Lowrider http://www.lowrider.com Ultimate Source of Lowrider Cars, Bikes & Arte Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Impalas Car Club San Jose Chapter Anniversary http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/1603-impalas-car-club-anniversary/ http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/1603-impalas-car-club-anniversary/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 21:00:27 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184880 We’d like to thank and congratulate the Impalas Car Club and their chapters for the continued support and we wish them continued success with their family tradition.

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Robbie, Kiki, Sonny, and Bubba were high school friends who started the club in 1990. “We all had Impala cars and decided to start a club called Impalas. We used to only allow ’58-’70s but we have now opened it up to all years and styles,” Robbie explains. By 1995, Impalas had opened up a Central Coast and Sacramento chapter. Since then the club has opened a chapter in almost every city in Northern California as well as expanding out in Nevada, SoCal, Arizona, Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon, and other states.

Bombs, traditionals, and even originals like this '56 Bel Air showed up to support the cause.
Bombs, traditionals, and even originals like this ’56 Bel Air showed up to...

On September 5, 2015, the Impalas San Jose chapter (aka the mother chapter) celebrated their silver anniversary at the S.E.S. Hall in Santa Clara, California. Wearing Impalas Car Club traditional black and red colors, guest from 20 other chapters began arriving at 5 p.m. Following the chicken and tri-tip dinner was the award ceremony. Doug Manville, David Rodriguez, Ed Cevedia, Matt Dearcos, Felipe Pacheco, and Sal Herrera were all recognized for their 20 years of dedication to the club. A set of Zenith Wire Wheels and a two-pump chrome setup was raffled off before everyone hit the dance floor with the live band.

We’d like to thank and congratulate the Impalas Car Club and their chapters for the continued support and we wish them continued success with their family tradition.

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1953 Chevrolet 235 Pickup – Truck of the Month http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1953-chevrolet-235/ http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1953-chevrolet-235/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:00:43 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184802 While most were still riding the school bus, Richard Villanueva already had a car of his own.

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While most were stuck riding the big yellow school bus throughout high school, a few lucky students were fortunate enough to have their own set of wheels. For Richard Villanueva of El Paso, Texas, he had a car before he was even old enough to drive. At 10 years of age, Richard’s father bought him a ’53 Chevy pickup with the intentions of one day completing the build together. Driving it all through high school it was put away shortly after Richard’s enlistment into the USAF. “With my son protecting our country, I felt it was my duty to complete the project and have the truck waiting for him when he returned from his military duties,” Richard’s father says.

Old memories in a Texas '53.
Old memories in a Texas ’53.

This was no solo project though; the intention was to have the truck completed by them both and with constant updates, so with approval from Richard this project was off and running. With a rebuilt ’56 Chevy 235 with open drive and straight pipes installed it was then in the hands of Guero who would cover the interior’s original bench seat with a cream-cloth accented with original stitching. From there, a custom Helix airbag suspension was installed by longtime friend Enrique in El Paso, giving the truck complete front, back, and side-to-side action. Nacho of Car Port, also in El Paso, layered the truck with a two-stage Midnight Blue pearl paint smothered with layer after layer of PPG clearcoat, along with Raul Ortiz laying down some pinstripe lines, giving this classic its finishing touches. With the project nearing completion, some of the final items included matching 15-inch artilleries mounted onto 205/75-15 Coker Classic radial whitewall tires, along with newly chromed and polished metalwork, as well as the mandatory accessories usually found with a Chevy truck of this era, like a Fulton visor, view finder, bullet swamp cooler, and Fulton antenna topper.

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With a military career that has taken him to the Middle East and Afghanistan, Richard presently finds himself serving in Korea. In the meantime, Richard’s family will continue to honor his service by displaying the truck at local car shows and Old Memories events. Richard’s father would like to thank all the family and friends who helped along the way, but more importantly we’d like to thank you Richard for your self sacrifice and service in the military.

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1953 Chevy 235

Owner
Richard A. Villanueva

City
El Paso, Texas

We salute you and thank you for your service.
We salute you and thank you for your service.

Car Club
Old Memories Car Club in El Paso, Texas

Engine
Rebuilt ’56 Chevy 235 with open drive and straight pipes

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Upholstery
Guero covered the original bench seat with cream-colored cloth, accented with original stitching

Body/Paint
Car Port in El Paso covered the truck in a two-stage Midnight Blue pearl paint with Raul Ortiz laying down some accenting pinstripe lines

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Suspension
Custom Helix airbag suspension installed by longtime friend Enrique in El Paso

Wheels/Tires
Matching 15-inch artilleries mounted onto 205/75-15 Coker Classic radial whitewall tires

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Lowrider is Coming to the 2016 Kansas City AutoRama http://www.lowrider.com/news/1602-lowrider-is-coming-to-the-kansas-city-autorama/ http://www.lowrider.com/news/1602-lowrider-is-coming-to-the-kansas-city-autorama/#respond Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:50:06 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184955 Lowrider Magazine is coming to Kansas City and we're bringing with us some of our best cars to show off.

