Bill claims to have been into lowriding since the day he was born. That may not be so unlikely when you consider the fact that his father would take him to all the car shows, picnics, and other custom car related events from the time he was an infant until he was grown. Even to this day, Bill and his father still share that love and fascination for cars together. So, growing up around the lowriding lifestyle, it is safe to say that cars were simply a way of life for Bill.
Since the age of 18, Bill has gone on to own many custom cars including a Cutlass, a Regal, an Impala, a truck, and some Cadillacs. Bill kept coming back to the Cadillacs, especially the 1993 through 1996 big body Fleetwood Brougham models because of their luxury, power, and sleek body lines.
Bill had taken a little break from lowriding to get his personal priorities set up until recently when his father became eager to get back to customizing a car. This motivated Bill to do the same and the hunt was on to find another Caddy. Soon thereafter, this ’96 Fleetwood was up for sale at the famous Pomona Swap Meet in Pomona, California. The car was customized already, but after Bill purchased it from the owner, he decided to do more upgrades, taking it up another notch.
The Caddy received many more doses of chrome, paint (both on the body and undercarriage), marbleized painted patterns, clearing the parking lights and taillights, and accessorizing the engine. Most of the work Bill has done himself and the results are easily seen with this show-quality, award-winning custom Cad.
Bill gives big thanks to his dad for the help and motivation and to his girlfriend for putting up with him during those long hours he worked on the car. He says he is content with his car the way it is now, but he is considering plans to remove the vinyl top to add more painted patterns.
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
Vehicle Nickname: Sapphire
Owner: Bill Hayes
City/State: Pomona, CA
Engine: Stock GM LT1 V-8
Body/Paint: Mario of Mario’s Autoworks in Montclair, California, painted the vehicle mesmerizing shades of blues in an array of custom lines and marble patterns. Pinstriping was done by Mike Tippits and Sal Elias laid down a detailed airbrushed mural on the trunk.
Suspension: Anthony and Topo of Homies Hydraulics in Paramount, California, installed a whammy chrome hydraulic tank, six Optima batteries, and four dash-mounted switches
Interior: Manny’s Upholstery in San Bernardino, California, did up a royal blue vinyl with light blue and royal blue suede inserts and patterns. The dashboard was fiberglassed, painted, and pinstriped.
Sound System: A Kenwood head unit transports the sounds to the HiFonics amplifiers, Pioneer tweeters, and mid-range speakers. TV screens were installed into the seat headrests.
Wheels/Tires: 13×7 chrome Daytons / Travel Star 155/80/13 whitewalls