Customizing cars is either in your blood or it isn’t. For the Pitman brothers of Longview, Texas, it is something that pumps through their veins. “Our dad was a mechanic and was always working on cars and that was something that really interested us,” says Norman Pitman. Growing up, Norman and his older brother Walter were inseparable. They both built every car that they’ve had.

They had built a few rides and rode with a club from within their area, but they were itching to travel out of the area to see more of the lowrider world. They decided to ride solo until their friend Ricky Bailey told them about Skim and Dirty from the North Texas Majestics. “Those guys were already known to travel coast to coast for car shows and that’s something that really got our attention,” explained Norman. They met with them and found out it would take a lot of work and dedication to join the club, but they were up for the challenge.

The brothers decided to build themselves traditional lowriders to get into the North Texas Majestics. “I’ve always had lowriders, but this was going to be my first traditional lowrider.” He decided to sell his two lowriders in order to get the money for the right one. His brother Walter found the 1963 Impala in Oklahoma when Norman was working out of town. They came from separate directions and met up in Oklahoma to look at the car. They showed up with the money and a trailer and got the car. The car was in pretty good condition, but they still tore it down to rebuild it from scratch.

Six months after Norman got his ’63, Walter bought himself the ’64. He also had to sell two of his big-body Cadillacs in order to have money for the ’64. Walter found the car on Craigslist in the Dallas area where Norman happened to be working. He had him go check out the car and then wired him the money to buy it. Once he got the chance, he went out to Arlington to pick up the car from his brother.

They both worked hard to get their cars done in time for the Majestics first annual car show. They had their cars displayed at the show, but they didn’t receive their plaques until they got their final inspection after the show. They cut it close in achieving the club’s standards, but they were both accepted into the club and able to proudly display their cars with the plaques in the back windows. They would like to thank their family and friends for all their support and are happy that lowriding still pumps through their veins.

Tech Specs

Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1963 Chevrolet Impala

Vehicle Nickname: It is what it is

Owner: Norman Pitman

City/State: Longview, TX

Club: Majestics, North Texas

Engine: 283

Body/Paint: Sic713 out of Pasadena, TX, added the roof patterns to the Agua Azure

Suspension: The two Black Magic pumps were installed by Slaughter House Customs in Longview, TX, with extended and molded A-arms and six batteries. Carlos Polishing in Garland, TX, took care of the chroming.

Wheels/Tires: 72 cross-lace / 155/80R13 tires

Interior: Stock

Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1964 Chevrolet Impala

Vehicle Nickname: Big Bang ’64

Owner: Walter Pitman

City/State: Longview, TX

Club: Majestics, North Texas

Engine: 327

Body/Paint: Sic713 from Pasadena, TX, patterned out the top and fenders on the ’64

Suspension: Slaughter House Customs in Longview, TX, installed the two Black Magic pumps with 1-inch extended A-arms and six batteries. Carlos Polishing in Garland, TX, also did his chrome.

Wheels/Tires: 72 crossed lace / 13×7-inch

Interior: Stock