One of the threads that binds all Lowriders together is the concept of sacrifice. From the time spent in finding parts, the long hours under the hood, and the taxing days at car shows, our sacrifice is real; and that doesn’t even begin to tap into the financial commitments we have to make in order to reach our builder’s potential. When you look at an amazing Lowrider, what you’re seeing is beyond automotive perfection – you’re seeing the embodiment of sacrifice. As parents, we also sacrifice our wants and needs to ensure our children have everything they need while they are growing up. Naturally, being a parent and a Lowrider is a whole other ballgame in terms of sacrifice. Most of us do not have a bank account balance with six figures, so when we want to build something, we have to patiently put money away in the hopes that we will one day get to buy it.

James Marquez is cut from this cloth, as he has always wanted to have a Lowrider. He had a vision in his head on what type of Lowrider he wanted to buy and build but as a parent, he wanted to make sure his brood of boys were taken care of first. After putting away money when it was possible, he finally had enough cash to purchase a convertible 1965 Chevy Impala from a friend. Once he had the Impala home, it was time to add his own touches to the ragtop of his dreams.

James worked with some of the best in business to get the Impala to his liking. Mark Alcala, Mike Lamberson, and Edgar Rodriguez were some of the artisans James hoped to work with on his Impala. After saving some more cash, James was able to enlist the talents of Mark, Mike, and Edgar, as well as a few other individuals to personalize the ragtop.

His triumph was sweet, as after years of saving and a year’s worth of construction, James finally had the Lowrider he always wanted. The final addition to the ragtop was a Traffic Car Club So Cal plaque. James would like to acknowledge the support of his lady, his sons, and his parents during the long days and nights spent working on the Impala, as well as Mark Alcala, Traffic Car Club, and everyone that contributed to the building of the Impala.


Owner: James Marquez

Name: Risky Business

Vehicle: 1965 Chevy Impala

Club: Traffic Car Club So Cal

City/State: Baldwin Park, CA

Paint: Traffic CC President Mark Alcala prepped the body for paint and molded the hood and firewall. Cadillac Joe from Hesperia, California painted the six-five in House of Kolor Triple Black. Edgar Hernandez from Maxima Imagen in Irwindale, California painted the mural on the underside of the hood. Mike Lamberson from Draggin’ Lines in Riverside, California added his pinstripe and silver leaf accents to the Impala.

Interior: Ruben Meda from Meda’s Upholstery installed grey suede and black leather throughout the convertible. James installed an audio set up in the Impala that consists of an Alpine head unit with Kicker and MB Quarts components. James also added a color bar to the Chevy.

Suspension: Hoppo’s Hydraulics in Ontario California installed 8″ front & 10″ rear cylinders. Hoppo’s also installed 2 ton rear and 1 1/2 ton springs onto to the molded frame, as well as 2 pumps, four dumps and six solenoids which are powered by 6 batteries giving James the option to have the Impala hit front, back, side to side and lay it on the ground. All Chrome by Millennium Chroming in Montclair, California.

Engine: The 1975 Chevy 350ci was assembled by Joe Navarro from Pomona, California. The engine has roller rockers and a chrome dress up kit. The engine block was flaked and Mike Lamberson from Draggin Lines in Riverside, California added his talents to the firewall.

Wheels: 13″ Galaxy Wire Wheels

Tires: 155 80R 13 Firestone Tires