Lowrider http://www.lowrider.com Ultimate Source of Lowrider Cars, Bikes & Arte Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:00:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 1952 Chevrolet Suburban – LS ‘Burban http://www.lowrider.com/rides/trucks/1952-chevrolet-suburban-ls-burban/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/trucks/1952-chevrolet-suburban-ls-burban/#respond Wed, 31 Aug 2016 12:00:33 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=204562 One of the cleanest-looking, LS-powered Suburbans we've ever seen.

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I received a text message from Gary in the morning when we were supposed to shoot his 1953 convertible for our LS issue. It read, “My 1952 ‘Burban also has an LS,” followed by photos of it. This was the cleanest looking, LS-powered ‘Burban I’ve seen, so I wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity to shoot it. I knew that we never feature two cars from the same club, let alone from the same owner, but I would rather have the photos of it than not to possibly use in a later issue. As it turns out we ended up using both his rides in this issue.

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Gary found this Suburban on eBay. It had a reserved price but he offered $5,000 less than what the asking price was, and after it didn’t sell the poster gave him a second chance offer for his bid. Gary couldn’t resist the deal and jumped on it. Cosmetically the ‘Burban was in great condition, so he left that alone. It was a whole other story when it came to the drivetrain and suspension. He replaced the original rearend with a 10-bolt posi. Since he wanted it to be reliable he had his buddy Allen Magrini swap in a 5.3 LS out of a 2008 Chevy. After Gary installed the stereo system he gave the seats a refresh look by having Todd Vers wrap them in red vinyl. In the end, Gary never tried to build a show car, he just wanted a cool-looking driver, and he succeeded.

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1952 Chevrolet Suburban

Vehicle Nickname
LS Burban

Owner
Gary Villeggiante

City/State
Millbrae, CA

Club
Sin Nombre

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Engine
5.3 LS from a 2008 Chevy with aluminum radiator

Body/Paint
pistachio and mint green paint

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Suspension
10-bolt posi rearend

Interior
red vinyl

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Sound
Bluetooth head unit with a two-channel Rockford Fosgate amp, Infinity mids, and a 10-inch Bazooka tube subwoofer

Wheels/Tires
15-inch steel wheels with Silvertown Radial tires with 3-inch whitewalls

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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible – The LS Plug http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1957-chevrolet-bel-air-convertible-the-ls-plug/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1957-chevrolet-bel-air-convertible-the-ls-plug/#respond Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:00:54 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=204420 A lowrider that was built to drive, built to last, and built to impress

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L.A. traffic is much like its weather: Unpredictable.

From adding 10 degrees to what the newscaster says to never believing the ETA given to you by your navigation, this is something SoCal residents simply have to live with. Just ask Miggz, he’ll tell you firsthand. His usual drive from San Diego to L.A. took well over three hours—a drive that should have been easily done in about half that time.

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So as we sat in the parking lot waiting, we finally heard a 5.7 rumbling into the parking lot. With his top up, and sweat dripping down his head Miggz replies, laughing, “I still need to add the A/C to this thing!” When asked if he had second thoughts about driving his lowrider to the shoot (instead of towing it) he said, “No, I built it to drive it and I want to enjoy it; plus I have good insurance on it.”

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Being that this is our fourth all-LS issue, an interesting fact to mention is that Miggz has installed an LS in at least one car in each of those past issues. His LS installs are known for being in some of the cleanest rides in San Diego so when he pulled up we were excited to see what he had created.

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When it came time to upgrade his own vehicle, he opted for an LS motor, except he went with a third-generation LS and kept the stock serpentine kit off a Camaro—but had it all polished. A few little additions included having the ribs and covers painted dove gray, and then went on to add a high mount alternator, aluminum radiator, and Lokar dipsticks.

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When it came to the rest of the build, Miggz wanted to go with a smoother look to it so he didn’t load it with accessories and deleted a lot of the emblems. “I did want a touch of accessories so I just kept the antennas, skirts, and spotlights. I’ve been thinking about adding a continental kit on it but I’m still undecided on that.” Moving to the interior, Miggz added a Dakota Digital dash. The reason he went with Dakota was because it eliminates all the guesswork you have to do when you have stock gauges and an LS motor. The Dakota gauges give him an accurate reading of his temperature, voltage, oil pressure, and everything else. The steering wheel is a reproduction of the original 1957 steering wheel on a CPP chrome tilt steering column. The difference on the steering wheel is that it’s 15 inches wide instead of the original 18 inches for that sleeker look.