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February 12-14, 2016, Lowrider Magazine is coming to the Kansas City Convention Center for the 2016 Kansas City AutoRama and we’re bringing with us the Lowrider Roadshow Truck and some of our best show vehicles which we’ll be displaying alongside some of the finest hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles in America.

Check out the special live concert by Count’s 77 featuring Danny “The Count” Koker from History Channel’s Counting Cars and the Summit Racing Chop Shop demonstrations.
Come on out and meet Lowrider Editor-in-Chief, Joe Ray and see his world famous Las Vegas car. They’ll be there alongside special guests: WWE superstar, Daniel Bryan, Olivia Holt of Disney’s I Didn’t Do It, and Catherine Bach of TV’s Dukes of Hazard.

Tickets at the gate are $18.00 for general admission, children 6-12 are $6.00, and children 5 and under are free. Discount tickets are available at O’reilly Auto Parts stores.

For more information on the Kansas City Autorama please visit their website here.

 

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Forget things like nuclear power, lasers, and freeze-dried ice cream. When it comes to back-engineered alien technology, the automatic transmission is a marvel of seemingly otherworldly intelligence. General Motors introduced the first Hydramatic transmission in the 40 Oldsmobile. That was seven years before the Roswell incident, but who knows? Maybe flying saucers had been buzzing around Detroit the previous decade and the one that supposedly crashed in New Mexico simply burned up a couple of clutch bands in its intergalactic slushbox.

Amazingly, the basic design of the modern automatic transmission hasn’t changed much from the early Hydramatics introduced 75 years ago-and they’re still the source of confusion and apprehension among enthusiasts who view their workings and performance nuances as a black art.

There’s not enough room here to explain everything about the design, operation, and performance capabilities of automatic transmissions, but in this series of explanatory features, we answer some of the most common questions and explain the more misunderstood aspects of GM automatic transmissions and related performance features.

Don’t worry. There are no alien probes involved.

1. IS THERE A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TURBO 350 AND TURBO 400-AND WHICH ONE DO I WANT?

The Turbo 350 (top) and the Turbo 400 (bottom) are the quintessential GM automatic transmissions. Both are three-speeds, but the Turbo 400 is physically larger and designed more for the torque capacity of big-block engines.
The Turbo 350 (top) and the Turbo 400 (bottom) are the quintessential GM automatic...

They are completely different transmissions. The Turbo 400 is larger, longer, and heavier than the Turbo 350 and was designed to live behind higher-torque applications such as big-blocks. That doesn’t mean the Turbo 350 is weak in comparison. In fact, with all of the enhancements from companies such as TCI Automotive, Performance Automatic, and Hughes Performance, both transmissions can be built to match very high power levels. When it comes to picking one for your vehicle, we’ll always side with lighter and smaller whenever possible. You’ll also want to consider what type came originally equipped in the car. Changing to a Turbo 400 in an original Turbo 350 car will require mounting/crossmember modifications and likely a shorter driveshaft. If you’re worried about the ultimate strength of the transmission, consult one of the transmission specialists for upgrades.

2. WHY IS THE POWERGLIDE TRANSMISSION SO POPULAR IN DRAG RACING?

A mainstay of drag racers decades after it went out of production, the simple, durable two-speed Powerglide continues to send drag racers down the strip.
A mainstay of drag racers decades after it went out of production, the simple,...

In the high-tech 21st century, it seems antithetical that racers would rely on an archaic, two-speed automatic gearbox, but there are several good reasons: simplicity, low inertia, and versatility. The simplicity of the Powerglide makes it easier and faster to work on, while contributing to lower weight than three- and four-speed transmissions. Only two gears means less inertia is required to spin it, too, which translates into more power getting to the pavement. As for versatility, there are tons of available First gear ratios that make it easy to tailor the trans to the rest of the engine and drivetrain elements-and a big-torque engine doesn’t need numerically high gear ratios to get the car launched, so the simple Low and High gears are ideal for a quick blast down the strip.

3. WHICH IS BETTER: THE 200-4R OR THE 700-R4?

The Hydramatic 200-4R (shown) is a good swap choice, but isn't as easy to find as a 700-R4.
The Hydramatic 200-4R (shown) is a good swap choice, but isn’t as easy to find...

