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O LOWRIDER.COM V O L U M E 3 9 I S S U E CONTENTS 1 0 FEATURES 10 When Legends Live On 18 A Woman's Love 28 A Sick Classic 44 Pain is a Part of the Process 48 Truck of the Month 52 A Sunset Dream 92 Redemption '64 Chevy Impala "Gypsy Rose" Miguel & Mily Hernandez's '63 Chevy Impala Victor Alcantara's '94 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Davy Bernabe's '64 Chevy Impala Tommy Garcia's '49 Chevy Suburban Jesse Carbajal's '78 Chevy Monte Carlo Narcisco Esponoza's '37 Buick Special DEPARTMENTS 06 Editorial 07 MotorTrend OnDemand Schedule 24 On the Scene 56 Roll Playerz 60 Tanks & Tails 86 Lowrider Konnected 90 Lowrider Bicycle 96 New Products 98 Roll Models Series TECH 64 PPG Waterborne Technology 72 The Duke of Pearls 78 Axalta Coating Systems' CFX More than just a compliance solution, it's also a better product to spray! Nothing can stop House of Kolor's Pearlescents Two-stage Candy Apples that can be sprayed with a blindfold on and a hand tied behind your back EVENTS 32 2017 Lowrider Super Show Miami On the Cover is the Legendary and now historic "Gypsy Rose" Impala at our Nation's Capitol! Lowrider (ISSN # 0199-9362), October 2017, Vol. 39 No. 10. Copyright © 2017 by TEN: The Enthusiast Network Magazines, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Published monthly by TEN: The Enthusiast Network, LLC., 261 Madison Ave., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10016. Periodicals Postage paid at New York, NY and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates for one year (12 issues): U.S., APO, FPO and U.S. Possessions $35.00. Canadian orders add $12.00 per year and international orders add $24.00 per year (for surface mail postage). Payment in advance, U.S. funds only. For a change of address, six weeks’ notice is required. Send old as well as new address to Lowrider magazine, P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 321420235. 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Learn more at axalta.us &RS\ULJKW$[DOWD&RDWLQJ6\VWHPV//&DQGDOODIÀOLDWHV$OOULJKWVUHVHUYHG O LOWRIDER.COM E S T A B L I S H E D 1 9 7 7 FOR THE RECORD By now, many of you are already well aware about “Gypsy Rose” being inducted into the Historical Vehicle Association. Along with two other custom builds, this was the first time that a lowrider was accepted into the famed organization. But to walk the grounds at the National Mall and view all three vehicles in their full glory was both an incredible and unsettling experience. To see a lowrider enclosed in a glass box with the White House a block away and the nation’s Capitol in the background was chilling. Just us being there was enough to keep us all quiet for a few minutes as we soaked in this epic experience, it was also comforting to know that lowriding has been accepted on both an official and national capacity. Yet after getting briefed on how the program would work I quickly realized that I was going to have to present a speech, and that’s when the pressure kicked in. This was of course such a humbling moment—and a large one at that—and I began to internalize the situation. I wanted to do justice to this epic moment and I wanted to represent our culture and our lifestyle to the best of my ability. Sharing the stage with such distinguished guests and notable personalities from the automotive world increased the pressure tenfold, but I did my best and went for it. I began by thanking Historic Vehicle Association President Mark Gessler, Director of Operations Diane Parker, and Historian Casey Maxon. Without their vision and support none of this would have been possible. And of course I had to thank all involved, including the Valadez family and Nancy Brunner of Quaker State and Shell Lubricants. The day was like no other. It was a celebratory day for not only custom car enthusiasts, but for those who take pride in Americana and lowriding. From current-day enthusiasts, to those who have long passed—but helped pave the way—it was an honor and a privilege to stand there as these three historic vehicles are added to the National Historic Vehicle Register in recognition of their significance in American automotive history. In all, the trio of cars served as the quintessential example of American car culture that represents all walks of life. They are more than just automobiles, they are time capsules that tell a story. Behind each of these incredible builds is a rich history filled with stories of pain and pleasure. They are also a reflection of the artisans who helped create each vehicle and a monument to many sleepless nights and strained budgets. In short, this was a day that highlighted custom car culture. In light of that, the legendary lowrider “Gypsy Rose” was our central focus for the day. In its original capacity, the ’64 Chevrolet Impala was merely designed to go low and slow with pizzazz, and to see it officially being put into the history books was way out there. With a one-off–themed paintjob, and the necessary velvet interior and Cragar SS wheels, Jesse Valadez created this car to showcase his talent and spirit for lowriding. Yet even in his passing, it’s safe to say that he was looking down in wonder as to how a car he designed to cruise the streets of East L.A. would now share center stage among historic buildings in Washington, D.C. and with other such remarkable and historically significant vehicles. At the time of its creation, “Gypsy 6 Rose” was built to have an identity that spoke of an automotive culture specific to the Hispanic community. In essence, lowriding was our foundation, the cornerstone of our upbringings, and an automotive identity born and bred in Los Angeles. So as we celebrated this honorary day, I couldn’t help but think of how big of a win this was for all of us collectively. As lowriding enthusiasts we represent a fervor and passion for the automobile that comes second to none. Our attention to detail is an extension of our creative personalities, and through our unique visions and our persistence to push the envelope, we will continue to inspire generations to come. In closing, I just want to make note of how much of an honor it was to be amidst the legends of our community and the powers who recognize and appreciate the hard work, history, and heritage of lowriding. In what is probably the most epic milestone to have happened in the history of lowriding, I can’t help but get anxiety wondering what will come next. In short, our culture is as vibrant as the paintjobs we create, deeper than the luster of the best candies, and a reflection of the perfection that we strive for when it comes to our chrome. 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Manuscripts must be typewritten on white paper, and all photographs must be accompanied by captions. Photo Order your FREE 1960-69 Corvair catalog today! 8 LOWRIDER.COM GYPSY ROSE BECOMES THE FIRST LOWRIDER INDUCTED INTO THE HISTORICAL VEHICLE ASSOCIATION STORY BY JOE RAY PHOTOS BY HVA CASEY MAXON 10 OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER 11 LOWRIDER.COM In typical fashion, the SEMA show has become an annual ritual that takes on an almost identical itinerary year after year. We get there early, set up, and for the next week we essentially walk and talk the show by day, while nights are spent at dinner meetings at an open bar or restaurant. But as the annual tradition comes and goes, last year’s shindig became the most memorable SEMA Show simply because of one dinner. Both Rudy Rivas (General Manager of Lowrider) and I were privileged enough to have been invited to a dinner hosted by Quaker State Oil/Shell Lubricants. Along with a multitude of industry influencers and distinguished guests, we took a seat at this exclusive dinner engagement and got acquainted. One by one, we began discussing our roles in the industry. Sitting beside Rudy was a gentleman who introduced himself as the president of the HVA (Historic Vehicle Association). During his discussion he talked about his organization and expressed interest in having a lowrider be included in an event they called “Cars at the Capital.” Jesse Valadez Jr.'s proud moment at the podium. The president of the Historic Vehicle Association, Mark Gessler. 