At one time or another, some of you have dealt with sleepless nights, anxiety, and even depression during your lowrider build; contemplating, for months or even years, if you made the right decision. A decision motivated after flipping through the pages of LRM, noting, “I can build a better one” to possibly a “cold beer-induced epiphany” with fellow members on a Friday night in your garage. Whatever the incentive, it seemed like a great idea at the time. For David Rodriguez, his vision to customize his truck was no different.
At 19, David Rodriguez purchased this 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, hoping to one day customize it for show. “Growing up, my uncle competed his 1982 Fleetwood Brougham in the local circuit and shared that experience with me, motivating me to one day compete too,” David says. However, that vision far exceeded the funding for such a task.
Two years later, uncle Alex presented his nephew with a great proposition. David’s mentor had been attending technical college and had earned the opportunity to customize a vehicle in completing his certification, and immediately thought of this sport utility. Although the labor would be free, there were two stipulations: the cost of the paint and material was not included, and the vehicle would stay at the school for one year. With little thought, David agreed to the great deal.
In not realizing that the process would be limited to only class time, the initial stages appeared minimal. After a month of borrowing mom’s car, David started to second guess this gradual build. “I was ready to call off the project, but my uncle told me to trust my gut feeling.” His uncle had never disappointed him, and he took the advice to follow through. As the months passed and the deadline approached, this class project gained momentum. In picking the paint color, Rodriguez decided he wanted the “Brandywine” reminiscent on his uncle’s Fleetwood Cadillac. The school year ended with David getting a customized Tahoe, along with uncle Alex receiving his certification. “A year later, I not only came away with a show winner, but learned that anything worthwhile takes a while,” affirms David. He also would like special thanks expressed to his mom and dad, Anna and Luciano Rodriguez, for their endless support and promising that “one day the family photo will include a grandbaby, but for now, it’s only me with my truck.”
Vehicle/Model: 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe
Vehicle Nickname: “Berry Expensive”
Owner: David Rodriguez
City/State: Rosenberg, Texas
Body/Paint: House Of Kolor Brandywine, Lambo doors, suicide hood, strut grille by AM Collision Center. Pinstriping by Michael Sik Cato.
Wheels/Tires: 32-inch Dub Banditos / 305/25R32
Interior: AM Collision / Salazar Upholstery
Sound System: Panasonic head unit, JL Audio/Pioneer Mids, Kenwood Speakers, AM Collision Amps