This is one of those questions akin to asking who in your town makes the best pizza. Everybody has an opinion and they’re not necessarily wrong. The 200-4R was introduced in 1981 and its design roots lie in the Turbo 350. In fact, its overall size and length are comparable to the TH350, which makes swapping one comparatively easy into a vehicle originally equipped with the Turbo 350. The rear crossmember has to be relocated, but the original driveshaft can be retained. The 700-R4 debuted in 1982 and was renamed 4L60 in 1990. It offers comparable performance characteristics to the 200-4R, but it’s a longer transmission and a swap into an older vehicle requires a new crossmember and a shorter driveshaft. In the 700-R4/4L60’s favor is economy of scale. They were made in the millions and for much longer than the 200-4R, so used examples are plentiful and cheap. The 200-4R is getting a little harder to find these days.

4. WHAT ABOUT THE 4L60 SERIES OVERDRIVE TRANSMISSIONS? ARE THEY BETTER THAN A 700-R4?

See #3 above. The 4L60 and the 700-R4 are the same transmission. General Motors changed the name in 1990 to 4L60 as part of a new naming convention that continues today. The 4 stands for four-speed, the L stands for longitudinal (i.e., the north/south orientation of the powertrain in a rear-drive vehicle), and 60 stands for the relative torque capacity. Some suggest pre-87 700-R4 transmissions are more problematic than later editions, but that’s not a universal belief. Higher-torque versions of the family include the 4L65E and 4L70E, which have five-pinion gearsets versus the 4L60’s four-pinion design, for enhanced strength.

5. WHAT ABOUT THE 4L80 SERIES?

Just as the 200-4R was an extension of the Turbo 350, the 4L80, which was introduced in 1991, was developed on the Turbo 400 architecture. That means it has a different case design and dimensions and is not simply a high-torque extension of the 4L60-although the families are surprisingly close in overall length and width. And like the Turbo 400, the 4L80 was designed for higher-torque applications. Consequently, it is heavier than the 4L60.

6. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 4L60 AND 4L60E-AND 4L80 AND 4L80E?

The 4L60 series is the 350 small-block of overdrive transmissions-it fits everything and is durable and economical.
The 4L60 series is the 350 small-block of overdrive transmissions-it fits everything...
The 4L80 family is the choice for big-block engines and has its roots in the Turbo 400.
The 4L80 family is the choice for big-block engines and has its roots in the Turbo...

The “E” versions of the 4L60 and 4L80 series transmissions are electronically controlled, meaning a powertrain control module directs solenoids inside the valvebody to activate the valves, compared to the completely mechanical operation of the non-E versions. Using the E versions in an older car requires a complementing controller. The E versions also use an electronic speed sensor to relay information to the speedometer. Signal converters are available to adapt the electronic output for use with conventional mechanical speedometers.

7. WHAT IS THE TRANSMISSION’S VALVEBODY?

The maze of channels in a valvebody directs fluid that controls the valve actuation for each gear change.

It is the nerve center of an automatic transmission. It’s basically a maze of channels and passages that funnel hydraulic fluid to various valves that, in turn, activate the appropriate clutch pack or band servo. Each valve has a specific job, such as activating the upshift from Second gear to Third gear, while another valve controls the downshift from Third to Second. With a computer-controlled transmission such as the 4L60E, electronically activated solenoids are mounted in the valvebody and direct fluid to the clutch packs or bands.

GM's electronically controlled transmissions take their gear-change commands from a stand-alone controller and require a separate, aftermarket converter to work with mechanical speedometers.
GM’s electronically controlled transmissions take their gear-change commands...
Shift kits basically reduce the mushy feeling built into a production transmission for smoothness, adding snap to the gear changes for a firmer, more positive feel. Reducing slippage can also prolong the transmission's life.
Shift kits basically reduce the mushy feeling built into a production transmission...
When clicking through the gears with manual control, a reverse-pattern valvebody can be more intuitive and prevent inadvertently shifting into Neutral.
When clicking through the gears with manual control, a reverse-pattern valvebody can...
A manual-control valvebody eliminates the automatic gear changes in an automatic trans-designed for the strip.
A manual-control valvebody eliminates the automatic gear changes in an automatic...

E3 Spark Plugs Monthly Tech Tip

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Replacing Old, Worn-Out Spark Plugs

For this month’s Tech Tip, the folks at E3 Spark Plugs want you to make sure that when you are changing out your plugs you use proper tools to install your spark plugs, a 5/8- or 13/16-inch spark plug socket. Also be sure that the socket is sitting correctly on the plug before applying torque. Incorrect tools or crooked tools could crack the spark plug.

