As human beings, we let our pride show in different ways; from the way we carry ourselves, do our job, and complete tasks. We have an innate sense of wanting to be the best at something and when it comes to the Lowrider culture, pride is definitely best shown through our vehicles. After all of the time and money that is spent building a car, it is that sense of pride that is really displayed the first time the car hits the streets and the shows.

Daniel Galvan’s ’68 Chevy Nova, affectionately named “Gema,” is loaded with such pride! Daniel acquired this vehicle as a high school graduation gift from his parents back in 1995. Even though it was a 27-year-old plain car and could have been given away as scrap, he took it excitedly and turned it into a precious jewel, hence the name “Gema.” This beautiful jewel has a huge sentimental value due to the fact that it was his mom’s daily driver, and it was also the car used when Daniel got married and it even brought home his first-born daughter, Jasmin.

Daniel has been in the Lowrider scene for 17 years now, and during that time “Gema” has been through many reconstruction phases. The final one brought exactly what it needed ? a sparkle with the pattern and flake work that would guarantee to turn heads while cruising the boulevard.

“Gema” is well known in the Los Angeles Lowrider scene and has won many trophies, including the Lowrider Las Vegas Super Show 60’s Street Custom 3rd place back in 2010, again acknowledging the pride and dedication he has shown in his build. At the present time, “Gema,” is at her completed stage until a new and exciting addition strikes Daniel’s fancy. Daniel sends a special thanks to his wife, Cristina, and their four children Jasmin, Jocelyn, Daniela and Christian. Thanks are also sent to his parents, Gerardo and JoAnn Galvan, and his siblings, as well as his Unidos C.C. Los Angeles family.

Congrats on building a unique ride Daniel; your ride is certainly dripping with flake, sparkle, and pride! Keep the spokes spinning!

Tech Specs


Owner: Daniel Galvan

Vehicle: 1968 Chevy Nova

Club: Unidos Car Club Los Angeles

City/State: Monterey Park, California

Paint: A good friend and car club member, Alex Del Toro, provided the excellent bodywork and paint. The Nova had all of the locks shaved and was painted a PPG Moca Hue. Mike Lamberson did the original pinstriping work. His compadre, Tony C. sprayed additional patterns, flake work, and stripping while the skirt murals were done by Chuko.

Interior: Chano of Olympic Upholstery in Los Angeles, California, took care of the upholstery job using brown, black & tan tweed material with black leather bench seats.

ICE: Daniel set up the sound system in Gema using a Kenwood self hide-away head unit with Pioneer tweeters and mids, Kenwood 6×9 speakers, and two 12-inch Kickers, all powered by two Performance Techniques amps.

Engine/Drivetrain: Daniel & his father Gerardo, who brought the factory 250 c.i.d, did the restoration of the engine. Daniel installed AC Delco Ignition, Champion Spark Plugs and a Durlast Battery. D&R Chroming in South Gate, California did all chrome work.

Suspension: Hydraulics by Sal from Whittier, California set up the Nova using two pumps, six batteries, and 10-inch cylinders in the back and 8-inch in the front. Chromed stock A-arms.

Wheels: OG wires provided by Street Style.

Tires: 520 14’s Coker Classics, Lowrider Series.

Brands: AC Delco, Champion, Duralast, PPG, Pioneer, Kicker, OG Wire Wheels, and Coker.