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On any given weekend, you are bound to see a Chevy Bomb or a number of Chevy Bombs cruising the streets of the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. They are a sight to see and the cars and the car owners are well respected in the San Fernando Valley. This supportive environment played a big part in why Jose Galvan knew he wanted to be a part of the Lowrider culture there. As a young man, Jose always wanted to be a part of the latest trends and he found himself a part of the sport bike scene. Most of the individuals who ride sport bikes are all about speed and many of Jose's friends were consumed with the speed factor. Not Jose though; he cruised his sport bike and soon found that he preferred to do his cruising on four wheels instead of two. Jose parked the sport bike and purchased an Impala, which he cruised for a while until he realized his true ideal Lowrider; a classic Chevy Bomb. Jose soon sold the Impala and his sport bike and found a 1937 Chevy to begin his quest for the ultimate Lowrider.

Building a Bomb is no easy task, but Jose was ready to do his best to take the thirty-seven to the next level. In order to do this, he would certainly have to make sure that the Chevy was built properly and given all the period-correct accessories. As many of you know, there is no half stepping when it comes to building or restoring a Chevy Bomb, so Jose made sure to align himself with the right people to help him get the job done.

Through his networking, Jose met Lupe Garcia, Jason Jaramillo, Jay Jay Garcia, and Steve Hernandez from Pachuco Car Club. After hanging around with the guys and the club, Jose knew the friendship was genuine and decided to become a member of the Pachuco Car Club family. Now that Jose was part of the club, he knew that his next build would have to be even cleaner that his last. Jose found a 1953 Chevy Bel Air convertible and immediately began to add his flare to it. His diligence paid off, but even though Jose completed the car build, he was still not satisfied; he was ready to find another project.

Jose met Chevy Bomb builder Lomo Hurtado and really liked a 1946 Chevy 1/2-ton truck that he had just finished. A deal was struck between the two men, and Jose was the new owner of the forty-six. The truck was great for Jose but being a family man, Jose needed something that he could drive around with his family. Jose purchased a 1936 Chevy Master Deluxe Sport Sedan from a fellow member of the club and finished the restoration on the Chevy with some help from his fellow club members. Jose now has the '46 truck and '36 sedan both parked in his driveway, sporting the well-respected Pachuco Car Club plaque in the back window.

He insists that he is happy with his two dream machines and content for the time being, but you never know what a Lowrider like Jose will be into next, since he is always looking to keep adding to his resume of car builds. Jose would like to thank his family, as well as his Pachuco Car Club family for all of their support.

Tech Specs

"Lokote 46"

Owner: Jose Galvan

Vehicle: 1946 Chevy 1/2-Ton Truck

Club: Pachuco Car Club

City/State: Santa Clarita California

Paint: Lupe, from El Pollo Auto Body Shop, in Lynwood, California, got the body straight and ready for paint. Lupe Garcia, from Mission Hills, California, sprayed the factory Chevy Black and Maroon 2-tone paintjob on the half ton.

Interior: Chano, from Olympic Top Shop, in East L. A., California, covered the bench seat and door panel in a leather hide that resembles the factory interior. A GM Temp Gauge, GM Altitude Gauge and Butterfly Steer Wheel were added to the Chevy.

Engine: The original 1946 Chevrolet 216ci motor was cleaned up and detailed by Lomo Hurtado, and Joe Epstein, from Epstein's Mufflers, in Montebello, California, added the Fenton headers and straight pipe exhaust.

Suspension: The forty-six lays on the frame thanks to Ponch aka "The Bag Man" in Anaheim, California. Ponch added a 4-link to the rear end and a Mustang II front end before he installed one of his custom air bag setups. The Chevy not only lays frame when Jose parks it, but it rides much smoother after leaving "The Bag Man".

Wheels: 15-inch Artilleries.

Tires: 15-inch Firestone Tires.

Rare Accessories: GM Temp Gauge, GM Altitude Gauge, and a Butterfly Steering Wheel.

Tech Specs

"Pachuco Enemy"

Owner: Jose Galvan

Vehicle: 1936 Chevy Master Deluxe Sport Sedan

Club: Pachuco Car Club

City/State: Santa Clarita California

Paint: David Hernandez, from Sylmar, California, did all of the bodywork on the Chevy and then covered the classic body in the original Chevrolet Green. The fenders were painted Grey with a hit of Green in the paint. Conejo, from Conejo's Pinstriping, in Sylmar, California, added accents to the '36.

Interior: Jose wanted to get the interior as original as possible. Joe ,from Original Upholstery, in Canoga Park, California, covered the interior in a Mohair fabric that matched the exterior of the Chevy. Lupe Garcia restored the wood window trim and dash to a cherry wood finish. Jose added a GM mirror with a clock to the interior.

Engine: The original 1936 Chevrolet 207ci motor was cleaned up and detailed by Jose. It was left untouched since it has 58 original miles on it. The transmission, exhaust and drive train were left stock.

Suspension: Jose wanted the thirty-six to lay on the frame so there was only one choice to get the classic Chevy on the ground. Jose took the sedan to Ponch aka "The Bag Man" in Anaheim, California. Ponch added a four link to the rear end and a Mustang II front end before he installed one of his custom air bag setups. The Chevy not only lays frame when Jose parks it but it rides much smoother after leaving "The Bag Man". Jose added disc brakes to the front of the Chevy for added stopping power.

Wheels: 15-inch Artilleries.