12 Being that the room was filled with roars of laughter, celebratory toasts, and cheers, it was a bit hard to hear him, as the ambient noise levels were harsh. In standard format, the gentleman began discussing the logistics of his program and as he talked about the location, the ceremony, and choice of cars I couldn’t help but think inside my head, “Here we go again.” You see, being in this industry you are bombarded with sales pitches and marketing gimmicks, and while I admit to being a bit jaded, the tone of my attitude changed quickly as OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER the man began talking about cars. Throughout the years, I’ve heard all the pitches about event logistics and potential crowds, exposure and revenue, but rarely have I heard anyone be so well versed when it comes to car culture; and this guy definitely had it. As he moved over to the subject of lowriding, he began to talk about the “Gypsy Rose” and that’s when I knew he was about his business. His talk was specific, and not in general as the many before him, and let’s just say that he definitely got our attention. As the conversation grew, I peered over to his name badge, and with all table etiquette out the window I placed my phone under the table and discretely ran a Google search on his name. With bad reception, it took a bit to load but once it did the first thing that caught my eye was a slogan that said, “Join the Movement, Drive History!” From there, the next sentence caught me as it read, “The mission of the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) is to promote the cultural and historical significance of the automobile and protect the future of our automotive past.” 13 The "Gypsy Rose" was enclosed inside the "Glass Jewel Box" on the pathway between the National Air and Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art with the Capitol building directly behind it. "... IT NOT ONLY BECAME A REALITY, BUT THE BIGGEST THING TO HAVE HAPPENED TO THE CULTURE OF LOWRIDING SINCE ITS INCEPTION." LOWRIDER.COM Needless to say, I was sold. This mission of his organization was to educate, preserve, and protect the future of our automotive past, and I was floored. This was something I had never known existed but something I truly admired. I constantly talk about preserving the traditional values of lowriding, but here was an organization that wasn’t as singular. Instead, what they did for lowriding they did for the entire automotive culture. The HVA organization aims to achieve documentation and recognition of historically important vehicles in a National Historic Vehicle Register. They protect the future of our automotive past through affiliations with museums, academic institutions, educational programs, and support of legisla14 Original Cragar SS wheels and Coker 520s rolled the Rose into D.C. tive action, and with over 375,000 members, the HVA is the world’s largest historic vehicle owners’ organization—and this guy sitting next to us is the president. In the slickest way possible, I put my phone down and let Rudy know that the eagle had landed. The gentleman sitting next to him was Mark Gessler, and he was the real deal. He is a big timer with a low- OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER key persona and as talks became more serious he began to discuss the planning and implementation of his program. As I look back to that dinner, all I can say is that it was unreal. Everything he talked about became a reality in six short months; and it not only became a reality, but the biggest thing to have happened to the culture of lowriding since its inception. As I write this, the memories of this escapade begin to flash. I can vividly recall the dinner, most of the discussion with Mark, and post discussions with Jesse Valadez Jr. about how serious this occasion was. I remember the 3-D photo shoot of the car in our studio, as well as loading it on the transport for delivery. We can never forget working along with Mark Gessler, 15 On this day, the "Gypsy Rose" was documented and recorded into the National Historic Vehicle Register. Director of Operations Dianne Parker, Historian Casey Maxon, and their incredible staff. Then there was the flight to Washington, D.C. No different than any other flight, the reality of this event became all too apparent and surreal as I checked in the hotel and began to walk down to the National Mall. It felt like a dream to see “Gypsy Rose” being driven into the jewel box, and LOWRIDER.COM The famous Whittier Boulevard was a home to the "Gypsy Rose." The Valadez family, along with their memorable treasure. 16 6 to be honest it is something I will never forget. In fact, that was the shortest—but most powerful—trip any lowrider has ever taken. As the night came to an end, I sat in my room in amazement. We were taking part in such an honorable event that would literally go down in history. But the reality of the event didn’t kick in until the very next day as Mark began his speech. At that point, it became quite evident this was no longer a dream. For the first time ever a lowrider was inducted into the HVA and I was taken back. This was a win for the lowrider culture and it felt incredible to be there. We have to thank Quaker State and Mark Gessler for giving us the great opportunity to be part of this historical event. A special thanks goes out to the Historic Vehicle Association, without their vision and support none of this would have been possible. In the same breath, we would also like to thank Nancy Brunner from Quaker State & Shell Oil. Congratulations also goes out to the Jesse Valadez family and the Imperials Car Club. Unbeatable Value. Summit Racing Equipment is the source for parts, tools, and accessories for everything lowrider, and more. Plus, you’ll get unbeatable service, expert tech advice, 24/7 ordering, and fast shipping. Millions of Parts. 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But amidst those stories are many that would revolve around the birth of many lowriding enthusiasts. For Miguel Hernandez, this is exactly where his lowrider story began. Long before life’s obligations came knocking, a young and carefree Miguel could be found on Central Street cruising in one of his two lowriders. As the years passed, those cruising days were replaced with a cruise down the aisle of love with his wife, Mily. Soon after, a 18 OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER The classic look of Truespoke wheels will never, ever go away! growing family became top priority and the necessities of life eventually led him to sell his prized lowriders—although he vowed to one day build another. As time went on and life’s responsibilities started to drain his accounts, his dreams started to slowly take the back seat. Fortunately for him, Mily never forgot his sacrifice, and one day when he least expected it, Mily surprised Miguel with a '63 Chevy Impala as a gesture of her gratitude. Together, they embarked on a restoration voyage to make this Impala worthy enough to cruise down Central. The build became just as beautiful as the process itself. “The car was in decent shape,” 19 LOWRIDER.COM Miguel says. “We started by updating the original 327 with chrome aftermarket parts, then accented them with hand-engraved designs. The factory power windows were given a once-over and an original green interior kit was installed by Chapo’s Upholstery.” Arizona native, Chavo, was called upon to complete the custom Turquoise paintjob. He adorned the vehicle with his signature patterns, ’striping, and leafing to the roof, trunk, and sides of the car. “I wanted to roll on what I had back in the day,” Miguel says … referring to the OG Truespoke wire wheels he had recently refurbished. In the end, this build is one that speaks volumes about the core of lowriding. We are a compassionate bunch who focuses on family first. “I want to thank everyone who helped us out,” Miguel says. 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The first thing he noticed was that the tires were bad, so he replaced them before the ride 28 House of Kolor's Apple Red candy brings out the luxurious look. OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER CAR MODEL 1994 FLEETWOOD BROUGHAM BY CADILLAC NO AMOUNT OF BAD LUCK COULD STOP THIS FLEETWOOD FROM BROUGHAM-ING THE STREETS STORY & PHOTOS BY PHIL GORDON home. An hour into his drive, one of the cylinders started leaking, so he pulled over and added some oil. As if that weren’t bad enough, he soon experienced a blowout. And, bad luck typically comes in threes, so, go figure, he was pulled over for having no plates or insurance when he was just 15 minutes from home. During the build process, Victor soon befriended “Tank” from SolitoS 29 LOWRIDER.COM 1994 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD BROUGHAM VEHICLE NICKNAME ClassickO OWNER Victor “SickO” Alcantara CITY/STATE Waukegan, IL SUSPENSION Three-pump Black Magic anodized red, full front end chrome, reinforced suspension WHEELS/TIRES 14-inch OG wire wheels painted to match, 175/70-14 radials ENGINE 5.7L LT1, 4L60E transmission BODY/PAINT House of Kolor Candy Apple Red painted by Tony’s Automotive, red canvas top by Reyes Customs, pinstriped by Chavo from Phoenix INTERIOR Two-tone red and tan by Reyes Customs SOUND SYSTEM JVC Phase Linear flip-out head unit, MTX components and amps CLUB SolitoS Car Club of Chicago, and with his help the Cadillac went straight to a local named Mikey—the one responsible for switching up the entire hydraulic setup to a safer and more stable system. The next step in the build was to have a complete color change done by Reyes Custom in West Allis, Wisconsin. The factory gold paintjob was replaced with a bright red paintjob complete with a red canvas top. From there, pinstriper Chavo was flown in from Arizona to lay down some pinstripe on the Caddy. At this point, the Fleetwood was ready to show its wings, so Victor brought it out to a local car show. As Victor’s bad luck would have it, the engine blew on the way there, so it was back to the drawing board as Victor and his club members lent a helping hand to rebuild and replace the motor. Reyes handled the interior change and Victor was able to completely transform his big body after all his bad luck. Victor wishes to thank his SolitoS club members for their 30 A '94 with a whole lot more! help and support in making sure that his dream was completed, as well as his good friend Horacio Rosiles for the mechanical help. He wishes to thank Reyes Customs for their masterful work with the transformation of the Cadillac. As a single father of beautiful 8-year-old Natalie, Victor has to lead by example and show her that dreams can come true no matter what obstacles are in the way. As his first lowrider car, Victor has gone above and beyond all expectations. LOWRIDER.COM THE TROPICAL FESTIVAL ATMOSPHERE YOU NEVER WANT TO MISS STORY BY JOE RAY | PHOTOS BY PHIL GORDON 32 ART TUASON CHAMPION BUILDER AT HOPPO’S CUSTOMS LOOK FOR THE SIX-PACK™ DESIGN ON OPTIMA® YELLOWTOP®, REDTOP® AND BLUETOP® BATTERIES AT A RETAILER NEAR YOU. The OPTIMA logo, OPTIMA Batteries, The Ultimate Power Source, Spiralcell Technology, YELLOWTOP, REDTOP, BLUETOP and The Six-Pack Battery Design are trademarks of Johnson Controls, Inc. ©2017 LOWRIDER.COM The Blue Diamond Road King tattoo parlor, Dia De Los Muertos clothing salesmen, and a fire red '57 Rag were just a small portion of the Miami show's entertainment. 