One of the great things about our culture is the fact that there are so many different preferences for makes and models among Lowrider enthusiasts. At one point or another we can remember the car we always hoped to build as a child, and sometimes that initial vision changes as we get older and our preferences differ from our original idea. This is somewhat the case for 31-year-old Jose Rodriguez, of San Juan Capistrano, CA. You see, Jose always wanted a Bomb, but when he got older, he decided he wanted a Bomb truck, as opposed to a sedan. This desire for a truck sent Jose searching for the perfect builder, and he found one in a 1947 Chevrolet truck. After saving up enough money, he found what he was looking for in the pages of his local edition of Truck Trader back in 2008.
Initially, Jose set out to get the ’47 up and running, and he started with a tune up, paint, wheels and a sound system. Before long, the car was a cruiser, thanks to the fact that Jose was able to handle all of the mechanic work between himself and his closest friends. One of the most difficult and painstaking aspects of building Bombs is the endless search to find accessories and original parts to cap off the build. For Jose, that was the fun part, as he enjoyed hunting for his accessories and parts at various Southern California auto part swap meets. Some of those parts included his spare tire, bumper guards, sun visor, fender skirts and swamp cooler.
Once the beauty was completely assembled, it was time to name the car he had always dreamed of. Sometimes that is easier said than done, especially given the amount of work that goes into a ride like this one. So what do you name your car when you finish it? You can do what Jose did; you listen to your daughter. Since Jose has two trucks, his daughter refers to the ’47 as “La Chingona.” While he is quite happy with how the build came out, Jose insists that there is more in store for the ’47. “I’ve got some plans for it,” he told us with a sheepish grin. Looks like we are going to have to wait and see how “La Chingona” looks the next time we see her.
Vehicle: 1947 Chevrolet 3100 pick up
Owner: Jose Rodriguez
City/State: San Juan Capistrano, California
Club: Superiors O.C.
Suspension: Original suspension lowered with MIC airbags that consist of 1 tank, and 2 compressors. Installed by Jorge Maldonado of Unlimited Customs in San Juan Capistrano.
Car Stereo: Pioneer head unit, Alpine amplifiers and speakers installed by Unlimited.
Engine: Stock 292, Rochester carburetor, Fenton Headers and straight pipe exhaust with 700R
Paint: Dupont 2-stage Pearl White, Teal Green paintjob done by Beto of Beto Auto Body, in San Juan Capistrano.
Wheels: 14-inch L.A. Wire Wheels.
Tires: 175-70R14 Hankook.