Sticks and stones may break bones, but “Chago” never minded being called a monkey. Instead he embraced his childhood nickname (chago is spanish slang for monkey), and built a car around it.
Like most DB&B stories, the history behind this orange on cream Caprice Classic is another rescue mission. But this time around, somebody had to become homeless for it to happen. “We found it in a backyard,” says Chago. “The door was done up in plywood. And there was a dog living in it.” After the flea-bitten tenant was evicted, the huge task of remodeling started almost immediately. “It really had to be completely restored—there wasn’t much on it besides the frame that was worth keeping.” Not digging the boarded-up look, a door was found off a less fortunate donor, and the ’73 started to once again resemble a car rather than a shanty.
“I wanted to build it to make my brothers proud,” he says. “They’re all locked up now.” Unfortunately, Chago’s now off to serve a bid of his own, but is still riding high on the fact that his finished product is truly bananas! W.G.
Year/Make/Model: 1973 Chevy Caprice Classic
Rims: 26-inch Dub Ganja Floaters
Paint: Cappuccino frost with orange flame
Interior: Ostrich leather (matched to top)
Exterior: Orange checkerboard flag with “Monkey Face” mural on trunk lid
Audio/Visual: 28 speaker/5 screen audiovisual system, including 2 RE Audio MX 15s in Trunk & 22-inch Sharp LCD in dash
Engine: 400 small block
Suspension: Lifted by South Side Customs, Ft. Myers, FL
Shout-Outs: Wife Tara, brothers Jorge & Robert Ortiz and Joey Ramirez. Ray-Ray, Nicco and
Giovanna, Daddy will miss you!