Six months later, the Comet was lifted. Terry went over to Paley's Surplus on East Vernon in Los Angeles and bought a Pesco pump, dump valve and a check valve for $26. These parts were for the front of the car. Terry still needed to find parts for the rear end of the car ,and as luck would have it, he came up on the parts he needed when a local Lowrider guy needed to sell them to get some quick cash. Terry then went to "Old Man" Al Sullivan down on 8th avenue in Los Angeles, and had him cut the holes in the Comet and put in a bridge in the back. Terry and his buddy Stan then put wooden blocks in the car and drove it back to his house. After two or three days, the guys got the car sorted out and the Comet would finally go up and down. The next day, a proud Terry drove the newly lifted Comet to school, and dragged it all the way down the street in front of Los Angeles' Dorsey High, somehow managing to put a hole in the oil pan. It was okay, that was just a rite of passage into becoming a Lowrider.
After proving his genuine enthusiasm for the lifestyle, Terry was now hanging out with a lot of the older local Lowrider guys in his neighborhood. Veteran guys like Carl Watson and Carl's uncle took a shine to young Terry, and he also became a regular at the local hang out spots. There were not too many Lowrider car shows, however, RG Canning and ISCA were doing huge shows at the time, and they welcomed Lowriders. Despite that support, Lowriding still remained a primarily street lifestyle. Not long after his high school years, Terry was married and started his family. He decided to take a break from Lowriding, in order to help his wife raise their family and concentrate on the fiberglass business he had started.
The hiatus didn't last long for Terry. He had started to attend the Lowrider shows at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood California with his family, and he was seeing more and more Lowriders in his neighborhood. The image of Gypsy Rose going across the screen during opening credits of the show "Chico and the Man," and the subsequent release of the cult classic "Boulevard Nights" were tempting for Terry to ignore. He was ready to jump back into Lowriding, and his first order of business was find a car to work on. The Comet had been reverted into stock condition and used for daily transportation for a few years before Terry finally sold it.
Car-less, a determined Terry was hunting for a unique ride, as he promised himself that if he ever built another Lowrider, it was going to be a one-of-a-kind ride. The two potential cars that Terry decided to search for were either a 1960 Pontiac, or 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxy, and he decided that whichever model he found first would become his next Lowrider. One day in December of 1977, Terry was driving down a local boulevard in his work truck, when he spotted a '60 Pontiac with a crashed front end sitting in front of a body shop. Terry slammed on his brakes and got out to talk to the owner. He asked the owner if he wanted to sell the Pontiac. The owner said "sure, I'll sell it to you for a $125 dollars." While they were talking, Terry spotted a front end for the Pontiac in perfect condition sitting up against a wall. In his best "south central game" Terry asked the man, "now the front end comes with the car right?!" The owner responded to Terry with exactly what he wanted to hear; "yeah, no problem!"