Raymond Rodriguez, Jr., (known mostly as “Junior” among his friends), says he got into lowriding after seeing his brother’s friend, Joey, cruise a Ford Grand Torino around their La Jolla, California, neighborhood. Junior vividly remembers the front end of that Ford dropping down in a split second, scraping the ground, with sparks flying out of the back end. Just seeing Joey hit the switches blew Junior’s mind! After that, he found himself religiously buying Lowrider magazine after school every month at his local outlet; the Gonzales Market.
Once Junior completed high school, he began looking for a car project. A close friend at the time sold Junior this ’85 Oldsmobile Cutlass, which was primered and sitting on some 13-inch rims. It was a good start, but the build didn’t go too far until Junior’s affiliation with Uniques Car Club began. Once he was in the club, he was able to begin finding the resources he needed to make some progress on the Cutty.
Junior started the journey by taking off all the Olds’ chrome and sending it out to the ATP shop in Placentia, California. Luckily, finding a painter was an easy task since painter Jaime Valdez had recently painted the club’s mini truck “Crown Royal,” and their award-winning G-body ride, the “Tangerine Supreme.” Jaime was associated with the club quite closely and promised Junior a top-notch intricate paintjob that would be sure to turn heads. The paint’s final finish did not let down a single soul, as Jaime’s mix of Candy Tangerine and Candy Brandywine colors shined along with complementary eye-popping graphics and patterns.
Junior’s ride looked great, but he was still cruising with no lifts, and that was just a no-no for any worthy Lowrider! Junior saved up a little money and then purchased a complete setup over at Hoppo’s Hydraulics in Ontario, California. Richard “Red” Rodriguez, from Temptation Car Club, hooked Junior up and lifted the car.
While it certainly took a lot of hard work to get the Cutlass completed, Junior says it was well worth it, and we tend to agree. He gives big thanks to his special lady, Rebecca, and their sons, Ray Ray and Kenny, for staying by their dad’s side and helping him build his car. Junior also thanks his family for their help, Uniques Car Club for their support, and “Squishy” George and Red for the extra help which they graciously provided.
Owner: Raymond Rodriguez, Jr.
Vehicle: 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass
City/State: Placentia, California
Engine: Stock V-8 407-cid
Body/Paint: Jaime Valdez, of Unique Auto in Hesperia, CA, prepped the body for paint before spraying a candy orange finish over the body’s exterior. An intricate display of multi-colored patterns and leafing complement the pinstripe work done by Mike Lamberson, of Riverside, CA.
Interior: Joe, of California Upholstery in Bell Gardens, CA, got down to business, installing a mind-blowing leather interior (including the floor, swivel seats, door panels, dash, and headliner) all within a week’s time!
Sound System: A Kenwood head unit controls the sounds to the JL Audio amplifier and the pairs of JL Audio tweeter and mid-range speakers.
Setup: Richard “Red” Rodriguez, of Westminster, CA, installed two chrome hydraulic pumps, four dumps, six solenoids, and six deep cycle batteries, all controlled by six dash-mounted switches. Richard also partially wrapped the frame for reinforcement and used hardlines for a more eye-catching appearance.
Tires: 155/80/13 Cornell whitewalls
Wheels: 13×7 100-spoke color-matched rims