Maldito '39: The Facts
Can you give us a little timeline of the car?
The car was out by 1998 with just a few murals and candy green paint. By 2001 the car was fully “tatted” and making it’s way around shows and cruises. Then a couple years later in 2007 when my dad was taking the car apart my Uncle got locked up. That was hard on my dad, my Uncle was his best friend. A little while after my dad got locked up and around the same time ended up losing his brother. It was just a tough time that’s why the car never made a comeback
Who did the murals?
The first set of murals was done by OG Wiro in 1998. He did the skirts, visor and trunk. A couple years later Victor Sepulveda ended up doing the rest of the car in Robert’s Dad’s Backyard. I was still a kid when that was going on but Victor worked on it over a few months.
Was there a theme behind the murals?
The murals basically represent my dads life. As you know he went through a lot with this car. So he treated it like a blank canvas to express himself. One half of the car is his reality and the other half is sort of a “fantasy” life.
How did rebuilding this car help you fight your addiction?
As you can imagine, piecing back the car was no walk in the park. It occupied a large amount of my time and also took a large chunk out of my bank account haha. I had no time or money to be screwing around.
What are you future plans for it?
I want to take this car to the next level. First I want to put together a frame that will handle hydraulics, powdercoat it green and marry it to gold plated A-arms, rear end, and suspension. From there I want to put hydraulics back on the car, nothing too crazy maybe just a whammy pump unless I can find some old school Pesco pumps! Other than that there’s plenty of other little things but I’m gunning for the major upgrades first.
What does this lowrider mean to you?
Honestly, I can’t even describe how I felt when I saw this car back together in one piece. I was supposed to get this car after High School but I was screwing up and my dad didn’t think I deserved it. Fast forward to today, putting this car back together taught me so many lessons and I’m sure there’s going to be plenty more lessons to be learned as I continue to work on it.