Manuel Martinez was born and raised in Glendale, CA., where he grew up helping out his family’s business, El Saus Taco Restaurant. It was Manuel’s father who began the family’s obsession with Lowriders. That same father gave Manuel’s older brother a ’72 Impala, which he started to fix and customize by lowering it and dousing it with Candy paint. It was Manuel’s turn in high school, as he got a ’76 Caprice from his older brother; a car that was originally purchased from Cleto, the President of One Bad Creation Car Club.
Now before you go thinking this was some pristine ride that was already rebuilt, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, the Glasshouse was in really bad condition when Manuel first acquired it. The car’s bumpers and moldings were missing, the interior was in bad shape, and the car needed more than just a little bit of TLC to even get it going! Determined, Manuel decided to go all-out on his car after watching his brother and the guys from One Bad Creation C.C. showing off their rides at different events and car shows.
Manuel knew that he needed to step up his creativity in order to make the Glasshouse show worthy and would also be able to uphold the club’s name, both out on the Boulevard and on the showroom floor. The process started with Manuel deciding to take out the stock 350 Chevy engine. The engine was cleaned out and rebuilt, which brought it back to life and in running condition. While the engine was removed, the car was dropped off to David Mendoza at Custom Motoring, so that he could take care of the paintjob. David decided to go with a Candy Orange, which is accented with Purple patterns and Red fades. The car was then taken to Walt Prey, who put the finishing touches on the paint with some expert pinstripping before it was delivered back to David to clear coat it and polish it into a mirror finish. To handle the interior of the car, the staff from Henry’s Upholstery was called upon to work their magic. The car’s interior was completely custom-built by Henry himself, including the dash and center console. The stock seats were replaced with four-bucket Infinity seats, and were also reupholstered to match the exterior of the car. The last thing added to the car was the Hydraulic Setup. Cleto, the president of One Bad Creation Car Club, custom built a two-pump Pro Hopper Setup that is powered by four Gel Batteries and is controlled by four switches.
After two years of construction, the car was finally done. The ’76 Chevy Caprice simply needed a name to be baptized into the car show circuit. When the car was purchased, it had “’76 Classic” on the license plate, so Manuel decided to leave it with the same name, since it was still in the One Bad Creation Car Club Family.
Manuel would like to give special thanks to his father and brothers for all of the support given, and for helping him create a show-worthy Lowrider. He would also like to acknowledge everybody that had something to do with this Glasshouse ’76 Classic, especially Cleto and the One Bad Creation Car Club for their knowledge, and for helping him and his family build a one-of-a kind, award-winning show car.
“Caprice Classic ’76”
Owner: Manuel Martinez
Vehicle: 1976 Chevy Caprice
City/State: Glendale, CA
Club: One Bad Creation Car Club
Engine: Stock 350
Interior: Henry’s Upholstery remodeled the dash and center console, and wrapped it with Orange, Pink and Purple leather
Sound System: Mario Escamilla installed the Scosche sound system, which featured two amplifiers that powered the midrange and subwoofers.
Set Up: Two Pump Pro hopper setup.
Tires: Sportway Premium 5.20s
Wheels: 14X7 LRM 25th Anniversary Daytons.