34 In 1977, the culture that was built around family tradition, friends, and custom cars was given a national outlet of exposure when Lowrider magazine was born. Right out the gate, Lowrider made its impact on the world; in conjunction with the magazine they created a national tour that acted as a hub for builders to showcase their custom creations. Lowrider happenings back then and Lowrider car shows now are the lowrider lifeline; they are the pulse that keeps this culture alive. 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When it comes to our way of life though there is no place or venue that can match the excitement and festival atmosphere that Cuanthom Productions and Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds can offer. Just a few days before this two-day Lowrider tour stop event would take place, you could feel the excitement in the air while the fairgrounds floors were being taped down for the 350 reserved entries that would be in line the next day for move-in. There was also a massive move-in of vendor booths that took place indoor and outdoor. An outside arena was staged for the hopping contest, sponsored by Competition High Hitter Hydraulics (Las Vegas), a huge stage full of entertainment, mixed drinks and 36 Bowtie Connection at your service. beer gardens everywhere, plus all kinds of varieties of food. This venue looked like it was under construction or renovation for the first couple of days with everyone trying to get set up as quickly as they could until the show began Saturday afternoon. The grounds became a hub where different nationalities meshed and on display was a plethora of rides that included lowriders, hot rods, lifted LOWRIDER.COM A charity cause sponsored by the Cartel Baggers. 38 cars, trucks, motorcycles, and classic cars. This family event showcased the best of the best, with clubs traveling as far as Texas to participate. The event was packed for each of the two days as attendees enjoyed the sounds of live music and entertainment on stage or inside the large halls. There were plenty of 20x20 jackstand displays throughout this year’s show, compared to last, and that kept the crowds entertained while they waited for the highly anticipated hopping contest and demolition derby. LOWRIDER.COM Low Lyfe Car Club's magenta and purpledout six-four still in mint condition. Ralph and the Cartel Baggers' rad red machine. Saturday served as the qualifying day for Sunday’s actual competition, and Pinky from “Those Dudes CC” shot down from Indiana and led the pack by hitting 113 inches on his radical '64 Chevy Impala hopper. Another highlight was a special performance by hydraulic legend “German,” who brought out of retirement his radical truck, which last saw action some 12 years ago. Everywhere you turned there were vendor booths, like Bowtie Connection Miami and Lowrider Clothing, who seemed like they dressed the entire crowd with their various designs of T-shirts and caps. Also on location were the always-entertaining DS18 Audio and Arizona’s Krazy Kutting, who brought out their one-off chrome and engraved custom accessories 40 and undercarriage parts. The very popular local motorcycle club, Cartel Baggers, decked the inside of the hall with the finest custom motorcycles in all of Florida, and they even gave away custom helmets to two young lowrider kids who attended the show, both of whom are paralyzed. A special thanks goes out to Ralph and his big-time club for the kind and charitable gesture. LOWRIDER.COM CAR MODEL 1964 IMPALA BY CHEVROLET STORY BY J.JARASA PHOTOS BY BETO MENDOZA INSATIABLE IMPALA 44 OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER If someone told me there was a body and frame of a 1964 Impala being sold for $1,000, I’d drop everything—including finishing this story—and scoop it up with speed. Aside from winning the lottery, that’s the stuff that dreams are made of, and I’m still waiting for one of those magical offers, but I’m pretty confident it’ll never happen. But Davy Bernabe of Azusa, California, was blessed to have scored that exact deal. As expected, he paid the thousand, transported the Impala back home, and it sat in his driveway for four years while he showcased his '83 Cadillac. As most of the stories go, he ended up meeting a local painter who agreed to paint his car, and the painter promised a spectacular job, so Davy sold a '48 Chevy to sink the proceeds into the paint— and that’s exactly what happened. The car came back freshly painted, and in the months to follow, Davy soon realized that his hard-earned money would sink into the cracks and crevices of the paintjob that began to peel. Unhappy, unmoti45 vated, and disappointed with the paint, the Impala was set aside to sit for yet another two years while he contemplated his next move. It’s a story that many of us have heard— and plenty have experienced—and that incident alone wasn’t enough to permanently curb his enthusiasm to finish off the car. During his second attempt, the car was dropped off to Area 51, which came highly recommended by his friend Robert Reyes and this is what got the ball rolling once again. The Impala came back with LOWRIDER.COM Pearlescent patterned roof panels complement the Bermuda Blue body. 46 OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER 1964 CHEVY IMPALA VEHICLE NICKNAME Insatiable OWNER Davy Bernabe CAR CLUB Thee Artistics CITY/STATE Azusa, CA BODY/PAINT Dre at Area 51 Kustoms Inc. in Bellflower, CA, used Bermuda Blue to paint the car. Mike D of West Coast Auto Body & Paint patterned the top while Edgar at Maxima Imagen added the murals. SUSPENSION Davy and Oso Rivera installed the candy painted whammy pump with an Adex dump to the front, Baby Adel to the back, 8-inch cylinders in the front, 10-inch in the back and four batteries. INTERIOR Covina Auto Upholstery brought the interior back to its stock state but with Gucci inserts. SOUND ASAV in Azusa, CA, installed the Pioneer deck/mid speakers and Rockford Fosgate amps and subwoofers. WHEELS/TIRES 13x7 Zenith with 5.20 Premium Sportways ENGINE 350 engine with Edelbrock carb stellar results, and it was doused in sheer perfection in a hue of Bermuda Blue. Happy with the results, the car was then sent directly over to Mike D from Majestics for patterns and a flake top, and once complete, he doubled up on the custom accents by sending it over to Edgar from Maxima Image for some custom mural work. In total, the car is a stunner that sports a classic look with a twist. The patterns, the pinstriping, and the flake magically disappear into the Bermuda Blue paint, but once just a shimmer of light hits the top, they all come back into play in a major way. Inside, the interior flaunts a primarily stock upholstery scheme, but the use of Gucci fabric on the inserts adds a panty-dropping touch that’s sure to please. Auditory pleasure is brought to the occupants by way of Gucci fabric and a rosary grace this Impala's interior. 47 a Pioneer/Fosgate system, and the shake, rattle and boom is provided by a pair of Fosgate F1 woofers, which are housed in a fiberglass enclosure and accented by the soul of his hydraulic system components that feeds the Adex (front) and Baby Adel (back) dumps. The entire hydro system is controlled by a four-switch system, which provides the front, back, and sideto-side action. Classic, clean, and built to drive, this Impala definitely holds its own. It’s also proof that the pain, the patience, and the money put into building a classic car are all part of the process that keeps lowriding alive. Besides, there is no good without bad, and all the headaches make us that much more appreciative of the final result and quality builds like this one here. LOWRIDER.COM A '49 SUBURBAN THAT WAS BUILT TO DELIVER STORY & PHOTOS BY BETO MENDOZA 48 OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER TRUCKOFTHEMONTH B R O U G H T T O Y O U B Y B R O T H E R S TRUCK MODEL 1949 SUBURBAN THRIFT MASTER BY CHEVROLET '49 Thrift Master that delivers an "OldieStyle." 