Lowrider http://www.lowrider.com Ultimate Source of Lowrider Cars, Bikes & Arte Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:17:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 The Lowrider Experience http://www.lowrider.com/news/the-lowrider-experience-announcement/ http://www.lowrider.com/news/the-lowrider-experience-announcement/#respond Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:18:20 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=217631 Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 4PM-10PM the Cal State San Marcos Kellogg Plaza and USU Arcade & Amphitheater will be the site of the inaugural Lowrider Experience

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Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 4PM-10PM the Latino Association of Faculty & Staff and Cal State University Police Department in association with Slow Lane Familia are taking over the Cal State San Marcos Kellogg Plaza, USU Arcade & Amphitheater with the inaugural Lowrider Experience.

This is an exclusive invitational-only Lowrider Show & Shine exhibition with Southern California’s premier car clubs and solo riders.

Featuring an auto exhibition, music, movie screening, food trucks, children’s activities, cultural art and more!

Don’t forget to follow all the action on social media with the hashtags #thelowriderexperience, #CSUSMLAFS and #slowlanefamilia

For more information please contact co-chairs Sgt, Herman Hernandez at hhernand@csusm.edu or Celia Martinez at cmartine@csusm.edu.

 

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2017 LOWRIDER Las Vegas Super Show http://www.lowrider.com/news/2017-lowrider-las-vegas-super-show-announcement/ http://www.lowrider.com/news/2017-lowrider-las-vegas-super-show-announcement/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:42:02 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=217618 Sunday, October 8: LOWRIDER Magazine is returning to Las Vegas's Cashman Center for the 2017 Las Vegas Super Show.

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Sunday, October 8: LOWRIDER Magazine is returning to Las Vegas’s Cashman Center for the 2017 Las Vegas Super Show.

This is the biggest LOWRIDER event of the year featuring a car show, hop exhibition, vendor row and more.

Come for the cars, stay for the live musical performances by Brown Boy, Lighter Shade of Brown, Lil Rob, Baby Bash and more!

Save time at the gate by purchasing your tickets online here.

For vehicle registration please click here.

For sponsorship information please click here.

For more information please visit www.lowridervegas.com or call 949-705-3161 or email info@lowridershows.com.

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1957 Chevy Bel Air – Life’s Temptations http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1957-chevy-bel-air-lifes-temptations/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1957-chevy-bel-air-lifes-temptations/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:00:06 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=217533 For Robert Ramos all it took was a casual encounter with a friend to get the ball rolling on a epic Bel Air build

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In life, every second brings about another opportunity to influence history. Some will do it by choice, others will do it by chance, but our next featured guest, Robert Ramos, was influenced by a chance encounter that would forever rewrite his own lowriding legacy.

A few years back he made a trip out to Los Angeles to have his 1961 Impala convertible photographed in the LOWRIDER magazine studio. To make the most of the trip, he also planned to attend the Majestics New Year’s picnic-which he did-but after the show he parked his car in storage at the Hop Shop and that’s when he ran into Tweet (Professionals Car Club). At the time, it seemed like nothing more than a casual encounter, but as Robert goes on to explain, the meeting turned out to be one that inspired his next build. “[Tweet] rolled up in his 1957 rag jamming to the Temptations and I was instantly hooked. I knew right then and there that I had to build one.” With a number of builds already under his belt Tweet’s 1957 left a lasting impression on him, leaving him no other choice than to build one for himself.

Wasting no time, he set out to find the right 1957 rag to build and after a few months of searching he found one in Dallas at the Accel Auto Group. It was an older restoration that was done in the ’70s but the car was complete and the perfect candidate for a complete overhaul. With the deal sealed, and the car in his possession, the brainstorming began and so did the build.

For starters, Last Minute Customs dropped a fully tricked-out LS2 into the frame that Shane Bernhardt had fully reinforced. Additional amenities include the Billet Specialties kit, Fast LSXR intake, and Hooker headers that seem to take center stage as the shaved firewall helps clean up the perimeter of the engine bay. From there, Ricks Hot Rods eliminated the spare tire compartment in order to fit a larger, 20-gallon stainless steel gas tank, while George Gonzalez took care of the bodywork before Shane Ely laid down the charcoal gray paintjob. To add a little kick to the paintjob, Verrick Falcon airbrushed a classic diner scene with a pair of 1957 rags on the trunklid, all the while Clearwater Customs was having fun dropping in a pair of Shorty Hydraulic pumps with six Optima batteries. In the end, it’s easy to summarize a list of the mods, but in total the car only took a year to build, with receipts totaling some $200,000.

