Pa­tience = Progress

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Lowrider - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY PHIL GOR­DON

Joe Salazar's '76 Oldsmo­bile Cut­lass Supreme Brougham

As a young boy Joe Salazar spent plenty of time in the garage. Help­ing his fa­ther as he worked on cars, he would hand him tools, ask plenty of ques­tions, and in turn learned to ap­pre­ci­ate car cul­ture at an early age. By the time he turned 8 years old, his in­ter­est in cars had grown deeper, but it wasn’t un­til his fa­ther took him to his first cus­tom car show that he saw the guid­ing light and found his call­ing. In an in­stance he was hooked. “The cars I re­mem­ber stand­ing out more than any­thing were the lowrider cars,” Joe tells LRM. “The wire wheels, cus­tom paintjobs, and clas­sic style just stood out.”

Of all the ve­hi­cles, one in par­tic­u­lar was an old-school Cut­lass Supreme. At the time his sis­ter owned a '76 Cut­lass and she too was just get­ting into the lowrider scene. Aware of her brother’s peak­ing in­ter­est in lowrid­ing, she handed young Joe a hand­ful of Lowrider mag­a­zines, and they be­came re­li­gion as he stud­ied each is­sue from front to back. By the time he was 16, his par­ents handed him the keys to a Buick Sky­lark and he worked all sum­mer for enough money to add some cus­tom touches. A year later, he sold the Sky­lark and pur­chased a '74 Oldsmo­bile Cut­lass. This was his first ex­pe­ri­ence with a hy­draulic setup as he added a full kit to his Olds.

As luck would have it, the trans­mis­sion failed on him and in­stead of try­ing to fix it he set his eyes on a '76 Oldsmo­bile Cut­lass Supreme that had been sit­ting in his un­cle’s back­yard. He asked to buy the car from his un­cle. Time af­ter time his un­cle re­jected his of­fer. “I must have asked my un­cle twice a week for months for that car,” Joe says. “I wasn’t go­ing to stop un­til I got it.” Af­ter so many failed at­tempts, he took a new ap­proach to his of­fer and this time he took a trip to his un­cle’s house with a hand­ful of cash. That was enough to seal the deal and in turn he drove away with the Cut­lass, which only had 53,000 orig­i­nal miles. It was the per­fect can­vas.

With keys in hand, Joe fired up the Oldsmo­bile and brought it straight over to Sam’s Kus­tom Hy­draulics for a two-pump setup. He spent the win­ter cruis­ing in his Cut­lass up un­til he asked his friend Nick Ral­ston 43k for a cus­tom paintjob. To­gether, they shared ideas on what color to switch the Cut­lass to. They ref­er­enced older Lowrider mag­a­zines and scoured page af­ter page look­ing to con­coct a paint scheme that would be rem­i­nis­cent of that clas­sic feel.

Find­ing parts for a '76 Cut­lass proved to be quite dif­fi­cult. It took

months and per­sis­tence to be able to find and pur­chase ev­ery piece he could for his clas­sic car. Joe and his wife spent count­less hours in the garage mak­ing sure ev­ery piece was per­fectly in­stalled and put to­gether just in time to de­but it at the Den­ver Lowrider show. As the Den­ver

Car Club vice pres­i­dent, Joe has to main­tain a level of ex­cel­lence with his Oldsmo­bile. Born in 1976, he knew it was fate when he was able to get a '76 Cut­lass to make his own.

He wishes to thank his lov­ing wife, Lu­cre­cia, as well as his par­ents, Joe and Juanita, for all their sup­port over the many years. A spe­cial thanks goes to Nick Ral­ston 43k, Sam’s Kus­tom Hy­draulics, his club Den­ver, and all the lowrid­ers in Colorado for keep­ing this cul­ture alive.

A very Supreme Brougham from Den­ver in Den­ver.

House of Kolor cus­tom scal­lops and mar­ble ef­fects are laid out for this mile­high Cut­lass cus­tom.

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