49 Ask your parents about your family ancestry and it’s probably as scatterbrained as a dismantled project car. From country to country, city to city, most of our ancestral roots can be found all throughout the globe, but this isn’t the case for Tommy Garcia—a man whose family roots have remained in Redlands for well over 100 years. Looking back, his family started off by picking, packing, harvesting, and delivering oranges. As Tommy went into depth about his family lineage you could instantly see an extreme sense of pride; and it’s with good reason. It might also help to mention that our photo shoot was taken at the old train station, making the perfect setting that doubled as a tribute to his family roots and the city he calls home. LOWRIDER.COM An avid lowriding enthusiast, Tommy has been doing the damn thing for decades. He’s had his fair share of Impalas and Regals, but the time finally came when he decided that it was time for him to step into bomb culture. It was there he found his way into a '49 Suburban that was located out of state. The condition of the body and paint is the same as you see here except the ’Burban wasn’t driveable; but that was hardly enough to stop him from picking it up. Once he got it back to California, the front suspension locked up and the vehicle became inoperable. To address the problem, the ’Burban was put in the hands of Johnson Motorsports who rebuilt the suspension with a Mustang III frontend and a two-link rearend. The frame was C-notched in order to get it to lay on the floor. Once complete, Budget Transmission nestled a T5 five-speed trans along with the mandatory 1.5-inch custom pipe setup. With the suspension, motor, and transmission working properly, Tommy was quick to hit the streets; that’s exactly what his ride was built for. As pretty as it is, many would have quickly left this bold Suburban as a precious trailer queen, but Tommy thinks otherwise. Built to deliver loads of fun, he built this ride to hit the slick city streets, and it delivers just that. It’s a purpose-built vehicle that was built to drive while also acting as a canvas of the pride he retains in not only his family but the city he loves. 50 Nothing like Artillery wheels tucked under any bomb's fenders! 1949 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN THRIFT MASTER VEHICLE NICKNAME El Jefe ’49 OWNER Tommy Garcia CITY/STATE Highland, CA CLUB OldieStyle WHEELS/TIRES 16-inch Artillerys with Coker 550/16 tires BODY/PAINT Axalta tan and beige paint INTERIOR Tweed interior in two-tone beige ENGINE 216ci with a split manifold and Fenton headers Old train station backdrop setting takes this 'Burban back where it belongs ... its roots. SUSPENSION AccuAir airbag setup with ViAir compressors SOUND Pionner stereo and midrange speakers LOWRIDER.COM CAR MODEL 1978 MONTE CARLO BY CHEVROLET 52 OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER A SHORTAGE OF CASH MAY HAVE PROLONGED HIS DREAM, BUT IT NEVER STOPPED IT FROM COMING TO LIFE. STORY & PHOTOS BY BETO MENDOZA The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree; and when your father is a collector of cars, it’s hard not to catch the bug and get inspired. So in what might seem like an adult toy chest, both Jesse and his brother picked up on their father’s lifestyle and their admiration for their father’s collection became second nature—but that shouldn’t have come as a surprise. After spending time around so many of his father’s cars, Jesse began a mental list of some of his favorite rides, and among the list was a '78 Monte Carlo. With its elegant, freeflowing lines, the Monte Carlo was not only commonly available, but also an affordable platform used for lowriding. So that’s where Jesse began. To make his dreams come to fruition, he began with an online search where he found a '78 Monte Carlo located in Arizona. It was an all-original car with only 50,000 original miles, and with a price tag of only $3,000, Jesse couldn’t pass it up, even if he was financially strapped for cash at the time. With the car in his possession, the first thing he did was straighten out the body and have Louie Carrillo lay down one of his trademark candy flake tangerine paintjobs. Little by little Jesse kept chipping away at the build and along the way he opted for a twopump hydraulic setup, a complete sound system, a custom interior, and the necessary wire wheels. During his build, money was tight, but the end result is a lowrider 53 LOWRIDER.COM that he’s extremely proud of. The car not only became a testament to his patience and love for lowriding, but also an experiential process that brought out the best from both his family and friends. In closing, Jesse would like to thank his wife for her inspiration and support, and now that the Monte Carlo is done, it’s become a rolling canvas that represents one man’s dream and his family’s tight knit bond and admiration for a man—and a car—they respect, love, and truly admire. The Carbajal family and their flaked tangerine Monte. 1978 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO VEHICLE NICKNAME Sunset Dream OWNER Jesse Carbajal CITY/STATE Santa Ana, CA CLUB Uniques ENGINE Stock INTERIOR Khaki-colored leather SUSPENSION Two pumps, four switches, and six batteries WHEELS/TIRES 100-spoke 13x7 wire wheels and Firestone 155/80-R13s BODY/PAINT Flaked House of Kolor Tangerine SOUND SYSTEM Kenwood stereo with two amps and Pioneer speakers, and a single 10-inch subwoofer 54 a i n r o f i l a C ’ n i m a e r D Some things in life are just meant to be. Like when Matias “JR” Zamora spotted his dream car while shopping for parts at a swap meet. To give his ‘59 Impala its dazzling, SoCal look, Zamora turned to the VIBRANCE COLLECTION® line of custom hues and effects by PPG. ©2017 PPG Industries, Inc. All rights reserved. www.vibrancecollection.com The PPG Logo and Vibrance Collection are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc. LOWRIDER.COM ROLLPLAYERZ E S T A B L I S H E D 1 9 7 7 CAR MODEL 2006 F-150 BY FORD As a quality control inspector, Raul Saenz knows a few things about making sure the job is done right. From project planning to leaving no stone unturned, he used those same principles to build a truck that reflects his love for details. Having previously built custom cars, his first project was a '97 Grand Marquis that he built in high school. At the time, he was building on a budget, so he kept it simple. Years later, he found himself more financially stable and that’s when he decided to purchase a brandnew '06 Ford F-150. Originally the plan was to keep the truck as a clean street cruiser with some 24-inch wheels and a stereo system. However, that plan was diminished to dust when Raul decided he wanted a full 56 House of Kolor and Matrix brand color collaboration. custom showstopper. Eight years later the slammed and candied head turner has now earned the moniker Kandy Krush. Since its debut, the truck has become a show favorite and has also given him the ability to showcase his lowrider roots while riding on 30s. The decision to ride on 30s was a costly one because it required making extensive OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER USING WHAT HE LEARNED AT WORK, RAUL SAENZ PUT HIS BEST FOOT FORWARD AND BUILT HIS DREAM TRUCK STORY & PHOTOS BY JASON GARDNER suspension modifications, including shortening the rearend 3 inches on each side and installing a Texas two-link setup with slam bags on all four corners. All the custom fabrication was handled by the crew at Lil 1 Kustoms and now the 30x10 Forgiato Ottos tuck clean while laying frame. With the suspension done, the attention shifted to the outside where he included suicide rear doors, split motorized tailgate, suicide hood, and a panoramic roof. Once again wanting to keep a lowrider feel to the truck, Raul took the truck to Jose Mendoza at Pistolero’s Designs where a multicolor candy could be laid down. Knowing that paint is one of the first things most people notice, nothing less than a top-notch 57 Houston, we have a problem. job would be acceptable. Taking inspiration from some lowriding legends, a mix of candy purples, blues, and pinks were combined to create an exemplary color scheme. To highlight the paint Pistolero’s added some fine-line pinstriping throughout the truck. While the truck was disassembled for paint, several pieces, including the door handles and mirror covers, were LOWRIDER.COM 2006 FORD F-150 VEHICLE NICKNAME Kandy Krush OWNER Raul Saenz CITY/STATE Houston, TX CLUB Houtex Ryders ENGINE Stock 4.6L with Flowmaster muffler WHEELS/TIRES 30x10 Forgiato Otto with Fullrun 255/30R30 tires BODY/PAINT Motorized split tailgate, suicide rear doors, motorized tilt hood, panoramic roof and roll pan. A variety of House of Kolor and Matrix candy purple with some candy pink and blue paints. INTERIOR Painted fiberglass parts and wrapped in Alligator, Ostrich, suede, and leather with the main color being Cigar Brown SOUND SYSTEM 7-inch Pioneer double-din deck with Memphis amps power the Pioneer 6.5-inch mids and four JL Audio 10-inch subwoofers SUSPENSION Stock axle was cut 3 inches from each side; Slam Bags airbag setup Suicide rear doors and tilt hood. shipped to Robert Junior in Dallas for some lowrider-style engraving. Since Kandy Krush was going to see lots of miles, a comfortable interior that combined style and function was mandatory. For this the truck paid a visit to Ramon’s upholstery to have every piece either upholstered or painted. The stock bench seat in the back was removed in favor of a set of bucket seats to allow the console to flow from the dash to the back window. All four seats were done in a combination of Cigar Brown leather, Ostrich, Alligator, and suede. Manny's Custom Creations created all the wild fiberglass work to complement the interior. No custom ride would be complete without an over-thetop audio system. EFX Elite Auto styling installed a Pioneer double58 Split open tailgate. din radio, four JL Audio subs with three amplifiers, and Pioneer mids and highs. Looking back at the eight-year build, Raul said he wouldn’t change a thing. Being a quality control expert has definitely come in handy throughout the build. 