A hefty investment, to say the least, Robert can recall the first time he took it out to a local car show. He can still remember the crowd it drew, the eyes that were taking in every single detail, and the stares of excitement and joy that came along with it. He still remembers sitting back and soaking up the experience, and it gave him a feeling of accomplishment. And while he’s built plenty of cars, this one is an iconic build that he’s extremely proud of.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Vehicle Nickname
Fifties Heven

Owner
Robert Ramos

City/State
Pasadena, TX

Club
Latin Kustoms

Engine
LS2 with Billet Specialties valve covers/engine dress-up kit, Street Performance air cleaner, Edelbrock water pump, Mattson radiator, Powermaster alternator/starter, Fast LSXR intake manifold, Hooker headers, MSD wires, and Flowmaster exhaust

Body/Paint
Lesonal charcoal gray

Suspension
CPP brakes/master cylinder/booster and fully reinforced frame. The setup consists of two Shorty Hydraulics bladder pumps with three Adex dumps, Accumax solenoids, and six Optima batteries.

Interior
Red leather and gray suede was used in the original factory look. And ididit chrome steering column and Dakota Digital VHX gauges finished off the interior

Sound
Retrosound head unit, DB Drive amplifier and mids, and four JL Audio 10-inch subs

Wheels/Tires
All engraved 13×7 Zenith with Premium Sportways 5.20s

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ShopStop: Action Designz http://www.lowrider.com/features/shopstop-action-designz/ http://www.lowrider.com/features/shopstop-action-designz/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:17:53 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=217507 From screen-printing to full color simulated process, banners, and graphic design, Action Designz is a company that always come through

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Shop: Action Designz
Owner: Andy Ortega
City/State: Baldwin Park, CA

The art of transferring an image from one object to another is nothing new. To be honest, people have been “printing” images and patterns for centuries and the general principles of the art remain relatively the same.

Fast-forward to present day and the technological advances have allowed print wizards to create an array of multicolored images with lifelike accuracy at record speeds. But the technology is nothing without a brilliant mind behind it. That said, Action Designz is a great example of a business that has taken advantage of that technology.

For over 17 years they have been providing their printing/graphic services to the general public and their business has grown exponentially. Located in a multi-unit warehouse, owner Andy Ortega came from very humble beginnings. With just one workstation and one six-color machine occupying his garage, his business has grown beyond even his own expectations. “One client led to two and then three. Soon we were servicing all the local youth organizations,” Andy says about his start in the game. He adds: “Soon parents were coming to us as well, and that led to working with even more clients, which included the lowrider community.” From T-shirts to banners, there’s a good chance you’ve spotted his work at a local car show. As purveyors of custom shirts and apparel, they continue with pride and are honored to make gear for clubs such as Amigos, Reality, Lifestyle, and Techniques.

These days, their reputation and client roster has allowed them to work with bigwigs like Bud Light, UCLA, Clippers, Dodgers, and Marvel, but along the way they have never forgotten their roots and humble beginnings out of a garage. “The only difference now is we can do it all,” Andy says. “From 12 to 15,000 pieces,” he continues, “we still treat each client as if it was our first.” It’s this old-fashioned way of doing things that has contributed to their success-things like knowing a client by their first name and making the customer’s interest a priority is what sets them apart from the competition. From screen-printing, full color, simulated process, banners, and graphic design, Andy and his crew at Action Designz always come through.

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1966 Schwinn Stingray – The Promise http://www.lowrider.com/rides/bicycles/1966-schwinn-stingray-promise/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/bicycles/1966-schwinn-stingray-promise/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:00:17 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=217477 Jose Zamorano Jr. and his father wanted to build a bike that could set a benchmark and what higher benchmark is there than Lowrider Bike of the Year?

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Do you remember your first car show? Do you remember which car left a lasting impression on you? Was it the blinding luster of the chrome, the glisten of the candy flakes, or the details of a perfectly polished 100-spoke Dayton? Regardless of what got you hooked, everyone has his or her first-time memory. For Jose Zamorano Jr. his first experience was a mind-boggling one that left him mesmerized by all aspects of lowriding. The impact it left on him was so unadulterated he made a promise to his father that one day they would build one together and that it would pay homage to his favorite wrestler, Rey Mysterio.

