The old saying “money makes the world go ‘round” can also be applied to Lowriders. Of course, blood, sweat, and tears are requirements as well, but the bottom line is that if you want your Daytons to go ‘round, you’ll be coughing up some form of money as well. Nobody is more aware of this than “Tiny” of Escondido, California, who has learned that his passion and life both seem to revolve around money. As evil and dirty as that almighty dollar can sometimes be, riders like Tiny just can’t help but to chase the cheddar! Making money is good, but saving it is even better, and that’s what Tiny tried to do upon first purchasing this ’86 Chevy El Camino six years ago. His plan was to make the car a daily driver without putting too much ‘dinero’ into it. The car was in great condition when he bought it and Tiny later purchased a set of rims and a small hydraulic setup for the car, looking to keep it in good enough shape to mash out on the boulevard and cruise. The best laid plans often go to waste, and Tiny found himself itching to do more to the car; a feeling encouraged by many of his friends, who pleaded with him to take the ‘El Co’ to the next level. Before long, Tiny couldn’t help himself, and he began scraping up some more cash to put into his newfound plans for the El Camino.
Off and on over the course of the next several years, Tiny remained committed to transforming this ride into something eye-popping and unique. Given the amount of money he was pouring into the car, Tiny christened it “Dirty Money;” a name befitting the car’s monetary theme. A new paintjob, in the color green, of course, was added after an onslaught of body modifications, most notably the front clip being swapped out with that of an ’87 Chevy Monte Carlo. The interior of the cab and the bed were also totally revamped and restyled, and in a fun twist, an actual money counting machine was installed on the center console allowing Tiny to keep up to date on his currency. Airbrushed murals over the vehicle’s body depict 100-dollar bills and all the evils that typically and ultimately surround the consequences of a money-over-everything mentality.
Happy to have “Dirty Money” upgraded to the car show status, Tiny still insists that you can catch him driving it on the SoCal freeways at any given moment. Tiny thanks his mother, friends, and family for putting up with him throughout the build of this money-grubbing machine, and he’s grateful for the support he’s been given over the years. Although this ride now seems to be complete, Tiny reminds us that there are always other upgrade ideas floating around in his head that might help to ensure the car’s stature at future car shows. Looks like Tiny will just have to add them to the tab!
Tech Specs “Dirty Money”
Vehicle: 1986 Chevy El Camino
City/State: Escondido, CA
Club: Groupe Car Club, San Diego Chapter
Engine: 1973 Chevy 350-c.i.d. 5.7L V8 crate engine with chrome and aluminum accessories and stainless steel hardlines. Tiny, and Casey “The White Boy” Smyth, were both responsible for the rebuild and installation at 760 Kustoms in Escondido.
Body/Paint: Chucko, over at MX Evolution in San Marcos, California, handled the bodywork; including the many body modifications. Dumbo over at 760 Kustoms laid down a House of Kolor candy Organic Green paintjob before the ride was handed over to Victor Cordero of Chula Vista, CA., for his pinstripe services. Ruben “Japo” Reyes of Upland, California airbrushed a plethora of images depicting the car’s “Dirty Money” name. A molded rear bumper, LED taillight, Monte Carlo front clip, and molded door handles round out some of the body modifications.
Interior: Flako of 760 Kustoms got down and dirty for Tiny’s interior. A flaked-out and molded candy green dashboard matches the door panels. An upgraded digital dash was installed along with a Nardi steering wheel and shifter, custom center console, and even a money counting machine.
Sound System: Knight and Chato, of Car Treats in Escondido, installed a Pioneer head unit, Rockford Fosgate amplifier, Pioneer mid-range speakers, and two 12-inch JL Audio woofers. Video can be seen on any of the TV screens: a Pioneer in-dash unit screen, two five-inch screens, a ten-inch screen molded into dash, and a giant 37-inch screen molded into the fiberglass bed.
Setup: Tiny and Casey teamed up again for the hydraulic installation over at 760 Kustoms. Eight-inch cylinders up front and 14-inch cylinders in the back give the El Camino plenty of vertical travel. Two Showtime hydraulic pumps with fat blocks are powered by four Centennial deep-cycle batteries.
Tires: 155/80R13 Cooper Trendsetter whitewall.
Wheels: 13x7-inches, 72-spoke Dayton.