Kon­nected

THIS '47 TAY­LOR TOT GETS THE RE­MAKE OF A LIFE­TIME

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

In the past decade or so, I’ve shot plenty of in­cred­i­ble lowrider bi­cy­cles. From mild to wild, trikes to bikes, I’ve seen plenty, but the one that has al­ways stood out has been “Sting Ray” owned by An­gel Vee (https://www.lowrider.com/ rides/bi­cy­cles/lowrider-bi­cy­cle-an­gelvi­ra­montes-1969-schwinn-sting-ray/).

Like most cus­tom bikes, it sported the tra­di­tional en­sem­ble of up­grades and parts, but whereas most par­ents are in the fore­front of the build, An­gel’s was quite dif­fer­ent be­cause he led the en­tire build. From the over­all de­sign to the color choices and met­al­work, An­gel had a heavy hand in the build, which even in­cluded the paint­work.

While build­ing Sting Ray, he pol­ished up old skills, de­vel­oped new ones, and now he’s us­ing what he’s learned to build a cus­tom stroller for his youngest sib­ling. This new build be­gan when he and his dad found a '47 Tay­lor Tot stroller at the Pomona Swap Meet. It was in orig­i­nal condition and com­plete so af­ter mak­ing the deal, he took it apart and had it sand­blasted. The duo then con­cocted a mas­ter plan and that’s when the body mod­i­fi­ca­tions be­gan. An­gel took it to school (Cer­ri­tos Col­lege) where he took care of all the sheet­metal work him­self. From there all it took was a lit­tle bit of body­work. While it was get­ting read­ied for paint, he sent mis­cel­la­neous parts out to get chrome plated and en­graved.

In its fi­nal form, this once-for­got­ten stroller was given a new lease on life; and it’s strik­ing, to say the least. The vi­brancy of the col­ors are in­cred­i­ble, the at­ten­tion to de­tail is spot-on, but even more im­por­tant is that his sib­ling now has her own mode of cus­tom trans­porta­tion that can let her ex­plore the world in style.

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