If you're ever in Ft. Worth during the summer, there are two attractions that are a must; the western style saloons at The Stockyards and cruising the historical Main Street. For decades, the weekend warriors of Rat Rods, Hot Rods, Harleys, and yes, the juiced up Lowriders have continued to cruise this boulevard. Cruising down Main Street remains an admired, yet fading privilege, due to the bans by many municipals throughout the southwest. For one local, Alex Casso, he reminisces of his initial cruise on this legendary strip as an eye opening experience. "While in middle school, my older brothers Sal and Miguel took me cruising down Main." Growing up in the city's north side, it wasn't uncommon to see Lowriders drive up and down its barrio streets, but that night on this Cowtown's famous street, Alex witnessed these automotive expressions in a whole new light. It was then that he knew his future would include candy paint, chrome, and hitting the switches. Although a few years from getting his driver's license, Alex was soon a student of this automotive culture as family friends Pancho and Abel Moreno not only taught Alex the ins-and-outs under the hood, but that of the art and history that Lowriding entails.
In 1999, with his license in hand and help from the jefe, Alex purchased his first ride; a '95 Mitsubishi Galant. He remembers hitting the scene with the D's, the juice, and the booming of the bass, but he still felt an automotive emptiness. In time, Alex knew he wanted to go more old school, and after building a few street cruisers to include a cherry '85 Regal with 8k miles, he knew that only "the bowtie" could fill that void. The hunt began for a '61 Impala and Alex soon realized finding the right one was no easy task. Nearly giving up, and going through the daily regimen of endless auto trader websites, Alex found this desert city cruiser on EBay and outbid his fellow bubbletop aficionados. "That weekend we packed up the family for the 18 hour trip to El Paso to pick up the car. We'll never forget it," reveals his wife, Cristina.
After getting the "void fulfiller" back to North Texas, Alex and his sons began the task of tearing down the car. Soon after, the recession hit home and appeared that this project would be on hold indefinitely. This temporarily put a damper on Alex's wallet, but not his heart. Once financially back on track, this passionate Impala owner decided that instead of having one shop take the reins, he would personally oversee the process and utilize each shop's specialty in this build. After four years, it appears that his plan was successful with the completion of this Cowtown cruiser. A special thanks goes out to his wife, Cristina, as well as Renato, Alex Jr., Caraline, and brothers Sal and Miguel for their support during this fulfilling bowtie build. Paz, Tejas
Owner: Alex Casso
City/ State: Fort Worth, TX
Club: Fort Worth Crew
Body/ Paint: Manuel of Hernandez Bros Body Shop, in Fort Worth, prepped and sprayed the House of Kolors Tangerine over the silver base. Carlos Polishing of Garland did the metal polishing and plating.
Engine/Chassis: Candy Orange 283 small-block, with chrome Edelbrock carburetor and MagnaFlow exhaust. Chrome undercarriage with reinforced frame by A&M of Ft. Worth
Hydraulics: Danny of The D-Shop, in Keller, installed a Pro Hopper four-pump system with 8-inch cylinders to the front and 14-inch to the rear powered with eight Continental batteries.
Interior: OEM style with '58 Bel Air seat inserts by Last Minute Customs of Houston.
Stereo: Kenwood deck with a Punch 500 amp pumping the Rockford Fosgate speakers and woofers.
Tires: Firestone 155/80R13.
Wheels: 13 x7 Center Gold Daytons.
Special Thanks: Oscar, John, Danny, Carlos, and the United Lowrider Council.