Sometimes, finding your own destiny is as easy as driving around your hometown. For Adrian Aguilar, a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles provided him with a ’66 Impala sitting in a driveway in desperate need of some TLC. Although it seemed like quite a stretch to think that the owner of this Chevy would even be home at that moment and willing to sell the car, Adrian decided to take the chance rather than kick himself later. Luck was on Adrian’s side that day as the owner was home and open to negotiating a deal to sell the ride.
Growing up in the Coachella Valley region of Southern California, Adrian says there were a good share of lowriding cars and trucks in the area, but not enough to be played out at the time. According to him, there were just enough to make a quiet statement when they hit the city streets. Adrian fondly remembers cruising around with his uncles in their lowriders as they made everyone around them in the neighborhoods stare in amazement when the hydraulic switches were hit. That feeling hit a special nerve that motivated Adrian to one day own his own lowrider. The ’66 was his calling and Adrian definitely took the car to a higher level by making the ride a show-worthy masterpiece with no expenses spared.
Adrian would like to thank his five children, Milo, Angel, Ariana, Reylene, and Adrian Jr. He also gives a special thank you to his wife, Debbie, for her support and patience throughout the build of his classic ’66. A shout out from Adrian is also extended to his fellow Rollerz Only club brothers for always having his back and helping him whenever needed. Orlando, Indio, Angel, Simon, Carlos, and Tony are included, but Adrian sends a BIG thanks to his boss, Rolando, for letting him take off a little early from work when he needed to the get the ride ready for an upcoming car show. Lastly, Adrian thanks his good friend, Jerry, for his help with cleaning the ride and setting up the car display at the shows they have attended.
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1966 Chevy Impala
Vehicle Nickname: El Sureno
Owner: Adrian Aguilar
City/State: Coachella, California
Club: Rollerz Only
Engine: ’66 327 V-8 built by Beto Lopez at his home in Coachella
Body/Paint: The famous Orlando Ceballos of Perfect Kolors in Indio, California, sprayed a BMW dark blue with various House of Kolors shades. Mike Lamberson of Draggin’ Lines in Riverside, California, added his pinstriping and Sal Elias (also of Riverside) airbrushed detailed murals.
Suspension: Adrian and his fellow car club members got together at his house to install the chrome whammy tank (from Krazy Cutting in Yuma, Arizona). Eight deep-cycle batteries power the setup. Indio Rodriguez did the necessary chassis work and reinforcement.
Wheels/Tires: Galaxy 13×7 spoke rims / Hercules 155/80/13 whitewalls
Interior: Victor Moreno of Unlimited Upholstery in Indio, California, stitched in blue leather with light blue inserts. A custom-made center console, dashboard, and seat trim round out the modern interior look.
Sound System: Victor Moreno also installed the sound system consisting of a double-din Pioneer head unit, two Pioneer amplifiers, mid-range speakers, and Kicker woofers