Abraham Lopez is your typical lowrider who’s not in your typical place. Newark, New Jersey, hardly rates as one of the “top 10” places to find a lowrider, but that hasn’t stopped “Abe” from building one phat ride. And we don’t use the word “build” lightly. Abe has quite the talented set of hands, performing most of the work on the car himself in his home garage. Being a mechanic by trade and a car enthusiast at heart, Abe’s ’85 Olds Cutlass has garnered the respect of lowriders far and wide.
Abe has spent plenty of time at car shows checking out the latest trends. In the end, Abe followed his heart and ignored conventional thinking and what the so-called “veteranos” dictated a lowrider to be. Abe realized that there are differences between the way cars are built in different places and embraced that fact, but still built a car that garners respect wherever it goes.
This Garden State Cutlass started like many of the projects that we feature, beginning as just your ordinary daily driver. Abe bought this car in ’86 and drove it for a few years before the old “let me do a few things to fix it up” syndrome hit. Many readers are now starting to feel their parallel worlds collide as the story takes an all-too familiar turn.
As the world turned, the car came together with some familiar and some not so familiar aspects to certain parts of the country. Take the tires for instance; those of you on the “right coast” know about the “mustard and mayo” Vogue “tyres” and there are others who consider this not a “lowrider” tire. Abe’s okay with that and so are we. He also took the power approach to his engine/tranny combo. You might have noticed the Lenco-type shifter for the auto tranny and the NOS in the back seat. Believe us when we tell you that this is one mean-sounding car.
But all of this doesn’t mean a lot to Abe right now, as by the time that you read this, the car will be undergoing a ground-up rebuild. Abe informed us that he recently spent a little time in the hospital having some metal removed from his eye suffered shortly into the rebuild. Being different sometimes has its costs in blood, sweat and tears, but in the end, Abe’s just happy to be a lowrider taking the car to shows and wowing the competition with “Pure Elegance.”
Owner: Abraham Lopez
Vehicle: 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass
City/State: Newark, New Jersey
Club: Loyalty C.C.
Engine/Drivetrain: This motor has something fo’ yo’ ass. Built in Abraham’s garage, the engine features a Shotgun Billet scoop flowing air to a set of Holley carbs. A tunnel ram intake does its damndest at mixing the air/fuel and sending it to the Edelbrock polished heads. Some Super Comp Hooker headers blow into dual exhaust. At 406 cubic inches of displacement, it’s quite the healthy motor, but for good measure, Abraham added an NOS fogger system just in case. A Hurst Lenco-type racing shifter shifts the Turbo 350 trans, while a Trans Pak kit, 9-inch converter and a 4:11 rearend complete this monster drivetrain.
Body/Paint: Much of the work that you see here was done in the comfort of Abraham’s home garage. The body received its fair share of mods, including a Targa top, ’87 Cutlass front clip and molded firewall, which was also moved back 4 1/2 inches. With the body smoothed out, Abraham and his buddy at Miracle Auto body in Newark painted it all candy red. Jonathan at Paintrix in Totowa, New Jersey did the murals and Paul came in and laid down the pinstriping to complete the transformation.
Interior: Burgundy and beige velour were used throughout the interior in an old school button-tufted and diamond pattern. Dakota Digital dash and gauges help keep track of all the “motorly” functions and add a race flair to the cockpit.
Sound System: Sonically, Pure Elegance keeps it in line with the rest of the car. Plenty of customizing here and Audiobahn has most of the system covered in the speaker department with their subs, woofers, mids and tweeters delivering all of the sounds. Two Rockford Fosgate amps underneath the front seats power the system and an Alpine head unit controls it all. Audiobahn’s DVD player shows off the latest videos on the Audiobahn screen in the center of the dash. Rick, a friend of Abraham’s, made it all happen in his garage in Newark.
Setup: The heart and soul of a lowrider is its hydraulics setup. Two Hi-Low pumps get their juice from an Oldsmobile emblem-shaped tank. Four Hi-Low dumps control flow to 8-inch cylinders in the front and 10 inch cylinders in the back. Two Optima batteries power the setup and hard-lines are run throughout. Molded lower control arms and plenty of chrome, gold and engraving make for an eyeful on this setup. Abraham and Pete performed all of the work. All engraving on the car was performed by Hernan’s Custom Engraving in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Tires: P195/60-R14 Vogue “tyres” AKA “mustard and mayo,” the 5.20s of the East Coast
Wheels: 14×7 Dayton with wire spinners