Justin Carrillo may not be living in Los Angeles, New York City, or some other metropolitan area where car customizing comes with ease, but that didn’t stop him from building up this award-winning ’60 Cadillac known as “Cruella DeVille.”
Outsourcing various parts of a custom project can often be the hardest part of a build, as frustration sets in with unsupervised work and many a nightmare has occurred in which builders are left without their projects for months, or crucial parts become damaged or missing.
Luckily, the town Justin calls home is Visalia; a city located in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley of California. This farm town just so happened to supply the right people and businesses to assist Justin with the products and services he needed to get the Cadillac project done without having to outsource too much. Of course, it helps that Justin is the shop foreman for Chad’s Auto Glass—a prominent and eye-catching shop located near the city’s center.
Having the right connections, Justin took a stock and completely original two-door hardtop ’60 Cadillac and transformed it into an evil-looking, frame-laying, topless ride within just eight months! Justin says he has been into lowered cars and trucks since the eighth grade. His first ride was a Chevy minitruck, but in more recent years, he got turned on to Cadillacs, thanks to his boss, Chad. Justin had learned that Chad’s father, Jenks, was willing to sell him this Cadillac coupe for only $3,000. Justin knew a deal like that was hard to come by, so he quickly jumped at the chance and purchased the ride and started the makeover.
In less than a year and with over $50,000 invested, “Cruella DeVille” went on to win numerous awards at various car shows; including the coveted GM Design Award at SEMA in Las Vegas, Nevada! Most of the enjoyment from this ride, Justin admits, is simply cruising it around town and turning heads. Although he says he is satisfied with the completion of this project, he is not slowing down anytime soon. Justin already has other projects in the works for customers, like a fifth vehicle being built for the next SEMA show, and Justin’s own project, a ’66 Cadillac.
Justin gives big thanks to all his sponsors and those who helped, including CPP Brakes, Raceline Wheels, Ron Francis Wiring, Lokar, Accuair, and Sanderson Headers. He also gives a special thanks to Teo Garcia, Brandon Sisco, and Radel Jacobo for helping him build this amazing car in such a short amount of time.
Owner: Justin “Pony” Carrillo
Vehicle: 1960 Cadillac DeVille
City/State: Visalia, CA
Club: Severed Ties
Engine: 1975 Chevy 572-cid V-8 was built by Justin, himself. Other mechanical feats include the 700R transmission, a custom-made drive shaft, 850 Edelbrock, and Sanderson custom exhaust, made by Sisco’s Fabrication & Customs in Visalia.
Body/Paint: Teo Garcia over at Teo’s Customs in Tulare, CA, took the body down to bare metal and worked his magic with a plethora of custom bodywork, including shaved door handles, sectioned and channeled bodywork, a narrowed hood with widened fenders, and extended fins. Finally, Teo sprayed down a black PPG finish over the body’s exterior, doorjambs, engine bay and dashboard.
Interior: Big Daddy’s in Pixley, CA, handled the custom upholstery needs, installing custom red bucket seats. The interior features a dashboard from a ’57 Chevy and a full sheetmetal center console.
Setup: Sisco’s Fabrications & Customs installed the Slam Specialties airbag setup, which includes an Accuair air management system. Sisco’s fabricated the custom made four-link control arms and sway bars.
Wheels: Raceline Static 22-inch