Albert took his time putting the hydraulic hard line system in. He went to master tuber and hydraulic expert Richard Jaquez, of Evergreen Hydraulics in Victorville, who installed a reliable basic setup. This 48-volt system was low maintenance, and would also work well for Albert's wife. This set up was done in a few weeks, since the basic setup turned into a longer project than anticipated, as Albert kept adding more and more upgrades to the car. These upgrades included molding the suspension, and adding chrome to the original setup.
This clean build lived up to Albert's expectations, and he remains proud of the hard work it took for the T-Bird to come to life. "The car was built for my wife, Jennifer, but I drive it the most," he says, beaming with pride. He is also a proud member of Perspective Car Club, which includes his close friends, as well as their wives. "The "Obsession" T-Bird paint colors are simply eye-catching, and everywhere we drive it, it is sure to be a people pleaser for all ages. I found that finishing and now maintaining the car has truly been an Obsession for me, and whatever it needed, it was done. This is the car that took my money," he laughs. "Hopefully the torch can be passed down in the future, once the kids are old enough to be part of it."
Passing on our lifestyle is a good way to save our culture. If we can include our kids in what we love to do, maybe they'll share our passion. Keep up the good work, and maybe one day we will be reading about your kids in the pages of Lowrider!
Owner: Albert Michel
Vehicle: 1979 Ford T-Bird
City/State: Bassett, CA
Club: Perspective, Los Angeles
Paint: House of Kolor three-stage candy paint job highlighted with pearls, flakes shot by Buggs and pinstripping done by Dennis Jones and Danny D.
Engine: Stock motor and transmission rebuild by Javier's Engine work
Hydraulics: Two pump Hydraulic setup powered by 4 batteries designed for low maintenance.
Wheels: 14x7 Galaxy Wire Wheels
Upholstery: The cars interior was done by Tony's Upholstery. They stitched the interior in Lavender Marine vinyl tones that would complement the exterior of the car.
Tires: 14-inch Premium Sportway 5.20s