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To finish off the interior, Miggz went with an original-pattern Ciadella interior kit. He decided to go with the vinyl instead of the cloths because they were made for a convertible and are easier up-keep. Everything was made to look sleek on the car but when it came to adding the headlights, Miggs went a little crazy and installed 7-inch LED beam headlights for motorcycles.

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In all, this exceptional build was well worth the wait, and we can see why he didn’t mind taking the long trek up to L.A. This lowrider was built to drive, built to last, and built to impress, and because of that we tip our hats to a job well done!

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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible

Owner
Miggz

City/State
San Diego, CA

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Club
Majestics

Engine
Generation 3 LS motor with an overdrive transmission, polished Camaro serpentine kit, CPP brake booster, Lokar dipsticks, K&N air filter, Speedway high mount alternator, aluminum radiator, and Optima battery.

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Body/Paint
Davey’s Auto Body shot the dove gray paint on the 1957 rag

Interior
Dakota Digital gauges, CPP tilt steering column, and a vinyl Ciadella interior kit

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Sound
Bluetooth Pioneer deck with Pioneer speakers and amps

Wheels/Tires
100-spoke with N.O.S. Zenith 3-ear knockoffs and skinny whitewalls

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2016 Fresno Super Show – Bringing the Heat to Fresno http://www.lowrider.com/events/tour-events/2016-fresno-super-show-bringing-the-heat-to-fresno/ http://www.lowrider.com/events/tour-events/2016-fresno-super-show-bringing-the-heat-to-fresno/#respond Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:00:24 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=204684 Motorsport Showcase and LOWRIDER Magazine team up to put on a show that neither the scorching Central Valley heat nor the grapevine could keep real riders from attending.

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The Fresno Fairgrounds has always been a hot spot for California riders from both NorCal and SoCal to show. The show didn’t happen last year and it left a huge void for car lovers and music goers in the area. David Lopez of Kings of Cali promotions noticed this void and decided it was time to step in and fill it. With the help of Motorsport Showcase and LOWRIDER Magazine they put together a show that neither the scorching Central Valley heat nor the grapevine could keep real riders from attending.

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All five buildings at the Fresno Fairgrounds were filled with some of the hottest lowriders from all over California and beyond. In the Industry Commerce Building, South Side Car Club had a nice lineup that included a set of Tri-Fives. In one end of the lineup they had Anthony Fuentes’ 1955 Bel Air convertible. The 1955 debuted at the show and flaunted a wild orchid paint that was reminiscent of previous car called “7 Teaz.” In the opposite side of the lineup, we had Johnny Salters’ 1956 all the way down from South Carolina. In the same building we had multiple chapters of the Oldies Car Club with a solid mix of ’30s-’40s bombs, from original to full show status. Impalas Car Club was also in the same building. At the show Jeanette Aguiniga, a member of Impalas, debuted her lemon-ish yellow 1967 convertible with black powdercoated bumpers and trim. She showed next to her dad’s all-original red 1965 with a matching display.

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The next building over was the Agriculture Building and it was loaded with 1957s from Orange County that included Steve Noesser’s candy red one. His 1957 was out last year with a “LowRod” look to it but decided to bust out his full-blown lowrider look at this show. Steve got rid of the big wheels and added a Hoppo’s air setup that looked like a hydraulics setup.

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The Commerce Building is also known as the main building and Carnales Unidos Car Club, of Bakersfield, Fresno, and Merced, dominated it. They had 30 immaculate rides including Andrew Cisneros’ 1980 Monte Carlo. The rebuild of this candy yellow MC is something that Andrew takes great pride in but that also tugs at his heart. During the rebuild his father died and Andrew dedicated it to him. In the same building was Jose Gutierrez’s candy purple Cougar with a Merc frontend from Evil Threat Car Club. Some have mixed feelings about the crazy mod that was done but at the end of the day Jose built it for his taste and we can’t help but tip our hats for someone who isn’t afraid to go against the grain.

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Right outside of the main building we had “The Blvd Art Exhibit” with some of the most talented lowrider artists with a variety of backgrounds. The artists who were there doing live exhibition included Efrain “Bugs” Gonzalez who was ‘striping, Hernan D’Aloia engraving, and Alberto Herrera airbrushing.

The other two smaller buildings housed cars such as the pink 1961 that was a LOWRIDER cover car called “Candy Kisses” and a yellow 1962 owned by Eric Wistermen with a Breaking Bad theme to it. Outside there was a candy brandywine raghouse soaking in the sun next to the LOWRIDER rig.