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But the beauty of the bike is nothing compared to how the owner, Robert Martinez Jr., acquired it. In fact, the bike means so much to the owner that he cherishes it as a family heirloom and sees it as an investment to his namesake and lineage. “Everything I do is for my family. Some invest in houses, some invest in the stock market, but I put my money into cars and bikes,” the proud owner says. “The day the good Lord comes for me, I will leave behind my legacy, and I will leave behind my rides.” Unlike most builds, which start off with a Craigslist hunt or a trip to the dealership, Robert’s Street Glide came about as a surprise–literally. Years back, his father came down from Cali to visit; he came not only with a plan, but with a gift. Unbeknownst to Robert, his wife and father had made plans to meet up early and head to the local Longhorn Harley dealership. Once they arrived they did the paperwork on the Harley, and once complete, his father hopped on the bike and drove it to his house. “He drove it up to my canton and surprised me with it. But don’t get me wrong, I still make payments but the bike would have never existed had this not happened,” Robert says. Building a project bike is already a task in itself, but throw on the selfinflicted pressure of trying to get it done by the next Lowrider Super Show and the pressure multiplies tenfold. With the Super Show just seven months away, Robert was determined to get the bike done, and that’s when he called in for backup. For starters, he hit up homie Javier Gutierrez “El Engraver” in Fort Worth. Surprisingly enough, this was the first bike he had ever engraved but it came back with heavy nods of approval. The 61 H.D. Texas Street Glide. powdercoating and the frontend assembly was taken care of by Metroplex Kustoms. Feeling like it needed a bit more customization, the parts were sent back to Gutierrez so he could engrave over the matte black. “I wanted a different look, appeal, and dimension, and doing that extra custom work over the matte black really separated the bike’s colors and chrome theme,” Robert says. Not wanting to change the look of his dash, he left the factory radio but mated them to a pair of 6-inch Alpine speakers in the front fairing, a pair of Alpine 6x9s in the hardbags along with an 8-inch sub, all of which are powered by matching Alpine amps. With the bike done, it was literally loaded up at the shop, dropped back to Robert’s home where it was again loaded back on a trailer to then take a road trip from Grand Prairie, Texas, to Vegas. As soon as it landed in Vegas, the bike was dropped off to his friend Rosendo’s garage, and waiting in anticipation was Lokey to get to work ’striping the LOWRIDER.COM bike. “Lokey threw down some lines in red and white, and followed it up with accents to make it pop,” Robert says. “I was blown away and all I can say is that Lokey is a stand-up homie.” Now if you’re lucky enough to hop on this Street Glide, you’ll know right away that she is by no means a trailer queen. She was built to ride and enjoy, and 16-inch apes, which are powdercoated matte black and fully engraved, navigate it. The clutch and brake levers were also chromed and engraved and a pull on the clutch lever will get you through all six gears by way of a 103cc engine that has been diamond cut and engraved as well. Getting power to the ground is done through a set of one-off 26-inch wheels, which are engraved and fitted with black spokes accented with fire red nipples and matching hub. The bike sits 21⁄2 inches in the front, raked out 11 degrees at the trees. To help aid in altitude adjustment and comfort, the rear was fitted with an air ride system using 4-inch extended ’bags with dual exhaust ports at the rear. They day after, the bike was set up for the Las Vegas Super Show and that’s when all the hard work and effort paid off. The bike wound up on the firing side of hundreds of cameras; it was accepted with admiration and respect. In the end all the hard work and hustle paid off as La Morena took her class in the competition—a definitely proud moment for both Robert and his family. But the celebration of his win came with an added bonus. When asked about how it felt, with a smile Robert said, “My dad was there with me for his birthday and to be honest, one of the best things in life is time spent with family, so being able to do that alongside 62 Coming soon to a theater near you, "La Morena." my jefito, Robert Martinez Sr., for his birthday and with the grandkids was amazing. To see his face when he finally saw my bike was priceless and even better was that he was there to see La Morena win. It was so special to me that I had to give him the First Place plaque.” In closing, he’d like to wish the lowrider community all the best and insists that we all stay low and slow. He is also quick to reiterate that everything he’s done is for his family and in the end the only thing that matters is that you leave behind your legacy and your family morals to ensure the brightest future for the kids. CAR NAME: THE LEGACY OWNER: ALBERT DEALBA JR PAINTER: ALBERT DEALBA JR AT CAL BLAST LOCATION: POMONA CA PRIMER: KD3000 GRAY BASE: S2-BC02 ORION SILVERMAX /S2-PBC57 LITE TEAL PEARL KANDY: KK09 ORGANIC GREEN / KK04 ORIENTAL BLUE / KK15 TEAL / KK05 COBALT BLUE / KK09 ORGANIC GREEN CLEAR: USC01 SHOW KLEAR House of Kolor has been on the cutting edge of custom paint since 1956. Our specialty? Making custom paint that’s easy to use and impossible to ignore. Whether you’re setting out to create a classic look or something no one’s ever seen before, we have the paint to get the job done. Discover your kolor at houseofkolor.com. LOWRIDER.COM MORE THAN JUST A COMPLIANCE SOLUTION, IT’S ALSO A BETTER PRODUCT TO SPRAY! STORY & PHOTOS BY JOE RAY SOURCE PPG us.ppgrefinish.com 64 OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER Long before collision centers began to hear about waterborne paint, PPG was already immersed in it. In fact, PPG first introduced waterborne technology for OEM assembly plants back in 1986. Today, PPG waterborne basecoat systems offer the number one best-selling technology of its kind. Continuously looking to improve and remaster the technology and chemistry needed to meet the highest demands, PPG remains 10 steps ahead of the game at all times. In light of that, one of PPG’s most recent launches is a single-stage waterborne system for use on vehicle interiors and engine bay repairs. This flawless system is a hit among painters in the industry and it’s just part of their continuous expansion and improvement when it comes to waterborne coatings. Unlike competitive systems that may be polyurethane-based, PPG’s Envirobase technology, along with their waterborne basecoats, incorporates the latest, true latex resins. Their specially formulated acrylic waterborne latex resin is designed to do a number of things to make an easy-to-use product. PPG’s solid latex core delivers durable colors and their latex particles cling together LOWRIDERGARAGE E S T A B L I S H E D 1 9 7 [ COSMETICS ] 7 LOWRIDER.COM for stability so that pigment and resin remain suspended and resist settling. Because the acrylic waterborne latex resins are engineered with unique, non-stir, anti-settle technology, you no longer need a mechanical mixing machine. The result of that creation is an agitation-free mixing room. Users simply tilt the toner bottle back and forth three to four times and that’s it! You're ready to pour. Painters no longer have to wait for toners to be agitated or experience 66 the frustration that can come with mismatches as a result of improper agitation. Furthermore, PPG’s waterborne systems are superior over solvent-based technologies in many ways as there is less odor and improved air quality in the environment and work place. As a result of this, there is also more accurate mixing. Mechanical mixing, required with solvent-based systems, is time consuming, and if not done properly, can lead to poor GARAGECOSMETICS The potential material savings is 25-30 percent, and when it comes to hazardous waste, PPG waterborne products generate up to 75 percent less hazardous waste than what is typically found with solvent basecoat applications. The switch to waterborne typically requires few, if any, equipment changes. However, to take full advantage of the benefits of conversion, customers should be aware of equipment considerations color matches, lost productivity, and wasted product. With PPG waterborne toners, there’s no need for a mechanical mixing system—just shake and pour. Toners pour easily, even in small amounts, for consistently accurate matches. But in all honesty, talk is cheap and the proof is in the pudding. One look at an applied coat of PPG waterborne basecoat, and it’s easy to recognize how its metallic orientation represents a vast improvement over solvent. With PPG waterborne, the uniform evaporation rate works in conjunction with the unique latex fingers to orient the metallic flakes in just the right position to provide the appropriate color travel from face to flop. PPG waterborne users consistently rave about how much easier it is to achieve “invisible” blends, since they no longer experience mottling or color shifts when fading out the color. When blending with solvent, choosing the wrong reducer can increase color variability, and incorrect gun distance can cause poor metallic orientation and dieback. There is also less product needed with the PPG waterborne system. Customers will use approximately 25 percent less sprayable base, and 70-90 percent less reducer. 