Devotion is essential when building a Lowrider. As many of you know, there are many factors and obstacles that come into play when building the perfect Lowrider, and without devotion, most builders become frustrated easily. Car owners get side tracked, lose interest, run out of money, or get tired of getting the run around from shops and individuals who stall their progress. These examples can truly test one’s devotion to completing their builds. Eric Lozano is one of those determined individuals whose devotion can rank up there with the best of them. The building of his Caprice certainly tested this devotion and then some! This was not Eric’s first Lowrider, but it will most likely be his most memorable.
In 1999, Eric purchased his first Lowrider, a 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass. He put a Euro front end on it, repainted it, and lifted it. He enjoyed it for a few years before selling it in 2003, thinking he was done with Lowriding. Like a true Lowrider, Eric couldn’t stay away, and after selling and missing the Cutty, he decided to get back into Lowriding in 2005. That year he bought a 1972 Chevy Impala, and it was at this point that he vowed never to be without a Lowrider again. Eric and his wife decided to buy a home in 2007, so he needed to put his Lowriding on the back burner and he did so by trading in his Impala for a more practical vehicle. He got a 1992 Buick Road Master, which allowed the Lozano family to cruise in style and comfort, something very important to them as they now had precious cargo; a one year-old daughter named Ariana.
On New Year’s Eve of 2007, Eric received word of a clean 1986 Chevy Caprice for sale from a friend of his. He went to see the car and liked it so much that he made the deal and purchased it right away. An excited Eric brought the car home and started to work on it the following week, as he was happy that the New Year had brought with it a new project. Eric went full speed on the tear down, eager to get the Caprice ready for paint. Once the paint was done, the moldings were restored. It was now time for the hydraulics and chrome undercarriage to be completed, so Eric sent the car to someone in Chula Vista, California to perform the work. This is the point where Eric’s devotion to the Caprice was severely tested. What was supposed to be a two-month job turned into an 8-month nightmare. Eric understood that there can be delays when custom work is being performed, but after months of excuses, he drove down to check on his car in person. What Eric found when he got there was his freshly painted Caprice sitting outside on jack stands with no suspension, uncovered, and full of months’ worth of dust. The restored moldings had also been subjected to the elements, and the frame was grinded down with surface rust showing.
After seeing the car in this condition, and knowing the amount of time and money he had already spent on it, Eric was at a breaking point. Although it would be hard for most people to keep their composure, Eric did, and was left struggling with what he should do next. Disgusted and dejected, Eric just wanted to take the car and cut his losses, but the person who was supposed to be performing the work reassured him that he would have the car done in a month. Instead, it took three months and many phone calls to get the work done. Once the car was home, the paint and molding were not the same, even after repeated attempts to restore them to the condition they were in before they left to Chula Vista. Eric parked the car in the garage and left it there for a year before he regained interest in completing it.
Eventually, Eric repainted the car and had Mike Lamberson stripe it. After the Caprice was cleared, it sat in the garage for another year. Eric still had the Road Master, which was his focus until he sold it in April of 2008. He replaced it with a 1992 Lincoln Town Car, with the Caprice sitting in the garage. Finally, after several of his fellow Traffic Car Club members urged him to finish the Caprice, he regained his desire to finish it. In December of 2009, Chino at Dreamworks in Montclair, California ripped the vinyl top off and added Black Candy patterns. After the patterns were completed, California Upholstery redid the interior in Grey vinyl and suede in one day. Yes, you read right; one Day.
There was simply no stopping Eric now. He set a goal of giving the Caprice a proper debut at the 2010 Majestics New Year’s Day Picnic at Santa Fe Dam. After finishing up the trunk and engine, Eric took his first cruise in the Caprice to the picnic, where he was rewarded with lots of thumbs ups and compliments. Eric has since sold the Town Car, so that he can devote all of his time to the Caprice, which he nicknamed, “Tru Devotion.” Eric has certainly shown his “Tru Devotion” to complete this build not only for himself, but for his club as well.
Owner: Eric Lozano
Vehicle: 1986 Chevy Caprice
Club: Traffic Car Club
City/State: Ontario, CA
Paint: PPG Silver Metallic with Black Candy Patterns on the roof by Chino & Liz at Dreamworks in Montclair, CA. Striping and lettering by Mike Lamberson of Draggin Lines, Riverside, CA. Custom grill by JW Enterprises, Candy Bumper Impact strips by Chino & Liz at Dreamworks, Montclair, CA.
Interior: California Upholstery of Bell Gardens covered the interior in Grey vinyl and suede. Chino at Dreamworks, Montclair, CA molded and marbleized the dash.
Suspension: Low Lyfe Pumps, Delta Dumps, Accumax Solenoids, and Interstate Batteries power the Hydraulic set up. Enrique from Traffic Car Club molded the rear arches. Full chromed undercarriage, molded and chromed A-arms and reinforced rear end and frame.
Wheels: Zenith Black Chrome 72-spoke straight lace.
Tires: 155/80/13 radials