Model car pioneer Jay Holt of Custom Builders Model Car Club in Los Angeles, California, has once again made his presence known within the Lowrider Group offices with his latest creation, “Orange Bang ’76,” an explosion of details on wheels! Giving a call to LRB editor Nathan Trujillo beforehand, Jay informed him of his intent to take part in the 10th Anniversary issue by building a car fit for the cover. When completed four months later, Jay brought in his creation based on a ’76 Chevy Caprice “glasshouse,” wowing everybody walking by. Jay is no stranger to model car building and to the lowriding community. Jay has been involved with models and full-size lowriders for years. Plenty of time and money went into Orange Bang ’76, and it shows.
Jay is always looking high and low for the glasshouse models because they are rare and hard to find. Jay says that they were only made for a couple of years and, on top of that, Jay points out that these models didn’t come with a detailed undercarriage nor a frame or engine! So Jay had his work cut out for him from the beginning, with this hardtop cruiser. For instance, he swapped out the undercarriage, frame and engine with that from a ’61 Impala kit.
Paying close attention to detail, Jay made the finished product look like it came stock out of the box, and already with these features. All accessories on and around the engine and suspension were hand-made. Jay customized the engine with chrome and gold accents (instead of just one or the other), like gold valve covers and chrome air filter housing. All aftermarket engine and suspensions parts are actually aluminized metal pieces, like the small sparkplugs! All hoses and wiring were made by Jay, but he also did the fan, pulley, belts and alternator.
The interior was made up of orange and yellow colors in a mock-velvet material. The seats and center console look similar to that of the interior in a full-size radical custom lowrider that would be seen at a car show. The backrests of the front seats were carved to the shape of the number “10,” while the “cut mirrors” add the old school style along the console and armrests of the back bench seat. Jay was given a hand when it came to the radical dashboard and center console by friend and fellow club member Steven Hernandez. Steven designed it to fit a couple of woofer speakers, and Jay added more cut mirrors and a couple of TVs (one in the center of the steering wheel) showing a football game. More TVs can be found throughout the car, including the door panels and trunk.
When it came time to paint the ’76, Jay did it like a professional. After laying down a bittersweet pearl basecoat, he painted candy tangerine over and under the entire body. Careful color sanding was then completed before the clearcoats were sprayed. The final wet sanding smoothed it out, giving the paint job a mirror-like finish. Jay then hooked up with his friend Mario, who airbrushed not one, but two hoods! One depicts a luscious Latina woman, while the other shows “10th Anniversary” in big, bold lettering. The trunk received an airbrushing as well, with the name of the car.
The trunk sports the hydraulics setup with chrome pumps. Without looking into the trunk, any lowrider enthusiast would know that this ride is hydraulically lifted by the stance of the front rims and tires. Usually called the “monster tuck,” the wheels bow out in the front just ready to bounce off the ground! Jay really outdid himself on this model. Thanks, Jay, for your contribution to our anniversary issue; your Orange Bang ’76 was just the blast that we needed!