Prior to the project even starting, the father and son team talked about their plans to build a bike that would set a benchmark. They knew from the get go that the build would have to be extreme. They didn’t want to strut, they wanted to stunt, and they had their sights set on building something that would be a serious contender for winning the highly coveted Lowrider Bike of the Year Award.

To begin, the Krazy Kutting crew began what would be hundreds of hours to complete the intricate engraving of chrome and gold metalwork. They would also take on the task of creating a one-off set of 20-inch wheels wrapped with radial tires sporting blue whitewalls and gold leafing. For paint, a gold base was sprayed that paved the way for the custom orange candy color combinations. The intricate murals came by way of the talented Albert Herrera. These murals depicted images of Rey Mysterio and once complete Bugz Auto Art tied in all the details by implementing his signature fine-line accents and gold leafing. The lengthy list of modifications eventually included a molded tank, center frame, and custom air tanks that power two air cylinders.

Fast-forward to present day and the pair sees car shows from a different perspective. They’ve gone from spectators to players; whereas they used to attend shows to see the attractions, they’ve become an attraction and an influence on other father/son teams who are looking to do the same.

1966 Schwinn Stingray

Nickname
619 Rey Mysterio Bike

Owner
Jose Zamorano

Car Club
Rollers Only

State/Country
Sonora, Mexico

Upholstery
Orange velvet biscuit tuck with blue trim

Body/Paint
Orange House of Kolor over a gold base with patterns and pinstriping

Suspension
Front and back air system with steel braided hoses attached to two air tanks

Wheels/Tires
20-inch custom-engraved wheels and blue whitewall tires

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1951 Chevrolet 3100 – A Father’s Influence http://www.lowrider.com/rides/trucks/1951-chevrolet-3100-a-fathers-influence/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/trucks/1951-chevrolet-3100-a-fathers-influence/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:00:45 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=217439 A father's role is to not only provide and protect, but to influence and mold his children and for Richard Ingram, his father's influence went a long way.

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A father’s role is to not only provide and protect, but to influence and mold his children. As a child, our parents’ words are like scripture, and the actions that follow continue to fortify the lessons and the lifestyles they teach. For Richard Ingram, his father’s influence went a long way.

Growing up, Richard always looked up to his father. He witnessed his passion for lowriding, appreciated the craft and the camaraderie that came with it, and soon enough it became a necessary goal to achieve. Knowing that, he got a job, saved up enough money, and when the time was right, so were the pickings. Knowing that his son was looking for a truck, his father put out the word; his father’s friend had a lead on a 1951 Stepside located in Orange County, California. The truck was in all-original condition with significant wear and tear, but for a measly $8,500 he couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

Since the truck was stock, it sat up high, so the first order of importance was to bring it back down to earth. They made a call to Reiss Racing & Restoration and told him that they wanted the truck on the ground, to which he said no problem. A few days later, the once high-rise truck was sitting snug to the floor and the factory patina helped give a nostalgic feel that left them contemplating whether they should leave it alone. Well, that only lasted a few days before they decided to have it painted. Jeff Beckett sprayed the body in green and Dave Zatezalo followed up by adding ‘striping in two shades of gray. Jerry Sampson fine-tuned the straight-six engine while Joel’s Auto Upholstery stitched together the bench seat in gray vinyl.

All said and done, the once-“simple” build turned into a full-blown love affair that involved plenty of revamping, but the end result is a truck that brings back many fond memories about how it came to be.

1951 Chevrolet 3100

Vehicle Nickname
Outlaw ’51

Owner
Richard Ingram

City/State
Riverside, CA

Club
Bomb Life

Engine
Straight-six, Rochester carburetor, and Fenton headers

Body/Paint
Green paint with dark and light gray ‘striping.

