Curb Ap­peal

THE OWNER OF A LAND­SCAPE BUSI­NESS TEACHES US A FEW THINGS ABOUT CURB AP­PEAL AND HIS PAS­SION FOR LOWRIDING

Low Rider - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY PHIL GOR­DON

Sean Tim­mer­man's '60 Chevy Im­pala

The most pop­u­lar and best­known lowrider ve­hi­cle is the Chevy Im­pala. The Im­pala model has gone through an as­tound­ing 10 gen­er­a­tions of cars. For decades it set the stan­dard in comfort and value, and was even con­sid­ered to ac­cel­er­ate the Amer­i­can mus­cle car.

First de­but­ing in the '58 model named af­ter the medium-sized African an­telopes, the Im­pala be­gan as a high-end Bel Air. For Sean Tim­mer­man of New Braun­fels, Texas, his en­trance into the lowrider cul­ture first started in the ’90s. “My first cus­tom ve­hi­cle was a mini-truck,” Sean tells LR, “but it quickly changed to a more stan­dard lowrider ver­sion.

In his youth, Sean’s time was split be­tween par­ents. He spent six months out of the year in Texas with his fa­ther, Ken­neth, while the other six months were spent with his mother, Catherine, in Vir­ginia. De­spite the life­style change, it didn’t mat­ter where he stepped foot be­cause he’d take along with him his love and pas­sion for cars. By the time he was of driv­ing age he landed his first true lowrider, which was a Lin­coln Mark IV, and his pas­sion only grew deeper as he fol­lowed that up with a few Cadil­lacs and Im­palas. With his last Cadil­lac, he be­came so

in­volved in the cus­tomiza­tion process that it wound up be­com­ing a top show win­ner in every show. But the very same car had so much cus­tomiza­tion that there was nowhere else to turn but a new plat­form in order to ex­e­cute a new, im­proved vi­sion.

While at­tend­ing a pic­nic in Texas with his Cadil­lac coupe, he spot­ted a '60 Chevy Im­pala and fell in love. Once he ar­rived back home af­ter the weekend, he spent months search­ing for a '60 Im­pala but couldn’t lo­cate one with good enough bones. A year later, an­other '60 Im­pala popped up and it wound up be­ing the very same '60 he had seen at the pic­nic.

When asked why he wanted the '60 model, Sean says, “I cer­tainly didn’t want the '64 and I couldn’t af­ford a '58 or '59 so the '60 was the next best thing.” Ul­ti­mately, Sean and the owner of the car re­lied on the honor sys­tem. They made an agree­ment to ship their cars to one an­other and Sean added some cash on top. Once the ex­change was made, Sean knew he made the right choice and quickly be­gan adding his own per­sonal touch to the clas­sic.

The first step was chang­ing the stock white paint to some­thing that would de­mand more at­ten­tion. He en­listed John Twitty at

Candy Shop Cus­toms for a flaw­less com­bi­na­tion of white, gold, tan­ger­ine, and silver. Once the pat­terns were laid down, Ver­rick Fal­con at En­chanted Air came in to add cus­tom air­brush in­side and out.

The next step was adding what Sean calls “the jewelry of the car” by hav­ing Mando at Krazy Kut­ting en­grave every piece of chrome on the Chevy.

The orig­i­nal owner Keith Car­nell had done such a per­fect job on the hy­draulic sus­pen­sion that Sean didn’t need to change that around. Sean had pin­stripe and paint­work added un­der the hood to make the Chevy 350 stand out even more. For the in­te­rior, the dash­board and con­sole were coated in gold, while the rear deck was cus­tom air­brushed.

Sean owns a cus­tom land­scape com­pany called Curb­side Ap­peal, and his knowl­edge of busi­ness com­bined with his work ethic is ev­i­dent in his de­ci­sion to pur­chase the Chevy and the cus­tomiza­tion of it to showwin­ning perfection.

Sean wishes to thank his two beau­ti­ful daugh­ters, Ajale and Aka­cia, for their sup­port and un­der­stand­ing while he worked on the car. Special thanks goes to his Rollerz Only chap­ter in South Texas and to ev­ery­one who helped, in­clud­ing Cloc Gu­tier­rez, An­to­nio Rodriguez, Mark Sanchez, and John Twitty to get the Im­pala to where it is to­day.

Sean Tim­mer­man is a land­scaper and a land scraper just the same.

Lean and mean Rollerz Only Texas sixty.

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