Adolph Garcia of San Bernardino, California, got into lowriding at an early age. Back in the day, his dad used to take him to lowrider shows and expose him to the scene. Once Adolph was old enough, his dad gave him his first lowrider car. After owning a ’91 Chevy Caprice and a 2000 Lincoln Town Car, Adolph graduated to his latest project, a ’96 Cadillac Brougham.
Adolph’s low-low was once a four-door, but that was until it was shipped to “Topo” of Bowtie Connection in Artesia, California. Topo took the original design of the car and threw it out the window. He put a cutting blade in his Sawsall and started cutting away. The result was a two-door Brougham with a sunroof, castle grille, sectioned hood and shortened roof. While the car was being worked on, Adolph sent everything out to Sergio of Metal Finishers in East Los Angeles, California, who chrome plated the undercarriage to a mirror finish.
When GM designed and built its first big-body Cadillac many in the custom car community felt that they should’ve offered a two-door version. If GM had followed the advice of the lowriding community, maybe Caddy sales would’ve shot through the roof. Since they didn’t, it’s up to customizers like Topo to remedy the situation. We’ll have to see how many more of these conversions Topo can crank out. Once people see Adolph’s “Still Ballin’,” Topo may have Brougham owners lining up at his door to get their doors taken off.
Tech SpecsStill Ballin’Owner: Adolph Garcia
Vehicle: ’96 Cadillac Brougham
City/State: San Bernardino, California
Club: Pharaohs C.C.-Inland Empire
Engine/Drivetrain: Stock ’96 LT1 350-c.i.d. engine with 700R transmission and posi-traction rearend.
Body/Paint: “Topo” and his nephew “Junior” at Bowtie Connection in Artesia, California, converted the four-door into a two-door by stretching the doors and removing the pillar post to allow the doors to line up to the new quarter panels that were made. The front end also received a sectioned hood with a castle grille. The roof was shortened so that the trunk could be stretched, and they also installed a 42-inch moonroof for summer cruises. Once the car was ready, it was shipped to Transylvania Motorsports in San Bernardino, where Ceasar Cabalero sprayed two-stage DuPont silver blue pearl paint, later accented with pinstriping by Mike Lamberson of Mike’s Stripes in Ontario, California.
Interior: The upholstery was done by Gus of Perfect Sound in San Bernardino, who re-wrapped the interior in leather and suede, and prepared the wiring for the sound system.
Sound System: Troy at Audio Extreme in San Bernardino installed the Kenwood head unit and Orion amplifiers, midrange speakers and 12-inch subwoofers. For video, an 8-inch flip-down monitor from Directed Electronics was tied into the interior.
Setup: Adolph shipped the car to Homies Hydraulics in Paramount, California, where the frame was fully wrapped and reinforced by Cesar, who also molded the A-arms and reinforced the posi-traction rearend. Adolph then took the car home where he and Lil’ John installed the two Xtreme aluminum pumps that allow the suspension to come alive at the flip of a switch. The pair of pumps and three Adex dumps are controlled by four switches and six solenoids. Six batteries power the hydraulic system and allow the 8-inch front and 10-inch rear cylinders to lock up the hydraulics.
Tires: P155/80-R13 Firestone
Wheels: 13-inch Dayton