Lowrider http://www.lowrider.com Ultimate Source of Lowrider Cars, Bikes & Arte Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:44:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 Brothers Trucks Replacement Body Panels – Dead on Arrival http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/paint-body/brothers-trucks-replacement-body-panels/ http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/paint-body/brothers-trucks-replacement-body-panels/#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:00:42 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=206222 If you're looking for the highest quality parts for you classic truck be sure to scope out Brothers Trucks, you won't be disappointed

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Spend 60 seconds in the scorching heat of the desert sun and it’s enough to make you break for shade; but imagine spending a few decades in the same open environment and you already know its results are deadly.

Well that’s exactly what happened to our project truck. When we first found it, it had been sitting in the barren desert sand for a few decades and it was in complete shambles—then again, it was a 60-year-old abused truck. While many of the body parts were rotted out, it was expected and we still decided to pick it up.

But to get it back into tip-top shape required that we replace many of the body parts. In fact, some of the parts were so bad, that all it took was a 2×4 to knock them out of place and soon enough we realized that we didn’t really buy a truck, instead we bought a few usable parts that were barely hanging on the frame.

To start the restoration, we decided to scrap the frame and replace it with a TCI (Total Cost Involved) frame that came complete with an updated suspension. In addition, we threw in a Currie four-link rear suspension, Wilwood brakes, CPP gas tank, and then bolted up a brand-new LSX 376 engine mated to a 4L65E transmission.

With a state-of-the-art rolling chassis and powerplant, we scoured through the parts we had removed and realized that the only salvageable part was the cab so we reached out to the gentlemen at Brothers Trucks—America’s number one source for 1947-1987 Chevrolet and GMC Truck parts. Seriously, if you’re looking for the highest quality parts for you classic truck be sure to scope out Brothers Trucks, you won’t be disappointed, and they’ve got thousands of parts for your classic trucks.

In this issue we’ll be going over a few of the parts we’ve replaced as of late; the build is slowly starting to come together. In all honesty, it feels good to have brand-new, quality parts that fit great, and it offers a new sense of security to a truck that was once left for dead.

Installation Steps

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1947-1953 Chevy Front fender (right and left), PN FF05300
These high-quality steel fenders are the best units available on the market. Brothers Trucks also happens to be the first to offer the fenders, and the quality, fitment, and finish is unparalleled. Included in the kit is a stainless bolt kit, fender seals, and inner fender; firewall filler panels not included.

Inner Fender Skirt Item, PN IFW4700
Brothers Trucks’ reproduction inner fender skirts are stamped from heavy-gauge steel to exact OEM specifications, and each one is then coated with EPD black coating, which in turn provides years of rust-free protection. How was the fitment? As expected, the fit on Brothers’ reproduction inner fenders is second to none. Note: The left inner fender has a 6-inch hole on the front that was put in when they tooled the part and has not been changed as of yet.

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1952-1954 Complete Door Shells, PN DOOR254
This brand-new reproduction of 1952-1954 doors is stellar. A beautiful reproduction, with perfect fitment and design, Brothers has waited for a long time to be able to offer you a door of this quality. If you’re interested you should act now because for a very limited time they’re offering them at a very low introductory price. Get them now and be the first guy on the block with new doors on your 1952-1954 truck. Fits both Chevy and GMC.

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1947-1953 Stock Replacement Hood “Seamless,” PN Hood75S
This new hood from Brothers is a seamless one-piece design. It’s constructed from heavy-gauge stamped steel and comes complete with all original-type bracing to ensure a great fit and lasting durability. Each one is also EPDM coated to block rust and make paint prep easy! Hood hinges, springs, and latch assembly not included

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1947-1954 Radiator Core Support, PN RSB4700
This fantastic reproduction will make putting the front end of your 1947-1954 truck back together easy. Exactly like—if not better than—the original part, the core supports come with all correct threaded mounting holes and they’re all black EPDM coated to ensure rust-free protection for years to come.

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In earlier issues, you may have caught our LOWRIDER project 1953 Bomb Truck in the modification stages. Earlier in the buildup, we modded the original three-window cab into a five-window conversion, and the parts to do this were from Brothers Trucks. In addition we utilized their floorpan with toeboard and a corner cab panel replacement in addition to a Brothers roof panel that was instead a metal headliner, thus providing a cool custom look.

