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A ROLLER COASTER OF A RIDE LED ONE MAN TO HIS FI­NAL DESTI­NA­TION

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

Alex Corella's '51 Chevy 3100

Much like a roller coaster, life has a funny way of tak­ing us through lifechang­ing twists and turns. Yet no mat­ter how many highs and lows we en­dure, the key to sur­viv­ing any ride is to sim­ply hang on. Just ask Alex Corella.

In 2008 he pur­chased his first truck. It was a 3100 that he re­li­giously chipped away at up un­til 2013 when his ef­forts paid off and he landed a fea­ture here in Lowrider (http://www. lowrider.com/rides/trucks/1301-lrmp1951-chevro­let-3100-pickup/). At the time of his fea­ture, Alex was rid­ing high when life served him some is­sues, forc­ing him to sell it. Know­ing that it was noth­ing more than a turn­ing point in his life, he held on for the ride

know­ing that one day he’d be back.

In 2015 he was ready to make a move. He pur­chased this '51 3100. It was listed on Craigslist and in dire need of a ma­jor restora­tion. “It was rusted, the bed was no good, and it needed just about ev­ery­thing, but I was able to see the po­ten­tial,” Alex says. To be­gin, his wife, El­iz­a­beth, lent a help­ing hand in the body­work while Alex re­built the en­gine. The truck then bounced from shop to shop, and af­ter many failed prom­ises it wasn’t un­til Real Deal Garage stepped in that the truck got painted, pat­terned, and striped. Char­lie Bent took care of the airbag in­stall and wheels while Rafa’s Up­hol­stery did the in­te­rior. To fin­ish it off, Jose Her­nan­dez added a Chi­cano Life­style mu­ral.

“The truck is me! It has a lot of what I iden­tify with,” Alex ex­plains. But he also says the build isn’t fin­ished. With hopes of chroming the en­tire un­der­car­riage, fu­ture plans also in­clude a painted and pat­terned belly and frame as well as a touch of en­grav­ing and gold plat­ing.

Sil­ver and black 3100 at­tack!

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