Always be sure your hands are clean of grease and grime before handling your new plugs. Grease or dirt on the top of the spark can result in carbon track or flashover. What does this mean? Misfires, rough engine operation, and headaches!

When you’re done replacing your old worn-out plugs with E3 Spark Plugs, inspect all parts of the ignition system for wear or damage (spark plug wires, ignition coil, distributor cap, rotor button). If any of these components are damaged be sure to replace them or they may cause problems for your new plugs.
For any or more info on how E3 Spark Plugs DiamondFire Technology can increase performance and reduce engine emissions for your special ride, log onto www.e3sparkplugs.com.

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Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show http://www.lowrider.com/events/1603-pomona-swap-meet-classic-car-show/ http://www.lowrider.com/events/1603-pomona-swap-meet-classic-car-show/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:00:38 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184661 Check out the largest antique auto, Corvette, Porsche, street rod, and VW swap meet on the West Coast.

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Held seven times a year at the Fairplex in Pomona, the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show is the largest antique auto, Corvette, Porsche, street rod, and Volkswagen swap meet on the West Coast. With over 15 miles worth of hard-to-find car parts, accessories, and vehicles spread out over 2,000 vendor spots, each event attracts thousands of people from all over the world to buy, sell, and trade their wares.

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More interested in the cars than finding a deal? If so, the classic car show portion of the swap meet won’t disappoint. Divided into six specialized sections: pre-’85 Classics, any-year Corvettes, any-year Porsches, pre-’59 street rods, pre-’85 Volkswagens, and pre-1985 imports the car corral area is a sea of automotive history with thousands of vehicles on display (many of which are for sale) for both bargain hunters and treasure seekers alike.

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So if you’re looking for parts and accessories, inspiration for your project car, or even your next build, chances are you can find whatever it is you’re looking for at the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show. Just make sure to bring a wagon, comfortable walking shoes, and your wallet if you plan on going because you will need them.

For more information on the Pomona Swap Meet & Classic Car Show, including the date of their next event, check out www.pomonaswapmeet.com.

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2005 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy – Heritage With Style http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-2005-harley-davidson-fat-boy/ http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-2005-harley-davidson-fat-boy/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2016 13:00:44 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184340 A build dedicated to Brown Pride, to Latino heritage, and style

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“I remember wanting a lowrider after going through my cousin’s LOWRIDER magazine collection. This was back in the early ’80s when I was just a kid,” Gerardo Jimenez, of Modesto, California, explains. It wasn’t until the ’90s that he got his first lowrider, an ’87 Monte Carlo. “I was still a young buck back then and didn’t have enough money to invest and go all-out on it.”

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Gerardo bought this ’05 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy brand new at the Modesto Harley dealership. This time around he was grown and was financially stabled enough to go all out it. “I got the lowrider bug and I knew it was now or never,” Gerardo says. It wasn’t until 2009 that he decided to go all-out on it. “I wanted to build it with a classy flavor that makes a point but without overdoing it.” He began by tearing it down to the bare frame to have Mass Bros. powdercoat it. Kreative Koncepts in Modesto then used Axalta candy beer bottle brown to paint the bike. 4Zero8 Customs then airbrushed an eagle and snake on the fairing to represent the Mexican flag and Latina women with skulls in the ‘bags. Carlos Salas Engraving put their touch on almost every possible chrome piece on the bike. Parts were then sent out to West Coast Chrome before Modesto Customs reassembled the motor. Fine Line Upholstery in Manteca, California, stitched the seat.

“This build is dedicated to our Brown Pride, our Latino heritage, and style,” Gerardo says.

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2005 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Owner
Gerardo Jimenez

City/State
Modesto, CA

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Nickname
Brown Pride

Engine
Harley-Davidson TC/95ci with Thunder Headers exhaust and Performance Machine air cleaner

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Body/Paint
Axalta candy beer bottle brown

Suspension
Shotgun Air Ride airbags, Performance Machine brakes

Interior
Suede and vinyl

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Sound System
Alpine deck/amplifier/front speakers and Hertz rear speakers

Wheels/Tires
21-inch Sinister Fat Daddy 50-spoke rims in the front and 16-inch in the rear with Metzler whitewall tires

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1962 Chevrolet Impala – Stylistics ’62 http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1962-chevrolet-impala/ http://www.lowrider.com/features/1603-1962-chevrolet-impala/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:00:59 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=184214 Giving a historic piece of Americana some of that lowrider flair.

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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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