Studies show that a father's presence is vital to the family structure, resulting with the children more likely to succeed in the community, and in society as a whole. In the pages of LRM, that example is well reflected with family-based entries at shows and similar storylines. Such an observation can also be applied to the Sifuentes family of Eagle Pass, TX, as father, Jesus "Tonio," raised his family with Christian values and Lowrider culture. His son, Miguel, took these values to heart. "I'll never forget when my dad motivated me to build a Lowrider," Miguel says fondly. At 15, he received a special Christmas gift from Jefe Claus ― a front/rear hydraulic setup! "It was truly a surprise, especially since I didn't have a car," laughs Miguel.
For the next six months, this teen worked and saved, and by summer's end, had bought his first car ― a 1978 Ford Thunderbird. It wasn't long before the dust-covered gift was installed on the luxury T-Top and seen cruising the border city streets. The years quickly went by and Miguel realized that his own sons were near the age where they, too, could begin to comprehend life's lessons; which included Grandpa Tonio's "Lowrider Motivation 101." The third generation and their father built a radical trike, "Dragon Fantasy" (LRM Nov '10) and respectfully took home 2nd place for Trike of the Year at the 2006 LRM Las Vegas Super Show; not bad for a first father and sons' project!
After retiring the bike, finishing a couple of street builds, and his initial T-bird long gone, Miguel didn't know what the future held. "I thought I would never get excited to build another car," he says. His feelings changed while reading the pages of LRM, that's where Miguel saw Mario DeAlba, Jr.'s '93 Cadillac, "Cadistrophic." "I knew I had to have a Cadillac," he says with a grin. The search began and ended when Miguel's friend, Danny Rangel found a sleek sedan near his home in Wisconsin. The car was purchased and made the trailer trip 1500 miles south to its new home. Before long, the Caddy was competing in the Texas circuit with a chrome undercarriage and patterns over an OEM base. "For three years, I was not really satisfied with its look, and I knew that only one painter could grasp my vision," explains Miguel. Along with countless hours of prep work by Jose Ramos, Fabian "Candyman" Villarreal succeeded in expressing this Fleetwood owner's true ambition. Completely satisfied with his recent build, Miguel plans to return to the LRM Las Vegas Super Show as a positive role model for his family, club, and Lowriding with "El Poderoso" (The Power of God). Paz, Tejas.
Owner: Miguel Angel Sifuentes
Vehicle: 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood
City/ State: Eagle Pass, TX
Club: President- Brown Impressions (E.P. chapter)
Body/ Paint: Body mods by Tony Sr., Tony Jr., and owner at Sifuentes Body Shop. Paint by Kandy Kustomz, of Corpus Christi. Fernando and Candyman sprayed Oriental Blue Candy over multi-blue graphics and silver w/old school flake. Murals done by Ivan Gallegos, of Eagle Pass, TX. Pinstriping by Pablo Mendoza of Austin, TX.
Engine/Chassis: LT1 350ci w/Flowmaster exhaust. Custom accessories by Benny Padilla of Oregon and Krazy Kutty of Yuma, AZ.
Plating: Chrome by Florencio, at Southwest Chrome, of San Antonio. Gold by owner. Engraving by Miguel Chavez, of Compton, CA.
Hydraulics: Pablo Gonzalez and owner installed a CCE 3-pump chrome setup.
Interior: A custom fiberglass console centers the three-color stitching by Lica Rodriguez, of Union Upholstery, in Piedra Niegras.
Stereo: Juan Sifuentes installed a Jensen head unit w/Diamond Audio amp, Kenwood subwoofers, and six LCD monitors.
Tires: Hankook P175/70R14.
Wheels: Dayton Wire 14x7 w/center gold.
Special Thanks: Family, club, and Ron Gerwenski of Minnesota for the turntable.