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Tyga headlined the concert and we also had Lighter Shade of Brown performing. LSOB has been performing at our shows for countless years and we’d like to take a moment and offer our condolences to the family of Bobby “DTTX” Ramirez.

We’d like to thank all who came out to battle the Central Valley heat to enjoy a day of fun, music, art, and cars.

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Restoring Acoustic Excellence http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/interior-electrical/restoring-acoustic-excellence/ http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/interior-electrical/restoring-acoustic-excellence/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:00:04 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=204404 Insulate before it's too late!

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Aside from the small bells and whistles and the fancy leather trim and bigger wheels, the biggest difference between a Toyota and a Lexus—or a Tahoe and an Escalade— is one simple thing: sound deadening.

Sound deadening offers a quieter ride, a better acoustic interior, and thanks to the folks at Dynamat, you can have the same technology in your lowrider. Dynamat is recognized and respected as the leader of quality sound enhancing products, which prevents unwanted noise and vibration. Their product is easy to install and not only does it add the much necessary “thud” when you close your doors, but it also quiets down the interior noise of your vehicle, thus making it acoustically pleasing.

So how does it work? Well, Dynamat works by adding weight to the panel. This in turn lowers the resonance frequency of the panel, greatly reducing rattles and vibrations by stiffening the panel. In short, it transforms the energy of vibrations into silent energy.

Dynamat will offer a significant auditory difference and not only does it take away the unnecessary chatter but it lets you enjoy your ride in peace.

Insulate before it’s too late! Here’s how easy it is to install:

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1. Expose the panel you’d like to apply the Dynamat to. Be sure to bag all your screws and clips to ensure you don’t lose any of them. If you think you may forget what goes where, take pictures. I know, it sounds stupid, but I’ve met some dumb installers throughout my life. Also, if you happen to find any broken or loose clips or screw anchors don’t be a cheap ass, replace them—loose mounting points are the enemy.

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2. Make sure all wires and anything that interferes with your install are pulled or pushed to the side. Look for flat edges of your body panel that are prone to flexing and this is where you will want to apply the Dynamat. From there be sure that the application area is clean and use a quick-drying, residue-free solvent.

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3. Using a very sharp utility knife or scissors, trim your pieces. If you want a pretty application that looks picture perfect then you can always trim cardboard templates to help you.

4. Once you have the trimmed pieces, peel back the “release liner” from the Dynamat and apply it to the area you want using pressure from your hands. Follow that up with even more pressure from a roller or the butt end of a smooth and rounded screwdriver handle to apply pressure to make sure that it adheres to the body panel.

5. Connect all your wiring, reassemble the panels, and you’re good to go!

Keep in Mind:

You want to consider several things when you compare Dynamat to other materials. Dynamat exceeds other materials because of proprietary VECTOR Chemistry and damps better at an extended higher temperature range.

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Evapo-Rust: The Super-Safe Rust Remover http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/additional-tech/evapo-rust-super-safe-rust-remover/ http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/additional-tech/evapo-rust-super-safe-rust-remover/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:42:30 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=204602 Do you have old rusted parts that for whatever reason you can't bear to throw out? If so, try cleaning them up with some Evapo-Rust.

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Do you have old rusted parts that for whatever reason you can’t bear to throw out? If so, try cleaning them up with some Evapo-Rust.

Evapo-Rust is the number one non-toxic rust remover in America. It is an environmentally safe, waterbased product that can clear away rust in minutes. Why spend money on special tools or on professional metal refinishing and cleaning when Evapo-Rust can do the same job without any scrubbing, sanding, mixing, sweating, or babysitting, like other rust-removal methods. In fact, unlike other commercial rust removers, Evapo-Rust not only removes rust but also provides long-term rust protection for un-rusted steel.

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Evapo-Rust is biodegradable and earth-friendly. It is water soluble, and pH-neutral, and is non-toxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable, and contains no acids, bases, or solvents. Evapo-Rust is completely safe to use on metal and is not harmful toward other materials, such as rubber, plastic, wood, glass, PVC, most paints, most chrome, or non-rusted steel. Evapo-Rust is also completely safe on eyes and skin, which means using it will not require any gloves, masks, or protective eyewear. Evapo-Rust is reusable, with 1 gallon Evapo-Rust capable of de-rusting up to 300 pounds of steel.

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To see Evapo-Rust in action, check out this short video of LOWRIDER Editor-in-Chief, Joe Ray using Evapo-Rust on an artillery wheel and on some other rusted items.