Suspension
1996 3/4-ton front suspension, four-link with disc brakes and airbags

Interior
Light and medium gray vinyl bench seat and a butterfly steering wheel

Sound
Pioneer stereo Kicker amps and speakers

Wheels/Tires
16-inch Artilleries with Firestone tires

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1984 Cadillac Fleetwood – No Regrets http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1984-cadillac-fleetwood-no-regrets/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1984-cadillac-fleetwood-no-regrets/#respond Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:00:26 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=217405 Joel Bouche may have fond memories of cruising in his uncle's Impala but it was a Caddy that truly stole his heart

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Car culture is an acquired lifestyle. Much like anything in life, we’re introduced to different cultures and it’s up to us to decide whether we like it or not—and lowriding is no different. Regardless of whether you low-ride, hot-rod, or do the import thing, each discipline of car culture has something that draws in each of its participants. In the same breath you will hear many who talk in a very general sense. These are the folks who talk about growing up in the scene with hardly any details; on the flip side you’ve got your guys who remember exactly what part of the culture drew them in. Well, Joel Bouche is part of the latter group. He’ll tell you how he learned about lowriding from being around the scene, but his memory gets specific as he says, “I remember rolling in my uncle’s 1970 Impala. We used to roll through the streets of Dallas/Fort Worth and I knew right then and there that this lifestyle was for me.”

While the memory of his uncle’s Impala is specific, he understands that his uncle’s Impala sparked his interest in lowriding, but it was a Cadillac that stole his heart. “I’ve been in love with the Cadillac brand as far back as I can remember. To me a Cadillac represents wealth and accomplishment and I was able to purchase my first Cadillac coupe at the age of 16, but unfortunately that Cadillac only lasted me about a year because I got side-swiped one day while on the way home.”

Fast-forward to present day and his Cadillac is no joke. But it didn’t start this way. While the car of choice for most builders is a stock vehicle, this Cadillac was far from stock when he first bought it. He purchased the 1984 Cadillac for $1,500 and he knew that he had his work cut out for him. “The Caddy must have been a very old build because the trunk was suicide hinged, and the back seat was removed in exchange for a wall of speakers. To add to that, the hydros were barley working and the quarter-panels were buckled.” As he reminisces about the purchase, he looks back intensely and comes back saying, “Yup. I had pretty much purchased a true P.O.S., but that didn’t stop me from knocking the ugly off of it and transforming the car to what you see today.”

To begin the overhaul, he first had the trunk removed and the hinges redone to open the proper way. Following that, he ripped out the wall of speakers and installed a new backseat and then did a face-lift to give it a more modern, ’90s appeal. Soon thereafter, he had the body worked on, ironed out all the kinks, and basically had the ugly removed just to get it prepped for paint—and as with most builds this is where the story gets interesting. “The car was shipped to L Customs in Fort Worth for a what was supposed to be a three-month paintjob.

Unfortunately three months turned into a two-year wait, but looking back it wasn’t so bad. While the car was at the paint shop I was able to pay off my paintjob in payments and got two years of FREE storage. After it all I can honestly say it was well worth the wait. Luis layed down a flawless Burgundy Wine paintjob.”

Soon after getting the car back home from its two-year vacation, the car quickly became a driveway decoration. “The car came with the unpopular 4100 engine, which gave me all kinds of hell. After listening and paying three different mechanics who claimed they would get the 4100 back to good running condition, I took my losses and pulled the motor out myself! With the help of many friends and lots of YouTube videos I installed a Chevy 327 with a turbo transmission. Two carburetors and three transmissions later the car was back on the streets.”

With the car finally dialed in, it was time to get the final touches done. Lokey and Tanner layed the pinstriping and gold/silver leafing, which helped finalize and complete the paintjob. But during the build, it was almost as if the law of attraction came into play, as he was approached by Rey Herrera of GoodTimes Car Club. He was invited to one of their club meetings just to see if he would be interested in joining the GoodTimes familia, and after meeting the crew and getting the rules and guidelines, he was in. Now, a part of the family, one would think it was all smiles and laughter, but this added some additional pressure to Joel. “I knew my car needed more upgrades to be able to get my plaque, and that became my number one mission. That meant my undercarriage had to be fully chrome, so I got J.B. Chroming out of Fort Worth to chrome whatever I was able to remove from front to back. While everything was at the chrome shop I also took it upon myself to paint the frame and belly, have the Caddy reupholstered, and I also redid the hydro on the car, which was not easy, but after much research I was able to reinforce the stress points and get the front, back, and side to side working like it should.”

In all, the car took three years to build but it’s hard to say if it’s even done. While the car would be considered perfect to many, Joel still continues to do whatever upgrades he can and sums it up best when he says: “Lowriding is a never-ending game that comes with its good and bad times, but at the end of the day you get to see your hard work pay off, and there are NO REGRETS.”

