The latest, and maybe the greatest, in a long line of luxury lowriders rolling out of the "City of Angels" is this tangerine dream called "Fredillac," Freddy Urias' '84 Cadillac Coupe DeVille which was built to thrill. After acquiring the Caddy from "WeeBoo" of Lynwood, California, Freddy was ready to spend the better part of five years and many thousands of dollars making Fredillac worthy of flying the Kings Of Kings Car Club plaque.
This Cadillac's transition from obscurity to cover car immortality began back in 2002, when Freddy began taking apart the then blue DeVille. And so began, in Freddy's words, "a journey that would never end." You might remember Freddy from his many appearances in Lowrider Bicycle Magazine back in the '90s when he was building championship-caliber pedal-scrapers. Freddy applied that same determination and commitment, along with his desire to return to the winner's circle, to this Cadillac build, enlisting his friends and some of the best custom shops in the Southland to make the car one for the books.
"I always thought of the car as a cruiser," says Freddy. "But the builders did it all in one. I'll be at a show one day and the next I'll be cruising down Whittier Boulevard with my family." Speaking of family, Freddy wants to give thanks to his mom and dad, brother and sister, his wife and their daughter Malinda, as well as Kings Of Kings Car Club, the many talented craftsmen listed in the Tech Specs, plus Jesse and Richard at Apple Auto Wrecking and Paul at Pioneer Auto Wrecking.
Since its unveiling, Fredillac has fared fantastically at the shows, claiming Best of Show at multiple Lowrider Magazine Tour stops. The judges would have to be deaf, dumb and blind (and maybe lacking their other senses as well) not to appreciate the overload of custom modifications found on Freddy's tangerine dream machine.
And he ain't done yet! Freddy informs us that he doesn't plan to leave well enough alone, instead admitting that he has "big plans" in store for his luxury lowrider, before adding that he "can't say much, though." Whatever happens, this 25-year-old has clearly made a smooth transition from building bicycles in his garage to managing high-dollar project cars. It's all good for Freddy. "Lowriding was always a way to stay out of trouble," he says, summing it up. "I thank it for that."
FredillacOwner: Freddy "Fredillac" Urias
Vehicle: '84 Cadillac Coupe DeVille
City/State: Bellflower, California
Club: Kings Of Kings C.C.
Engine/Drivetrain: The Caddy's 4.1-liter engine purrs like a contented kitten (and roars like an ill-tempered lion) thanks to Sergio at Autoland in South Gate, California, who added plenty of chrome-plated pieces to the total drivetrain ebuild.
Body/Paint: Fredillac began taking shape at Lalo and Mario's Automotive in Gardena, California, where the body/prep work was done. Freddy credits Sergio Avalos for the molded side panel cut-outs. From there, the House of Kolor tangerine paint was expertly applied by Daniel Corona at B/S Body Shop in South Gate. Freddy called on Curly's Pinstriping in Long Beach, California, for the fine brushwork, and Gator Graphix in South Gate for the mucho murals that can be found on the trunk, bumper kit, firewall, doorjambs, door panels, steering wheel and even the air cleaner. Alfredo Gonzalez at Big Worm's Restorations in Inglewood, California, was kept busy with the generous amount of chrome plating found all over (and under) the ride.
Interior: The interior likewise received a complete makeover at Ubaldo at Brother's Upholstery in La Puente, California, who pitched the worn '84 upholstery and replaced it with a 2005 Lincoln Continental interior with 3D emblems and a rear loveseat tossed into the mix. Xavier Padilla contributed the custom-made steering wheel.
Sound System: Lucky passengers in this luxury liner are treated to the sensations of an audio/video setup installed by Hugo at S&S Auto in South Gate, which features an Alpine head unit, Audiobahn amps, MB Quart tweeters and mids, JL Audio W6 subwoofers, 7-inch monitors in the sunvisors and an old school VCR.
Setup: Hugo at S&S Auto was also the "go-to" guy for the hydros, hardlining the car with a pair of Homies Hydraulics pumps, chrome springs and cylinders, six Homies batteries and an even number of switches. Freddy's friends Raul Rodriguez and Eric got down and dirty reinforcing the Caddy's chassis.
Tires: P155/80-R13 Super Ride
Wheels: Icon wires with tangerine spokes