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Being raised in East L.A. during the heyday of lowriding can create an everlasting passion for lowriders, especially for someone like Danny Lugo who was brought up only a block from the infamous Whittier Boulevard where he used to see custom cars cruising on a regular basis. From his Volkswagen days to his current lowrider ones, the passion for custom cars remains the same. Not only has he owned a few, but he has also had a part in building some memorable ones such as "Penthouse" and the popular '68 called "Butterscotch on the Rocks" that was Danny's influence on purchasing the '68 Impala we all can witness right here.

This Impala was purchased in 1995 for only $1,000. Once in his possession, he did a frame-off build that took him 18 months, and that included him going through the whole car. Mexico Auto Collision was chosen to strip it down to bear metal before the candy shocking fuchsia color was applied. He showed the Impala that way for a few years before deciding that it needed a facelift.

The facelift included a hot rod-style interior with Auto Meter gauges that flowed with the interior's new design. The exterior was accented by Danny D's stripping and leafing. The CFR Performance components were swapped over to the new GM crate engine that replaced the old one. The trunk was completely redone as well. With the '68 complete and both his kids off in college, that made it easy on Danny to jump on another new project.

His new project was the '69 Caprice that he picked up through Craigslist for $1,800 This solid driver was fully loaded with power windows, power bench seat, and A/C. This was the perfect vehicle, as Danny wanted to build a show car for the streets. With a full show car in his garage, this car would be one that he could jump in and go as he pleased.

Danny's decision had been decided years before purchasing the '69 Caprice as he had been collecting NOS Parts for close to 20 years. This collection of parts made it easy once it was time to assemble the car. As a mechanic by trade, Lugo was able to go through the engine and the engine compartment to get the stock engine running, as it should. He added an HEI and CFR pulleys, along with valve covers.

The suspension on this ride was completely redone by Danny and his good partner John "tight pants" Hererra who made sure that everything was replaced to new since the day it rolled off the assembly line. This included rebuilding the front and rear brakes. Once this was all taken care of, the car was cut out and the duo installed a CCE hydraulic setup. This was previously installed to allow the car to flex before the bodywork was started. The legendary Bob Cota, who replaced any metal that needed replacing, performed the bodywork. He then used his skills to leave the body of the car as a blank canvas for Sorel the Wizard, out in Whittier. Sorel mustered up one of his best paintjobs as he worked his magic to flake and patterned out the car with candies, flakes, and pearls. To accent the paint finish, it was taken to Danny D of Baldwin Park, California, who stripped the old-school graphics.

Once all of the painting was complete, the chrome was bolted back on. With NOS trim in hand, this made it a walk in the park for Alberto's Chrome to leave the moldings in a show finish. Alberto also chrome plated the custom billet hideaway lights that were incorporated into the Caprice by Scott Sliger. With the car all back together, it was taken to Danny's same upholster, California Upholstery, where Joe and his team knocked out a subtle custom interior for the soon-to-be street cruiser. With new 5.20s and a 42-inch moon roof, this car was ready for Danny to do what he loves to do and that is cruising with his wife Sylvia and his two beautiful daughters Stephanie and Danielle.

When Lugo started on this project several years ago, it was full throttle, as this seems to be the only pace that he has ever known. Maybe it's the influence from his father, Danny Lugo Sr., or maybe he's a product of his own environment growing up in East Los Angeles. Even while battling stage-4 stomach cancer, this build took Danny two years to complete as he set and accomplished his goals. This includes this special feature or we should say, features being in LOWRIDER. Danny has always lived like there's no tomorrow as he enjoys everything he can get out of his hobby of lowriding. Even as he fights his war with cancer nothing seems to hold him back when it comes to family, club, friends and the love he has for hidden lights. God bless guys like Danny Lugo; we could use a few more mentors like him, for all of us.

Tech Specs

Vehicle: 1969 Chevrolet Caprice

Owner: Danny Lugo

Vehicle Nickname: "Paranoid"

City/State: Los Angeles

Club: Lifestyle

Engine: Rebuilt small-block 350 and dressed with CFR pulleys and valve covers

Body/Paint: Wizard Customs Candy Red dyes over silver-flake base

Suspension: Two CCE hydraulic pumps, four Delta dumps, and four batteries

Wheels/Tires: 14x7 Reverse 100-spoke Wire Wheels and 5.20 Premium Sportways

Interior: Custom interior done by California Upholstery of Bell Gardens, California

Tech Specs

Vehicle: 1968 Impala Custom

Owner: Danny Lugo

Vehicle Nickname: "Strip Teeze"

City/State: Los Angeles

Club: Lifestyle

Engine: 350ci crate engine with an Edelbrock intake and carburetor dressed with CFR pulleys, chrome accessories and a 400 transmission

Body/Paint: DuPont Hot Hues base and candy magenta finish, spun silver leaf

Suspension: Two hydraulic pumps, four Delta dumps and four batteries

Wheels/Tires: 14x7 Reverse 100 spoke Wire Wheels and 5.20 Premium Sportways

Interior: Custom interior done by California Upholstery of Bell Gardens, California

Sound System: Pioneer double din operates the three monitors in the trunk and the Infinity speakers powered through a Hifonics Zuess amplifier