PICK OF THE LIT­TER

WITH A COL­LEC­TION OF 10 LOWRID­ERS, THIS SUB­UR­BAN IS THE BIG­GEST AND BOLD­EST OF THEM ALL

Low Rider - - LOWRIDER - STORY & PHO­TOS BY PHIL GOR­DON

When you have 10 well-built lowrid­ers sit­ting in your garage, it’s hard to imag­ine that you can ac­tu­ally have a fa­vorite. But not for Sam Stone, of Kansas City, Mis­souri. “Al­though I have 10 com­plete cus­tom lowrid­ers,” Sam tells LRM, “I’d have to say my fa­vorite, and the one that stands out, is my Sub­ur­ban.”

As a child, Sam grew up around the lowrider cul­ture. “I re­mem­ber as early as 6 years old I was hand­ing my fa­ther wrenches in the garage.” Sam adds, “It’s just sec­ond na­ture to me.” His very first cus­tom car came in the way of a clas­sic Chevy Bis­cayne, but Sam soon had to part ways with it upon the ar­rival of his first­born. As time passed, Sam con­tin­ued to save and once he was able to build up his fi­nances again, he pur­chased a '53 Bel Air from a friend who was look­ing to un­load it.

Al­though the clas­sic lowrid­ers have a great style, Sam wanted some­thing even big­ger and more fam­ily friendly. He started look­ing for an SUV or truck and his dreams came to fruition in 2007 when he found a '50 Chevy Sub­ur­ban in Cal­i­for­nia. Now a res­i­dent of Kansas City, Sam had to make ar­range­ments to head back out to Cal­i­for­nia to pick up the clas­sic Chevy. Sam drove out with a trailer and when he got to the house he re­al­ized that the mo­tor needed a com­plete over­haul. Luck­ily that was his spe­cialty, so he loaded her up and brought her home.

Once back home, Sam put his trade to work by re­mov­ing the stock mo­tor, com­pletely re­build­ing it, along with the

tim­ing chain, gears, gas­kets, and seals in the tranny. Once the Sub­ur­ban was back to per­fect run­ning con­di­tion, Sam turned his at­ten­tion to the air ride. “I pulled apart the en­tire sus­pen­sion and saw that reg­u­lar house­hold plumb­ing was used”. Sam adds, “That just wasn’t go­ing to work with me”. Sam added larger bags, new lines, all-new wiring, and brand-new com­pres­sors to get it func­tional. For the body, Sam searched for an aftermarket sun­vi­sor to add to his new Sub­ur­ban for a more ag­gres­sive look.

As the owner of two Meineke Car Care Cen­ters in Kansas, Sam ded­i­cates his pro­fes­sion to mak­ing sure his cus­tomers have safe, prop­erly work­ing ve­hi­cles, so it only made sense to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions on his cus­tom SUV.

Sam wishes to thank his good friend Blas Ledesma for the in­spi­ra­tion and lead­er­ship through­out all his cre­ativ­ity and fab­ri­ca­tion work. A spe­cial thanks to his wife, Mag­gie, and his Vieji­tos club mem­bers for their sup­port. Al­though there are many choices for Sam to ride in, the “Pick of the Lit­ter” is al­ways his first choice.

Vieji­tos Car Club Car­ryall rep­re­sent­ing the proud chap­ter in Mis­souri.

TRUCK MODEL 1950 SUB­UR­BAN BY CHEVRO­LET

Kansas City Kus­tom Sub­ur­ban with that gang­ster vi­sor at­ti­tude.

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