67 regarding spray guns, air movement, and filtration. Comprehensive training is an essential element of a successful switch to waterborne. To help shop owners, managers, and painters become comfortable with waterborne technology and equipment, PPG provides comprehensive training programs. We recently had the opportunity to visit the local PPG training center in Ontario, California, and it was there that we had a chance LOWRIDER.COM Can you tell the difference? One half of this panel is waterborne and the other half is urethane solvent. Paul Stol is an encyclopedia of the custom paint world. to sit down with paint legend Paul Stol and his trusty sidekick, Frank Ramos. At the time, they were in the midst of teaching a group of lowrider painters about waterborne technology and in the class they taught about the importance of spraying waterborne basecoats, flakes, candies, and pearls on their own paint panels. This two-day class consisted of product awareness, mixing of materials, spraying techniques, masking tape tricks, and laying out intricate styles of patterns. Each of the lowrider class painters started off creating a bold metal flake finish reminiscent of ’70s-era show cars and custom bikes with Ditzler Big Flake colors. Offered in silver, gold, five primary and four color-shifting options, Ditzler Big Flake colors consist of large metallic flakes that can be added directly to the basecoat or be used as a ground coat for Radiance II. 68 By doing so you will automatically create a mid-coat or pearl-coat effect. First thing this class found out was the flake material in the spray gun canister doesn’t have to be shaken like solvent flakes because the flake particles float to the top. Also, when the flake is sprayed onto the panel, each painter noticed that the silver flake lands and stands dried and in place at every angle possible. 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In short, a good paintjob is what dreams are made of, and only few qualify as top-notch contenders. When you step into the art of Kustom painting, the levels of the game are elevated and this is when we get lost for words. This is when we begin to understand the science of paint technology, the theory of application, and, as most of you already know, this is when we get to understand the true power of a good basecoat—one of the most essential steps in creating a truly flawless end result. Basecoat products, such as pearls, can make your project sparkle, flip-flop, shimmer, and turn heads. But this is where things start to get exciting, as you have to decide which pearl effect to choose from. To help alleviate that task, the folks at House of Kolor offer a massive selection of pearl products that fit any LOWRIDERGARAGE E S T A B L I S H E D 1 9 7 7 [ COSMETICS ] completely removes rust and is: non-toxic | biodegradable | reusable :f^kb\Zl*Ghg&mhqb\KnlmK^fho^k Call or visit our website for a location near you :]oZg\^:nmhu:fZshguHK^beeruLnffbmKZ\bg`Fhk^ 888.329.9877 | www.EVAPO-RUST.com Our family is here to help with your next restoration project! 73 LOWRIDER.COM taste. Just like the results from their pearls you too will be flip-flopping on an eventual favorite choice. The most creative paintjobs also need depth or dimension and it must be said that only the best single-color candy applications are sprayed over the perfect choice of pearl basecoats. In fact, only the best multicolored candies have pearl patterns that complement them on a well-designed and intricate layout. With that said, House of Kolor provides the widest 74 selection of pearl scenarios. Here are just a few of their select series of iridescent options available for your lowrider’s personal design. S2-FX SERIES LIQUID PEARLS FX Metalume House of Kolor has now increased its silvers by adding Super Fine, Coarse, and Super Silver to the standard BC and FBC. Using the finest aluminum flake technology, the Metalumes allow you, the painter, GARAGECOSMETICS Kolor. Ride under the radar with FX Kosmatic Styling Pearls! S2-FX30 Kosmatic Styling Pearl, KSP Ember Orange FX S2-FX31 Kosmatic Styling Pearl, KSP Strikngold FX S2-FX32 Kosmatic Styling Pearl, KSP Red FX S2-FX33 Kosmatic Styling Pearl, KSP Violet FX S2-FX34 Kosmatic Styling Pearl, KSP Blue FX S2-FX35 Kosmatic Styling Pearl, KSP Green FX S2-FX36 Kosmatic Styling Pearl, KSP Turquoise FX S2-FX37 Kosmatic Styling Pearl, KSP Magenta FX S2-FX38 Kosmatic Styling Pearl, KSP Indigo FX S2-FX39 Kosmatic Styling Pearl, KSP White FX FX Metajuls BLING! Looking for a fine vintage style shift indicator external shift tube to choose virtually any finish you desire; the options are there! S2-FX01 Metalume Super Fine, SFBC FX S2-FX02 Metalume Fine FBC FX S2-FX03 Metalume Medium BC FX S2-FX04 Metalume Coarse CBC FX S2-FX05 Metalume Super Silver SSBC FX FX Kosamene Looking for a natural, earth tone finish for your kustom ride? Look no further than Shimrin2 FX Kosamene Series. These earthy fine pearls are excellent for fast coverage on overall projects, graphics, airbrushing, and more. The sky’s the limit! S2-FX21 Kosamene Brass Pearl FX S2-FX22 Kosamene Sterling Silver Pearl FX S2-FX23 Kosamene Russet Pearl FX S2-FX24 Kosamene Copper Pearl FX S2-FX25 Kosamene Bronze Pearl FX S2-FX26 Kosamene Gold Pearl FX FX Kosmatic Styling Pearls Shimrin2 FX Kosmatic Styling Pearls are iridescent blankets with extreme smoothness, giving you the highlights of a pearl in light without taking away from your primary 4-way flashers A classic update of a time-honored hot rod column Available for 3 or 4 speed automatic in 30” or 33” lengths Visit ididit.com for more info self-canceling turn signals proudly made in 75 40s style brass knobs Winner of: 2016 SEMA New Product of the Year 2016 NSRA Nationals Best New Product Award locking detent LOWRIDER.COM flake-like effect? House of Kolor’s uniquely cut FX Metajul pearl has eye-Katching BLING in every light source. Giving you an intense, Klean, and beautiful glamor look. Shimrin2 FX Metajuls Series feature more kolors than ever in an easy-to-use system. FX Metajuls are a super thin foil flake that lays flat quickly for ease of application. The FX Metajuls will blow your mind! S2-FX41 Metajuls, MBC Prism Pearl FX S2-FX42 Metajuls, MBC Pale Gold FX S2-FX43 Metajuls, MBC Red FX S2-FX44 Metajuls, MBC Blue FX S2-FX45 Metajuls, MBC Yellow FX S2-FX46 Metajuls, MBC Green FX S2-FX47 Metajuls, MBC Silver FX FX Kosmic Sparks Be floored by House of Kolor’s new Shimrin2 FX Kosmic Spark Series. These new FX Pacs offer the whitestwhite pearl possible, and a spectrum of kolor. FX Kosmic Sparks are the same size as other pearls, but twice as brilliant! S2-FX61 Kosmic Sparks, KDP Sno White FX S2-FX62 Kosmic Sparks, KDP Gold Rush FX S2-FX63 Kosmic Sparks, KDP Blushing Red FX S2-FX64 Kosmic Sparks, KDP Copper Penny FX S2-FX65 Kosmic Sparks, KDP Summertime Green FX S2-FX66 Kosmic Sparks, KDP Ocean Blue FX S2-FX67 Kosmic Sparks, KDP Turquoise FX When you finally decide on your basecoat and paint options, my only word of advice is to always do a test panel to gauge the coverage and color. By doing so you can get a real feel for what to expect. In doing so, you can adjust accordingly. You may need to increase or decrease your pearl to achieve the proper coverage. The size of the object being painted will also dictate the amount of pear required. Larger objects require less pearl than smaller ones. When it comes to application on large objects, start low and add additional pearl slowly. Too much pearl will reduce the iridescent effect due to overcrowding of the pearl, and in turn may cause mottling or streaking. Apply more coats instead of mixing the pearl too strong. Now, when applying pearl over a dark base, make sure not to add too much pearl concentrate, as mottling or streaking can also occur quite easily. While this may sound like a 76 complicated process, it’s really as easy as shooting test panels and getting a feel for what you need. In addition, by working with quality and a qualified painter, be sure to ask them to educate you about the process because the true beauty of paint is understanding the steps that got you there in the first place! LOWRIDER.COM TWO-STAGE CANDY APPLES THAT CAN BE SPRAYED WITH A BLINDFOLD ON AND A HAND TIED BEHIND YOUR BACK STORY & PHOTOS BY JOE RAY SOURCE Axalta Coating Systems (855) 547-1461 