A Rad­i­cal De­par­ture

A COME­BACK WITH A CLEAN SUR­PRISE

Lowrider - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY BETO MEN­DOZA

Or­lando Ce­bal­los' '79 Chevy Monte Carlo

A decade af­ter win­ning Lowrider of the Year (LOTY), Or­lando Ce­bal­los was plan­ning a come­back, but this time around there was a plot twist. As word be­gan to spread so did cu­rios­ity. Some won­dered what he’d come back with. Oth­ers be­gan to en­vi­sion how ex­treme he’d go. But all the gos­sip came with good rea­son since his last build was a true “rad­i­cal” in ev­ery sense.

De­serv­ing of its moniker “Game Over,” his LOTY award-win­ning Cadil­lac fea­tured a host of ex­treme mods. From split­ting doors to a tilt­ing front end, the Cadil­lac was so ex­treme one could only imag­ine the crowd's sur­prise when he showed up to the Ve­gas Show with an ul­tr­a­clean street car. “I wanted to build some­thing I could cruise,” Or­lando ex­plains. “I wanted to build a ‘Life­style’ type of car that fo­cused on paint and in­te­rior, so that be­came my fo­cus.”

To be­gin the re­vamp, Or­lando started body­work­ing the car. While re­mov­ing im­per­fec­tions, his cre­ativ­ity led him to re­move the B-pil­lar of the car. In the process Or­lando de­cided to con­vert the quar­ter-panel win­dows into func­tion­ing, pow­ered units. Look­ing to freshen up the frame, he took it all apart and sent a ton of parts out for chrome. Since his frame was apart, he de­cided to spray it with a candy teal, and while re­assem­bling the car de­cided to throw in a set of disc brakes, help­ing bring the beast to a quicker stop.

Prepped and ready for paint, Or-

lando doused the body with a House of Kolor candy teal and then used cobalt blue, lime green, and blue pearl to lay fades, fans, fin­ger­print, and ad­di­tional pat­terns through­out the car. Ad­di­tional work from pin­striper ex­traor­di­naire Mike Lam­ber­son is also found in the scheme.

With the paint com­plete, it wouldn’t have made any sense at all to slap it back to­gether with stock parts, so Or­lando or­dered a cus­tom grille from Krazy Kut­ting while Dave Castaneda en­graved a bevy of parts, in­clud­ing the mir­rors, door han­dles, and some of the hy­draulic com­po­nents. Or­lando and a group of friends in­stalled a dou­ble­whammy pump with hard­lines run­ning to four Delta dumps, two di­a­mond-cut slow­down valves, and fin­ished it all off with four bat­ter­ies

and four switches.

In­side, Juan Cas­tro fi­nessed a Pi­o­neer dou­ble-din head unit into a cus­tom cen­ter con­sole that was then con­nected to a set of Alpine amps and speak­ers. The G-body was then shipped to Cal­i­for­nia Up­hol­stery for a com­plete in­te­rior over­haul. In­side they used leather and suede (color-matched to the ex­te­rior hues) while a set of newer GM seats of­fer pas­sen­gers a plush and snug ride. Fi­nal in­te­rior touches come by way of a CPP steer­ing wheel and the ad­di­tion of a “Día de los Muer­tos” mu­ral by Al­bert Her­rera.

As a for­mer mini-trucker in the ’80s, Or­lando has filled many shoes. He’s walked along­side the in­dus­try’s best rad­i­cals, taken home some of the most pres­ti­gious awards, and with his new build Or­lando has not only el­e­vated his skillset but con­trib­uted to the evo­lu­tion of lowriding and the life­style we all love.

Cus­tom paint by the owner!

Elec­tric roll-up rear quar­ter glass.

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