PINK FAN­TASY

Chetes’ ’79 Ford Thun­der­bird con­vert­ible

Low Rider - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY HEC­TOR LEYVA

Take a good look at this rare ’79 Ford Thun­der­bird be­cause it’s one of only 1,000 cus­tom coach-built con­vert­ibles cre­ated by Amer­i­can Cus­tom Coach­works. As rare as it is, this one got a new lease on life as a lowrider, but the build and trans­fer­ring of own­er­ship is a story that is built on ded­i­ca­tion and a gen­tle­man’s agree­ment.

Built by Rudy Pare­des and now owned by his nephew, Chetes, this lowrider was in­tro­duced in 2007 at the Su­per Show and 10 years later given to Chetes as a present for grad­u­at­ing high school. It’s an epic build that will con­tinue to stay in the fam­ily and yet an­other great ex­am­ple of how lowrid­ing is a fam­ily af­fair that is passed from one gen­er­a­tion to the next.

To view the full story, please visit us on­line at lowrider.com.

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