A SMOOTH ROAD AHEAD

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DUR­ING OUR TOUGH­EST TIMES, SOME­TIMES ALL WE NEED TO DO IS GET EVEN LOWER TO RAISE OUR­SELVES UP STORY & PHO­TOS BY HEC­TOR LEYVA

The old adage “Each sun­rise brings a new be­gin­ning” is some­thing we can all re­late to. It’s a say­ing we cher­ish dur­ing the dif­fi­cult times in our life and a heart­felt quote that pro­vides hope and in­spi­ra­tion. Just ask Frank “Jefe” Gon­za­lez, as he couldn’t agree more. “I was go­ing through a rough patch in my life,” Frank tells LRM, “and that all changed when I met my now fi­ancée Rosanne.”

As it turns out, he met not only his soul mate but also the fuel that would reignite his spark and fer­vor for life. The strength of their bond and power of their re­la­tion­ship ul­ti­mately led him back to his roots in car cus­tomiz­ing. Think­ing back to his younger days, he rem­i­nisced about the mini-trucks and the clas­sic bombs he had built and his itch to bring some­thing back into the scene was star­ing him dead in the eyes. You see, in 2015 Frank had pur­chased a '49 Chevy DeLuxe con­vert­ible and so came the time to

dust it off, get the tools in or­der, and start bang­ing away at a new life and a new pro­ject.

No stranger to the build­ing pro­cesses Frank knows the heart and soul of any car is its engine, so he be­gan by re­build­ing a '54 Chevy 235. He added split man­i­folds and dual pipes while all the metal trim was sent out to be re­fin­ished. Dur­ing that time, Frank and his brother got busy prep­ping the body to lay down the PPG Quick­sand color, while Moy and the E One Stop crew put to­gether the top and the in­te­rior us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of flat black vinyl and tan in­serts with brown tweed in­serts. Like any re­spectable bomb out on the boule­vard, ac­ces­sories are al­ways a must, so Frank was able to track down a traf­fic sig­nal viewer, AAA com­pass, vi­sor, skirts, and front and back wraparounds.

Now that he can look at the car with pride, this just goes to show that a fresh start can come in a va­ri­ety of shapes and forms. It’s also a great ex­am­ple of how the low­est of times are bumps in the road that are merely pre­par­ing us to em­brace the smooth road ahead.

In 1949 all Chevro­lets got their first new styling af­ter the war.

CAR MODEL 1949 DELUXE CON­VERT­IBLE BY CHEVRO­LET

DeLuxe was the top-of-the­line model for this drop-top.

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