Who ever said that diamonds and pearls are a girl's best friend has never met Frank Melendez, Jr. of Fontana, California. Frank dubbed his '80 Lincoln Mark VI "Diamonds And Pearls" in dedication to his long-time friend Angel Sierra, who sold Frank the car so that he could buy his wife a set of diamonds and pearls, but, most importantly, so that he would be able to finish his latest project, a '59 Chevy Impala.
It turns out that this Lincoln was no stranger to Frank as he had it stored in his garage for about seven months while it was being built. Frank had his hands on this car throughout the build, so when the car came up for adoption, Frank jumped on the offer.
This project started off like most, with the goal to build a street car, but then one thing led to another, and three years later an entirely different creation was complete. In those three long years, the Lincoln was cut out to allow the body to flex before any work was done to it. This was done by Richard at Evergreen Hydraulics in Montebello, California, who also put together two pumps and installed the complete setup.
The main thing on this car is paint. With this being said, no chances were taken as the car was completely stripped down to metal and the surface was prepped back up. The result is a flip-floppin' orange-peach pearl finish that was laid out by Mario Gomez of the Candy Factory in Palmdale, California. Flowing pinstriping by Walt Prey complements murals done by "Mr. Cartoon" of Los Angeles, California. The downtown L.A. scene murals are framed by gold-leafed panels.
Frank humbly told us that he could not have completed work on this car without the "patience, time and encouragement" of his wife, Michelle, and family, including his brother Gilbert and his fellow Lifestyle C.C. members. With this Lincoln project locked up and the car ready for the shows, Frank's already making plans for his next vehicle venture. "My next project will be a '70 Chevy Caprice, which will exceed all of my previous vehicles by far." We can't wait to see that.
Diamonds And Pearls
Owner: Frank Melendez, Jr.
Vehicle: '80 Lincoln Mark VI
City/State: Fontana, California
Club: Lifestyle C.C.-Los Angeles
Engine/Drivetrain: Stock Ford 302-c.i.d.
Body/Paint: Mario Gomez of the Candy Factory in Palmdale, California, pearled the Lincoln with House of Kolor paint that gives it a flip-floppin' orange-peach appearance. Flowing pinstriping by Walt Prey complements murals done by "Mr. Cartoon" of Los Angeles, California. The downtown L.A. scene murals are framed by gold-leafed panels. There were a few body mods done by Louie Serrano of We Body Shop in San Gabriel, California, including adding a moonroof, shaving the door handles and, most importantly, shaving the vinyl top (as this car was never offered without a vinyl top). Other tricks on the Mark VI include custom rear window trim and Diamond Jubilee quarter windows. Frank also found an NOS grille and NOS lenses for the marker lights and taillights.
Interior: Matching suede and vinyl was used for the luxury seats, as well as a painted dash that matches the exterior of the car. The same style was incorporated into the trunk of the vehicle. The upholstery was done by Henry of Henry's Customs in Pasadena, California, and was later accented with painted and pinstriped panels by "Arizona Bugs" and Danny Galvez of D&D Designs, who also spun gold leaf.
Sound System: Phil's Auto Sound in Pasadena installed a 6-inch TV monitor with a DVD player, which can be heard through Rockford Fosgate amplifiers, 12-inch Rockford Fosgate subwoofers and 6-inch ADS midrange speakers. Setup: Richard at Evergreen Hydraulics in Montebello, California, installed a two-pump (aluminum anodized high-pressure) setup with Delta dumps, 8-inch (front) and 10-inch (rear) cylinders mounted on 11/42-ton coils, all powered by six 31-series batteries and controlled by two switches. Gilbert Melendez of Gil's Kolorworks in Fontana reinforced the stress points and molded and extended the A-arms, which were later chrome plated along with the trim and the suspension by A&B Polishing of Upland, California.
Tires: 5.20 Premium Sportway
Wheels: 13x7 reverse all-chrome 100-spoke Dayton