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A RESTO­MOD WOR­THY OF LOWRID­ING

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

We talk plenty about what it takes to build a cus­tom car. We talk about the money, the pa­tience, and the in­spi­ra­tion, but in the end the key to get­ting any­thing ac­com­plished in life is ded­i­ca­tion and con­sis­tency. Of course the first thing you’ll need to do is fig­ure out ex­actly what you want to build, and for Steve Noesser it all hap­pened while lend­ing a help­ing hand.

One day while vis­it­ing friend Mario Ca­marena, he helped him bring his '64 con­vert­ible (https:// www.lowrider.com/rides/cars/1964chevy-im­pala-con­vert­ible-trust-the­p­ro­cess/) to V-Max’s shop. It was there he spot­ted a '57 Bel Air sit­ting off to the cor­ner, and that’s when he de­cided it was time for him to build his own.

Ex­press­ing his in­ter­est in that ex­act year, make, and model, Mario helped him lo­cate a '57 in Es­con­dido, Cal­i­for­nia. Weeks later, what was once a dream was now an ac­tual project and the first step was to have the car body worked by Os­car Valdez prior to Hec­tor Cus­tom Col­ors lay­ing down a slick candy paintjob.

Now look in­side and you’ll find that Cal­i­for­nia Up­hol­stery re­vamped the guts with an ac­cent­ing caramel leather in­te­rior while a one-off air setup by Hoppo’s is sit­ting pretty in the trunk sur­rounded by cus­tom

leather-wrapped pan­els.

All in all, the car looks like a resto­mod from the out­side, but pop the trunk and hood and it’s easy to see the lowrider in­flu­ence. The beau­ti­fully de­tailed 5.7L LS en­gine was in­stalled by V-Max and as if that wasn’t enough he had Alex Uribe in­stall a ProCharger su­per­charger. The mo­tor has been ma­jes­ti­cally de­tailed with ac­cent­ing col­ors, chrome, and en­grav­ing and it’s a sight that’s as pow­er­ful as the mo­tor it­self.

In com­ple­tion, this '57 merges hints of lowrid­ing with hot rod­ding. It’s a dream car that will keep you star­ing—so long as Steve’s not on the gas pedal, at which time it be­comes noth­ing but a blur.

A fifty-seven con­trolled by a five point seven.

VE­HI­CLE MODEL 1957 BEL AIR BY CHEVRO­LET

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