A key objective in Lowriding is to be original when building a car. Some will modify the body, lay a multi-color paintjob and call it a day. Others, like Richard Floyd Jr. will build a car that is not commonly used in Lowriding. Richard chose a ’49 Pontiac Streamliner as his latest project. This is not Richard’s first time modifying a car, nor is it his first bomb. Richard has the honor of being the son of a custom-car builder. His father, Richard Sr., had been building custom cars long before his birth. He was creating automotive art with the greats like Larry Watson, Bill Hines, Junior, and Larry Craig to name a few.
As a youngster growing up, Richard had the opportunity to see his father, whom he considers a legend, bang out metal, bondo, sand, and primer before he laid out lacquers, candies, scallops and flames. Richard had a never ending amount of automotive influences as a kid and at the age of 14, Richard Sr. felt it was time for his son to start building a car that would be completed by the time he reached the driving age. The first project they started was a Volkswagen. They moved on to an El Camino, a ’64 Impala and a couple of others that only lasted a few years. The Floyd men got an itch to build a custom as their next project.
One Saturday morning in 1989, they found a ’50 Chevy Coupe for sale in the local newspaper and immediately snatched it up. Richard had seen several magazines and posters with Larry Watson’s Grapevine and really liked the look of the car. He decided that his’50 Chevy was going to have a similar look to it when it was complete. Richard and his father began hitting all of the automotive swap meets to buy every ’53 Chevy grill for the extra teeth look. It took some time but after a year or so, everything came together and the car was complete.
From that point on, the Floyd men built a ’64 Cadillac custom, a ’55 Pontiac Safari Wagon, and a few other cars. The ’55 Pontiac was a family favorite, especially to his daughter, Alyssa, but after picking up a Lowrider magazine in 2004, it had to go. It was now time for Richard to part ways with it, as a change in the style of cars he longed to build was right around the corner. Richard had his eyes on a ’49 Chevy Carryall with original paint, visor, and accessories that he wanted for the family. Ever since then, Richard and his family have been in love with the bomb culture. Richard and the family also joined the HB Gabachos (Featured in the December 2010 issue of Lowrider magazine) Car Club.
In 2010, the Floyd family decided that they wanted a ’48 Chevy Fleetline, so they turned to Mike Ramos, Jim Ramsey, and anyone else they felt could help them locate one. They ended up finding a very nice stock-condition model, which happened to be the same color as the ’49 Carryall and brought it home. After adding the requisite Chevrolet accessories to the Fleetline, it hit the streets and local car shows. After owning the Fleetline for about a year, Richard noticed the family was not attached to it and discovered that at every car-related function they went to, the ’48 was the most popular, and unfortunately very common, year model there.
Always seeking to be unique, the Floyd family decided they wanted to find a bomb that you do not see very often. They sold the Fleetline to a gentleman in Texas and the search started for a more unique bomb. After hitting local car shows and cruise nights, they found what they were looking for; a ’49 Pontiac Streamliner.