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Low Rider - - CON­TENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY HEC­TOR LEYVA

As one could eas­ily imag­ine, the in­stal­la­tion of win­dows on clas­sic cars is an art that’s re­served for very few, and Augie Ro­driguez of Bell Gar­dens hap­pens to be one of those prac­ti­tion­ers. For the past 30 years Augie has been an im­por­tant part of the clas­sic car world and he’s be­come the “go to” guy when it comes to win­dow in­stal­la­tions for clas­sic and cus­tom cars.

His ca­reer started fresh out of high school when he ap­plied for a job at a lo­cal au­to­mo­tive cen­ter. He was placed in the glass depart­ment, and what was sup­posed to just be a source of in­come wound up be­com­ing a pro­fes­sion that he en­joyed. As time passed Augie per­fected the craft and went on to be­come one of the most cov­eted mo­bile glass in­stall­ers in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

As a mas­ter of the old gas­ket in­stal­la­tion process these cars re­quired, he be­gan to per­fect this old style in­stal­la­tion not only on his per­sonal car but many of the ve­hi­cles from his fel­low club mem­bers at Old Mem­o­ries. Augie’s re­spect and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for these time­less ve­hi­cles, cou­pled with his at­ten­tion to de­tail, makes him an ar­ti­san in the field. In­cluded in his list of mem­o­rable cars are some of the most dec­o­rated lowrid­ers in the game, in­clud­ing Joe Ray’s “Hell­do­rado” Cadil­lac.

But one wouldn’t un­der­stand

the process with­out first see­ing it. Ac­cord­ing to Augie, “New cars can take up to 45 min­utes but these older cars can take 3-4 hours.” Fur­ther­more, his ad­vice for any clas­sic car guy is to “never throw any­thing away be­cause noth­ing fits bet­ter than the orig­i­nal and these parts are get­ting more dif­fi­cult to find.”

To com­mem­o­rate his 30 years in the game, Augie is bring­ing back his award-win­ning '51 Chevy Sub­ur­ban—a truck that was last dis­played at the 2008 San Bernardino show. In ad­di­tion to prep­ping the ’Bur­ban, he’s also work­ing on com­plet­ing an on­go­ing restora­tion of his '47 Chevro­let pickup, so we’re in high hopes that we’ll see them some­time soon.

“NEW CARS CAN TAKE UP TO 45 MIN­UTES BUT THESE OLDER CARS CAN TAKE 3-4 HOURS.”

BROUGHT TO YOU BY LOWRIDER

Glass in­stalled by class.

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