THE TRANS­PORTER

Low Rider - - LOWRIDER - LRM.

The '64 Im­pala seems to have be­come the unof­fi­cial sweet­heart of lowriding. It’s amassed a cult fol­low­ing and in a weird way it seems like ev­ery­one’s ei­ther buy­ing one, selling one, or look­ing to flip one. Even peo­ple who aren’t re­ally into them are look­ing to score on a good deal, and things are no dif­fer­ent for Jose Haro, a for­mer owner of sev­eral '64 Im­palas.

Through­out the years, Jose has owned his fair share of the boxy coupes, but there was one in par­tic­u­lar that was a keeper. He had in­ten­tions of do­ing a full restora­tion but af­ter find­ing out a baby was on the way, the Im­pala pro­ject was put on hold. As years passed, so did his in­ter­est in com­plet­ing the car, so he took to the Net to look for some­thing new. Af­ter weeks of scour­ing the Web, he spot­ted a post for an all-orig­i­nal

'64 Chevy C10 longbed. Up to that point, Jose had never owned a truck, but there was some­thing that caught his at­ten­tion, so he shot for the moon and con­tacted the owner. Not know­ing what to ex­pect, he asked if they’d be in­ter­ested in trad­ing for a '64 Im­pala and within hours the two struck a deal and he be­came the new owner of a C10.

The all-orig­i­nal ap­peal of the truck may have worked for most, but not for Jose. He didn’t want to drive a piece of Amer­i­cana, he wanted to drive a cus­tom cre­ation that was de­signed and built to his stan­dards—he wanted a lowrider. So to be­gin the trans­for­ma­tion he slapped on a set of cross lace wire wheels and shipped it off to Jamie Tapia to get some pat­terns

HAUL­ING SPE­CIAL DE­LIV­ER­IES WAS GOOD ENOUGH REA­SON TO KEEP HER STORY & PHO­TOS BY BETO MEN­DOZA

done. While there, Tapia sprayed the roof with candy pat­terns and ex­tended the mo­tif to in­clude the hood and side trim. Happy with the ex­te­rior of the ve­hi­cle, the beastly truck was juiced by M&M Hy­draulics who in­stalled a dou­ble-whammy setup.

The end re­sult is a truck to envy. Sure it’s no '64 Im­pala like he had orig­i­nally planned, but it’s a lean, clean, mean ride that’s al­ready win­ning over his fam­ily. When he orig­i­nally pur­chased the truck he thought of it as a tem­po­rary pro­ject that he’d ul­ti­mately flip, but af­ter his son fell in love with it and “sug­gested that I keep it and use it to trans­port his trike to shows, I thought it was a great idea; so I kept it,” Jose tells

This lowrider truck hauls around dif­fer­ent mix­tures of Ax­alta Cham­pagne Gold, Pa­gan Gold, and some Span­ish Gold, too.

TRUCK MODEL 1964 C10 BY CHEVRO­LET

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