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Performance & Hotrod Business May '14

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74 n Performance & Hotrod Business n May 2014 I n the early 1980s, at age 14, Jesse Castillo recruited his friend "Danny Boy" to help do some "modifications" to a 1955 Mercury that he'd recent- ly purchased from "a little old lady" in the neighborhood. The car was pretty much still all original as the pair set to work in the driveway of his par- ents' house in South Los Angeles. He grabbed a jigsaw, a torch and whatever else he could find in the old man's toolbox and started cutting it up—right there in the driveway. Danny Boy was a little uncertain. "What are we doing?" "Shut up and just cut, man." Soon after, the neighbors came home. "What are you doing!? The car is all original! You're messing it up! You'll lose all its value!" Undeterred, Castillo simply respond- ed, "Hey, it's my car!" That wasn't the beginning—nor was it the end—of Castillo's fascination with modifying things with wheels. HOTROD Chop! Chop! Backyard car cutting leads to Lordz of Kustomz. B y E d d i E W i E B E r Sleek, low '47 Ford. Jesse Castillo: Hey, nice car, man! PHBMAYp58-91.indd 74 4/2/14 2:01 PM

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