Frank Chavez Restores Vintage Chevrolet Cars and Trucks

I visited Frank Chavez’ auto shop on May 25, 2014. Mr. Chavez specializes in restoring Chevrolet trucks 1937-54 and cars from 1935-65 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I spent a few hours talking with him about low rider symbols such as dice, tattoos, religious symbols.

The conversation started because Mr. Chavez took out a book from his archives called Low ‘n Slow: Lowriding in New Mexico by photographer Jack Parsons. It’s a beautifully illustrated hardcover book that illustrates the culture of low riders in northern New Mexico.

Mr. Chavez is also a member of the Duke’s Car Club Albuquerque Chapter. According to the club’s web site, the organization is “the world’s oldest lowrider club in continuous existence.”

I met Mr. Chavez at the 30th Annual Car Show presented by the Albuquerque Museum and the New Mexico Council of Car Clubs on May 18, 2014.

Frank Chavez with Duke's Car Club Albuquerque Chapter

Frank Chavez specializes in restoring vintage Chevrolet Trucks and Cars. Albuquerque, New Mexico. May 25, 2014.

Frank Chavez with Duke's Car Club Albuquerque.

Frank Chavez with Duke’s Car Club Albuquerque Chapter. Albuquerque, New Mexico. May 25, 2014.

Frank Chavez with Duke's Car Club Albuquerque

Frank Chavez with Duke’s Car Club Albuquerque Chapter. Albuquerque, New Mexico. May 25, 2014.

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