Re­demp­tion

WHEN YOU GET A SE­COND CHANCE, YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO DO IT RIGHT

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

La­mar "Switch­man" Bai­ley's '78 Chevy Mal­ibu

As a third-gen­er­a­tion gear­head, La­mar Baily found him­self in love with the lines of the au­to­mo­bile; in par­tic­u­lar, it was the '78-'80 Chevy Mal­ibus that got him hooked. Re­gard­less of whether they were done in hot rod or lowrider fash­ion, the love was equal, so he did what was proper and be­gan the search for his own.

Af­ter a lengthy search, La­mar found the shell of a '78 Mal­ibu for sale. It was lo­cated in Seat­tle and the orig­i­nal owner had the in­ten­tion of turn­ing it into a derby car, but af­ter a short ne­go­ti­a­tion, La­mar closed the deal for just $400.

Af­ter a year of work­ing on the car he was halfway to­ward com­ple­tion when he got an of­fer that he couldn’t refuse. In turn, he wound up sell­ing the car, but it be­came a de­ci­sion he’d soon re­gret.

A few years went by, and as the re­gret got big­ger, the per­son who bought the car from him asked him if he knew any­one who wanted to buy it. With­out hes­i­ta­tion, he bought it back and al­most im­me­di­ately knew that he had to fi­nally com­plete what he had orig­i­nally started. Af­ter pick­ing the car up, he dropped it off at his shop, Switch Man Inc., and with the help of his wife and fel­low club mem­bers the

car was com­plete and ready to show in just un­der a year.

Sport­ing a black and gold theme rem­i­nis­cent of the “John Player Spe­cial” mo­tif of the ’70s and ’80s, this lowrider has a men­ac­ing look laced with a touch of class. When it’s locked up, one will get a clear shot of the gold-plated sus­pen­sion com­po­nents and now that it’s pack­ing a Corvette LS2 mo­tor it’s got plenty of power to go with all that play.

Since La­mar had a sec­ond chance to build this car, it was only right to bap­tize the car with a name that lived up to its legacy, so he called it “Re­demp­tion”—a name that’s fit­ting of not only the sit­u­a­tion but the over­all look of the car.

Mal­ibu mad­ness street hop­per, LS2 pow­er­plant.

CAR MODEL 1978 MAL­IBU BY CHEVRO­LET

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