Not too many years ago, Freddie Brown, Jr. of Los Angeles, California, was an impressionable young man who received his first taste of lowriders and liked it. "I got into lowriding through my uncle 'Lil' Hub'," relates Freddie. "He had all kinds of cars, mostly Cadillacs. Then I just started buying Lowrider Magazine and I was hooked. I would see these unbelievable cars in the magazine and I just had to have one."
Now fully grown up and a professional real estate investor, Freddie does indeed have one of those "unbelievable" cars. The inspiration for Freddie's '59 Chevy Impala? How about the pages of "America's number one cruising magazine"? "There it was in the June 2000 issue," recalls Freddie, "'Noble Nine' [Ricky Munoz' gold and white '59 Impala]. Once I saw that car, I knew that a two-tone '59 would be the first lowrider that I'd build. I saw a '59 advertised in Old Car Trader, we settled on $6,000 and my dream began."
The '59 that Freddie calls "Fredom (or Freedom) '59" was worked on by some of SoCal's top lowrider builders, including Bowtie Connection, Big Worm's Restoration and Homies Hydraulics (see Tech Specs for the lowdown). Freddie praises them all for making his first lowrider one for the books. He also thanks his uncle who got him interested in lowriding all those years ago, his cousin "Poker," his son Dom and everyone else who helped build the car and put Freddie on the road to freedom.
Freedom '59Owner: Freddie Brown, Jr.
Vehicle: '59 Chevrolet Impala
City/State: Los Angeles, California
Club: No affiliation
Engine/Drivetrain: John Kennedy and the men at Bowtie Connection in Artesia, California, dropped in a 350-c.i.d. Chevy crate engine and blinged it out with lots of chrome-plated parts, including Street & Performance serpentine billet pulleys and brackets. "Fredo" at Big Worm's Restoration in Inglewood, California, was Freddie's chrome plating connection.
Body/Paint: Two-tone paint jobs were big in '59 and Freddie kept it real with an Estate Green and white finish, expertly applied at Bowtie Connection. Danny of D&D Designs in Baldwin Park, California, put down the pinstriping which can be found all over the car, including under the hood and on the frame. There's not much room for improvement on the '59 Impala sheet metal, but the Bowtie guys did cut in a moonroof.
Interior: A different Freddie, the one at Bowtie Connection, restored the inside of the ride using an appropriately colored '59 interior kit.
Sound System: "Gordo" at Auto Restyling in Paramount, California, installed an all-Alpine system with JL Audio subwoofers to bump those bass beats that drive Freddie's female passengers into a frenzy.
Setup: Anthony Fuentes at Homies Hydraulics in Paramount hooked up a single-pump, whammy tank hydraulics setup with three dumps, four switches and eight batteries.
Tires: P155/80-R13 whitewalls
Wheels: 13-inch L.A. Wire wheels with engraving by David Renteria