As we come closer to completing the truck, we can’t wait to show you the final product, so stay tuned as we wrap things up and be sure to check out Brothers Trucks for their full catalog of parts for classic trucks.

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Updating a Tri-Five Frontend with CPP OE-Style Components http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/chassis-suspension/updating-a-tri-five-front-end-with-cpp-oe-style-components/ http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/chassis-suspension/updating-a-tri-five-front-end-with-cpp-oe-style-components/#respond Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:00:26 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=206160 Trying to update your tri-five frontend on a budget? If so, CPP's stock-type control arms can be the perfect solution you've been looking for.

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During the course of every lowrider build you come across aftermarket parts for your ride that are available but don’t quite fit your vision or your budget. Tubular control arms provide great looks and performance, however they can come at a premium price.

Though known for their above mentioned performance chassis components, Classic Performance Products also caters to the “classic” classic Chevy lovers, as well as those on tighter budgets (or those who simply don’t see the need to upgrade to such a high level of aftermarket componentry). Whether it’s a Tri-Five, a 1958 Impala, or a 1964 Biscayne, CPP’s stock-type control arms could just be the perfect solution you’ve been looking for. They would be the perfect addition to any hydraulic or airbag setup with minimal adaptation required as well. At a fraction of the cost of tubular A-arms, the money saved can go elsewhere in your Chevy—say, replacing the spindles, steering linkage, and so on, all of which they carry as well.

Obviously, rebuilding a set of worn-out cross shafts and replacing pivot bushings is an option—but why bother going to all the effort when CPP’s already done the hard work for you? (Ultimately, how much is your time worth?) Furthermore, not only is it a drop-and-swap deal, you’re not stuck with the tedious detailing chores when you go with a complete replacement control arm, as they come powdercoated as well as fully assembled.

It’s an easy job; really—something you and a buddy could tackle in an afternoon—requiring little, if any, specialized tools other than a good quality spring compressor. Whether you’re freshening up an old bomb or building an economical cruiser, you won’t be steered wrong with CPP’s new-and-improved OE-type suspension components. The following installation on a 1957 Chevy hardtop might help illustrate that point.

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Along with complete frontend kits (tie rods, idler arms, ball joints, and so on), Classic Performance Products’ OE-style suspension parts are highlighted by their stamped-steel control arms and further complemented by original replacement spindles and steering arms.

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Pre-installed, brand-new cross shafts, bushings, and ball joints are standard—why even bother hassling with rehabilitating your old, beat-up arms? No need to pull out the air chisel for surgery, just plug-and-play.

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Additionally, CPP’s upper control arms have 5 degrees of caster built in, not added—a for sure “plus” for power steering equipped Tri-Fives. This will improve your lowrider driving experience with upgraded geometry.

updating a tri five frontend with cpp oe style components stock suspension ball joint nut loosening

We started off by removing the stock 1957 front suspension already equipped with a standard-type disc brake kit. First, with the ball joints’ nuts loosened up (“not” removed), the spindles are given a few good whacks with a heavy hammer to help ease separation—no pickle forks used in this process.

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Since the coil is under extreme load, a spring compressor is securely installed with the spindle still attached. Once the coil is compressed, a floor jack is placed under the lower control arm and the upper ball joint nut is removed.

updating a tri five frontend with cpp oe style components coil spring removal

Very carefully, after the upper control arm is set free, tension on the jack is released and the collapsed coil spring is safely removed.

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Note the amount of alignment shims that were used, if any, as you remove the upper control arm. Also, if the pressed-in crossmember studs are damaged, loose, or come out altogether, simply replace them with 7/16-20 Grade 8 bolts (2 to 2 and 1/2-inch length).

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Instead of spending however much time pressing bushings and replacing ball joints, you could simply attach a whole new control arm and be done with it—as such.

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New Grade 8 hardware is used on both uppers and lowers.

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The use of a longer (Grade 8) bolt allows for more camber adjustment, if even necessary.

updating a tri five frontend with cpp oe style components bolt orientation

Bolts can be installed pointing in either direction, but for increased header/engine bay clearance, facing outward, toward the fender, makes a big difference.