In closing he would like to thank his wife, Veronica, his daughters, Sidney, Britney, and Journey for always being there to lend a helping. And no shout-out would be complete with out mentioning GoodTimes familia for their motivation and support.

1984 Cadillac Fleetwood

Vehicle Nickname
No Regrets

Owner
Joel Bouche

City/State
Arlington, TX

Club
GoodTimes

Engine
327 with shorty headers

Body/Paint
Axalta Burgundy Wine with gold, black, and silver patterns

Suspension
Two basic Hoppo’s pumps with four dumps and eight group 31 batteries

Interior
Red vinyl and suede seats

Sound
Pyle head unit and mid speakers

Wheels/Tires
13×7 Zenith with Milestone tires

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Three New Products You Need Now! http://www.lowrider.com/news/three-new-products-you-need-now/ http://www.lowrider.com/news/three-new-products-you-need-now/#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 19:29:12 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=217395 You can never have enough parts to make the job easier, and these three new products are here to get the job done.

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You can never have enough parts to make the job easier, and these three new products are here to get the job done. From the latest torque converters to the most advanced suspension products and low-profile jacks, we’ll be highlighting these new products, so read up and see why they’ll come in handy.

Make: Holley

Model: 3/4 Race Twister Torque Converters

URL: www.holley.com

Overview: Built, tested, and track-proven to support up to 650 hp, the Twister Torque Converter is hand-built and inspected to ensure top quality. With more than enough horsepower capacity to handle your lowrider, these torque converters are offered for both street and strip applications for GM, Ford, and Chrysler. In addition, multiple stall speeds are available, thus making it the perfect fit for motors with higher compressions, aftermarket camshafts, aftermarket cylinder heads, and lower gear ratios.
During the build process, state-of-the-art spray welding techniques are used in select areas for clean, strong, and consistent fusion, which also builds strength through hardening from higher process temperatures. Each torque converter is internally welded not brazed, and heavy-duty Torrington bearings are employed for maximum strength and durability. Stators with high-flow vents and channels promote cooling in heat-producing, high-horsepower applications.

Make: Level Ride Air Suspension

Model: Hydraulic Suspension System

URL: www.levelrideairsuspension.com

Overview: Altering your ride height is an important part of car customization and Level Ride Air Suspension (LRAS) now offers a highly refined way to control popular pneumatic and hydraulic suspension systems. Loaded with a ton of features, it would take a few pages to really get in-depth, but the features are abundant. Working with a vehicle’s existing adjustable suspension, LRAS uses an Android-based wireless control unit to change ride height by touch or voice; no more hitting switches. The 5.5-inch touch-screen controller has the familiarity of a cell phone. It offers both voice-recognition and touch-screen “switches” for adjusting suspension height to a choice of three preset levels: Ride daily drive height where car is aligned, Low is for loading and unloading, and Lift to clear speed humps and obstacles. On startup, LRAS automatically levels the vehicle. (This default setting can be overridden if desired.) In addition to the touch-screen controller, the LRAS kit includes an ECU, height and pressure sensors, a valet/override switch, and all required mounting hardware, wiring harnesses, and related components. The kit is currently compatible with many aftermarket air-suspension systems. Popular segments include sport sedans and coupes, street rods, SUVs, street trucks, and towing applications that require load leveling. Further, many lowrider hydraulic systems are supported, and coverage is expected to be comprehensive by year’s end.

Make: OEMTools

Model: Lowrider Low Profile Jack

URL: www.oem-tools.com

Overview: If you’ve ever tried to jack up a car with a lowered stance you already know just how much of a task this can be. In addition, some would say that they merely lift their ride prior to jacking it up, but what if your suspension isn’t in operable condition and all aired out? If so, this jack from OEMTools will come to the rescue. Capable of lifting up to 2 tons with minimal effort, this jack is a valuable addition to your garage or workshop for increased productivity. This jack has a minimum height of 3 inches and a maximum of 24 inches. It’s equipped with rear swivel casters, so you can quickly and easily position this jack in any application, especially low-clearance vehicles like the bad boys you have in your garage. Total weight of this jack is 101 pounds.

