The Old Memories Car Club “Bombs Factory” in Tucson, Arizona, is known to have produced some of the top lowrider cars currently in today’s show circuit. It is their attention to detail that continues to give them the upper hand over the competition. Attention to detail is exactly what A.J. Grijalva and his father, Jesus, had in mind when they started to build this ’53 Chevy 3100.
The project was off and running when Andy Suarez was called upon to cover the truck in a two-tone Champagne Beige and Chocolate Mocha Brown color combination. From there, the attention turned to laying down the solid oak finished bed floor along with matching wood stakes along the perimeter of the bed. When the unenviable task of locating those hard-to-find N.O.S. accessories came up, first on the list were the must-have foglights. Next was the hood bird. Eventually the list would include items such as a butterfly steering wheel, picket fence grille, and Fulton visor.
With a nearly completed project, the truck would eventually sit around untouched for quite some time until fellow club member Johnny Arevalo came inquiring about it. Johnny already had an extensive seven-car collection, which included two Bel Air convertibles, a ’47 Fleetmaster, and a ’64 Impala Super Sport … all of them stored in his eight-car garage. He thought this ’53 Chevy pickup would be the perfect addition to his collection.
Johnny took the truck back to Bombs Factory where the interior was completed. P&J Upholstery installed the Beige leather bench seat with perforated accented vinyl inserts. While Ray at Royal Plating in Tucson was busy plating the truck’s metalwork, the refurbished 15-inch artillery wheels were wrapped around brand-new 5/60 Firestone whitewalls.
The detail displayed throughout the truck is a testament to the consistency this chapter of Old Memories Car Club has when it comes building their cars. This latest example will be soon hitting the lowrider show circuit where you will be able to admire it for yourself.
1953 Chevy 3100
Old Memories So. AZ
’53 Chevy 235 with split manifold, dual pipes, and standard four-speed transmission
P&J Upholstery installed the Beige leather bench seat with perforated accented vinyl inserts
Andy Suarez covered the truck in two-tone Champagne Beige and Chocolate Mocha Brown
5/60 Firestone whitewalls mounted on 15-inch artillery wheels