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CHED­DAR, PA­PER, STACKS—CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT—BUT THOMAS PADILLA SAYS NOT MUCH IS LEFT AF­TER AC­QUIR­ING THIS FANCY CHEVY TRUCK! STORY & PHO­TOS BY VOLO

Thomas Padilla has been a mem­ber of Brown So­ci­ety Car Club since it was founded back in 2010. At the time he owned an '83 Chevy Monte Carlo and an '83 Oldsmo­bile Cut­lass. Of the two cars, the Monte Carlo was con­verted into an award-win­ning show­stop­per while the Cutty took back­stage. The Monte Carlo was built so well that it gave Thomas a name in the car show cir­cuit and in the process it took home mul­ti­ple awards as well as var­i­ous fea­tures, in­clud­ing one in Lowrider.

With his Cut­lass still in the process of be­ing up­graded and cus­tom­ized, Thomas ad­mits that the pro­ject was drag­ging along at a snail’s pace. He wanted some­thing new and that’s when a con­ver­sa­tion with the club’s Cal­i­for­nia chap­ter pres­i­dent, David Felix, changed things up. Thomas says that he’d al­ways joke around with Felix, of­ten ask­ing him to sell him the truck, but the ques­tion was al­ways re­jected, with David say­ing “I won’t ever sell it.” As the of­fers con­tin­ued, Thomas changed the tone of his ap­proach and that’s when he told David that should he ever want to sell it all he needed was a 30-day no­tice and he’d pick it up.

Well, about two years ago, the phone rang and Thomas got his 30-day no­tice! Thomas could not

pass up the op­por­tu­nity to own this show truck that was al­ready in per­fect con­di­tion. It was not only award win­ning, but also freeway drive­able! Af­ter a few days and a lot of text mes­sages, Thomas and David met up at the half­way point be­tween Casa Grande, Ari­zona, and Visalia, Cal­i­for­nia, to make the ex­change. It’s al­ways good when a car or truck can stay within a club when go­ing to a new owner. With the truck al­ready in show con­di­tion there wasn't much it needed, but Thomas did want to add his lit­tle twist on it, mak­ing his first stop at Afterlife Hy­draulics in Phoenix so it could get a com­plete makeover on the cus­tom hy­draulic setup.

Thomas says he is very sat­is­fied with the truck’s sta­tus now but may con­sider a tilt bed setup since those seem to be mak­ing a come­back nowa­days. Stay tuned on that!

Thomas sends big thanks to David Felix for the op­por­tu­nity to take over the truck, his wife, Rac­qule, his daugh­ters, Ad­rina and Annlisa, for their sup­port, and of course all his fel­low Ari­zona Brown So­ci­ety Car Club mem­bers.

The mini-truck era kept lowriding much alive in the '80s.

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