Model: Anna Taije
Makeup: Teresa Chuck

Growing up in the lowriding scene, Juan Gonzalez of Houston, Texas, was involved in a lot of activities that dealt with customizing cars. Helping out his family members and friends who drove and cruised the streets of Houston in their lowriders, Juan had made up his mind at an early age about someday having a custom car of his own. After saving his money, Jose had enough to purchase a street ride that was daily driven around town. The car was continually admired by drivers, so Jose decided to go all out on the car and he started spending some hard cash.

Jose called around to a couple of places to see who had the time to build up his beloved ’64 Chevy Impala Super Sport convertible. Jose decided on Hi-Low Hydraulics in El Paso, Texas, to take on the task of building a one-of-a-kind award-winning car. So the journey started when Jose trailered the ’64 to El Paso so the guys at Hi-Low could start on the transformation. The crew began by taking apart the entire car and separating the pieces by which were going to be chromed, powdercoated or painted. The chrome plated parts list alone includes the A-arms, bumpers, fenderwells, grille, gas tank and hundreds of nuts and bolts.

Jose wanted to be able to abuse the car on the streets so the entire frame was wrapped to give it the extra support that is needed when using hydraulics. The wrapped frame was painted candy root beer brown to match the body, while inside, the upholstery was rewrapped in OG-style vinyl and the emblems were replaced with new ones. Once the paint, engine, interior and suspension were all tended to, Hi-Low got down to business on their specialty… hydraulics. Hi-Low installed a three-pump chrome setup that included all chrome hard lines and custom-painted pieces.

Once out on the streets, the newly completed “Mr. Mandon ’64” proved to be the “boss” of the boulevard. In fact, the ’64 was chosen by Cypress Hill to be used in their first lowrider video (we mention that in case you were asking yourself where you had seen this car before!). The SS has since been shipped around the lowrider show circuit and has won tons of awards, including Best of Show and First in its class. Jose loves to travel to different parts of the nation to compete, especially when his wife and four kids come along. Jose would like to thank his family and friends who have always had his back. As for all of the competitors, watch out when this ’64 rolls into town because it has that Texas attitude.

Mr. Mandon ’64
Owner: Jose Gonzalez
Vehicle: ’64 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible
City/State: Houston, Texas
Club: No affiliation
Engine/Drivetrain: The stock 327-c.i.d. engine was taken apart, painted to match the car and fitted with tons of chrome and polished pieces, including headers, water pump, intake manifold, fan cover, alternator, valve covers and hard lines. The transmission was polished and had some chrome accessories added to it as well.
Body/Paint: The body was taken apart by the team of Hi-Low Hydraulics in El Paso, Texas. The body was sandblasted and prepared to new standards. The car was painted with a gold base before graphics were applied, candied over with root beer brown paint and then sprayed with tons of clear to give it a glass-like finish. All of the parts that weren’t painted were replaced or sent out to get redipped in chrome. The vinyl top harness was likewise chrome plated.
Interior: Hi-Low took the task of bringing the OG-style interior back with peanut butter tan vinyl. The steering wheel was painted to match the exterior and new carpet was laid down. Also, the electrical harness was replaced with a new one to make sure that the power windows did not fail to slide down on those hot Houston days.
Sound System: The sound system consists of the original head unit with a hidden CD player that transmits the sound through a couple of Alpine 61/2-inch midrange speakers.
Setup: The frame was reinforced and molded to give it a sleek look. The entire suspension was also wrapped. On the “underbelly” of the car everything is painted, polished or chromed. Afterwards the car was lifted with the help of three chrome Hi-Low pumps, 8-inch cylinders in the front, 10-inch in the rear and 12 batteries. The entire system consists of chrome hard lines and custom-painted pumps and dumps. The car is controlled by four switches that can make it do front, back and three-wheel moves.
Tires: P155/80-13 Remington
Wheels: Custom powdercoated 13-inch Dayton