Brook­lyn Projects

HOW ONE PRO­JECT TURNED INTO AN­OTHER, AND BACK TO THE OTHER

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

Mike Gup­tar's '84 Cadil­lac Coupe De Ville

When Brook­lyn na­tive Mike Gup­tar be­gan work­ing on his pro­ject car, a '59 Im­pala, he en­tered with en­thu­si­asm. Hours later he’d quickly aban­don the pro­ject. You see, it didn’t take long for him to re­al­ize that it was go­ing to need a whole hell of a lot of work. Know­ing just how long it was go­ing to take, he couldn’t bear the thought of hav­ing noth­ing to cruise for that length of time, so he left it to sit and in­stead pur­chased a for­mer club mem­ber’s '84 Cadil­lac De Ville.

In much bet­ter con­di­tion than the '59 it still needed plenty of work, so he be­gan by pur­chas­ing a '90 Cadil­lac to be used as a parts car. From it, he’d strip the front clip, rear bumper, and just

about ev­ery­thing com­pat­i­ble. “I trans­planted ev­ery­thing I could from the '90 into the '84, in­clud­ing the in­te­rior to get that up­dated look.” The car then went to S&R Au­to­body where they doused the body in metal­lic blue. A year later, the car still wasn’t com­plete but his de­sire to cruise got the best of him so he be­gan cruis­ing the car as-is.

Dur­ing that time he saw a photo of a Cadil­lac with power quar­ter win­dows and he was taken aback. He also knew he could do the same but take it a step fur­ther by mak­ing the back win­dow roll down as well. Wast­ing no time, he got to work and af­ter a few more cruises he was ready to fin­ish off ev­ery­thing else on the list. He started by hav­ing Marvin Shiv­narain lay out roof pat­terns in candy blues and greens while also adding some light blue and gold ’strip­ing on the body. Mike then dropped in a two-pump setup while Arian Ali in­stalled the beat.

Not one to be rushed, Mike now has a su­per­clean Caddy that he’s proud of and plans on jump­ing back on the '59 rag. It’ll only be a mat­ter of time be­fore he’s done, but if it turns out any­thing like his Caddy it’s sure to be­come the fol­low-up that ev­ery­one will be talk­ing about for years to come.

Ab­so­lutely Devilled in New York.

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