David Juarez, Jr. got involved in Lowriding at the age of 14, when his dad gave him his first car. Not only did this strengthen the young boy’s love for automobiles, it also strengthened the father and son bond he shared with his father. As the duo worked on the car, they shared the experience together, and had a great time in the process. Communication was at an all-time high and after looking at the Cutlass, David Jr. asked his father if the car might look better in a Pearl Black scheme. His father agreed and laid down a smooth coat of Pearl Black to perfection, instantly changing the car’s identity by getting rid of its previous Gold color. After cruising in his Cutlass for a while, David sold it and built a few more Lowriders for himself. While he was increasing his Lowrider knowledge, David also began expanding his professional resume, as he started working for a paint distribution company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
The knowledge he gained in the paint world helped him to guide some of his friends on their Lowrider builds, and soon he knew it was time to start a new project of his own. David always wanted a Monte Carlo, so his search for one began. As luck would have it, he soon found out that his cousin, Johnny Donuts, had a ’78 Monte Carlo sitting in the back of his shop. David hit him up about the Monte a few times, until Johnny gave in and gave the Monte Carlo to David in exchange for him painting one of his cars.
After David gave the Monte a trailer ride home, he started to clean out the car and found out that the Monte Carlo only had 51.000 original miles on the engine! This was a pleasant surprise to David, who was delighted to see that this project car had been so well maintained. The first thing he did was to give the Monte a complete tune up, put a new battery in it, and rebuild the carburetor. After he had everything in place, the engine started right up when David turned the key.
Next on David’s agenda was to work on the body. He started by taking off the vinyl top and filling in the chrome molding holes, giving the roof a slick look. Once that was done, he prepped the body for paint. David did not want to use a standard color for his ride, so he did some mixing at his job, and after a few tests, he came up with a yellow-based color which he named “Texas Gold.” After mixing up a few gallons of Texas Gold, he primered the Monte a few times and then blocked it. He then proceeded to cover the entire body, undercarriage, interior, and engine compartment with his special mix. The interior was then delivered to Sam at Sam’s Vinyl Tops, where he replaced the carpet and reupholstered the seats with original velour with leather inserts. When it was time to get the set up installed, the car was delivered to A & M Customs, where Aurelio took the existing set up and upgraded it with custom chrome bend tubing and accessorized pumps with M-back plates. The undercarriage was also reinforced, while the front and rear suspension was chromed out by Carlo’s Polishing and Plating. After the car was back in David’s hands, he took it to Frank Palmer, who put the finishing touches on the car with an excellent pin stripe job, polished off by a dosage of clear coat.
After 9 months of construction, and the help of his Majestics Car Club brothers, David finally got his Lowrider finished. The Monte Carlo is not a trailer queen at all. David explains, “I drive that car everywhere.” When the Monte started to hit the show circuit, it did well, taking first place in many different categories and earning bragging rights in the process. David would like to thank his late father, and his mom for letting him do his work in the family’s garage, He would also like to thank his girl, Gaby, and his son for being so supportive. Last but not least, he thanks his sister, the Juarez family, and especially his Majestics brothers for helping him get this far.
La Ley Del Monte
Owner: David Juarez, Jr.
Vehicle: ’78 Chevy Monte Carlo
City/State: Fort Worth, TX
Club: Majestic’s Car Club
Engine: Stock ’78 Chevy 305
Interior: Sam’s Vinyl Tops reupholstered the car with tan color velour and leather inserts. David painted the interior to match the exterior paint.
Sound System: David built a custom woofer box for the trunk. The system is powered by Kenwood Amps and is controlled with a Kenwood head unit.
Setup: Aurelio did the two Pump set up at A&M customs in Fort Worth, TX. The Setup is powered by six painted batteries and is controlled by four switches.
Tires: Cornell 1000 155-80R13
Wheels: Dayton 72-Spoke, Gold Knock Offs.