The vision of the perfect Lowrider build varies with each prospective builder. Some of the influences behind builder preference stem from factory design changes that occur from year to year. Wondering "what might've been" is common among certain enthusiasts, as some models change radically overtime. The second generation Impalas and Caprices from the 70's were no exception. These classics were completely restyled, as GM built the cars on a longer wheelbase platform. The redesigned Caprice felt like driving a land yacht, and while fun to drive, these big body beauties signaled their own extinction; they were quickly downsized due to government mandates. Once this restriction became law in the '70's, the convertibles that were available became the first victims on the chopping block, as they were quickly discontinued after the 1975 model year. This would include the full-size B-body ragtop counterparts, such as the Oldsmobile Delta '88, Buick LeSabre, and Pontiac Grand Ville. Inventive builder Maclovio "Mac" Garcia of Northridge, CA, used this time period as his inspiration by taking a 1975 Caprice and converting it into what a 1976 Chevrolet Caprice would have looked like!

For Mac, this $12,000 investment turned into a two-year project, and one that he would have to get done in between paying jobs. Being the shop owner of Mac's Classics, he had little time to juggle in order to paint his convertible. The first version of Mac's creation was shown last year at the San Bernardino, Lowrider Tour stop. Though it had made its debut, the car was not quite finished up to Mac's standard. Mac took his car home and made a game plan.

Initially, Mac started off by changing over the header panels, in order to give the car the classic square lights that were featured in that year. Mac had also originally shaved the door handles, as well as the firewall. Once he finished with the metal work, he did all the body work before porated into the trunk. Within the molded floorboards, Mac installed Pioneer subwoofers which were powered by a MTX amplifier, in a neatly wrapped and streamlined design. This sound system was not huge, but it was certainly enough to give Mac the sound that he wanted for those afternoon cruises. This is not Mac's first time in the Lowrider scene, as he has owned his fair share of cars in his lifetime, but this one is certainly gaining him some impressive accolades. Mac gave this car its official debut at the 2010 Grand National Roadster Show, where it took home top honors for Best Paint. This award was a special honor for Mac, since he was the primary painter, and it was a good look for the Lowrider Community as well. We hope to see more of Mac's "World Premier" in future shows, so keep your fingers crossed, as you might see him at an upcoming Lowrider event.

moving onto paint. Mac spent a few weeks laying down a blue foundation, which was customized and dressed with House of Kolor candies and Pearls. Mac also used a few SEM Pearls and Candies on the job, as well as some old school Murrano Pearls, before ultimately shipping the car over to Walt Prey of Northridge, CA. Walt worked his magic and complemented the designs that Mac had already laid out.

The engine compartment was completed next, and it featured a stock 350 and transmission combination. This rebuilt engine was Candy-painted and dressed up with chrome billet accessories. For cooling purposes, an aluminum radiator was used in the conversion. The radiator featured a dual inlet and a custom hose, both of which helped to allow a better flow of the engine coolant. In order to upgrade the car's starting power and aesthetics, the car would receive dual batteries, and a touch of paint, which spilled from the outside of the car to the inside.

Once the car was returned to him, Mac worked on the interior and designed the new upgrades that the car would soon receive. The convertible was hooked up with a hand-fabricated metal dashboard, which was painted to match the exterior and tie-in the existing interior colors as well. Already an established fabricator, Mac proceeded to the rear of the car, and gave it a one-of-a-kind metal boot, complete with running graphics. These modifications served as the foundation of the interior. The remainder of the interior was stitched up by Alex, and it featured suede and vinyl designs that followed the exterior's scheme.

Mac wanted this car to be different, so he called his club brother, Abel, to help him out. Since Able had access to some old school aircraft parts, he hooked Mac up with a pair of Pesco 777 Hydraulic pumps, Mini-tanks, and #6 slowdowns, which added to the vehicle's classic-themed appeal. Four switches now raise or lower the Chevy, through a pair of Hydro Air valves which help to control the set-up. The two-pump set-up is powered by four 31-series deep cycle batteries, which are hidden behind the molded panels that were painted to match the exterior of the car. The trunk also features a custom sound system, which Mac intricately incorporated into the trunk. Within the molded floorboards, Mac installed Pioneer subwoofers which were powered by a MTX amplifier, in a neatly wrapped and streamlined design. This sound system was not huge, but it was certainly enough to give Mac the sound that he wanted for those afternoon cruises. This is not Mac's first time in the Lowrider scene, as he has owned his fair share of cars in his lifetime, but this one is certainly gaining him some impressive accolades. Mac gave this car its official debut at the 2010 Grand National Roadster Show, where it took home top honors for Best Paint. This award was a special honor for Mac, since he was the primary painter, and it was a good look for the Lowrider Community as well. We hope to see more of Mac's "World Premier" in future shows, so keep your fingers crossed, as you might see him at an upcoming Lowrider event.

The trunk also features a custom sound system, which Mac intricately incorporated into the trunk. Within the molded floorboards, Mac installed Pioneer subwoofers which were powered by a MTX amplifier, in a neatly wrapped and streamlined design. This sound system was not huge, but it was certainly enough to give Mac the sound that he wanted for those afternoon cruises. This is not Mac's first time in the Lowrider scene, as he has owned his fair share of cars in his lifetime, but this one is certainly gaining him some impressive accolades. Mac gave this car its official debut at the 2010 Grand National Roadster Show, where it took home top honors for Best Paint. This award was a special honor for Mac, since he was the primary painter, and it was a good look for the Lowrider Community as well. We hope to see more of Mac's "World Premier" in future shows, so keep your fingers crossed, as you might see him at an upcoming Lowrider event.

World Premier

Owner: Maclovio Garcia

Vehicle: 1975 Caprice

City/State: Northridge, CA

Club: Premier, Los Angeles

Paint: The convertible was based in a blue foundation, which was dressed with SEM and House of Kolor Candy's and Pearls. Mac also used some old school Murrano Pearls before shipping the car to Walt Prey for some old school pinstriping.

Engine: Stock 350 motor, accompanied by a 350 transmission. To allow the engine to breathe properly, an Edelbrock intake, as well as a billet chrome air cleaner were used.

Interior: The interior was sewn in suede and vinyl. The interior was also dressed up with a custom convertible boot, which was painted to match the dash that was already designed to tie-in to the interior designs.

Setup: A Pesco 777 Hydraulics set-up, featuring mini tanks, Hydro Air valves, and powered by four 31-series deep cycle batteries.

Tires: 155-80R13's

Wheels: 13x7-spoke Wire Wheels

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