It’s always difficult to step out of the shadows when you’re one of eight kids in a household. Jose Julian is the second youngest of six brothers and always looked up to his older brothers while growing up in Tlayacapan, Morelos, Mexico. The family decided to seek a better life so they moved to California. Shortly after, they relocated to Atlus, Oklahoma, when Jose was 12 years old. At the time, his older brother worked at a body shop and started fixing up lowriders, which is when Jose fell in love with the culture. Once Jose turned 16, his mother bought him a 1986 Honda Accord that he decided to fix up and add his own personal style. Through the hard work of his family and close friends, Jose was able to get his accord featured in a 2001 issue of Lowrider.
Over the years, Jose began his search for something rare and more unique than an import. Browsing through advertisements he saw someone selling a 1958 Chevrolet Impala in Denton, Texas. “It was in the process of being built,” Jose tells Lowrider. “I knew it was going to take some work but I was ready for the challenge.” After Jose bought the car, it went straight to Verret Motorsports to install an LS1 5.3L motor as well as a 4L60 transmission.
Jose then contacted his friend Cody Davenport to take care of some electrical and mechanical issues. Davenport installed the brake lines, added power windows, Vintage Air, and all the steering and front linkage. While Davenport was working on the car, Jose removed the interior and brought it to Julian’s Upholstery for a Ciadella interior kit. A bright red carpet and new headliner were added to blend into the eye-catching exterior, as well as cruiser skirts and a Continental kit.
Kenny’s Classics helped source some hard-to-find parts, while the upper and lower A-arms were extended and chrome plated. The original rearend was shortened and chrome plated, and the belly was sandblasted and painted to match. The Impala frame got a partial wrap and was painted. As for the trunk, new cylinders and batteries were added. To top it all off, Jose added a set of 1959 Cadillac taillights.
The last step was complementing the ride by using a classic-style rim. Jose added a set of 13-inch True Classic wire wheels wrapped with Premium Sportways. Jose knew this was going to be driven often so he made sure to go over every nut and bolt and had everything looked over to guarantee safe cruising in his 1958, which he named “Over8ted.”
Coming from a large family, Jose knows the importance of giving a child the drive and passion to reach their own goals and successes. Jose’s 11-year-old daughter, Jiselle, told her father when she was 10 that she wanted to be involved in the lowrider community. “I took her to a show and she saw all the hoppers launching one by one.” Jose adds, “She looked at me and said, she wanted to do that.” One year later, Jiselle is now known in the Midwest as the youngest hopper and has won numerous contests, even hitting 103 inches at the Odessa, Texas, Lowrider show in her 1991 Mitsubishi Mighty Max.
1958 Chevrolet Impala
LS1 5.3L, TSP intake throttle body and injectors built by Jonathan Verret from Verret Motorsports, front accessory drive from Dirty Dingo, swap mounts and headers from CPP Performance, rebuilt 4L60 with 2000 stall, powdercoated accessories, chrome alternator, Vintage Air, MagnaFlow exhaust
Axalta Brilliant Red, Axalta base clearcoat done by Pete from Fort Worth, Texas, cruiser skirts, Continental kit, belly painted to match, 1959 Cadillac taillights
Two Hi-Low chrome pumps on whammy tank installed by Ernie at A&E Customz in Irving, custom-made racks for pumps, hard lines from front to back, 8-inch cylinders in front, 12-inch cylinders in rear, four Continental batteries, four switches on center console
Original-style interior kit from Ciadella Interiors done by Edgar Julian at Julian’s Upholstery in Atlus, Oklahoma; red carpet, red headliner, and visors; Painless wiring throughout the car; Dakota Digital dash; chrome steering column; power windows; custom center console
RetroSound head unit, two Crunch 1,000-watt amplifiers, MB Quartz components, two MB Quartz subwoofers in custom enclosure in trunk done by owner and Martin Julian
13×7 True Classic wire wheels, 13-inch 5.20 Premium Sportways
Illegal Toys club, beautiful wife Lela, two daughters Jiselle and Livia