shows covered on this website there seems to be a revival of older cars, even in
a the traditionally truck based show scene. Classics, Hot Rods, Street Rods, Rat
Rods, Kustoms, and more are starting to appear in big numbers. Mike Perez owns
this 1954 Chevrolet Bel-Air two-door sedan and his car's style is popular here
and apparently, it's popular overseas as well. Mike found the 1954 Bel-Air on someone's front
yard in San Bernardino, California back in January 2001. After asking three times
to purchase the beat up Bel-Air his attempts each time were answered with
a resounding "no". The owner finally gave in, and sold the Bel-Air to mike for
$1700.00. After the major work that Mike has put in to his "Kitten Katcher" he
was recently offered twenty-five thousand dollars from a Japanese auto export company and
them "No Thanks". Mike says he brought her back from the dead and she's not going
anywhere. She's in the Perez family for good!
chose to leave the car "old school" and cut a section off of the stock coil
springs in the front to lower it. In the rear he used 4-inch lowering blocks.
Mike is proud of his "old school" ways and he definitely stuck to that. His car
features an adjustable suspension but not the kind that is used on the custom
vehicles of today. He has installed air shocks for minor adjustability and he
says "bags are for groceries". The wheels are 1954 five-lug wheels with 50's
style crossbar hubcaps wrapped in
Denman 3-inch white wall tires.
smooth body of Mike's car wasn't always in the best of shape after just sitting
in a front yard for an undetermined amount of time. Mike got his friends Nathan Moreno
and Jeremy "Chuy" Larson to help him do the body work to fix nearly 50
years of wear and tear. The largest part of the car body was sprayed with PPG
flat-black and the roof was sprayed with 2006 Lexus Matador Red by Lee of the
Gonners Car Club. The car was then pinstriped by Nathan "Mad Striper" Moreno.
Keeping with the style of the Chevy that Mike wanted to build, the interior had
to have the old school style and a few comforts from today. The seats were
wrapped with traditional white tuck & roll vinyl. The dash and some other
interior parts were painted to match the roof of the car. As for some items in
his car from the present, the Pioneer head unit supplies the music. Two Rockford Fosgate amplifiers send the sound to the 5.25-inch speakers up front and
6x9-inch speakers in the rear. The bass comes from two Rockford Fosgate 10-inch
Mike would like to thank everyone that helped him build his
car, his car club Gonners So. Central Los Angeles, and his wife Jenny who is a
model /go-go dancer and posed with his car for this shoot.
Simple, clean, and
obviously not leaving the Perez family anytime soon.