Model: Krista Gonzales
Makeup by: Kim Bui
Bikini by: Kandy Shop Bikinis

Environment plays a big role in our lives. While we don’t get the opportunity to choose the life we are given, the place we grow up in plays an integral part in shaping who we become as adults. Frank Arellano is a testament to the truth of this theory, as having grown up in the San Joaquin Valley; he learned firsthand that work ethic is the key to success. In his childhood years, Frank was brought up in this hard-working environment, and it taught him that having nice things meant working to earn them in the first place. Farming and ranching are a large part of the San Joaquin Valley, so Frank learned how to work with his hands at a young age. When he wasn’t helping out around the farm, Frank was still working, and his creativity flourished, Picking up new projects constantly, Frank put together a tree house, model cars, bicycles, homes and even Lowriders over the years.

Eventually, Frank had to leave the nest to pursue higher learning, and at 19, he moved to Southern California to attend college. After graduating, Frank was left with a tough decision; should he move back home and begin a career in his native San Joaquin Valley, or would it be best to stay in Southern California to begin a new chapter in his life? Ultimately, Frank made the decision to stay in Southern California because he believed he had better opportunities in the region. Frank started his new life in the Inland Empire area of Southern California because it reminded him of the San Joaquin Valley. Work was plentiful for the college graduate at the time and the cost of living was ideal for his entry level income.

Frank established himself in just a few short years, but of course, his productive hands needed something to do. In 1999, Frank purchased a 1966 Buick Rivera, and began fixing it up. Now this was not his first Lowrider, that honor belonged to a ’65 Chevy he built a few years earlier. That car was built in 1992, after Frank bought the very popular Chevy IROC and customized it. While he enjoyed the sports car, his heart was with the classics and the ’65 Chevy was handed down to him. Rather than let it sit, Frank sold the IROC and used the proceeds to spruce up the classic Chevy.

As far as the Riviera was concerned, Frank made it a masterpiece, and ended up selling the classic Buick to a car collector in Belgium. Left without a project, Frank bought a ’64 Impala and worked on the car over the next few years. In order to build the car to his lofty standards, Frank realized that he needed a substantial amount of money and leaned on his San Joaquin Valley work ethic to pick up plenty of overtime hours at his job to supply the necessary funds. Once completed, the Impala was displayed at the Peterson Automotive Museum during their “LA Vida” and “Cruising the City of Angels” exhibits back in 2007. This was a monumental achievement not only for Frank, but for his car club, Techniques, as well as for the Lowrider culture in general.

Lowriding provides Frank with the perfect balance between work and family priorities. Cars have always been a major part of his spare time, and he has built a few gems to his credit. While his stable is currently full, the Impala still gets the best parking spot in the garage. The car means a great deal to Frank, as it embodies the memory of where he came from, and the life ambitions he had when he was a 16-year-old.

Owner
Frank Arellano

Vehicle
1964 Chevy Impala

Car Club
Techniques Car Club

City/State
Inland Empire, California

Tech Specs

“Crème Puff“

Owner: Frank Arellano

Vehicle: 1964 Chevy Impala

Car Club: Techniques Car Club

City/State: Inland Empire, California

Paint: Frank painted the ’64 a PPG Crème with Mike Lamberson of Draggin Lines in Riverside, California adding his touch. Yazu of Japan painted the murals on the car.

Interior: Big Al at Duran’s in the Inland Empire redid the interior using an original/modified theme. Frank and Lee Andrews installed the Pioneer audio system.

Engine: Fernando Carrenro of Arroyo Auto in Upland California took care of accessorizing the 283 V8 and made sure it was in top running condition. Apolonio at A&B Polishing in Upland, California did all of the chrome.

Suspension: Art at Hoppo’s in Ontario, California installed the Hydraulic setup consisting of two pumps and six batteries. The set up can lift the car front, back, side to side and pancake. The frame on the ’64 was strengthened to support the Hydraulic setup.

Wheels: 13-inch Mclean Wire Wheels.

Tires: 13-inch 5.20 tires.

Thanks: Wife & Kids, Brothers & Sister, Purdy Family, Techniques Car Club and his friends for their help with the build of the car.