Eddie “Monsta” Trujillo of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been into lowriding ever since he was a little kid. Around the age of six or seven, he wanted a lowrider bicycle so bad, but never did end up getting one. Straight out of high school, though, Eddie was able to obtain a good job with an airline company as a ramp agent. He’s been there for almost six years now and with a decent amount of income coming in, he’s been able to bypass the desire for lowrider bicycles and go straight to the next level of lowrider cars!
At the age of 15, Eddie began learning about cars and working on them. The ‘62 Impala that Eddie’s grandfather (Ramon Trujillo) bought back in ’63 was the first car that Eddie got his hands on. His grandfather ended up giving that car to Eddie and it was his main plan to finish it into a head-turning lowrider car. Although he’s still in that process of accomplishing that plan, Eddie has also come up on customizing a ’94 Cadillac Fleetwood known as “Candy Shop.” This ride was purchased more than a year and a half ago at the local Caddy dealership for about $7,500. Since then, Eddie has done little by little, until it reached the show status that it’s presently at. To many locals, this big-body ride is one of the best lowriding Cadillacs, if not the best, in the Albuquerque area.
Eddie mostly takes his Caddy out on weekends and will cruise it down Central Avenue where most of the lowriders roll out. He’ll show off a little by hitting switches and hopping it, but even at the car shows, his ride is an eye-catcher. In the back window, the unmistakable Uce Car Club plaque sits just above the rear seats.
Eddie says that his grandfather has been a big help to him, not only in raising him right, but in helping him build the Impala and this Cadillac. His grandfather will even go with him to some of the car shows, too. He may be getting up there in years, but his grandfather is still very active and hip to the scene! Up next for Candy Shop is some more chrome plating on the undercarriage, color-matched rims and mirrored inserts in the trunk. Eddie says that in his Candy Shop he’s started something that he can’t stop. In his words, “I’ve created a Monsta.”
TechspecsCandy ShopOwner: Eddie “Monsta” TrujilloVehicle: ’94 Cadillac FleetwoodCity/State: Albuquerque, New MexicoClub: Uce C.C.
Engine/Drivetrain: Stock LT1 350-c.i.d. V-8
Body/Paint: Chris Saiz of All In One Customs in Albuquerque sprayed the Caddy’s body with flaked-out custom candy brandywine. Some elegant pinstriping and silver leaf was added by Bob Padilla, also of Albuquerque.Interior: Stock cream leather
Sound System: Eddie wanted the best in entertainment and decided to go with a Kenwood Excelon head unit/DVD player connected to two 8-inch Kenwood Excelon TVs in the headrests and one built into the dash. Issal Cordova of Monster Visions in Albuquerque was the man in charge of the installation.
Suspension: Eddie contacted Lance McIntosh over at Show Quality Customs in Albuquerque to install two CCE Fat Boy chrome pumps, six Nationwide batteries, 8-inch (front) and 12-inch (rear) cylinders, and 3-ton chrome springs in the front and 2-ton springs in the rear.
Tires: P155/80-ZR13 Dayton whitewall
Wheels: 13×7 100-spoke Dayton