Owner: Michael Brown
Vehicle: The "White Hawk"
1983 Lincoln, Mark VI
City/State: Los Angeles, California
This month's Back Bumper is a little different from what you have come to expect from this section. We wanted to show you the roots of lowriding; specifically, how the cars used to layout and light up the streets by dragging the front cross member, or in this case the rear bumper.
We caught up with Mike Brown of Los Angeles, who has always cherished the lowrider scene. Mike has a couple of older classics including a beautiful drop-top Impala, that makes up in looks for what it lacks in practicality-it doesn't have air-conditioning. Of course, who needs AC in a classic convertible?! Still in need of an everyday cruiser, Mike was on the hunt for something a bit more modern with some luxury amenities, and he struck gold when he stumbled upon a remarkable '83 Lincoln Mark VI. He decided to make it his daily driver and show piece, so he put his all into customizing this beauty. "I wanted to keep it Old School, so we decided to make the rear drag," he adds. This meant putting his best foot forward and getting started right away.
With the Impala in his garage, he set out to build the Lincoln a little differently, choosing to focus on performance. Mike sent his Mark VI to Homies Hydraulics out in Paramount, California, who took on the job of building an old style scrapper. The car was fully tricked-out and received a full Homies Hydraulic package. To keep buckles from happening, the stress points on the quarter panels were reinforced to give the car a sturdy foundation that could withstand the rigors of hopping and scraping. For suspension travel, 8-inch strokes were used in the front and 10-inch strokes were added to the rear, allowing the car to lock up all the way around. As far as the set-up, Richie and Vince of Homies held nothing back, hooking up the car with 3 pumps that exuded so much pressure that the only valves suitable to control them accurately were Adex heavy duty square dumps. In order to get the car suspension to move quickly, 12 batteries were used to power up the hydraulic system. A chain of 8 solenoids was put in place to keep the voltage regulated and prevent pump armatures from getting stuck. The Mark VI's suspension was then equipped with 1/2-ton coils to keep the ride as smooth as possible.
Mike's gem of an automobile was originally in good condition, since the previous owner had simply grown tired of the car and kept it parked in the back of the house. Immediately realizing the potential of this street classic, Mike knew that he could not pass up such a deal. Humble and quick to acknowledge those who have helped him achieve his goal, he adds, "I want to thank my whole crew. For years we've made it do what it do." Certainly a job well done, Mike Brown's Lincoln has been spotted cruising and dragging that bumper at all of the local cruise spots-the sign of a true lowrider indeed.
Keep up the good work out there and keep on scraping those street reflectors! If you're going for broke or if you feel you have a machine that meets the criteria of our back bumper section, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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