For more information on Evapo-Rust, check out their website at www.evapo-rust.com.

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Use ARP Bolts to Reassemble your Motor http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/aftermarket-parts/use-arp-bolts-reassemble-motor/ http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/aftermarket-parts/use-arp-bolts-reassemble-motor/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 20:00:32 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=204226 Keepin' it Together, One Bolt at a Time!

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Now that you’ve got your parts back from the machine and chrome shop, there’s only one thing left to do: assemble it. But before doing so, you want to make sure that you put it all back together using the only trusted source for bolts and fasteners.

That company? ARP (Automotive Racing Products).

ARP is not only a trusted source but their work speaks for itself and the client roster they possess is not only comprehensive, but also top-notch and impressive. ARP bolts have not only stood the test of time, but they’re the top choice for racing professionals in NHRA, IHRA, NASCAR, and even Formula 1. As if that weren’t enough, they have set the benchmark since 1968 and are globally known for supplying the best bolts, studs, nuts, and fasteners for engines, cylinder heads, wheels, transmissions, and more.

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All that said, ARP bolts are an absolute must when it comes time to putting your lowrider back together. Virtually everything you need comes completely organized in one convenient package and more importantly, each and every fastener is superior in strength when compared to OEM bolts (significantly stronger than Grade 8 hardware).

Furthermore, each kit has a dozen different types of fasteners, all neatly organized and labeled in protective vacuum-wrapped packages. Kits are available in both premium-grade chromoly steel with black oxide finish and polished stainless steel. Both materials are rated at 170,000-psi tensile strength and available in hex and 12-point heads.

So what are you waiting for? Grab a set of ARP bolts and make sure that your engine is bolted up to sheer perfection.

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1959 Chevrolet Impala Built in Tijuana http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1959-chevrolet-impala-built-in-tijuana/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1959-chevrolet-impala-built-in-tijuana/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:00:55 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=204236 The first car built in Mexico to grace the cover of LOWRIDER's LS issue

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Deciding which car would grace the cover of our annual LS issue has always been somewhat of a challenge. For starters, the car needs to possess just a little bit of everything. From custom paint to a unique setup, the only obvious requirement was that it needed an LS engine, but beyond that there was so much to consider.

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Well this time around things went south—literally. The perfect candidate happened to be based just south of the border in Tijuana, Mexico. This isn’t the first ride from Mexico to be shot in the LOWRIDER studio, but it’s definitely the first one to ever grace the cover.

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Alejandro Penaloza used to compete for Bike of the Year a couple of years back, but that all changed once he decided to buy this 1959 Impala five years ago. When he first got it, he had a certain direction he wanted to go with it but that changed as soon as he saw an opportunity to be a member of the illustrious South Side Car Club.

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As most already know, the club is real picky on what kind of car and style of car can join. To build a car of South Side’s caliber is no easy task and it’s even more difficult when you consider the limited amount of resources found in Mexico. Luckily for Alejandro, his brother, Victor, happens to be a talented car builder and owner of South Side Customs in Tijuana, Mexico.

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At South Side Customs, Victor installed the 5.7 LS1 and added a few goodies, such as a Street & Performance serpentine kit, Spectre air filter, Lokar dipsticks, aluminum radiator with dual electric fans, and a Blue Top Optima battery. The body was prepped so that Choche could lay the crown sapphire blue paint. Mike D. of Davey’s Auto Body was then called in to layout flaked-out patterns in different blues. For the setup they found some rare Pesco aircraft pumps in swap meets or through friends and once they had everything they reached out to Homies Hydraulics to have them restore it. For the interior they went with a Ciadella interior kit and loaded it with N.O.S. accessories, such as vacuum ashtray, tissue dispenser, speed liner, throttle holder, and so on.

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With everything locked and loaded, and every screw polished and tightened to perfection, the final product is this magnificent ride, which now graces to the cover of this highly sought after issue. We would like to thank Alejandro for taking the time to shoot with us, while also congratulating him on a job well done.