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Control arms installed and ready to be mated with new coils, spindles, and steering linkage. As you can see, adapting hydraulic cylinders, and/or airbags with an outboard shock would be simple to do. Note the orientation of the upper control arm by the location of the ball joint in relation to the lower one—if it appears further forward, you’ve got the sides swapped.

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Even though we’re installing a 1 and 1/2-inch lowered coil, the spring still needs to be compressed for both safety and ease of installation.

updating a tri five frontend with cpp oe style components spring compressing

Compressing a dropped spring may eliminate the need to use a floor jack to button up the spindle to the upper control arm—but if any resistance is experienced, don’t risk it.

updating a tri five frontend with cpp oe style components coil seating

The coil won’t seat properly unless it’s positioned/clocked correctly in the lower spring pocket.

CPP’s forged steel spindles and steering arms are designed and engineered as direct replacements. To the trained eye, the spindles incorporate the best of all three Tri-Five variants.

updating a tri five frontend with cpp oe style components spindle and steering arm

The only differences between the replacements and the originals in most cases is that the axle pins are perfect and the ball joint tapers are not worn out.

updating a tri five frontend with cpp oe style components ball joint nuts

Once the ball joint nuts are securely fastened and cotter-pinned, new Black Magic nitrogen gas shocks are installed.

updating a tri five frontend with cpp oe style components shock adjustment

CPP builds these specifically for lowered vehicles, so there’s no worry about blowing out a stock-length shock.

updating a tri five frontend with cpp oe style components steering arm install

With the control arms “buttoned up,” so to speak, the new steering arm is installed and either reconnected with the existing linkage or …

updating a tri five frontend with cpp oe style components drag and centerlink

… the job continues with the assembly of a new drag/centerlink and complete frontend kit (which includes all-new tie rods, idler arm, adjuster sleeves, and related hardware).

updating a tri five frontend with cpp oe style components drag centerlink assembly

If replacing the entire assembly as such, it is probably best to disassemble the old linkage as a whole, which will allow you to assemble the new parts with similar geometry. Note the addition of CPP billet aluminum tie-rod adjusters.

updating a tri five frontend with cpp oe style components ready for brake system

The only thing left before putting the 1957 Bel Air back on the road—and off to get professionally aligned—is installing a new brake system. Stay tuned.

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Hot Import Nights San Pedro 2016 Models http://www.lowrider.com/girls/hot-import-nights-san-pedro-2016-models/ http://www.lowrider.com/girls/hot-import-nights-san-pedro-2016-models/#respond Sun, 25 Sep 2016 23:44:22 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=206252 Getting to know a few girls from HIN

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When I was younger, HIN shows were always popping. Huge lines to get in and once you were in you could barely walk because we were all packed in there like sardines. It’d been years since my last HIN show so when I saw the flyer for this San Pedro show, I thought I would go check it out. To my surprise, the show was free to the public and there were only a handful of cars at show. Luckily for me, I wasn’t there for the cars. I was there looking for potential models for LOWRIDER and there were plenty of models. As you can see, I was able to talk and snap a few photos of a couple of girls.

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We first spoke to Hanna Ferraez (IG @HannaFerraez) from Huntington Beach, California, who was born in Mexico City and raised in Tustin, CA. She’s been in the states for 16 years and just got her citizenship a month ago.

LR: Did you get married to get your citizenship?

Hanna: NO! NO! NO! NO! NOOOO! [Laughing] I first got my residency when I was 13 and then took my test for my citizenship. It takes a few years to process everything but I finally got it and I very excited about it.

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LR: How long have you been modeling?

Hanna: I started when I was 18 but I became a fulltime model last year when I turned 20. It can be a little stressful because I’m a freelance model and manage myself. It’s hard finding the right balance because I don’t want to over-book myself, yet I need to make sure I book enough shoots to get by and keep going to school.

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LR: What are you studying?

Hanna: Communications. I’d love to do radio or television broadcasting someday.

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The next girl we got a chance to speak to was Gladeez (IG @Gladeez_) who was born and raised in Santa Ana, California. Gladeez is a beautiful girl who I had never seen before but that’s because this is her first year in the modeling scene.

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LR: So how did you get started modeling?

Gladeez: Selfies! I would just take selfies and post them on my social media and a photographer began hitting me up to model, so it all went down in the DM.

