A key objective in Lowriding is to be original when building a car. Some will modify the body, lay a multi-color paintjob and call it a day. Others, like Richard Floyd Jr. will build a car that is not commonly used in Lowriding. Richard chose a ’49 Pontiac Streamliner as his latest project. This is not Richard’s first time modifying a car, nor is it his first bomb. Richard has the honor of being the son of a custom-car builder. His father, Richard Sr., had been building custom cars long before his birth. He was creating automotive art with the greats like Larry Watson, Bill Hines, Junior, and Larry Craig to name a few.
As a youngster growing up, Richard had the opportunity to see his father, whom he considers a legend, bang out metal, bondo, sand, and primer before he laid out lacquers, candies, scallops and flames. Richard had a never ending amount of automotive influences as a kid and at the age of 14, Richard Sr. felt it was time for his son to start building a car that would be completed by the time he reached the driving age. The first project they started was a Volkswagen. They moved on to an El Camino, a ’64 Impala and a couple of others that only lasted a few years. The Floyd men got an itch to build a custom as their next project.
One Saturday morning in 1989, they found a ’50 Chevy Coupe for sale in the local newspaper and immediately snatched it up. Richard had seen several magazines and posters with Larry Watson’s Grapevine and really liked the look of the car. He decided that his’50 Chevy was going to have a similar look to it when it was complete. Richard and his father began hitting all of the automotive swap meets to buy every ’53 Chevy grill for the extra teeth look. It took some time but after a year or so, everything came together and the car was complete.
From that point on, the Floyd men built a ’64 Cadillac custom, a ’55 Pontiac Safari Wagon, and a few other cars. The ’55 Pontiac was a family favorite, especially to his daughter, Alyssa, but after picking up a Lowrider magazine in 2004, it had to go. It was now time for Richard to part ways with it, as a change in the style of cars he longed to build was right around the corner. Richard had his eyes on a ’49 Chevy Carryall with original paint, visor, and accessories that he wanted for the family. Ever since then, Richard and his family have been in love with the bomb culture. Richard and the family also joined the HB Gabachos (Featured in the December 2010 issue of Lowrider magazine) Car Club.
In 2010, the Floyd family decided that they wanted a ’48 Chevy Fleetline, so they turned to Mike Ramos, Jim Ramsey, and anyone else they felt could help them locate one. They ended up finding a very nice stock-condition model, which happened to be the same color as the ’49 Carryall and brought it home. After adding the requisite Chevrolet accessories to the Fleetline, it hit the streets and local car shows. After owning the Fleetline for about a year, Richard noticed the family was not attached to it and discovered that at every car-related function they went to, the ’48 was the most popular, and unfortunately very common, year model there.
Always seeking to be unique, the Floyd family decided they wanted to find a bomb that you do not see very often. They sold the Fleetline to a gentleman in Texas and the search started for a more unique bomb. After hitting local car shows and cruise nights, they found what they were looking for; a ’49 Pontiac Streamliner.
The Pontiac was owned by a gentleman who lived in a retirement community and had kept the car bone stock for weekend outings. Richard saw potential in the car and because of the pristine condition it was already in, he knew that it wouldn’t take much for it to become the unique bomb he was looking for. Richard and the owner made a deal and the Pontiac went home to the Floyd household.
The first stop on the build for the Pontiac was Joe Epstein’s shop to get it piped and tweaked. Richard then took it over to his good friend, Donnie at Precision Brake and Alignment, to get it dropped to the proper stance. Donnie also redid the brakes and tuned the car. Albert and Eddie over at Area 51 Customs were contracted to touch up the paint, install a spotlight, and add fog lights on the Pontiac. Eddie also installed a Kenwood system powered by JL Audio components. Eddy from Eddy & Son Upholstery used the original factory wool pattern and material to cover the interior in factory grey. Richard wanted to keep the originality of the Pontiac intact by using factory specifications when he was redoing the paint and interior. Richard had Buena Park Chrome take care of any chrome plating that was necessary.
As with any bomb build, Richard completed the exterior with a slew of accessories like bumper guards, bumper wrap arounds, skirts, and a locking gas cap. In the interior he added a compass, redhead flashlight, glove box light, tissue dispenser, vanity mirrors, guide day and night mirror, and an umbrella holder. The trunk and engine compartment were not left out, they also received accessories and original parts like an overflow tank, windshield wiper bottle, under hood light, and a trunk light.
The Pontiac was completed right after Christmas 2010, which was just in time to make it out to the Bomb Club Originals New Year’s Day picnic in San Dimas, California, and then cruise the Majestics New Year’s Day picnic in Irwindale, California with the HB Gabachos.
Richard would like to thank his wife Rhonda, his son Austin, his daughter Alyssa, and his parents for their love and support. The Manis family, HB Gabachos, Joe Epstein, Mike Ramos, Area 51 Customs, Donnie at Precision Brake & Alignment and Ricky from Performance Plus who also gets thanks for the contributions to the Pontiac.
The ’49 Pontiac is a great choice for a bomb. It can hold its own in a sea of Chevys, that’s for sure. After seeing this feature, Richard may have just inspired a few bomb enthusiasts to cross over to Pontiac; I know I have!
Owner: Richard Floyd
Vehicle Nick Name: Greengo
Vehicle: 1949 Pontiac Streamliner
Club: HB Gabachos
City/State: Long Beach, CA
Paint: PPG Factory Sage Green by Albert at Area 51 Customs in Bellflower, CA.
Interior: Eddy from Eddy & Son Upholstery recovered the interior to factory specs in the original wool pattern, using Grey wool material with buttons.
Suspension: Lowered in the front with dropped spindles, 4-inch lowering blocks and air shocks in the rear. Donnie from Precision Brake & Alignment in Downey, California, did all the work.
Wheels: Stock 15-inch with Factory Pontiac hub caps
Tires: Firestone 15-inch 640 whitewalls.