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TOUR STOP '17
TROPIC LIKE IT’S HOT
EXPERIENCE THE ART
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MIAMI SUPER SHOW COVERAGE
SEASON II
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CONTENTS
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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
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On the Cover is the Legendary and now historic
"Gypsy Rose" Impala at our Nation's Capitol!
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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
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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. So we thank you all once
again, because at the end of the day,
this award and the accolades we receive
are a result of the collective efforts
of all who believe in the strength of
lowriding.
Respectfully,
Joe Ray
jray@enthusiastnetwork.com
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GYPSY ROSE BECOMES THE FIRST LOWRIDER
INDUCTED INTO THE HISTORICAL VEHICLE
ASSOCIATION
STORY BY JOE RAY
PHOTOS BY HVA CASEY MAXON
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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.
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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
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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.”
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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."
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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-
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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,
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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
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The famous
Whittier
Boulevard was
a home to the
"Gypsy Rose."
The Valadez
family, along
with their
memorable
treasure.
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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
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STORY & PHOTOS BY HECTOR LEYVA
Central Street in Phoenix has
long served as the local boulevard
for many years. Like most cruising
spots, it has its fair share of stories
to tell, and if the streets really could
talk they would tell a tall tale—and
many of them at that. 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
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The classic
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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,”
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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. And
of course a huge thank you is sent
out to his wife because without her
kind gesture of love none of this
would have been possible.
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Attention to
the detail on
this ride can
put you in a
trance.
1963
CHEVY IMPALA
NICKNAME
El Matute
CAR CLUB
Klique
OWNERS
Miguel & Mily Hernandez
CITY/STATE
Phoenix, AZ
ENGINE
Original 327 with chrome and
engraved accents
BODY/PAINT
Turquoise Green with patterns and
pinstriping
UPHOLSTERY
Original Green with OG seatbelts and
power windows
SUSPENSION
Custom airbags with six switches
WHEELS/TIRES
13-inch Truespoke wire wheels
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STORY & PHOTOS BY HECTOR LEYVA
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L.A.'s top car
clubs hit the
dance floor.
They say “all is fair in love and
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owns the boulevard have always
been a war. In the ’70s and ’80s you
would have been called crazy if you
thought you could get members
from Klique, Groupe, New Life, or
Imperials all in the same room. For
decades, they battled for dominance
of Whittier Boulevard, and although
the battles typically pertained to
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battles sometimes became more
“hands on.”
The stories of Whittier’s glory
days have gone onto become
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Then again, what better way to do so?
Against a backdrop of live music
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just a few in attendance; but this
time around there was no battle
for turf. Instead they could be seen
enjoying a lavish dinner while
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boogying to classic tunes.
To see these clubs sharing the
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a night of highly active festivities.
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are as strong as ever, it became
clearly evident that their love for
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When Victor “SickO” Alcantara
was asked what he wanted to name
his Cadillac, he responded without
hesitation and said “ClassickO.” In
short, it’s a name that combines the
words “classy” and “sick” into one
word, and it’s a homemade term that
best describes his Fleetwood build.
At the age of 13 Victor was sucked
into the lowriding culture. His
enthusiasm was so strong that he asked
his parents to buy him a lowrider
bicycle—one that he still owns today.
Soon after he found himself searching
for a fullsize ride to work on and that’s
when he ran across a '94 Cadillac
Fleetwood located a few hours away in
Joliet, Illinois.
When he got there, he paid the
asking price. The first thing he
noticed was that the tires were bad,
so he replaced them before the ride
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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
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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
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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.
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THE TROPICAL FESTIVAL ATMOSPHERE
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STORY BY JOE RAY | PHOTOS BY PHIL GORDON
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Diamond Road
King tattoo
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Los Muertos
clothing
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and a fire red
'57 Rag were
just a small
portion of the
Miami show's
entertainment.
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custom cars was given a national
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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.
From the West to the East Coast,
every city and state across the
country shows off their pride with
their own different styles of custom
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car builds that demonstrate what
our colorful culture is all about.
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
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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
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A charity cause
sponsored by
the Cartel
Baggers.
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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.
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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
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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.
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CAR MODEL
1964 IMPALA BY CHEVROLET
STORY BY J.JARASA
PHOTOS BY BETO MENDOZA
INSATIABLE IMPALA
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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
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Pearlescent
patterned
roof panels
complement
the Bermuda
Blue body.
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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.
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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.
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A '49 SUBURBAN THAT WAS BUILT TO DELIVER
STORY & PHOTOS BY BETO MENDOZA
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OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER
TRUCKOFTHEMONTH
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T O
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B Y
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1949 SUBURBAN THRIFT MASTER BY CHEVROLET
'49 Thrift
Master that
delivers an
"OldieStyle."
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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.
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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.
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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
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CAR MODEL
1978 MONTE CARLO BY CHEVROLET
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OCTOBER 2017 LOWRIDER
A SHORTAGE OF
CASH MAY HAVE
PROLONGED HIS
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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
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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
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To give his ‘59 Impala its dazzling, SoCal look, Zamora turned to the
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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
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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
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USING WHAT HE LEARNED AT WORK, RAUL
SAENZ PUT HIS BEST FOOT FORWARD AND
BUILT HIS DREAM TRUCK
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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
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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
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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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all the work that went into making
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MOTORCYCLE
2012 HARLEY-DAVIDSON STREET GLIDE
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON
STREET GLIDE
VEHICLE NICKNAME
La Morena
OWNER
Robert Martinez Jr. & Family
CITY/STATE
Grand Prairie, TX
ENGINE
103cc six-speed
CHROME PLATING
Rafael Polishing in Garland, TX
ENGRAVING
Javier “El Engraver” Gutierrez, Fort
Worth, TX
WHEELS/TIRES
Ride Wright wheels/
whitewall tires
SUSPENSION/
POWDERCOATING
Crush Alvarado, Metroplex
Kustoms, in Pantego, TX
A far departure from your typical
lowrider-style bike, this one is quite
different as it sports no flake, no candy
paint, and no murals. Instead, she’s a
sleek two-wheeled machine finished off
in some menacing colors and engraved
to the bone.
