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Double Take

June 12, 2015

Martin Julian’s got one of the nicest lowriders in Oklahoma, an ’85 Cadillac Fleetwood that’s taken first place at every show he’s attended, but it almost never happened... Read More...

The Orange Show

June 10, 2015

There are Lambo doors, and then there are “What the Fuck?” lambo doors. The reason for their name is simple... Read More...

Boulevard Boss

June 9, 2015

Story by Jeff Ermann / Jeff@ShellMag.com Model: Miss Misty Marie [Editor’s note: This article was originally published in our Volume 29 Magazine in November 2012] Before the hundreds of hours of work, all the small details and major overhauls and all of the money spent – roughly $50,000, he estimates —  Robert Ramos’ Impala was just a car he’d picked up on a whim. “I bought it in June 2011. One of my car club members had it. It was painted, but the engine needed work and the interior needed to be redone. I wanted to just clean up the engine, but next thing you know, we were going all-out,” Ramos said. “I love the car, period. I love everything about it. ”But there are a couple of things that seem to stand about the Impala, named “Blvd Boss.” The paint job with intricate patterning, and the bounce. Boss’ three-pump, one-port piston set-up, has some serious juice behind it, as it’s powered by 10 AC Delcos sitting in the trunk. “The car will bounce Read More...

Clownin on U Hoes

June 7, 2015

Story by Jeff Ermann / Jeff@ShellMag.com When Rob Villafranco originally bought his 2002 Mercury Mountaineer, it was supposed to be a family truck. Who, after all, would turn a Mercury Mountaineer into a show ride? As it turns out, Rob Villafranco would. At the time, Rob and his brother Mochi were operating a shop, Southside Customs in their native Houston. When Mochi learned how to install lambo doors, he asked his brother if he’d like to be the first recipient. “I said yes,” Rob says, “and it went on from there.” Just like that, the transformation from family wagon to dazzling show truck was on. He removed the third row of seats he’d just installed and commissioned Street Candy Customs to begin spraying the truck in candy red with a silver base. He then brought in Air Brush Teqniques to add murals – and a lot of murals at that. Inside and out, Rob’s truck – labeled “Clownin on U Hoes” because of its clown theme – is swathed in murals. There are homages to Read More...

El Poderoso

June 6, 2015

Story by Jeff Ermann / Jeff@Shellmag.com Michael Sifuentes’ ’94 Cadillac Fleetwood got plenty of positive feedback in its previous incarnation as a clown and prison gang-themed ride, but he couldn’t help but rethink the car’s theme when people at shows continued to ask him the same question. “People were always asking me, ‘Were you locked up, man?’ I was never locked up, it was just the look of the car,” he says. A year ago, Sifuentes had Fabian of Kandy Kustomz change the color theme to a softer Oriental blue with old-school rainbow flakes. Gone are the aforementioned images, which have been replaced by murals of Jesus. “I’m a Christian.” “We’re a religious family,” said Sifuentes, part of the family-run Sifuentes Body Shop in Eagle Pass, Tex. “So I totally changed it to a different subject.” Sifuentes’ father, four brothers and sister have always been into cars, and he’d previously built a ‘78 T-bird and ’87 Sundance. But this time he wanted Read More...

Game Warden

June 5, 2015

After spending 18 years in the racing game, Cisco Estrada decided to shift his attention toward custom car shows. Four years later, he’s got a fully-loaded custom ride that’s taken the prize-show scene by storm... Read More...

Unladylike

June 4, 2015

Leslie Argueta didn’t want to be like the other women on the custom car show circuit. So when she began work on her ’86 Cutlass Supreme, she aimed for an original look without the feminine trappings of her contemporaries... Read More...

Gold Digger

June 3, 2015

Story by Jeff Ermann / Jeff@shellmag.com The name of David Walters‘ bike, “Gold Digger” is fitting in more ways than just the obvious one. “It’s the color,” he said, “and I’m always spending money on it.” How much? Well, the wide-tire kit ran him about $8,000 and the customized motor ended up racking up another six grand or so. So while that phrase may usually be reserved for women trying to get into a man’s wallet, it’s unlikely he’s ever spent as much on any female as he has on the ’06 Suzuki Hayabusa. “Oh, never,” Walters says, laughing. Still, like most anyone who’s poured time and money into custom cars and bikes, he wouldn’t change a thing. The bike is a steady winner at shows, a beast on the quarter-mile track and a blur on the street, where Walter says it’s topped out around 200 miles an hour. “The bike was set up originally for a quarter-mile track. The Read More...

Tombstone

June 2, 2015

Story by Jeff Ermann / Jeff@shellmag.com It’s not often a show truck is named after a Kurt Russell movie, but then again it’s not often one finds its way into the winner’s circle at shows after spending several years as a work truck, and several more as a street racer. But that’s the story on Leo Garza’s truck, nicknamed “Tombstone” after Garza’s favorite movie, the 1993 outlaw western starring Russell. Garza drove the ’85 Chevy C10 to work for years before deciding to juice it up and race it — until something happened that would result in the truck taking on a third, different form. “I lost control of it and I wrecked it,” Garza says. “I started redoing it again to race it. At that time, I had another show car, an El Camino, and I saw another show truck like it all fixed up.” That’s when, three years ago, he decided to re-frame it and turn it into a show ride. “My son got involved with it Read More...
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