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LR: How much modeling have you done?

Gladeez: I’ve done a few shoot from both sides of the camera. I’m a photographer too, so I know the difference between a good photographer and bad one.

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The final girl we spoke with was Kayy Love (IG @KayyLove92) from Los Angeles who’s living in Korea Town. She had been modeling for about five years and then stepped out but made her way back this year.

LR: Why did you step out of the modeling scene?

Kayy: My situation at the time forced me to step out even though this is something that I love. When my situation changed, I got back into shape and came back.

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LR: What’s your favorite part about modeling?

Kayy: I love modeling and being featured in magazines. There was also a contest one time that I submitted to and I won, so that was fun too.

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LR: You stepped out of the modeling scene once, what will make you step out of it again?

Kayy: I think when I get older and I’m ready to settle down and have my family but not right now. I want to keep enjoying what I do.

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2016 Lowrider Tour http://www.lowrider.com/events/tour-events/0901-lowrider-magazine-tour/ http://www.lowrider.com/events/tour-events/0901-lowrider-magazine-tour/#respond Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:00:00 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/uncategorized/0901_lowrider_magazine_tour/ Lowrider Magazine celebrates the lowriding lifestyle. Take part in our Lowrider Tour show and catch the sights and action.

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Building a lowrider requires money—and a whole lot of patience. To be honest, the emotional roller coaster of building a lowrider is probably what makes us appreciate them so much more.

Just ask Johnny Martinez from Style Car Club. He was building a 1985 Fleetwood Brougham and at the beginning of the project he already knew what he was in for. With a good understanding that it was going to take quite some time, he soon after watched an entire car show season pass him up. This is when he decided it was time for him to get a daily until he had a chance to button up the 1985 Fleetwood.

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After making that decision, he began searching for a temporary ride when he found this 1995 Fleetwood on an online site. Soon after, he found himself inspecting the ride, and when it turned out to be in great condition, he bought it.

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After riding the big-body (1995 Cadillac) for two years he decided that it was finally time to paint it. The plan was to repaint it with a light blue, simple pinstriping, and light patterns on the roof. He decided on a House of Kolor Candy Blue with a pearl so once the keyholes and rear door handles were shaved the Cadillac was dropped off at Mexico Collision Center (MCC) who would throw the candy and custom pattern job. From there, Alberto Herrera was called in to add murals to the trunklid, E&G bumper kit, and door pillars.

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Not wanting to let the rest of the car lack he had MCC and Loco’s For Life Hydraulics install a custom two-pump chrome setup in the trunk. Jarboe Designs then stepped in to install the audio system, which sports a custom fiberglass trunk that gives it an updated look. Once that was done, Jarboe fiberglassed the dash, rear package tray, and door panels, while California Upholstery then used four different shades of leather and vinyl for a custom look on the original seats.

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With this Cadillac all wrapped up and ready to show, he’s not only pushing one mean low-low but also pushing back the completion dates of his 1985 build. Then again, it’s probably not a bad thing, when you consider just how clean this one came out.

We can’t wait to see what becomes of the 1985, and we’ll keep you posted on any progress.

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1995 Cadillac Fleetwood

Vehicle Nickname
Still Waters

Owner
Johnny Martinez

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City/State
Fontana, CA

Club
Style

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Engine
Factory 5.7 LT1

Body/Paint
Installed a 42-inch moonroof then shaved keyholes and rear door handles before adding the House of Kolor Candy Blue with a pearl

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Suspension
With extended upper A-arms and reinforced lowers the two MCC pumps with polished hydro-aire dumps, Hoppo’s blocks, and four 31-series batteries were installed

Interior
A billet steering wheel was installed while the original seats were done in four different shades of blue using leather and vinyl

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Sound
Alpine deck and EQ with two 1500.1 and two 650.4 Kicker amps to power the four Kicker 5.5-inch mids and two Kicker L7 12-inch subwoofers

Wheels/Tires
100-spoke 13×7 wire wheels with Remington Touring LX 155/80R/13 tires

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2016 LOWRIDER Las Vegas Super Show http://www.lowrider.com/news/2016-lowrider-las-vegas-super-show-announcement/ http://www.lowrider.com/news/2016-lowrider-las-vegas-super-show-announcement/#respond Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:00:34 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=206002 Sunday, October 9th LOWRIDER Magazine is taking over the Cashman Center for the 2016 Las Vegas Super Show.