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1959 Chevrolet Impala

Vehicle Nickname
El Junior

Owner
Alejandro Penaloza

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City/State
Tijuana, Mexico

Club
South Side

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Engine
5.7 LS1 with Street & Performance serpentine kit, Spectre air filter, Lokar dipsticks, aluminum radiator with duel electric fans, and Optima Blue Top battery

Body/Paint
Choche of South Side Customs laid the crown sapphire paint and then Mike D. of San Diego laid the patterns with Hawaiian blue and oriental blue colors

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Suspension
1-inch extended and molded A-arms, molded wishbone with everything candy painted or chrome. The setup consists of four Pesco 777 pumps, four original Zig Zag slowdowns, four Adex dumps with stainless steel candles, shorten oxygen tanks, and four Optima batteries

Interior
Ciadella interior kit with Dakota Digital gauges and stockpiles with N.O.S. accessories, such as cigarette vacuum

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Sound
Alpine stereo with JL six-way amp, four 6×9 JL Audio mids, and a 12-inch JL Audio subwoofer

Wheels/Tires
13-inch skinny spoke cast hubs of Zenith from Campbell with machined short ear three-wing knockoffs and 5.20 Premium Sportway

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’49 Chevy Fleetline Deluxe – Lessons Learned. Stripes Earned. http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1949-chevrolet-fleetline-deluxe-lessons-learned-stripes-earned/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1949-chevrolet-fleetline-deluxe-lessons-learned-stripes-earned/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=204160 There’s no denying that the culture of lowriding is a family affair.

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There’s no denying the culture of lowriding is a family affair. Stroll into any of our shows and you’ll find the place littered with families in full swing. But take a deeper look and you’ll often find countless fathers teaching their children about the tradition, styling, and values of lowriding—and that’s essentially what we’re all about.

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You see, lowriding is about passing not only the torch but also passing along the culture and the heritage of lowriding. And for Roy Gutierrez, these childhood memories and valuable lessons have resulted in him creating this beautiful, award-winning bomb. Then again, what would you expect? Roy didn’t have just any ordinary teacher. His father is none other than Viejitos Car Club cofounder Roy Gutierrez Sr. who, in 1985, also happened to own a similar 1949 Chevy—the inspiration for this build.

After purchasing a Chevy Fleetline DeLuxe from an 18-year-old kid, Roy soon found out that the young man he purchased the vehicle from had actually inherited this gem from his 92-year-old grandmother, who incidentally had purchased the vehicle brand new off the lot at a Flagstaff dealership.

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Upon its return, the Chevy was off to Bell Auto Upholstery where the transformation would begin. There they would install a brand-new cloth interior with original stitching and patterns with Gordo, of Fontana, California, redoing the woodgrain dash and window frames. Roy and wife, Jychelle, just as they would on a great deal of the car, took on the task of wiring the Alpine stereo, which controls the mids and highs powered by two JL audio amplifiers. From there, they would drop in a 1959 Chevy 1/2-ton 235 with three-speed transmission and custom split manifold connected to 1/2-inch straight pipes. Roy and Jychelle themselves would also apply the enamel PPG Vanilla Shake custom paint found throughout the car.

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Longtime friend Ramon of Long Beach, California, would be called in to install the custom Helix airbag suspension with 1/2-inch line setup. With the original five-lug 15-inch Chevy rims painted and chrome beauty rings installed, it was finally time for the unenviable task of tracking down all those hard-to-find OEM accessories that make every bomb build complete. The long list would eventually include an original 1949 Bango steering wheel, Fulton suicide knob, original Pres-A-Lite cigarette lighter, GM reverse backup light, and GM vent shades.

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Roy and Jychelle would like to personally thank all those involved with the build, “especially, Roy Sr. and Lydia Gutierrez, my five brothers, and our kids Kylee, Tico Jr., Robert, and our baby girl who is on the way. Many thanks, as well, to our friends Martin Ochoa and all of the Viejitos familia.”

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1949 Chevy Fleetline Deluxe

Nickname
Miss Beauty

Owner
Roy & Jychelle Gutierrez

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Car Club
Viejitos

City
Tolleson, AZ

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Engine
1959 Chevy 1/2-ton 235 with custom split manifold and three-speed transmission

Upholstery
Bell Auto Upholstery installed the cloth interior with original stitching and patterns

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Body/Paint
Roy and Jychelle applied the enamel PPG Vanilla Shake custom paint themselves

Suspension
Ramon in Long Beach, CA, installed the Helix airbag suspension with 1/2-inch line setup

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Wheels/Tires
Original five-lug 15-inch Chevy rims with chrome beauty rings mounted onto 5/60-15 whitewall tires

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Makeup Artist: Marilyn Ramirez (IG @mua_marliyn)

Hey you. Yeah…you. You ready to read yet?

Now that you’ve wiped the drool off your bottom lip and clicked “Save to Desktop” on your favorite pictures, let us introduce to a model that probably doesn’t need an introduction.

