Pimp Juice - 1993 Cadillac
|Magazine: Lowrider Magazine
- Pimp Juice Owner:
- Rene Espinosa
- Vehicle: 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood
- City/State: Chicago, IL
- Club: Pura Familia C.C.
Chicago's finest Cadillac doesn't have to slap the
competition to get the respect that it deserves.
By: Edgar Hoill
Models: Tiffinie Jansky and Leticia Mendez
Rene and David
Espinoza of Chicago, Illinois, are a good example of how strong family
bonds and especially brotherhood are in the lowriding game. Rene and
David own a couple of restaurants in Chi-town and rely on the love of
their parents and loved ones to support the family business as well as
their addiction to customizing luxury low-lows.
The story of the "Pimp Juice" '93 Cadillac Fleetwood starts with David
purchasing the car from a friend. Once Rene got involved in adding wire
rims to the Caddy, the customizing bug pumped its venom into Rene's
bloodstream. David asked his brother if he could take care of the
project while he was on vacation for two weeks. Rene started by getting
the car painted candy brandywine. "I told David that I wanted to put a
mural on the car and he said fine," reports Rene, "so I put my face on
the hood (ha-ha)."
After Rene had muralist Martin Pozo airbrush his face on the hood
surrounded by some fine ladies, David decided that his former daily
driver should belong to his brother so he handed over the keys and pink
slip to the car. The vehicle was then transformed from an ordinary
street ride into a masterpiece that cost more than $30,000 to build. Big
things began happening to the "big body." The interior is sure the
center of attention with a custom fiberglass center console that's
connected to a custom rear deck fiberglass speaker box that covers the
entire rear window.
Once the car was on the verge of being finished it needed to get juiced
so the frame was reinforced to give it extra support. The frame was
smoothed out and candied over to match the body. The trunk is like a
jewel box with one of the best hydraulic setups ever seen in Chicago.
Gold, chrome and candy paint make the trunk's contents really stand out.
Rene would like to give special thanks to his brother David for not
tripping when the car was taken from him. Rene would also like to extend
his thanks to his wife for putting up with his addiction to lowriding,
as well as his parents and all of the members of Pura Familia Car Club
for standing strong. So if you're a Chicago resident and you see Rene
cruising the streets of the Windy City or if you're in Rene and David's
restaurant, La Pasadita, make sure that you give Pimp Juice the props
that it deserves.
||The perfectly good stock
engine was pulled out and replaced with a Chevy 350-c.i.d. that
was accessorized with custom air cleaner and headers, and
all-chrome pulleys and valve covers. The engine work was done by
Rene, David and fellow Pura Familia C.C. members. The engine bay
was also painted to match the car.
||The Cadillac had minor
bodywork done. Some of the parts were shaved, including the back
doors, hood and trunk. The cars was sprayed candy brandywine by
Orlando of Creator in Chicago. After the car was painted, murals
were sprayed on the hood and trunk by Martin Pozo at Creator.
||The interior is one of a
kind. The original seats were replaced with custom-cut bucket
seats and reupholstered with pillow tucked sandstone leather.
Orlando did the upholstery at Orlando's Glass and Tops in
||A custom fiberglass center
console extending the entire length of the interior was
fabricated, as was a fiberglass woofer box covering the rear
deck and window. An Alpine head unit is joined by Alpine
tweeters and mids, and powered by a full rack of JL Audio amps.
Dan "Loco Lugo" at Chi-town's Pro Sounds took on the intense job
of manufacturing the audio-visual system. Rene also has a
back-up camera neatly placed inside the Continental kit with the
image displayed on any of the several flip-down Alpine monitors.
||The body was taken off of the
frame and wrapped to be able to support the abuse of hydraulics.
Extended A-arms and boxed lower arms help the car stay stable.
Mario at Switch Happy in Chicago took on the task of reinforcing
the frame. Bob "Hollywood" Wagner at
Hollywood Kustoms in Northlake, Illinois, installed the
setup that includes four chrome and gold Hi-Low pumps, four Adex
chrome dumps, 8-inch cylinders in the front and 14-inch in the
rear, 16 solenoids, 10 candy-painted batteries and five switches
to control the hydros with the juice being pumped through 24K
||Custom-built and color-matched 14x6
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