Jackie Brown

BRING­ING BACK THAT CLAS­SIC VIBE

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

Michael "Dirty" Sanchez's '76 Chevy Im­pala

The Golden Era of lowrid­ing may bring back a ton of mem­o­ries, but none would be com­plete with­out a “glass house” etched some­where in the pic­ture. Con­sid­ered by many to be an icon of lowrid­ing, the ’74-’76 Im­pala earned the “Glasshouse” moniker be­cause of its huge assem­bly of win­dows that essen­tially made it just that: a glass house. It’s an iconic ve­hi­cle that’s im­pos­ing, to say the least, but that’s what cap­tured the heart of Mike Sanchez, the owner of this epic build be­ing fea­tured to­day.

A year af­ter scour­ing the ’Net, he found one listed on eBay, so he logged in and threw in a bid that fell short by $50. Luck­ily, the win­ning bid didn’t reach the seller’s re­serve so it wasn’t a done deal. Know­ing that the seller was lo­cal to him, he did his due dili­gence and con­tacted the seller. “I ar­ranged to see the car in per­son, a lux­ury that the high bid­der didn’t have as he was from the East Coast,” Mike says. Once he saw it in per­son, it was love at first sight and even bet­ter was the fact that the pro­duc­tion date of the ve­hi­cle shared the same month and year as his birth­date. The one-owner ve­hi­cle only had 23,000 miles on it and was in great shape. So great in fact that all he had to do was give it a full ser­vice, re­place the fuel tank, and slap on a set of Day­tons.

Since the car was so clean, Mike was hes­i­tant about cut­ting it, but that all changed when the Ma­jes­tics Car Club ex­panded into Texas. “I al­ways had great deal of re­spect for the club and

when the op­por­tu­nity came to join, I was all over it.” Af­ter get­ting to know the club, one thing be­came clear, he was go­ing to have to live up to the Ma­jes­tics stan­dards. So he had the car cut and then spent the fol­low­ing months hit­ting the streets and lo­cal shows.

In 2011 Mike was given the op­por­tu­nity to start up his own chap­ter of Ma­jes­tics. Amidst the startup, it was time for him to give his a car a re­fresher, so he ac­quired an LS1 from his friend

Brian Thomp­son (RIP). From there, a 42-inch moon­roof was in­stalled and the ve­hi­cle was shipped out of state for paint. Un­for­tu­nately, that de­ci­sion be­came a night­mare; and like so many oth­ers who share the same ex­pe­ri­ence, his car still wasn’t painted af­ter a year and a half wait.

With ab­so­lutely no progress done, he went to pick up the car and that’s when he saw the re­al­ity of the sit­u­a­tion. “The car was in­tact when I dropped it off, and in pieces when I got it back, so I had to start all over again,” Mike says. Dis­ap­pointed but not de­feated, he brought the car to Repo’s Garage where it was painted and re­assem­bled be­fore Coast One was then flown in to lay pearl pat­terns on the roof. With the car fi­nally painted and pol­ished to per­fec­tion, the fi­nal steps were to have the mo­tor tuned and give the car a name.

A big Quentin Tarantino fan, it was only right for him to name the car af­ter his fa­vorite movie, so he called it “Jackie Brown.” With that out of the way, it was time for him to in­tro­duce her to the world, and there was no bet­ter place to do so than the 2015 Las Ve­gas Lowrider Su­per Show. “I had been at­tend­ing that show for over a decade with no car, and I was fi­nally able to bring it,” Mike says. But ask him the most mem­o­rable part and he’ll tell you it was when he took his dad (who lives in Ve­gas) out for a cruise in Jackie Brown.

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