Lowriding has gone south of the border once again and we are proud to feature the first vehicle from Mexicali, Mexico, to be photographed in the Lowrider studio. This hand-me-down ’61 Chevy Nomad owned by Gabriel Torres of Mexicali, Mexico, was a gift from Gabriel’s dad, the owner of Torres Shop of Mexicali. This wagon now known as “Loca ’61” was used for more than 10 years as shop transportation. Once it broke down, it was abandoned for more than five years before Gabriel decided to restore it.

After going to a few local car shows, the Torres family decided that they would restore the shop wagon. Since it’s completion, Gabriel has taken his wagon to several shows in the US where it caught our attention, including at the Las Vegas, Nevada, Super Show. Gabriel, who owns Individuales Hydraulics, has been using his wagon as a promotional vehicle for his hydraulics shop as well as other local shops that wanted to get involved with the vehicle.

Some of the other people involved in the project included Puchis Auto Glass in Mexicali, who replaced all the windows on the car, and Carlos Santoya of Chromosa in Mexicali, who chromed and polished the complete undercarriage and trim on the vehicle. Sahid Auto Sound of Mexicali installed all of the audio components.

With lots of hard work from his two brothers, Antonio, Jr. and Ventura (“Tury”), and his dad Antonio Torres, Sr., Gabriel was able to finish the restoration. This wagon has been representing Mexicali in a positive way as it’s letting people know that Mexico has been producing a few custom quality rides worthy of being featured in the pages of LRM. Orale, compadre!

Loca ’61
Owner: Gabriel Torres
Vehicle: ’61 Chevrolet Nomad wagon
City/State: Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico
Club: Mexicali C.C.
Engine/Drivetrain: ’87 Chevy 5.7-liter 350-c.i.d. stock engine and 350 Turbo transmission installed by Gavillan Torres of Individuales Shop of Mexicali.
Body/Paint: Two-stage mint green sprayed by Enrique Torres of LaPalomita Body Shop of Mexicali. The pinstriping was by Mike Lamberson of Pomona, California.
Interior: Original stitch done by Tizoc and Enriques of Tizoc Upholstery of Mexicali. Sound System: A Pyle head unit is powered by Rockford Fosgate amplifiers. For speakers, Gabriel used 12-inch Rockford Fosgate woofers and Pioneer midrange and tweeters, all installed by Sahid Delgado and Gerardo Medina of Sahid Auto Sound in Mexicali.[;FONT>
Setup: Two Blvd Hydraulics aluminum pumps, four Delta dumps, two Prestolite blocks, eight Trojan batteries and five switches. The Canadian X-frame was fully reinforced and molded. All of the suspension and frame work was done by Jorge and Jose Guzman and owner Gabriel.
Tires: 5.20 Premium Sportway
Wheels: 13×7 100-spoke Crystal