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1950s Chevrolet Trucks

A visitor to the Peterson Automobile Museum examines a lowrider 1953 Chevrolet ice cream truck named "El Chavez Ravine" in Los Angeles, Calif.

AP Photos/Ric Francis

Of course, cars aren't the only type of vehicle lowriders modify -- lowrider trucks are popular too -- especially Chevy trucks from the 1950s.

A customized suspension on a truck isn't unheard of. But while most custom truck suspensions lift the truck up, lowriders, of course, want the truck body lower. This makes the truck pretty useless for what it was originally built for: rugged outdoor work. However, it provides a whole new area for customization. Since the truck won't be used for work anymore, the truck bed becomes available real estate.

Lowrider trucks typically have stylishly turned-out beds. Instead of rugged bedliners, many beds have polished wood and chrome floors or a bed full of subwoofers and other speakers. Lots of lowriders keep their trucks looking smooth by adding a tonneau cover over the bed, which gives the truck a finished look. Because 1950s trucks typically had small, work-oriented interiors, custom lowrider trucks can't really have interiors that are as plush as other lowriders. Still, truck owners often trick out their interior with vibrant fabrics and finishes. Outside, a coat of bright paint -- something that wouldn't quite fit in down on the farm -- is the preferred finish on most lowrider trucks.

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