www.axaltacs.com 78 OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER There’s a reason not every car on the street sports a candy paintjob. For starters, it’s not for the faint of heart. Candy paintjobs are an art in itself and it requires a whole lot of blood, sweat, tears, and patience—especially when you’re spraying a 20-foot-long lowrider. But that was long ago. In the past, material costs alone were enough to make the average man squirm. And for the painter, well it was a total pain in the arse, which is why they charged so damn much and took so damn long. Every painter used to be eager for that “candy” money, but they already knew that it was going to come with headaches. Back then, it didn’t matter how skilled you were at single-color translucent paint because old-school candies had a degree of luck involved. Painters used to pray for no streaking or clouding, and there were very few guys who were in good enough shape—and with enough experience— willing to set aside a few days shooting one. But times have changed and so has the technology. New-school technology has given us more efficient options that offer the same end result. Whereas old-school lacquers gave painters one heck of a time, there are now revolutionary 79 LOWRIDERGARAGE E S T A B L I S H E D 1 9 7 [ COSMETICS ] 7 LOWRIDER.COM MONTHLYTECHTIP BY AXALTA COATINGS SYSTEMS THE REAL SEAL: CROMAX LE3040S 2K PRIMER This issue’s Lowrider Paint Tip of the Month, sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems, seals the deal when it comes to quality gray primer sealers. Axalta’s VOC-compliant Cromax LE3040S 2K Primer is a two-component primer sealer designed for spot, panel, and overall repairs. It provides excellent flow and leveling for exceptional topcoat holdout and has minimal overspray during applications. Recommended for use with Cromax Pro Basecoat, this special product has a low overspray with an excellent flow and leveling. LE3040S has the best topcoat holdout and can also be nib-sanded or top-coated in 20 minutes as well. For more technical advice please feel free to contact Axalta’s product specialist Steven Chaparro at email@example.com. new paint products that give you the ability to apply candy paintjobs in half the time, using half the materials, giving you a quality paintjob that can last about half a lifetime as well. A great example of those new paints is Axalta Coating Systems. They offer a two-stage basecoat candy product called CFX that is so easy to spray even the lowrider himself can enter a spray booth, close the doors, plug in, and squirt his own choice of color on his ride. The CFX Two-Stage 80 Basecoat Candy Colors process is transformed when the clearcoat cures. When that happens the candy toner migrates into the clear, creating a true candy color indistinguishable from a traditional silver- or gold-based candy color made with a translucent toner. In addition, the CFX system is so foolproof even guys like us can deliver a candy job void of streaking or clouding. CFX Basecoat Candy Colors are high-performance, fast drying, GARAGECOSMETICS From the booth to the show, twostage CFX candies are foolproof to spray! Custom Show Panels Add Class To Your Ride And Improve Cooling! activated basecoat colors that provide the appearance of a candy but in a two-stage system. With a multitude of great candies to choose from, the final product is one that offers brilliant depth and luster without having to apply 8-14 coats with separate ground and midcoats—with Axalta's CFX it only requires two to three coats applied as a single basecoat. The magic in this system is the dye that's in the basecoat because it migrates up and out into the clear to Cover the radiator core support/hood latch area with our fitted show panels (available in clear, polished or black anodized aluminum) for great looks and cooler cruising. They’re available custom engraved with licensed GM logos or your own design (name, club affiliation, etc.). 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In all, there is a kaleidoscope of CFX Candy Basecoat colors that Axalta has for your custom paint addiction, and they are as follow: Candy Apple CFX Razzle Berry CFX Chicago Rose CFX Scarlet Night CFX Midnight Blue CFX Skyrocket CFX Bahama Blue CFX Blue Moon CFX Mythic Forest CFX Winter’s Green CFX Snake Skin CFX Irish Clover CFX Electric Lime CFX Limo Yellow CFX Purely Purple CFX Lilac Mist CFX Mystic Magenta CFX Root Beer CFX Lava CFX Beyond Bronze CFX Desperado Gold CFX Sunburst CFX Burning Brick CFX “WORLD’S BEST” CUSTOM CARS COMING TO YOU! 2017 SANCTIONED SHOW AUG. 20 ~ ALBUQUERQUE, NM ALBUQUERQUE CONVENTION CENTER 2017 LOWRIDER SHOW OCT. 8 ~ LAS VEGAS, NV CASHMAN CENTER CLUB JACKETS & PATCHES Screen Printing & Embroidery www.HopposOnline.com www.DavidGonzalesArt.com SANCTIONED SHOW CONTACT INFO: ALBUQUERQUE: NewMexicoSuperShow.com 505.433.2702 www.LogosTwo.com www.Karzicon.net FOR SPONSORSHIP / VENDOR BOOTH INFO CONTACT: Martha Carrasco: 949.705.3135 MCarrasco@EnthusiastNetwork.com General Info: 949.705.3161 # OF TICKETS RECEIVED: ______ SIGNATURE: __________________________ ENTRY NO. 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LIABILITY: By signing this application, entrant (“Entrant”) for and on behalf of himself/herself and his/her respective heirs, companies, partnerships, corporations, consultants, agents, advisors, fiduciaries, management personnel, executors, personal representatives, administrators, insurers, trustee, successors, assigns, switchmen and all owners and operators of the car, truck, van, bike and/or motorcycle (collectively, “Vehicle”) entered hereunder (collectively, the “Indemnifying Party”) agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless TEN: The Enthusiast Network, LLC, it subsidiaries, affiliates, divisions and its and their respective present, former and future officers, directors, shareholders, board members, management personnel, consultants, advisors, predecessors, parents, representatives, servants, holding companies, employees, attorneys, agents, contractors, subcontractors, representatives, insurers, fiduciaries, successors and assigns including, but not limited to, LOWRIDER EVENTS, LOWRIDER MAGAZINE, all event sponsors and owners and operators of the event facility (collective, the “Indemnified Party”) from and against any and all damages, claims, liabilities, judgments, fines, penalties, expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees and costs) and losses (collectively, “Claims”) arising out of or in connection with (a) a breach by the Indemnifying Party of any rule, regulation, requirement, term, warranty, covenant, representation or condition contained in this application and/or in the 2017 Official Rule Book (“Rule Book”) and (b) damage to tangible personal property, for personal injury and/or death proximately caused by the negligence or willful misconduct of the Indemnifying Party. The Indemnifying Party further agrees to accept any and all responsibility and liability for the risk of loss, damage, destruction and injury (including death) to his/ her person, the Vehicle, displays and all other personal property and related items belonging to him/her and/or which are in his/her care, custody, possession or control before, during and after the show and hereby fully and voluntarily assumes all such risks and for good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, releases the Indemnified Party from any and all Claims arising out of or in connection therewith. Entrant further acknowledges, affirms and represents that he/she has obtained any and all necessary consents, waivers, releases and authorizations required to execute and enter into this application on behalf of and bind each and every Indemnifying Party hereto. This application and the Rule Book (collectively “Application”) shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without reference to or application of principles of choice of law. In any proceeding arising from or related to the enforcement and/or interpretation of this Application, the Indemnified Party as prevailing party shall be entitled to recover its costs, which includes reasonable attorneys’ fees, against the non-prevailing party. No modification, alteration, waiver or change in any of the terms of this Application shall be valid or binding upon the Indemnified Party unless made in writing and duly executed by the Indemnified Party from whom a waiver is sought. The provisions of this Application shall be severable, and if any of them are held invalid or unenforceable for any reason, such provision shall be adjusted to the minimum extent necessary to cure such invalidity. The invalidity or unenforceability of one provision shall not affect any other. JUDGING: All entries will be judged and decisions rendered in accordance with the 2017 Official Rule Book. Judge’s scores are final, binding and rendered in their sole and absolute discretion. PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO RELEASE: LOWRIDER EVENTS, LOWRIDER MAGAZINE, and TEN: THE ENTHUSIAST NETWORK, LLC, reserve the right to photograph, video tape, film and/or reproduce in any medium, the event, any Entrant, person and/or Vehicle for any future use, at no compensation to Entrant, the Indemnifying Party or any other third party, person or entity