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
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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
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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
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"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
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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
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PPG waterborne basecoat systems
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In light of that, one of PPG’s most
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for stability so that pigment and resin
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Because the acrylic waterborne latex
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regarding spray guns, air movement,
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Can you tell the
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and the other
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to sit down with paint legend Paul
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midst of teaching a group of lowrider
painters about waterborne technology
and in the class they taught about the
importance of spraying waterborne
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on their own paint panels. This
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place at every angle possible. With
solvent, the clears weigh down on
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NOTHING CAN STOP HOUSE OF KOLOR’S PEARLESCENTS
STORY BY JOE RAY PHOTOS BY TIM SUTTON
SOURCE
House of Kolor
(800) 845-2500
www.houseofkolor.com
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The passion for paint is a universal
language that is admired by just
about anyone. Regardless of whether
you love lowriding or hot rods,
imports or bikes, the first thing we
notice about any custom car is the
paint. We get lost in its depth, squint
at its luster, and marvel around the
integrity of the application when
it throws reflections like a wellpolished mirror. 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
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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
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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
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to choose virtually any finish you
desire; the options are there!
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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THE REAL SEAL: CROMAX
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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 steven.c.chaparro@axaltacs.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
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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,
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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
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create that same depth of color that
you would get in a normal tri-stage
candy process. To be honest, you
won’t be able to tell the difference
between the candies you spray
yourself versus one that was applied
with older lacquer products applied
by a painter with more skill than
you. Nowadays, experienced Axalta
product users and custom shops
lay down the majority of their color
with the Candy CFX, and then use
a regular candy process for special
effects, such as highlighting, blends,
and fades.
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
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Beyond Bronze CFX
Desperado Gold CFX
Sunburst CFX
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STORY & PHOTOS BY BETO MENDOZA
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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
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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! Stay up lil’ bro!
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STORY & PHOTOS BY HECTOR LEYVA
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Building a lowrider bikes isn’t
anything new for Carlos Martinez. So
when he came across a great deal for
a semi-completed bike, he jumped on
the opportunity. “I saw the potential
in this bike,” Carlos says. 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.
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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
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CECIL ESPINOZA USED CARS AS A DISTRACTION
ON HIS ROAD TO SOBRIETY
STORY
STO
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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
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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.
Looking to sign a new lease on
life, Cecil had to find a new socially
acceptable form of addiction and that’s
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1937
BUICK SPECIAL
VEHICLE NICKNAME
Redemption
OWNER
Narciso Espinoza
CITY/STATE
Norwalk, CA
CLUB
Hills Brothers
WHEELS/TIRES
16-inch artilleries with Firestone
2-inch-wide whitewalls
SUSPENSION
All original refreshed with black
powdercoating
UPHOLSTERY
Mohair replica materials, stitching,
and colors
BODY/PAINT
PPG Gunmetal Gray by Alberto in
South Gate
ENGINE
Original '37 Buick 263 with
three-speed transmission
Big, bad, and
Buick.
Have a '37
Special, will
travel.
when he went back to the basics. By
applying what he learned from his
father during those garage visits, he
began working on cars. From repairs
to flipping rides, Cecil used cars as a
distraction, and it worked. Though
the process was slow and arduous, he
ultimately found his way to sobriety and
has accomplished much. 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.
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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
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Like so many who have grown up in
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fair share of trials, tribulations, and temptations. In what can easily be called trial
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Born and raised in Pomona, California, Jose was raised by a single mother
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to spend with him, Jose spent most of his
days running with the wrong crowd, but
years later found solace when he enlisted
in the Army and became a paratrooper
who was deployed to Afghanistan for 15
months. During his time in the forces,
Jose was a scout platoon with a team of
14. During one particular incident, 12 of
his team were wounded when they were
ambushed while on the way to a village
on the side of a mountain. Of their convoy, Jose’s truck wound up getting torched
while four other vehicles were blown up
in a standoff that lasted six hours.
During those six hours, Jose recalls
being four hours into the melee when he
took a direct hit with an RPG on his right
upper thigh. With severe injuries, the
most mentally traumatic part of the hit
was the visual sight of his femur sticking
out, as well as some of his guts. According
to doctors, it was a miracle that he was
able to keep his leg but even after surgery
the road to recovery was long and painful. Bound to a wheelchair for two years,
Jose was in and out of the hospital for a
total of five years while undergoing over
100 surgeries.
The ordeal placed him in dire straits.
Feeling desperate, alone, and hopeless, he
spent years isolating himself and resorting to meds and alcoholic consumption.
He basically felt like no one was there for
him and he wanted to die.
But much like how his enlistment initially saved him the first time around, this
time a different sort of enlistment pulled
him out of the gutter. That enlistment
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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. And while this is
just a small overview of his story, there is
so much more to share, so tune into our
Roll Models series to hear the complete
story that is sure to inspire.
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