(1971 Chevy Monte Carlo)
(1971 Chevy Monte Carlo)
Meaning Behind the Name
means "God is able" in Swahili
Traded a motorcycle valued ~$6500
Over $15000 invested so far
What was the inspiration?
I grew up poor and always admired the amount of work and level or craftsmanship in lowriders. When I got the Monte Carlo it needed some panels repaired and a brighter yellow laid. It has quickly evolved to where it is now. For me, it is by the grace of God that I have had the opportunity to have a great job and the ability to spend money on a car that I am passionate about. I wanted to keep it classic looking with a good flare.
How long did it take you to build?
I have owned the car for 5 years now. I started on it immediately and have not stopped upgrading it.
How long have you been building?
I have been customizing cars since 2001 when I purchased my first vehicle. I started with installing lights, sound systems and them wrapping panels in the interior. Now I make custom radio consoles and complete trunks with panels and custom built speaker boxes.
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Your future plans?
I am in progress of getting murals painted on some chrome inner fenders for the front. I also have some more chrome parts for under the hood exhaust headers & power steering pump and pulley) that should be installed before the end of the year. Next spring will be getting the AC working like a new car with a chrome compressor. Then maybe installing a 7" display radio with GPS and rear camera to add a little more technology to the old school.
Car was restored sometime in the early '90s by the previous owner. I took ownership in 2012. It was a solid body and a nice starter car. The interior was in good shape and only have had a couple upgrades to the inside like steering wheel, 6.5" speakers in the kick panels, painted pillars and rear deck lid. Upgraded Kicker sound system throughout the vehicle. I have changed the hydraulic setup 3 times since I started on it.
First and for most to God for all the blessings that he has provided me. Secondly my wife and family for putting up with my obsession with Anawea. Lastly all my StreetStyle brothers & sisters for all the support and inspiration. With a special shout out to my SSCI brothers for all the help when my two hands were not enough, Terrence, Reese, Mo, Dre, & Kow.
1990 Honda Prelude 1987 Chevy S10 1999 Ford Ranger
Edelbrock mild cam, Edelbrock endurashine performance intake,
Engine Add Ons
Holley chrome 4 barrel carb, 100 Amp chrome alternator, chrome long water pump, 3 core aluminum radiator, belt driven flex fan, chrome coolant reservoir, MSD ignition, chrome dress-up kit.
Chrome or polish
Mods to Frame
Reinforced rear arches and bridge installed by Jose Mora. Painted by Etch & Sons's Customs Pinstriped by Brad Grimm
Drop or lift inches
Drops about 5-6 inches & raises about 3-4 inches from stock height. Hydraulic 2 pump setup with 4 batteries wired at 48 volt. 4 Accumulators (to soften the ride)
6" chrome Hoppos cylinders
12" chrome Hoppos cylinders
cut 3 ton springs
Front Wheel Type
Zues 56 spoke wire wheels with engraved knock offs by Ezekiel Garcia
Front Wheel Size
13" x 7"
Rear Wheel Size
13" x 7"
Front Tire Size
Rear Tire Size
Lighting Yellow with ice pearl and micro gold flakes
Krazy Kutting custom Monte Carlo steering wheel
Retro Radio with aftermarker bluetooth and mic for hands-free calling
500 watt Kicker & 200 watt Kicker
4 - 6.5s, 2 6x9s, 2 10" subs (all Kicker)
Stereo Installed by
Etch & Sons Customs
Original replacement kit with painted and pinstriped pillars, rear deck, and fire extinguisher
1971 Chevy Monte Carlo
Owner: Joshua Etchison
Photos by: Chris Gosda