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Sunday, October 9th from 10AM-5PM LOWRIDER Magazine is taking over the Cashman Center for the 2016 Las Vegas Super Show.

Featuring 100s of the hottest custom cars, bicycles, and motorcycles in the country. This is a must attend event for any die hard LOWRIDER fan.

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Come out and check out the hop exhibition and live performances by Rodney O & Joe Cooley, Frost, WC, as well as the live Mariachi bands and Kid Jay.

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Online tickets are $40. Kids 10 and under are free with paid adult.

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While you’re there don’t forget to pick up your official 2016 LOWRIDER Super Show t-shirt on vendor row.

Follow all the action on social media with the hashtag #2016LRSUPERSHOW.

For more information check out the LOWRIDER Tour page and the event page on Facebook, or call 949-705-3161.

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Rosiie Vip – Model Interview http://www.lowrider.com/girls/rosiie-vip-model-interview/ http://www.lowrider.com/girls/rosiie-vip-model-interview/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:56:55 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=206136 While walking around Miami trying to get a two-piece plate for dinner we came across the lovely Rosiie walking around in a very sexy one-piece.

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Makeup Artist: Self
Hair Stylist: Self
Wardrobe: LilaNikole.com

I remember the first day of the Miami LOWRIDER Super Show, and I remember it vividly. I was walking up to the VIP to get a two-piece and that’s when I laid my eyes on Rosiie walking around in a one-piece. It was game over.

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Whatever fatigue I had in my body was replaced with adrenaline and I did what any man in my position would do – I snapped some flicks. So after a little small talk I fired off a few shots and went about my business. A day later, I was lucky enough to run into her again at the hop and we agreed to do a little photo shoot.

At the time Rosiie had just under 2,000 IG followers but right after the show her following blew up and she is currently at over 15K followers-and by the time you read this she’ll probably have more. Needless to say, attending the LOWRIDER Super Show put her modeling career in the fast lane and now she owes me that two-piece dinner.

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LRM: How did you end up our Miami show?

Rosiie: I was invited by Lila Nikole to go to the show and sport her swimwear.

LRM: Are you single or taken, and what kind of guys do you go for?

Rosiie: I’m currently single because I’m focusing on my career right now. I’m attracted to guys with good looks, intelligent, beautiful smile, and with good manners. I also need them to be good dancers because I love to dance Salsa and fast Merengue.

LRM: Describe your perfect date.

Rosiie: He would have to take me out to a classy restaurant to go eat. If everything were going good, then he would have to take me out dancing. If not we each go our own way.

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LRM: What do you like to do in your spare time?

Rosiie: I love spending time with my family, going shopping, and going to the gym. Also recently I’ve really enjoyed going to eat sushi.

LRM: What are your modeling goals?

Rosiie: I would like to keep doing commercial and print like I’m doing now but on a bigger scale. To be able to travel internationally for my modeling but what I would really like is to be a reporter or host. I wouldn’t mind reporting the weather or anything like that. The dream job would be an entertainment reporter, to be interviewing celebrities as they go down the runway. I love being on TV and I feel I’m very social where it would come naturally to me.

We wish Rosiie much success with her modeling career and hope to see her on hosting a runway show one.

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Model Name: Rosiie Vip
Hometown: Miami, FL
Ethnicity: Guatemalan and Mexican
Occupation: Pediatric Associates
Height: 5’7″
Measurements: 34B/26/38
Instagram: @RosiieVIP
Twitter: @RosiieVIP
Facebook: Facebook.com/pinkroxxi
Snap Chat: @RosiieVIP

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Dre Avila Twists Up his 1971 Lincoln Mark III http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/dre-avila-twists-1971-lincoln-mark/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/dre-avila-twists-1971-lincoln-mark/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:00:42 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=205944 When Andres Avila came across this Mark III while surfing the Internet there was just something about it that made him want to get it.

