Imaginative, Eccentric, Genuine, Unique, Distinctive, Master
Michael "Box" Patterson AKA "The Mojo Man" of Los Angeles, California, has been in the Lowrider game for years. The 53-year old Dorsey High graduate has seen his share of crazy experiences within his lifetime. In his teens, Michael was already immersed in a culture that most people considered to be "trouble." The enthusiasm for his new love almost led him in that direction, however. "I almost caught a case stealing tail-gate pumps and playground coils with my friend Lonnie Bolden of Professionals Car Club, when I was fourteen years old," he says. He quickly straightened up, and dove head on into a culture that would ultimately shape his life forever. Fast forward to 2009, and that culture that was once thought to be detrimental to society has now been classified as a legitimate lifestyle, and a lifestyle that Michael has never lost sight of along the way.
Box's career in hydraulics dates back to the 60's and 70's, an early age when people were still trying to hop tall boys (22 ounce beer cans). Learning through trial and error, Box quickly made a name for himself in the hydraulic world. In his lifetime, he has learned several secrets from experienced individuals, and has mastered the art of taking hydraulic parts that were made for different operations and integrating them within the context of Lowriding. From tail-gate lift, to aircraft hydraulics, Box has mastered the art of pump building, creating low maintenance, and virtually bullet proof hydraulic systems. Simply put, as he has integrated, he has innovated, and he has certainly raised the bar when it comes to building Lowrider pump setups.
Box's craftsmanship and attention to detail can be seen throughout countless past magazine articles from the United States and Japanese publications. Box is considered to be among the first pioneers who created custom setups that took custom tail-gate pumps to a whole new level. He has created a style that has been around for years, but one that he has never really taken any credit for. People since have mimicked and been influenced by Box's "Mojo" style hydraulics. At first glance, Box's pumps might look like a setup with oversize fittings, however these setups have more to them than that. Most of these setups have custom machined fittings that help to keep the system from leaking, and allow the hydraulic fluids to flow smoothly and efficiently through the hydraulic system. Box also dialed in the hydraulic principal of volume and pressure, making sure that all of his pump heads are machined to his specs. Why do this? This process means that Box's pump heads can produce and handle more pressure and volume than any off the shelf pump heads. Some of his specially ported and polished pump heads that are still in use, can produce more efficiently than the Italian and other modern aluminum pump heads that are being used today. Each and every setup that Box has worked on is one-of-a kind, based on the principles he has used in all of his builds, but each build is tailored specifically to the weight and size of each vehicle, to produce the desired effect. These principles usually require him to use square dumps and water faucet slow downs, which generally help to ensure the proper fluid accuracy.