Old school car guys like Julio Ramos, Jr. would rather be wrenching on an old wreck than doing most anything else. "I've been into lowriding for as long as I can remember," says this professional mechanic from Stockton, California. "I was always and forever building up or tearing down a car. I started to experiment with lowering vehicles and adding stereo. I also like the best thing... cruising."

Julio began "Drifting On A Memory," this '47 Chevy Fleetmaster, through his brother, Peter Ortega. "I myself and two others built the '47 stock for my brother back in 1983," says Julio. "I got the car myself in 1990 and added wheels, paint, chrome, new interior, visor and cooler."

Apparently satisfied with his '47, Julio's turning his attention to his next project, building a custom, radical-style '53 Chevy. It's obvious that the passion for tearing 'em down and building 'em up continues to burn in Julio's heart. "I've never stopped doing it," he admits. "It keeps me out of trouble, and it's fun to see the end results."

Drifting On A Memory

Owner: Julio Ramos, Jr.

Vehicle: '47 Chevrolet Fleetmaster

City/State: Stockton, California

Club: Oldies C.C.-East Bay

Engine/Drivetrain: Working out of Century Auto Body in Stockton, Julio rebuilt and modernized the original 316-c.i.d. engine with chrome valve covers and a split manifold exhaust system with 12-inch glass-packs.

Body/Paint: Art Cortez of Century Auto Body gave the '47 its two-tone brown and gold finish using DuPont paint. Bob Gomez of Gomez Pinstriping in Stockton is responsible for the brushwork. Delta Chrome of Stockton plated the bumpers and trim.

Interior: Danny Zapata of Zapata Upholstery in Stockton helped the owner fulfill his wish for an interior in the "stock color with new style designs." Popular period-correct additions include banjo steering wheel, compass, tissue holder and steering wheel fan.

Sound System: Julio cruises to the old school tunes, which sound better than ever on his all-Pioneer system with 200-watt and 400-watt amps, and 12-inch subwoofers. Cody at Consumer Audio in Stockton got Julio rockin' like back in the day.

Suspension: The vehicle was lowered 3 inches in the front and 4 inches in the rear.

Tires: P175/70-R14 Hercules

Wheels: 14x7 triple-gold Sinister