(1985 Buick Regal)
(1985 Buick Regal)
Meaning Behind the Name
I restored this car from the frame up. The process of rebuilding something from nothing is much like a resurrection.
What was the inspiration?
My first car back in high school was an '85 Buick Regal that I had 13" wheels and hydraulics on. Lowriding has been my passion ever since. I have always been inspired to build a car that could perform in the streets, and still win best of show at any car show it went to. I feel like this car has the perfect combination of street... and show.
How long did it take you to build?
From the time I took it off the frame to the day I picked it up completely finished, was just over 5 years.
How long have you been building?
I have been into cars and lowriding since I was about 14 years old, and had my first custom build when I was about 17 years old. My dad was into cars too, so automotive customization has been a part of my life for most of my life.
Individuals Car Club- Louisville, KY. chapter
Your future plans?
I'm pretty much happy with the car the way that it is, so I don't plan on doing any more major modifications to it anytime soon. If I do anything to it at all, I may upgrade the wheels, or possibly redo the trunk to make it look more show.
I purchased the car from a friend for 900 dollars with the intention of just putting a simple paint job and a set of wheels on it and cruising while I built my '66 Impala that I had started a frame off restoration on. Once I discovered that the engine had to be replaced, I used the engine chrome that I bought for my Impala on the new motor that I dropped into the Buick. It snowballed from there, and I ended up selling the Impala to fund the Regal project.
My wife April, Mom, Dad, Devin, Dayton, Brent Greer, Walt Stewart, Maurice Andrews, Pitbull Hydraulics, Street Toyz Customs, Xtreme Autosound, Phil Lazrovitch, and Individuals Car Club.
I have had several vehicles over the years including: 1985 Buick Regal, 1966 Chevy Impala, 1996 Chevy Monte Carlo, 1986 Cutlass. I currently own a 1962 Chevy Impala, and a 1983 Cadillac Coupe Deville.
Bored .30 over with a racing cam, color matched block, and chrome accessories. 350 CFM electric choke Edelbrock carburetor, Edelbrock endurashine intake.
Engine Add Ons
Chrome alternator, breather, valve covers, master cylinder, brake booster, timing chain cover, power steering pump, water pump, pulleys, radiator hoses, oil pan, & transmission pan.
Chrome or polish
Reinforced and chromed stock G-body rear end
Fully wrapped and reinforced Pitbull frame & suspension. Extended and reinforced upper and lower A-arms, reinforced rear end, adjustable tubular trailing arms. Chrome upper and lower control arms, rear end, trailing arms, steering linkage, brake drums, brake calipers, springs, cylinders, and Caprice spindles.
Mods to Frame
Fully wrapped and reinforced by Brent Greer of Pitbull Hydraulics.
Drop or lift inches
Adjustable hydraulics. 4 chrome Pitbull pumps, 10 deep cycle marine batteries, chrome and polished ADEX super duty dump, 4 switches. Hops in low to mid 40's.
8" Chrome cylinders
10" Chrome cylinders
Chrome Caprice spindles
1/4 ton chrome hopping coils in front, and chrome pre cuts in rear
Airbags are for steering wheels...
Chrome, Paint, or Polish
Chrome & Paint
Front Wheel Type
Rear Wheel Type
Front Wheel Size
Rear Wheel Size
Front Tire Size
Rear Tire Size
Molten Bronze with a pinch of cinnamon
PPG & House of Kolor
PPG Molten bronze basecoat with a pinch of cinnamon. House of Kolor kandies and pearls in various shades of orange and reds throughout entire car. Also has red and silver leafing throughout. Murals on inner door jams and firewall.
Gapped body panels. Emblems and badges shaved. Shaved firewall.
Body Mods by
Street Toyz Customs- Jackson, MS.
LA Wire banjo with painted grip
Kenwood double din touch screen
Kenwood 6' kick panel speakers, Kenwood, 3x5" rear deck speakers, Kenwood tweeters.
Stereo Installed by
Xtreme Autosound- Louisville, KY.
Stock, covered in saddle brown leather by Little Joe's Upholstery- Jackson, MS.
Trunk or Bed
Stock 60/40 split bench pillowback seats covered in saddle brown leather, tan carpet with custom made floor mats, dyed tan dash.
Custom made kick panels and stereo dash enclosure, custom made gun holster under dash below steering wheel
Little Joe's Upholstery- Jackson, MS.
1985 Buick Regal
Owned by: Gary Craddock
Photos by: Nick Means