Believe it or not, there is a very fine line between lowriders and classic truckers. Before some of you get all up in arms, saying there's no way you could compare urban Impala hoppers to Suburban truck lovers, we're not talking lowriders as a whole when making this reference--we're talking about those with a true love and respect for genuine General Motors nostalgia, like Pico Rivera's Danny Hernandez. Take one look at his '53 Chevy Suburban and you'll see what we mean.
While there's nothing wrong with elaborate paint, or even multi-spoke wire wheels for that matter, Danny's Sub is void of all the typical lowrider characteristics attributed by most non-lowriders. The '53 doesn't even have hydraulics, but in its owner's eyes, it's a lowrider through and through. That's where the fine line comes into play, because Danny's Chevy is a classic truck at heart, and there's absolutely no arguing that fact.
Purchased a couple years ago at the Pomona Swap Meet, the Hernandez Suburban has been a family-oriented project from start to finish. Of course, Danny enlisted outside sources for many of the Chevy's numerous build-up tasks, but the family as a whole was behind the project each step of the way. The group decision-making process, as you can see, worked its course to turn out one of the finest Suburbans to hit the streets of SoCal in some time.
Unlike many "OG" lowriders, though, Danny's '53 is 'bagged, not juiced. Maybe it's the nicer ride quality preference, or possibly the reduced maintenance aspects, but no matter what, the Suburban sits nice and low over a Total Cost Involved IFS, thanks to the Air Ride Technologies adjustability. Eric Toyoshiba at Advance Design Fabrications in Whittier, California, performed all chassis work, while Joe Bustamonte at Boston Transmission in Pico Rivera handled the Saginaw four-speed conversion on the stock 235.
What's probably most notable about the Suburban is its classically restored exterior. Thanks to local talent Mike Contreras, the '53 was stripped bare, all panels meticulously brought back to life, and the whole thing recoated in custom-mixed DuPont Mint Green. With the addition of replated or repopped accessories, a genuine Fulton visor, and the radial whitewalls on Wheelsmith 16-inchers, the "lowburban" is a true lowrider in its right, just as much as it is a true "classic" truck.
Despite the amount of work that went into restoring the exterior, the interior on Danny's Sub is pretty much just as it was when purchased--and that's not saying anything bad! Fully stock, with cool accessory gadgets and whatnots, the two-tone brown interior not only looks fresh and serves its purpose of comfortably hauling the Hernandez crew around, but it also complements the exterior perfectly.
This finished project is the perfect family fare and is not surprisingly the Hernandez's favorite mode of transportation. Nothing beats enjoying the fruits of your labor and sharing it with friends and family.