as LOWRIDER EVENTS, LOWRIDER MAGAZINE and THE ENTHUSIAST NETWORK, LLC shall have the absolute and unfettered right to use, sell, license and/or publish Entrant’s name, picture, biography and /or likeness in connection with being the owner and/or operator of the Vehicle along with all other content, images, materials, artwork, graphics, pictures, video, data or other information of any kind concerning the event and/or Vehicle (collectively, “DATA”), all such DATA and rights thereto being the sole and exclusive property of LOWRIDER EVENTS, LOWRIDER MAGAZINE and THE ENTHUSIAST NETWORK, LLC, and Entrant, for and on behalf of himself/herself and the Indemnifying Party, upon executing this application, waives and surrenders any and all Claims against the Indemnified Party in connection therewith. SAFETY: All fire regulations must be followed to the letter, or be subject to disqualification and banned from future events. Entrant acknowledges that he/she has received, reviewed and agrees to any and all rules, regulations, requirements, terms, warranties, covenants, representations and conditions contained in this application and in the 2017 Official Rule Book which is incorporated herein by reference. The 2017 Official Rules are available on-line at www.lowrider.com AGREED TO AND ACCEPTED: PRINT NAME: SIGN NAME: DATE: CLUB JACKETS & PATCHES Screen Printing & Embroidery www.HopposOnline.com www.DavidGonzalesArt.com www.LogosTwo.com www.Karzicon.net LOWRIDER.COM LITTLE MARCEL MENDOZA’S '40 PEDAL CAR STORY & PHOTOS BY BETO MENDOZA 86 OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER LOWRIDERKONNECTED E S T A B L I S H E D 1 9 7 7 1940 AMF FIRE CHIEF OWNER Marcel Mendoza CITY/STATE Perris, CA CLUB Groupe Riv. Co. VEHICLE NICKNAME El Nino De Oro BODY/PAINT House of Kolor candy root beer brown INTERIOR Suede and gator in brown and tan WHEELS/TIRES 6-Inch wires with whitewall tires Respect for the family unit is a common characteristic found within the lowrider community. From immediate family to those in our club, we look at fellow club members and those in the community as an extension of our very own. But the love and support we offer goes well beyond car-related issues, and it has everything to do with life in general—and that’s what this story is about. When Nate found out his godson, Little Marcel Mendoza, had been diagnosed with leukemia, he stepped to the plate and offered a form of therapy that could help lift his spirits. As a member of Legendary Groupe Car Club, Nate decided to create a one-off custom pedal car to get Marcel into the swing of things. It all began when Marcel was only 31⁄2 years old. He was diagnosed with the disease and that’s when he was assigned to a therapy program to help him out. Looking to lift his spirits, Nate was determined to find an additional form of therapy to help keep Marcel’s spirits up between rounds. That’s when he decided to look for a pedal car. After coming across a Taylor Tot on Craigslist, he purchased it and set off on a mission to make him something he’d cherish. Upon picking it up, it went straight to F.A. Kustoms where the pedal car was disassembled and prepped for a full custom paintjob. Once the paint dried, it was laced with murals while all the accessory parts were engraved. Mike Lamberson then added the final touches, and with the car complete he wanted Little Marcel to not only ride but ride with his brothers in arms. So in a move to make it official, he had Marcel start prospecting for the club. While Marcel continues treatment, it’s an honor to have been able to shoot this feature because it shows 87 the true spirit behind lowriding. Nowadays, mainstream media spends far too much time highlighting the negative aspects of lowriding but this is why we do what we love. You see, the roots of lowriding run deep and there’s more to it than candy chrome and hydraulic pumps. Our culture is one built on a solid foundation and we applaud Marcel’s godfather for taking a proactive role in giving his godson an outlet to enjoy the fruit and passion of lowriding. Yet as I write this story, Little Marcel continues his fight with leukemia, so our thoughts and prayers are with him daily as he fights for his life. In closing, I would encourage all of you to also include him and his family in your prayers because a little bit of spiritual support goes a long way. That said, we’re riding with you down the road to recovery and we’ll see you at a show soon! 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So with parts he had already collected, he set out to finish yet another wild masterpiece. With the frame already molded, just a little bit of prepping was required before he would proceed to layer it with a Candy Brandywine coated with microflake. Ron of Ron’s Pinstriping then added some fine line accents, bringing out the “Wicked Clown” mural theme found on both sides of the bike. Sal’s Plating handled the refinish of the extensive custom metalwork, which includes a handcrafted seat, handle bars, and a custom neck. Each piece would be painstakingly engraved with intricate floral designs while the 20-inch chrome wheels were accented in a matching powdercoat. Carlos would like to thank all who lent a hand, especially Manny’s Bike Shop in Compton. Of course, no roll call would be complete without Carlos thanking his lovely wife, Ingrid, for all the support during this incredible build. 90 Anything and everything was transformed on this rad Schwinn. OWNER Carlos Martinez CITY/STATE Fullerton, CA VEHICLE NICKNAME Bad Dreams CLUB Finest Kreations WHEELS/TIRES 20-inch wire wheels with painted nipples and whitewall radials BODY/PAINT Candy Brandywine with pinstriping and murals ULTIMATE CAR CARE FINALLY A BRAND WORTHY OF THE LOWRIDER NAME SCAN CODE TO WATCH VIDEO OF PERFECT SHINE WITH JOE RAY WWW.LOWRIDERDETAILING.COM | 1-844-720-2700 LOWRIDER.COM CECIL ESPINOZA USED CARS AS A DISTRACTION ON HIS ROAD TO SOBRIETY STORY STO RY & PHOTOS PHOTOS PHOT OS BY Y HE HECTO HECTOR CTOR R LEYV L LEYVA EYVA A 92 OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER CAR MODEL 1937 SPECIAL BY BUICK Life is an unpredictable journey filled with twists and turns. It will test your patience, try your mental fortitude, and in the end it is how we react to its ever-changing coordinates that ultimately dictate whether it was worth the ride. Some will flourish, others will fail, and the fight for self-preservation is won by those with a survival mind-set. Just ask Narciso “Cecil” Espinoza. His journey is one that begins in a South San Gabriel garage. Amidst the backdrop of this mechanical safe haven, he found himself wrenching alongside his father as he worked on a slew of classic cars, but little did he know that the informal education would be his saving grace and lead him back onto a path to redemption. As with most kids, Cecil’s childhood was bright and promising. He was filled with passion, hope, and fascinated by the potential of life … but that was short lived. His trips to his father’s 93 Hills Brothers Special. garage were replaced with lengthy stays at various correctional facilities, and soon his world would be turned upside down. There seemed to be no end to the cycle as the repeat offender continued down a path of destruction, until an old friend introduced him to CRI-Help/ Socorro—a treatment center that would get him back on track. 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Since then Cecil has graduated from college, served on the Board of Directors at the Lincoln Heights Chamber of Commerce, but his greatest accomplishment yet came by way of an unconditional pardon that came directly from California Governor Jerry Brown back in 2014. “I’m grateful to have been given another opportunity at life,” Cecil says. As he speaks about his triumphant return he mentions that he has taken an oath to continue to aid those in his community suffering from drug addiction. 94 In the end, the building of his lowrider was one that brings back many fond memories but it also serves as a physical marker of the reward for staying on track. “Not everyone has their lowrider to escape to,” Cecil says. As he spoke about his build he did mention one very important fact we can all learn from, that no matter what we’re going though, “we all have the choice to redeem ourselves from our past.” O CONTENT DELIVERY LIBRARY PRICE . . 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That enlistment 98 came by way of his car club brothers who spent plenty of time talking with him. Along with their help and creative outlets, he was able to see the world with love and while talking about lowriders and engaging in random conversation, he found light at the end of the tunnel and in turn landed himself a project car. All these experiences changed his mentality and lowriding became the much-needed form of therapy that gave him something to look forward to. In an almost analogous way, the rebuild of his project '68 Impala marked the rebuilding of his own life. Much like he had to take the car down to basics, he did the same with his life and rebuilt it one step at a time. In the end, the completion of his ice blue–colored classic was a sign of the times and it became a mobile milestone of his triumphant return to a normal life. 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