Lowriding can be a very technically challenging hobby, ask anybody who’s ever done it. That said, building a Bomb is a task that only a select few Lowriders are willing to take on. The hunt for parts alone can be so painstaking that “quick builds” end up taking years, leaving some who attempt this feat with no choice but to give up on the build altogether. Eleven years ago. Adam Madrigal of Sacramento, CA., decided to take the plunge into the Bomb world, totally unaware of what to expect. He purchased a ’39 Chevy Master Deluxe from his good friend Jimmy, and the pre-World War II vehicle would become his obsession for years to come.
Adam took the ’39 home and looked it over, aware that the classic beauty needed a complete makeover. He spent his first year in ownership contemplating exactly what color scheme he wanted to use on the car, as well as beginning the exhausting search for parts and accessories. “My family and I spent countless hours looking through magazines trying to find a unique color scheme that no one else had,” says Adam. Once they found the right color scheme for the ’39, it was sent out to get sprayed. Unfortunately for Adam and his family, another Bomb showed up in a magazine that used the same color scheme he did, but in reverse. The sight of the other car was admittedly heartbreaking for Adam and his family, but even though they were a little disappointed, they supported Adam’s continued efforts in the build.
As is the case with most Bomb owners, Adam found himself a regular among the local swap meets, trying to uncover the hard-to-find items he needed. The hunt wore him quickly, and frustration soon became his best friend. “The most disappointing part of being a newcomer to the Bomb world was unknowingly purchasing accessories and parts that didn’t match the car,” laments Adam. Luckily for him, today’s technology and wider enthusiasm provided some resources that past Bomb builders weren’t lucky enough to utilize. Thanks to websites such as ChevyBombs.com, Chev’s of the 40’s, I and I, Ebay, and Craigslist, he was able to get back on track with the build like he had always hoped to. Success also came to him thanks to the guidance of Adam’s family members, club members, and friends who all had previous experience with the 1939-year model cars.
The great thing about this build is that the process Adam’s car underwent epitomizes the Lowrider experience. From start to finish, the car was a family project, meaning the true success of the build can be measured by the quality time it provided Adam to spend with his family in the garage listening to music, building, and barbequing. “My wife, and children, Raymond, Trinidad, Salvador, and Saray can all walk up to the car and point out the area they worked on,” Adam states proudly. Sadly, one family member will not get to see Adam’s proud spread in this issue―his father. Our initially scheduled photo shoot with Adam had to be canceled as his father had unfortunately passed away. “As the pallbearer, the handkerchief worn on my shoulder now is the same one that was used as my arm band at his funeral. I feel my father would have been happy to have seen my car in Lowrider Magazine,” Adam states eloquently. With a car like this one, it’s safe to say that Adam’s father is certainly smiling down on his son’s amazing accomplishment. Adam would like to thank his family for all their help, support, and patience.
“Green Master Deluxe”
Owner: Adam Madrigal
Vehicle: 1939 Master Deluxe
City/State: Sacramento, CA
Car Club: Compadres Bomb Club
Engine: A 235 Chevy engine was installed with the stock 1939 transmission. Dual exhaust and straight pipes were also added for a custom look. AAA Plating from Sacramento, CA., and San Joaquin Chrome in Lodi, CA., handled all of the chrome additions throughout the car.
Body/Paint: Henry Ramos of Body Works Unlimited in Sacramento, CA., gave the Master Deluxe the two-tone Green paint job. Adam also chose to add some subtle pinstripe work to finish off the paintjob.
Interior: Rene Cornejo at Acme Tops and Tunes in Sacramento, CA., stitched the beige velour to capture an original look and time-period feel.
Sound System: Rene Cornejo also installed two amps and JL Audio subwoofers to provide some sounds for the classic Chevy.
Tires: 560 Firestone.