Pure Elegance
Owner: Abraham Lopez
Vehicle: 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass
City/State: Newark, New Jersey
Club: Loyalty C.C.
Engine/Drivetrain: This motor has something fo' yo' ass. Built in Abraham's garage, the engine features a Shotgun Billet scoop flowing air to a set of Holley carbs. A tunnel ram intake does its damndest at mixing the air/fuel and sending it to the Edelbrock polished heads. Some Super Comp Hooker headers blow into dual exhaust. At 406 cubic inches of displacement, it's quite the healthy motor, but for good measure, Abraham added an NOS fogger system just in case. A Hurst Lenco-type racing shifter shifts the Turbo 350 trans, while a Trans Pak kit, 9-inch converter and a 4:11 rearend complete this monster drivetrain.
Body/Paint: Much of the work that you see here was done in the comfort of Abraham's home garage. The body received its fair share of mods, including a Targa top, '87 Cutlass front clip and molded firewall, which was also moved back 4 1/2 inches. With the body smoothed out, Abraham and his buddy at Miracle Auto body in Newark painted it all candy red. Jonathan at Paintrix in Totowa, New Jersey did the murals and Paul came in and laid down the pinstriping to complete the transformation.
Interior: Burgundy and beige velour were used throughout the interior in an old school button-tufted and diamond pattern. Dakota Digital dash and gauges help keep track of all the "motorly" functions and add a race flair to the cockpit.
Sound System: Sonically, Pure Elegance keeps it in line with the rest of the car. Plenty of customizing here and Audiobahn has most of the system covered in the speaker department with their subs, woofers, mids and tweeters delivering all of the sounds. Two Rockford Fosgate amps underneath the front seats power the system and an Alpine head unit controls it all. Audiobahn's DVD player shows off the latest videos on the Audiobahn screen in the center of the dash. Rick, a friend of Abraham's, made it all happen in his garage in Newark.
Setup: The heart and soul of a lowrider is its hydraulics setup. Two Hi-Low pumps get their juice from an Oldsmobile emblem-shaped tank. Four Hi-Low dumps control flow to 8-inch cylinders in the front and 10 inch cylinders in the back. Two Optima batteries power the setup and hard-lines are run throughout. Molded lower control arms and plenty of chrome, gold and engraving make for an eyeful on this setup. Abraham and Pete performed all of the work. All engraving on the car was performed by Hernan's Custom Engraving in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Tires: P195/60-R14 Vogue "tyres" AKA "mustard and mayo," the 5.20s of the East Coast
Wheels: 14x7 Dayton with wire spinners