Lowrider builds rarely stay the same for long. Inevitably, new technology and ideas get into our heads as we spend hours in our respective garages analyzing our builds to the point of nausea. We are always looking for ways to improve and update our rides, and love integrating the newest technology whenever possible. This Caprice is a great example of that, because it had only been together for a few weeks before the lack of custom sounds and the clacking, squeaking noises of old school dumps were sorely missed. Clearly, it was time to gut the whole trunk and start over and design a clean audio and hydraulic system that could cap off the build. A simple, yet functional design was in order for this stock color car.
In the past, we’ve shown you molded and painted trunk compartments which can cost several hundreds of dollars depending on who does the fiber glass work and painting. These molded compartments become sensitive and you cannot use them as a regular compartment without the fear of scratching or damaging the finish. This month, we went back to basics as the audio world has toned down the molding design and gone back to focusing on the roots of wrapped custom panels. This style of trunk has come full circle, which you’ll see as we dress up the trunk with a combination of vinyl and carpet that produces an elegant look.
For the audio component of this upgrade, we caught up with a Pioneer ambassador who decided to update his trunk with the newest technology Pioneer had to offer, in addition to some of the latest hydraulics products. The design in this trunk left plenty of room to grow, while being clean enough that it could remain in this finished state as well. Now follow along, as we transform this trunk from basic to elegant with a combination of audio and hydraulic systems that will give you a clean and functional trunk compartment.
1. This Pioneer equipment system was ready to rock this Lowrider.
2. The old set up was removed and the trunk was completely gutted to allow us to build up the trunk. Starting over can sometimes be easier than trying to modify, saving time and money in the end.
3. To use as much air space as possible, the box was made in sections. This would also give us more trunk space when it was time to add our hydraulics.
4. Using an air nail gun, we began to put the box together.
5. Here, you can see the basic shape of the box coming to life.
6. The custom speaker box would hold a pair of Pioneer 12-inch subwoofers.
7. the installer started on the side panels, as they would tie in the rest.
8. The face of this panel was measured to see how much would need to be cut out.
9. The panels were test fitted one last time before they were cut out.
10. The face of the anel was cut out to recess the amplifiers.