Carrying on tradition is a big part of our culture’s foundation, and passing down the love of Lowriding is a gift that every family involved in it longs for. The Millan family is one such family; this group of dedicated Lowriders is represented well by Rafael Millan, a descendant of Lowrider greatness who is grateful for his family’s foundation. In the’70s, his parents cruised the streets of Gilroy, CA., before igniting the Los Angeles scene with their 1954 BelAir named “Sweet Pumpkin,” and a ’66 Impala Convertible, named “El Original.” Rafael and his brother Johnny had the privilege to have had a hand in the build of those rides, and the experiences made them better builders. “Shortly after those cars, my brother got his ’84 Regal named “Regalator,” which also won many awards,” says Rafael. Following tradition, it was Rafael’s turn to make the family proud, and he did so with this awesome ’94 Fleetwood. After a six-month wait, he was able to build the car to his standards, thanks to the support of his wife, brother, and fellow family members. “Everyone pitched in and did their part to get the car to where it is now,” says Rafael. Before the car was finished, he itched to hit the switches even though his wife warned him not to do so until the car was finished. Naturally, he couldn’t resist and he ended up hitting the switches anyway. “It felt good to hit the switches, but that went away quickly when I saw that my trunk caught fire! Everyone went into panic until my boy was able to contain it,” Rafael says with relief. Rafael’s build has indeed been a journey, but he is grateful for the experience. “After all the ups and downs with my car, I still enjoy hitting the Hollywood and Valley scenes,” he says with a smile. While Lowriding has been a part of Rafael’s life since birth, he has now passed that on to his newborn baby, Victor, who was born two days before this photo shoot. “What a blessing it is to have a third generation of Lowriding in my family; this is a huge accomplishment for me,” says Rafael with great pride. He would like to first and foremost thank God, his wife, his mom, his family and friends, and he would like to give a special thanks to Ricardo Munoz for all his help and knowledge.
Owner: Rafael Millan
Vehicle: 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood
City/State: Reseda, CA
Engine: Stock 5.7L V8 under the hood. Flowmaster exhaust and headers, GM Performance intake and carburetor, Die Hard battery and NGK spark plug wires.
Body/Paint: Johnny Millan, of Millan’s Restoration of Reseda, CA., sprayed the big body with House of Kolor white. Johnny Millan and Ricardo Munoz added the multi color patters found on the car. Leo of LG Pinstripping in Simi Valley, CA., added the fine lines.
Interior: Rafael Millan, of Millan’s Restoration, stitched together the multicolor interior that consists of suede and leather.
Sound System: Al and Ed Auto Sounds in Reseda, CA., installed the Alpine head unit, Infinity amps and Infinity subwoofers.
Setup: Chino at C&L Hydraulics in San Fernando Valley, CA., installed two ProHopper pumps with eight Die Hard batteries. Big John at How High in Lancaster, CA., handled the chassis work and molded the lower A-arms. Angel of New California Chrome in East LA added the chrome found on the car. Diamond Sand Blasting and Coating in Canoga Park, CA., added the powder coat found on the car.
Tires: BG Goodrich 155/80R13.
Wheels: Rudy’s Wires.