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1950 Chevrolet DeLuxe – When One Isn’t Enough http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1950-chevrolet-deluxe-one-isnt-enough/ http://www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1950-chevrolet-deluxe-one-isnt-enough/#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:00:20 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=217281 For Chantelle Santistevan there's just something about classic Chevys that just drew her in.

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Growing up in a tight-knit family, Chantelle Santistevan has many fond memories from the time she spent at her grandparents’ home. And while her memories run deep, there is one in particular that influenced her taste for car culture. She always remembered how one of her aunts was always dropped off in a classic bomb and how she’d stare at the care endlessly. “I remember how the curves of the body just made me admire it,” Chantelle tells LRM. “Something about those classic Chevys just drew me in.”

Years later her father bought a bomb to build, but a loss of interest in the project led him to sell it one of their cousins. Disappointed by the sale of that project car, Chantelle and her older brother decided to take action, so her brother purchased a classic Chevy bomb for himself and taught young Chantelle how to drive it. “He would let me and my friends drive around in the classic,” Chantelle says. “We felt like we were the Pink Ladies in Grease.”

Little did she know the informal driving lessons were to prepare her for the bomb she would eventually own. You see, once she turned 21, her older brother purchased a bomb for her, and that particular bomb just happened to be the one that her dad had originally sold.

As a classic Chevy enthusiast, Chantelle cares much for the restoration and care for all classic cars. As a GoodTimes club member in Colorado she spends plenty of time traveling to shows throughout the state. It was during one random trip that a club member and good friend Derrick Curtis brought out his 1950 Chevy DeLuxe. The minute Chantelle laid eyes on his Chevy she fell in love but it wasn’t until she and her husband trailered the DeLuxe for him that she finally got behind the wheel; right then and there she knew she had to own this piece of history.

After arriving back home from the Vegas Super Show, Chantelle went to work trying to convince him to part ways with the flawless classic Chevy. Relentless, she even contacted Derrick’s wife to try to convince him until he finally gave in and sold her the vehicle.

Since Chantelle purchased the Chevy, she has added her own custom touches, including paint touch-ups and engraving throughout the body. With the help of her family and the love of her husband, Chente, Chantelle credits her family for keeping her motivation propelled. With the classic Chevy that her dad once owned, along with her new 1950 DeLuxe, it’s safe to say she’s building up quite the collection.

In closing, she wishes to thank her husband for all his love and support, as well as Curtis for selling the masterpiece. A special thanks also goes to their son, Thaddeus, who is growing up loving lowriders as well. She wants to thank her brother, Joe Vigil, for teaching her how to drive her first bomb, and her late father, Junie Boy Vigil, for the inspiration behind her passion.

1950 Chevy DeLuxe

Vehicle Nickname
Family Affair

Owner
Chantelle Santistevan

City/State
Trinidad, CO

Club Affiliation
GoodTimes, SOCO Chapter

Engine
235 straight-six, chrome alternator, carburetor, and valve cover; 1 1/2-inch exhaust, 12V converted

Body/Paint
Mist Green and Crystal Green paint, leafing and pinstripe by Chuck Gonzales, murals by Tom Stacks, engraving and chrome plating by Tommy Castaneda

Suspension
Air-ride suspension, two ViAir 444c compressors, 10-gallon air tank, C-channeled rear

Interior
Original

Sound System
Kenwood head unit, amplifiers, and components

Wheels/Tires
13×7 Zenith Wire Wheels, Coker 5.20s

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Flowmaster Exhaust Breathes Performance http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/aftermarket-parts/flowmaster-exhaust-breathes-performance/ http://www.lowrider.com/how-to-tech/aftermarket-parts/flowmaster-exhaust-breathes-performance/#respond Sat, 09 Sep 2017 10:00:28 +0000 http://www.lowrider.com/?p=217383 For over 30 years Flowmaster has continually delivered us quality exhaust components that sound just as good as they're built!

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While we live in the land of excess, it only makes sense that having more has never hurt anyone—unless we’re talking about debt. I’ve never seen anyone complain about having too much food for their barbecue, and when it comes to drinks, well, the more the merrier; the same holds true for horsepower.

By removing narrow exhaust tubes and replacing them with something of less backpressure and restrictions, you’ve essentially created a more efficiently running engine and in turn create more horsepower. Not a bad tradeoff. That said, for over 30 years there is one company that has continually delivered us quality exhaust components that sound just as good as they’re built! That company? Flowmaster.