Her name? Amber Grace.

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A bonafied hustler, model, speed demon and a damn gorgeous female, Amber’s been a global sensation ever since she hit the scene. In So Cal she became a household name almost overnight and till today she commands the respect so many others try to demand.

But what makes this humble, well rounded, model such a hit? Well there’s plenty. Aside from being known as a model that makes you want to pinch your helmet, Amber is also an avid street bike lover and stunt queen. Yes you read, that right, Amber can out stunt about a lot of riders out there and because of that she’s built a pretty damn big fan base. With both street cred and industry cred, she’s built a cult following of fans and it’s with good reason.

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As I write this piece, I’m thinking back to the day I first met this half Mexican and Arab girl that loves tacos and how she became family to us over here at Lowrider Magazine but the girl really does have skills.

So how did she get into bikes? At 18, Amber vividly remembers the time some random guy pulled up to her on as street bike. As he approached, he popped a wheelie, blew her a kiss and that life-changing moment was better served for the bike industry that it was for the guy.

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You see, the guy didn’t end up getting the digits, but his stunt created such an impact that shortly thereafter, Amber wound up getting herself a Kawasaki Ninja 250cc. As time passed, her passion for the bike life became evident and as her skills increased, so did her accompanying bike game.

Though she’s gone through plenty of bikes, she’s currently riding a KTM 1290 RC8R and the confidence in her skills has made her a global sensation. She’ll throw it up, wheelie and do all kinds of tricks and just recently she became the talk of town when she raced a GTR through South Beach…but that’s a whole other story.

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But here’s the crazy thing, since moving her apple bottom to the Big Apple, her fan base has literally expanded from coast to coast. Since moving out there, she’s pretty much remained low key and focused on her daily grind, but the good thing is she’s never too big to reach out and call us when she’s back in town.

That said, enjoy these flicks from the last time she was around and be sure to follow her on IG.

Model Name: Amber Grace
Hometown: Duarte, CA
Ethnicity: Mexican and Arabic
Instagram: @_AmberGrace

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’53 Bel Air with Lowrider Style & Hot Rod Performance http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/53-bel-air-lowrider-style-hot-rod-performance/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/53-bel-air-lowrider-style-hot-rod-performance/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 12:00:27 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=204016 At first glance, this rag looks like something you’d see going low and slow, but that’s actually the farthest from the truth.

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At first glance, Gary Villeggiante’s 1953 rag looks like something you’d see going low and slow, but that’s actually the farthest from the truth. In fact, his rag is a sleeper and a creeper of sorts. To be honest, his car may be pretty but get on the pedal and it moves like a bat out of hell and it’ll easily make enough donuts to feed the local police department.

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Don’t believe me? Then check out his IG profile (@cadbomb) because it definitely does justice to the work he puts in. The first time I saw the video, I was speechless. I remember the rag with its top down and headlights on and after that he launched the 1953 into a violent launch that left me in the clouds.

So how did this bat out of hell come to be? Well Gary bought the restored 1953 after a friend sent him a link for it. To his understanding the car was built buy someone in San Diego and today it still looks the same, at least cosmetically speaking.

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So with the help of his friend, Allen Magrini, the 1953 underwent a frame and suspension fabrication overhaul. They changed the drivetrain out, added an LS motor to it, and all the bells and whistles they felt necessary. When I asked him why he went with the style he did, his response was, “I like them when they look like low-lows but run like white boy hot rods.”

Since he and his wife don’t own new cars, it was essential that they have their classic in prim and proper condition, which is why there’s so much invested into it. To add to that, a car of this caliber might be a garage queen to many, but for Gary it happens to be his daily driver.

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Don’t believe us? Then hang out at the Bay Bridge and you’ll see him riding to and from work. It’s yet another great example of how classic cars can be built to be dependable daily drivers with that necessary oomph.

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1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

Vehicle Nickname
Project ’53

Owner
Gary Villeggiante

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City/State
Millbrae, CA

Club
Sin Nombre

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Engine
4.8 LS with aluminum radiator

Body/Paint
Axalta

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Suspension
Mustang II front suspension, Ford 9-inch rearend, four-link, disc brakes, ViAir 400c compressors and airbags

Interior
black leather

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Sound
Rockford five-channel amp, two 6-inch Infinity mids, and two 10-inch JL Audio subwoofers

Wheels/Tires
15-inch artilleries and 3-inch whitewall Coker Tires

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