After building lowriders for nearly 30 years, Big Rich has amassed a resume of builds that have ranged from a Monte Carlo all the way to a few Caprices and Impalas. Yet throughout all those builds, his heart and soul seems to have found common ground with Glasshouses and Raghouses.
Now, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the term “glasshouse” let’s start by saying this, they’re beasts. The huge behemoth of vehicles adopted their nickname due to their large quarter-panel windows, and on the flipside the “raghouse” was a moniker assigned to the convertible versions, like the one pictured here.
If you took a double take on the car, and it seems sort of familiar, then it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it’s no stranger to the spotlight. The reason this car may look familiar is simply because it’s appeared in numerous music videos, television shows, and if that wasn’t enough to connect the dots, then think along the lines of Sons of Anarchy and a plethora of movies—including the smash hit N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton.
So now that we’ve connected the dots for you, this raghouse was the one that was featured about 35 minutes into Straight Outta Compton, and it was featured in the scene where they were all walking into Skateland. Now, when we asked Big Rich how he felt about his car being cast in the film, his response was, “It was a surprise. Originally, I was told that my car would only come out in the trailer for the movie but they also ended up using it in the movie.”
So how did this car come to be? Well it all started on a lowrider forum when Big Rich found the rag for sale up in NorCal. Before you know it, he was on a maiden voyage up North to pick the car up in Delano for a mere $6,500.
Shortly thereafter they began work by plucking the body from the frame and they began by shaving the firewall and having his friend Demen over at E&G Auto perform a complete engine overhaul with some added machine work to the tired 350. From there, Spike Gator Customs put it all back together and then finished it off by adding a CPP dress-up kit, along with some upgraded breathing elements, which included an Edelbrock air cleaner, carburetor, and intake.
Next on the agenda was the paint- and bodywork. The raghouse went to Felix out in Huntington Park and once he ironed out all the kinks, Kandy & Krome worked his magic by throwing down several coats of candy paint. During the process, they laid down a silver base and followed it up with different shades of House of Kolor candy. In that lineup of colors was oriental blue, purple, and organic green. Once dry, he ran tape shades in multiple blues thought the hood, trunk, and sides of the car, and the wild tape shades had green raindrop patterns mixed in.
Once cured, the raghouse was shipped off to One Way Hydraulics and it was there that Big Rich wrapped and molded the frame. Additional suspension work came by way of a 1987 Caprice rearend that was installed along with extended Cadillac A-arms that were dipped in chrome, along with that he decided to also chrome the driveshaft, wheelwells, core support, and everything that could come off, including all the nuts and bolts. With all the parts back and reinstalled, Lorenzo then went to work by installing dual One Way hydraulics pumps and an Adex dump and six batteries.
Since its completion, it’s safe to say that this raghouse has made rounds not only on the streets but also on the boob tube. With enough cameos to justify its celebrity status, the raghouse has since been in hibernation. But don’t think for one minute that retirement is anywhere in the near future. Both car and owner simply needed a break and Big Rich himself would be the first to tell you that it’s just a matter of time before he cleans it up and breaks it out again.
1975 Chevrolet Caprice
The Gang Bang
Huntington Park, CA
Majestics Los Angeles
350 with CPP dress up kit, Edelbrock intake/carburetor/air cleaner and electric fan
Silver base with multiple House of Kolor candies
1987 Caprice rearend, CPP disc brakes, extended A-arms with two One-Way pumps, Adex dumps, Accumax solenoids, and Centennial batteries
Different shades of blue vinyls by Riding Dirty/ Efrain
Alpine deck, one 800-watt and 2,000-watt HiFonic amps, four 6-inch and two 6×9-inch Pioneer mids and two 12-inch Kicker subwoofers, installed by Big O
72-spoke 13×7 Daytons with 155/80R13 Remington tires