Trust the Process

HOW A HIGH SCHOOL CLASS TURNED ONE MAN INTO A CLASS ACT

Low Rider - - CON­TENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY RICHIE “CALLE­JERO” CHAVEZ

David Orozco's '48 Chevy Fleet­line

Who re­mem­bers the days of auto shop in high school? You know, the class that taught you how to wrench while teach­ing you the in­tri­ca­cies and in­ner work­ings of a car. Aside from the prac­ti­cal knowl­edge, these classes taught stu­dents that their ideas could be turned into re­al­ity. It gave them a sense of be­long­ing as well as pride in their own hand­i­work. More im­por­tantly, these classes helped de­velop and fur­ther nur­ture some stu­dents’ pas­sion for cars—and David Orozco was one of them.

While tak­ing a “Body and Fender” class in high school, his love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for cars de­vel­oped into some­thing even greater. Fast-for­ward to present day and it’s safe to say that he’s been busy build­ing his dreams. As a mem­ber of Oldies Car Club since 1996, David has al­ready built nine cus­tom cars—four of them be­ing '48 Fleet­lines. But af­ter sell­ing one of them, he needed to fill that spot, so he picked up an­other '48 that was sit­ting at a lo­cal shop.

Think­ing this was go­ing to be like any of his other builds, he started the tear­down process and that’s when he re­al­ized the sub­frame was done in­cor­rectly and the mo­tor was no good. This type of news would have sent most into limp mode, but not David. He went straight to work and found an­other frame and along with it in­stalled a Mus­tang II front clip with a rack-and-pin­ion and disc brakes. Out back they mated a four-link to a G-body rearend, and since the truck was apart they C-notched the frame, giv­ing him the abil­ity to lay the truck down to the ground.

Matthew Ad­ney per­formed all the body­work/paint and once it had been cured, cut, pol­ished, and buffed, it was time to snap in all the re­fin­ished chrome pieces done by Me­clec Metal Fin­ish­ing. Know­ing the mo­tor was no good, he de­cided to up­grade the pow­er­plant with some­thing more pow­er­ful, so he opted for an LS1 engine. To ad­dress the in­te­rior, he brought it to An­to­nio’s Up­hol­stery where they in­stalled a Le Baron Bon­ney in­te­rior kit while cus­tom sounds were in­stalled by Mar­cus at Cali Beats.

Now com­plete and fully di­aled in, David can sit back and en­joy his lat­est cre­ation, but ask him about the build and he’ll be the first to ad­mit that at times it did get over­whelm­ing. In the same breath he’s quick to point out that noth­ing comes easy and un­der­stands that build­ing a cus­tom car is all about pa­tience, per­sis­tence, and per­se­ver­ance. It’s also a bat­tle of time and money, but above and be­yond all those fac­tors, David rec­og­nizes that the most im­por­tant part of build­ing a ride is your sup­port sys­tem, so David would like to send a spe­cial thanks to Richard Ortega, Mar­cus Var­gas, and es­pe­cially his wife, Bea, for her pa­tience.

LS1 Fleet­line floored Fresno.

1948 FLEET­LINE BY CHEVRO­LET CAR MODEL

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