Housed in two state-of-the-art facilities, Flowmaster uses premium materials along with extensive research and design to produce advanced, dyno-tuned exhaust systems and components that deliver power gains with an unmistakable sound. Their products have stood the test of time and have been the choice for top racers and custom car builders, and it’s with good reason.

Flowmaster invests plenty of time in R&D. While other companies create products that look good, Flowmaster only releases products that are developed to perform, created to stand the test of time, and are manufactured with pride in knowing that they have set the benchmark for exhaust components. With a multitude of kits available for your year/make/model, this time around we check out a Lowrider popular product that is right up our alley.

1959-1964 Chevrolet Impala with V-8 Engine (PN 817413)

This pre-bent pipe (header back exhaust) kit is made with 16-gauge 409S stainless steel mandrel-bent tubing that is designed to bolt on with ease. The Installer Series Pipe Kits are made for professional installations. They offer the same mandrel-bent 16-gauge aluminized pipes of the Flowmaster header-back systems, but without the hangers and mufflers. They are made for custom-built exhaust systems on modified vehicles.

Features:

  • Improve exhaust scavenging by accelerating the exhaust gases
  • Improve torque and throttle response
  • Retain classic Flowmaster sound
  • Mandrel-bent 16-gauge stainless steel tubing and stainless steel muffler assembly
  • Well-suited to muscle and classic car applications
  • Limited-lifetime warranty on stainless steel kits

The Installer Series Pipe Kits are made with modified rides in mind. The kits make it easier and quicker to build a custom exhaust system for these vehicles, as the basic bends are already there. The kits require offset inlet/offset outlet same-side mufflers, hangers, and tips for completion of exhaust systems.

Now, keep in mind that this Flowmaster kit comes with “mandrel” bent piping. Mandrel-bent piping delivers a full cross sectional area, which basically means that even at the bends the interior of the pipe remains a full circle free of any bends or kinks when compared to “crush” or “compression” bent piping found in either less-expensive kits or a general run-of-the-mill exhaust shop.

Rectangular Polished Exhaust Tips (PN 15393)

The only really visible part of an exhaust are the tips so Flowmaster has released their rectangular exhaust tip that measures in at 3×7 inches. The tip fits 3-inch tubing and is crafted out of polished stainless steel and features an embossed Flowmaster logo.

Flowmaster Super HP-2 Mufflers (PN 12518409)

Designed for classic cars, street rods, and sport trucks, Flowmaster’s Super HP-2 mufflers feature stainless steel construction with an internal, layered-laminar jet engine gas flow design that uses guided sound control with broadband sound cancellation for a mellow ’50s tone. These mufflers support up to 400 hp, while delivering outstanding looks, durability, and sound control.

Flowmaster has taken the laminar core of their classic HP-2 muffler and wrapped it in a new compact square case. The new Super HP-2 Series muffler offers the same great performance benefits and moderate tone that you would expect from their laminar flow mufflers, now in a new sleek styling. These mufflers are available in either a 409S stainless steel case or a polishable 304S stainless steel case and in sizes ranging from 2, 2 and 1/4, and 2 and 1/2 inches. These mufflers are manufactured in the U.S. and are covered by Flowmaster’s lifetime-limited warranty.

Axalta Coating Systems Paint Tip of the Month

Go Cromax for the Max Paint Performance Product

In this issue of Axalta’s Paint Tip of the Month, it’s all about productivity. The brands of Cromax have always been designed to help customers achieve their goals while driving productivity from the front of the body shop to the back. Count on Axalta for coating systems made to support easy, quick, and accurate applications; for business and marketing support to help you take your business farther; and for innovations designed to simplify and streamline the refinish process.

Always moving forward with their products and support, Axalta helps body shops focus on moving their business. In addition to their line of paints, primers, and products, they cover the whole spectrum of body shop needs, from training to superior colors and color-matching technology to marketing materials and technical support.

It’s not just the finish that’s important, it’s the whole start-to-finish system that determines productivity and performance—in the shop and on the vehicle. Cromax offers a selection of four basecoats from Cromax Pro waterborne basecoat to Cromax Mosaic, ChromaBase, and ChromaPremier solvent-borne basecoats, so max-out your performance at your paint shop with Cromax Quality from the paint product people of Axalta.

For more product or technical advice, contact product specialist Steven Chaparro at steven.c.chaparro@axaltacs.com.

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