It’s our pleasure to finally present Eli Martinez’ two-tone ’47 Chevy Fleetmaster, “Double Mint,” from Chimayo, New Mexico. Done in two shades of green, seafoam on the body with an emerald top, Eli’s ride has been a familiar sight in New Mexico lowrider circles, and a clean example of one of those drivable bombs that we’re used to seeing when we visit the “Land of Enchantment.”
Most of the work on the fat-fendered ’47 was done at Eli’s shop in Chimayo, Extreme Twist Body Shop, where Eli trusted no one but himself with the body work or paint, though he did employ a few specialists to help with the project elsewhere. For instance, Daniel Garcia wrenched on the original 216-c.i.d. inline-6 engine and Elmo Sanchez wired in an Alpine sound system.
Eli thanks Daniel and Elmo, along with Albert Martin, Gary Herrera and his father, Eli Martinez, Sr., for their invaluable assistance in this project. Though still just in his early 30s, Eli’s already put together more than a few beautiful bombs at his shop. “I got into lowriding as a youngster through my uncles,” he says, which just goes to show that it always helps to get an early start in life.
Double MintOwner: Eli Martinez
Vehicle: ’47 Chevrolet Fleetmaster
City/State: Chimayo, New Mexico
Club: No affiliation
Engine/Drivetrain: Keeping it as real as possible, the ’47’s still running its original 216-c.i.d. engine, though Daniel Garcia was called into Eli’s shop, Extreme Twist Body Shop in Chimayo, to modernize the inline-6 with a 12-volt conversion, electronic ignition, and split manifold/dual exhaust system with 8-inch glass-packs.
Body/Paint: Working at his shop, Eli smoothed the classic curvy Chevy sheet metal before finishing Double Mint with a two-tone paint job featuring PPG seafoam green and emerald green. Various parts were chrome plated via the U.S. Mail by Victor at Millennium in Ontario, California.
Interior: Eli liked the original restored upholstery, though he did roll out new carpeting and add a few OG accessories like a view finder and steering wheel knob.
Sound System: Eli’s friend Elmo Sanchez was tickled to install an Alpine head unit with Alpine tweeters and midrange speakers.
Suspension: The car was lowered 12 inches from its original ride height by cutting coils and using lowering blocks.
Tires: 5.60×15 Firestone wide whitewall
Wheels: 15-inch with Lancer hubcaps