photos submitted by Luis Lemus
House of Pain Customs in Baldwin Park, CA, has a long history of creating exemplary lowriders. As a long-time Lifestyle Car Club member, owner Luis Lemus has a few notches under his belt. Some of his own prized possessions include his ’64 Impala known as Sinful Sin (also featured in Lowrider magazine here) and his latest release, House of the Holy – a yellow ’64 Impala which took 1st place at the Grand National Roadster Show for Hardtop Lowrider. But long before the accolades, Luis, the self-taught mechanic, always had a passion for lowriders, and it all started at home – literally.
Like many entrepreneurs, Luis started his business at home. Working on one car at a time, his business grew, and, along with it, his headaches. With no lift, and a limited amount of tools, Luis was passionate about his business but knew that working from home was a pain. At that point, he promised himself that he’d one day own a shop and call it “House of Pain Customs” – a name that would pay homage to his early days working from home and a reminder that he’s come a long way.
Since opening his shop, Mr. Lemus has been a regular contributor to Lowrider magazine tech articles and has played a pivotal role in creating other legendary lowriders, including Joe Ray’s Helldorado.