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Born and raised in Colombia, Andre “Dre” Avila is the youngest of three kids. As a child he would watch his pops building custom trucks. His father was the go-to guy for custom builds, but when Dre was just 10 years old, his father was tragically killed and the family had to relocate for a safer future. Fortunately, Dre’s aunt lived in Hialeah, right outside of Miami, so the family relocated there until his mother was able to earn enough money to get their own place.

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When Dre started school in Miami he found out his talent was drawing. He would spend every day drawing custom lowrider vehicles and sell them to kids from school to earn enough to have lunch money. He started building lowrider model cars and his drawings and models started to become more creative and elaborate. Once old enough, he bought his first car and immediately started customizing it. He was never satisfied, always trying to achieve something better.

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Browsing the Internet he came across a barn sale in Indiana that had a 1971 Lincoln Mark III. Dre wasn’t familiar with that year because they aren’t widely popular. “The car just spoke to me,” Dre tells LRM. “It was like it was calling for me to get it.” It took the next four months to close the deal but once he brought the classic home, he and his wife, Marlene, both took it around the block. They knew from that moment it would be welcomed with open arms into the family.

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1971 Lincoln Mark

Vehicle Nickname
Da Bully

Owner
Andres Avila

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City/State
Miami, FL

Club Affiliation
Good Times

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Body/Paint
Dupont Chroma base paint House of Kolor Gold Pearl, House of Kolor clearcoat by Kent, gold plating by Jay in Miami, engraving by Engraving_By_inkstinct_Dre

Engine
460 V-8, Edelbrock carburetor

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Suspension
four-pump Prohopper pumps with accumulators, four switches and six batteries done by Kent

Interior
restored original burgundy leather

Sound System
Pioneer head unit, Pioneer components

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Wheels/Tires
13×7 all-gold Dayton Wire Wheels, 155/80-13 Marshall tires

Special Thanks
Dre wishes to thank Donald and Dre from the Good Times Indiana chapter for helping him find and purchase his prized possession, as well as Rick from the Miami chapter. The biggest thanks goes to his beautiful wife, Marlene, and his 7-year-old daughter Marcella. He strives to give them the life they deserve. Although most bullies have a negative impact on our lives, Dre made Da Bully a positive.

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Individuals 40th Anniversary http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/individuals-40th-anniversary/ http://www.lowrider.com/lifestyle/individuals-40th-anniversary/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:00:04 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=205796 Fourth of July weekend is usually spent barbecuing, and checking out fireworks shows, but this year we spent it celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Individuals Car Club

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Fourth of July weekend is usually spent drinking beer, barbecuing, and checking out the fireworks shows, but this year we spent it celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Individuals Car Club. The club planned different events for the whole 4th of July weekend that kicked off with this banquet on Friday as 13-inch wire wheels began rolling into the Lakewood Country Club as the sun was setting. The members came all suited, with black and gold being the preferred choice of color.

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Indianapolis member Brock drove his Cadillac all the way on 5.20s for the celebration. Other members from across the country, such as Chicago, St. Louis, Virginia, San Jose, Arizona, and Louisville came out, as well as a couple from out of the country, from Canada and Japan, to celebrate the mother chapter’s big 40th.

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The night kicked off with drinks and dinner followed by an award ceremony, hosted by Tha Smoke Dogg. Club founder John “Cudda” Patrick and famed club member Charles Clayton gave a speech on how the club was founded and what it represents to be a member of the Individuals. With the night still young, the DJs kicked some old-school hip-hop and everyone who wasn’t hitting the dance floor were hitting the bottle. Congratulations to the club for successfully hitting the streets and the switches for the last four decades.

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1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible – .58 Caliber http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1958-chevrolet-impala-convertible-58-caliber/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1958-chevrolet-impala-convertible-58-caliber/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=205588 This car wasn’t built to be a style car or a points car; it was built to the owner's liking and that’s at a high caliber.

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Ryan purchased his first lowrider at the age of 18. Since then he’s had at least a dozen Impalas. Most of the cars that he’s had were all original, including a 1963 Impala that he would show and place in original class. Building originals is what Ryan knew and knew well. This time around, he wanted to go against the grain; he wanted a frame-off show car. He had never done a car from the ground up and wasn’t sure what he was getting himself into. He believed that six monthes was all it would take to get the car to were he wanted it. It ended up taking four years and it all started with finding the right project car for the build.

