CIN­DERELLA

WHEN YOUR DAUGH­TER NAMES YOUR TRUCK, THERE’S NO AR­GU­ING

Low Rider - - ROLL PLAYERZ - STORY & PHO­TOS BY BETO MEN­DOZA

As a teen Javier adopted a fas­ci­na­tion for car cus­tomiza­tion. It’s what he wanted to do; it’s what he needed to do. But there was one big prob­lem: He didn’t have a car of his own.

At the time his fa­ther granted him per­mis­sion to drive his week­end truck (an '00 Sil­ver­ado), which soon be­came Javier’s daily. With each pass­ing day he would think of ways to cus­tom­ize his pop’s truck and when he fi­nally asked for per­mis­sion to do so his fa­ther said, “If you want to cus­tom­ize some­thing you should get a truck of your own.” So that’s ex­actly what he did.

Af­ter sav­ing up, Javier pur­chased a brand-new '07 Cadil­lac EXT and for the next cou­ple of years he’d mod it

when and where he could. Be­gin­ning with the stereo and slowly mi­grat­ing to the in­te­rior, the EXT un­der­went a full­blown trans­for­ma­tion that would take the once-stock lux­ury pickup and turn it into a full-blown show ride.

The first thing that stands out is the pearl and candy paintjob. Com­plete with pat­terns and an as­sort­ment of col­ors, it all comes to­gether to cre­ate an artis­tic can­vas of ex­pres­sion that is com­ple­mented by the 30-inch

Di­ablo wheels, which re­quired heavy mod­i­fi­ca­tion to the wheel­wells.

In­side, the in­te­rior was flipped by Ridin’ Dirty and im­ple­ments a color pal­ette that is in­flu­enced by the ex­ter­nal color scheme. In its com­pleted form, Javier had in­ten­tions of calling the truck “Money” but af­ter his lit­tle girl took a lik­ing to the paint scheme, she would of­ten call the truck “Cin­derella,” so that’s what he went with. Be­sides, there was no de­bate, be­cause let’s face it, Javier may be the bread­win­ner of the home but she’s the one who runs it.

Cadil­lacEXT with an "Es­calade" of lowrider cus­tomiza­tion and style.

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