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THE TO­VAR LEGACY CON­TIN­UES

Low Rider - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY BETO MEN­DOZA

Daniel To­var's '37 Chevy Sport Coupe

At birth we’re all given a last name, but it’s what we ac­com­plish in life that gives it mean­ing. So, when four broth­ers out of Hawai­ian Gar­dens started restor­ing and cus­tomiz­ing some of the most sought af­ter and rare bombs, they in turn cre­ated a fleet of stun­ning works, but also a last name that will go down in his­tory as be­ing one of the great­est in the game.

Known best for their sig­na­ture slammed look and pris­tine builds, the To­var fam­ily has be­come a sta­ple in the lowrider com­mu­nity. Men­tion the word “To­var” and al­most in­stantly you’re envisioning a show-qual­ity build that’s an honor to set eyes on. But as equally chal­leng­ing as build­ing up a name is re­tain­ing its sta­tus, and to be hon­est, in this game, you’re only as good as your lat­est ac­com­plish­ment.

That said, this bomb here is not owned by any of the four broth­ers. Rather, it’s owned by Daniel To­var, son of Paul To­var the cre­ator of the in­fa­mous '39 Sedan De­liv­ery (http:// www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/13091939-chevro­let-sedan-de­liv­ery/). But the path to great­ness was a tall order to fill, es­pe­cially when you con­sider the past ac­com­plish­ments of the To­var fam­ily.

As a teen, Daniel be­gan build­ing model cars that repli­cated some of the fa­mous rides that his fam­ily built. As each year passed, he’d day­dream about build­ing his very own lowrider, but with lim­ited funds his only op­tion at the time was to in­dulge in lowrider mod­els and bikes. Yet even with all the fea­tures he’d al­ready landed (in­clud­ing this one http://www.lowrider.com/ fea­tures/1407-daniel-to­var-lowrid­er­bicy­cle/) cus­tomiza­tion be­came sec­ond na­ture to him, but his de­sire to build a full­size car be­came a pri­or­ity.

Af­ter reach­ing his goal of hav­ing a fea­ture-wor­thy bi­cy­cle, he de­cided to move up a level and build a bomb.

It was a big step, and he knew all too well that he’d have to come cor­rect to up­hold the To­var legacy—one that’s best known for ex­cel­lence and cre­ativ­ity. To be­gin, Daniel picked up a '39 coupe, but it was short lived thanks to a chance meet­ing with some old friends. “My friends Lomo and Car­los showed me a fuzzy photo in a flip phone of a car with a rum­ble seat and Con­ti­nen­tal kit.” In an in­stance, Daniel knew right away that it was a rare car. That car ended up be­ing a '37 Chevro­let Sport Coupe, of which only 2,935 of them were pro­duced. “I knew I had to do what­ever it took seal the deal,” Daniel says, so he sold

his '39, drained his sav­ings ac­count, and scooped up the Sport Coupe in New Jersey.

When the car fi­nally showed up it felt like Christ­mas for Daniel. “I’ll ad­mit that the car looked ugly but I could see the end re­sult in my head and knew it was ev­ery­thing I wanted and more.” The car wasn’t in the drive­way for 10 min­utes when his un­cle Michael led him to a '39 Mas­ter DeLuxe front clip that he could use to be­gin the build. From there, a good amount of his time was spent on­line—and at swap meets— track­ing down rare and hard-to-find ac­ces­sories. In the end, he gath­ered a laun­dry list of prod­ucts, in­clud­ing dual GM S-1 safety lights, Ap­ple­ton fog­lights, over­head speaker, stream­liner fen­der skirts, the list goes on and on.

While the parts trick­led in, he shipped out the front sus­pen­sion, grille, bumpers, and ac­ces­sories to Metal Fin­ish­ing Mar­keters where they re­fin­ished and rechromed all the parts. His Un­cle Ed­die took on the task of giv­ing it that To­var sig­na­ture look of be­ing slammed. Ed­die then in­stalled the Hoppo’s setup be­fore hav­ing Lou’s Muf­fler reroute the ex­haust sys­tem so it could clear the floor. Blind­stitch Up­hol­stery in­stalled the Hamp­ton Coach in­te­rior while Daniel cre­ated a stealth sound sys­tem. To do that, the head unit was in­stalled in the glove­box, while the heater and orig­i­nal ra­dio tube hous­ing were con­verted into a speaker en­clo­sure.

In all, the build took 21⁄2 years and he learned a lot. It re­mains a fam­ily build in­fused with decades of ex­pe­ri­ence and cre­ativ­ity but in the end Daniel would be the first per­son to ad­mit that he’s blessed to have such a sup­port­ive wife and fam­ily. In clos­ing he’d like to thank his wife, his grandpa Amador, his fa­ther Paul, and his un­cles Ed­die, Michael, and Don­ald for be­ing his big­gest sup­port­ers as well as his in­spi­ra­tion for this in­cred­i­ble build that is now a part of their col­lec­tion and in­cred­i­ble name­sake.

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