body/Paint
PPG Corona Cream

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Suspension
The suspension received a reinforced Toyota rearend, 1.5-inch extended A-arms, Y-bone, partial frame reinforcement, and disc brake conversion before Keo Sanh installed the four Pesco aircraft pumps, four Adex, eight Accumax solenoids, 8-inch front/14-inch rear cylinders, and six deep cycle batteries.

Wheels/Tires
72-spoke 13×7 Daytons with Premium Sportway 5.20s

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