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He found this 1958 Impala convertible in San Diego. In the last 35 years the pink slip to this 1958 had gone from one hand to another, but it never left the city. “I knew the history of this car; that’s why I didn’t hesitate on buying it.” Knowing the history of the car is important, especially on a high-dollar car like a 1958 rag. The reason it’s important is because there are many conversions out in the market that are valued a fraction of the price. If you aren’t careful, you could end up paying full price for a conversion.

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With the car in his possession, Ryan headed over to Hoppo’s to see if they would be able to create a one-of-a-kind setup for him. “I told them I wanted something unique. They saw the caliber of what the car is supposed to be and then Alex at Hoppo’s told me that he had an idea for a one-off setup that he wanted to do for his own car.” That idea was a belt-driven setup. Hoppo’s would create a mockup of the setup before machining everything and installing the setup. Once the one-of-a-kind setup was installed and in working order it went to Top Notch Customs who took care of the setup’s cosmetic needs.

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When it came to the paint, Ryan was going to go with a patterned candy blue paintjob. He had legendary painter Sal Manzano come in and candy pattern the frame. “I sat and looked at it for a while. I wanted to do something different but patterns weren’t for me.” He decided to go with a solid color and after researching online, he didn’t find a silver 1958 convertible out there. “I saw plenty of black, red, orange, and common color for 1958s but I didn’t see a convertible that was silver.” Bert at the Chevy Shop did the bodywork, painted the car silver, and then assembled the car. After it was painted, Ryan was talking to Big Al out of Ventura trying to come up with a name for the car. Big Al suggest on calling it caliber since the silver paint reminded him of a bullet and thus the moniker .58 Caliber was created. To finish off the paint he reached out to Fonzy who hasn’t airbrushed many murals in the last couple of years. Fonzy did a single color mural with a variety of ladies holding guns and also painted the car name on it.

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Look under the hood and you will find a 5.7 LS motor with an aluminum block. After Ryan and friend Jose Romero took the motor out of a 2003 Corvette, they took it to Turn Key Engine Supply to have it rebuilt. When he got it back, he took it all apart and sent off parts to get chromed. To add the final touch to the engine compartment, TNC came up with a one-of-a-kind cover that was engraved and is going to get murals by Fonzy.

The interior looks stock but it has a minor twist to it. The inserts are leather and all in black and gray colors to go with the paint that was provided by Ciadella and hand-stitched by California Upholstery. The front seat was placed in a custom rail so that 6-foot-4-inch Ryan can put the seat back and seat comfortably.

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When it came to the undercarriage TNC designed a custom 9-inch rearend by Currie Enterprises, shaved 3.5 inches off the disc brakes to make them fit, and molded tubular A-arms. Jaime Castanera added the engraving to the undercarriage, rims, and a touch of diamond cut, and Crown Plating dipped everything in chrome.

A couple of days after the shoot, Ryan broke out the 1958 at show for the first time and it instantly became the talk of the show. At the end he took home Best Traditional, Best Hydraulics, and First Place in the 1955-1959 convertible class. This car wasn’t built to be a style car or a points car; it’s not intended to win Lowrider Of The Year; it was built to his liking and that’s at a high caliber.

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1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible

Vehicle Nickname
.58 Caliber

Owner
Ryan Gamboa

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City/State
San Diego, CA

Club
Klique

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Engine
Once the firewall and inner fenders were molded a 5.7 LS1 was dropped in with a Street & Performance serpentine kit, Lokar dipsticks, Classic Industries master cylinder, S&P dual air intake, Spectrum air filter, and Optima battery

Body/Paint
Molded the cow and painted it silver

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Suspension
Ford 9-inch rearend by Currie Enterprises. Disc brakes shaved to fit. Alex Tuason of Hoppo’s designed, built, and machined the three belt-driven pumps that were powered by Optima batteries.

Interior
Ciadella interior with custom leather inserts hand made by California Upholstery, chrome tilt ididit steering column, Dakota Digital gauges

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Sound
Wonderbar radio wih JL Bluetooth marine unit molded into the dash  with 2 Fosgate amps, Beima mids and 2 JLw10s.

Wheels/Tires
Engraved 72-spoke chrome Daytons on Premium Sportway 5.20s

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