|This is where it all started
creating line controlled lowrider model cars that
can hop and dance. The first cars I messed up on
hydro's and paintjobs but by studying more and
more pages of Lowrider Bicycle magazine it gave
me more ideas on how to put together my own
lowrider cars with cool features like locking up the
rear and hidding the battery in the switchbox.
This AMT 1/24 scale '64 Chevy Impala
I build a chassis using 2mm thick styrene you can see it's
To prevent the axles from moving back and forth I soldered
Purple Daze lowrider I created using the
| I've painted this lowrider car a two tone color
scheme using Revell paints. Interior I created
using styrene and velour and it has swivell
seats and even a real working speaker
that's hidden under the brass mesh.
To control everything I build what I call a
universal switchbox which is THE way to save
money on boxes and switches. You can use
a food container or a special electronics box
big enough to fit your battery and switches.
With a VGA connector you hook up all your
rides check out the Plug and Play article I did
for Lowrider Bicycle Magazine.
| This 1/24 scale '63 Impala I build for my
friend Brian Archuleta. It has a clean setup
that makes the car roll back and forth, hop,
hit sides and 3 wheel motion.
The chassis has 5 motors one more than I
normally use on this type of rides because
I wanted to make the front lift and lock
besides hopping. A small switch on the
switchbox let you choose between hopping
or lifting. This same setup I also use on my
new 1/12 RC Black Magic Impala.
|I used the original chassis that came
with the kit. Two HO motors are mounted
in the trunk to make the car go side2side.
The drive motor also uses a worm gear
setup and can swivel up and down and
turn sideways. Two pieces of paperclip
with a bend "O" are soldered to the brass
axle housing with lines of floss attached
to it that pulls the whole drive train down
to the chassis making the rear lift and lock.
| In the pictures you can see I created
a lower section on the chassis just
behind the rear wheels that holds a
metal rod. The lines run over this rod
to prevent wear and tear..nothing so
annoying than fixing worn out lines all
the time. On the front of the chasis you
see the extra HO motor that lifts the front.
On top of the shaft there two strips of
styrene to make prevent the U-bar from
sitting to low.
|After Brian received the
car he used an already
painted Revell body and created a custom interior.