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Goldilocks – 1969 Chevy Impala

May 8, 2017

Story by Damon Luckey • Info@DluxKreationz.com One thing that’s always been a part of custom car culture is rolling dedications to loved ones. These tributes at times serve as reminders of who and what we have lost, but at other times serve as inspiration to keep pushing forward with life because the fallen would have wanted it no other way. As well as family losses, other family members also serve as inspiration. Many of the people in the car game developed a fondness of cars and a general enthusiasm for the lifestyle from their fathers. Such was the case for Clemente Resendez aka “Big C”. One of 8 siblings in a tight knit Resendez household in Texas, Big C grew up with a mini-mafia of sorts as he called it. The bond shared amongst his household kept them united as a family all the way through adulthood. After 15 custom builds and thriving off his father’s love for custom cars, Big C finally stumbled upon a 1969 Chevy Impala in Independence, Missouri in Read More...

Dream On – 1952 Chevy Pickup

May 1, 2017

Story by Damon Luckey • Info@DluxKreationz.com One of the most treasured arts of the custom automotive culture is the art of lowriding. Throughout its early days, lowriding has always been thought of involving cars, mostly Impalas, with hydraulics or just weight in the trunk. They had spokes, Cragars, or O.G. (original) wheels. Trucks were considered useful only for towing, hauling, or just general farm and maintenance work, but a small segment of America had other plans. Beginning on the west coast and spreading across the nation was lowrider culture. It had gone from the streets of East Los Angeles to the suburbs of St. Louis and small local communities as well such as Wellington, Texas. Wellington is the home of Ricky Granadoz, Sr. and Jr. Both longtime fans of the lowrider culture and deeply entrenched in the lifestyle. The elder Granadoz bought the 1952 Chevy Pickup truck over 20 years ago, but in recent years began the process of customization to the level it sits now. Read More...

Just Another 64 – 1964 Chevy SS Impala

July 31, 2015

The 1964 Chevy Impala SS is probably the most recognizable of all lowriders. Heavy in production at the time due to its sleek style and popularity. This popularity allows for heavy competition in this block of 1961-1964 Impalas. The standard is tremendously high. Thus, is why when StreetSeen Magazine stumbled upon David Julian's 64 SS, it definitely caused some intrigue. Read More...

Boulevard Boss – 1962 Chevy Impala

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 Read More...

Clownin on U Hoes – 2002 Mercury Mountaineer

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 Read More...

El Poderoso – 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood

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 Read More...

Game Warden – 2008 Ford F150

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...
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