You might see Paboojian on the football field in the quarterback position, crushing baseballs in his adult league, hopefully at the rodeo again soon, operating his bird feed packing house, at one of his kids sporting events, wrenching on his many hot rods in his garage, at his new shop, and the list goes on and on. Greg is a professional at doing many things not just well, but he is often the best at what he does.
Born in Fowler, California he has always stayed close to home and his roots. Transferring his senior year to Selma High School was a great move. He led his 1980 football and baseball teams to many wins. If you had the pleasure of knowing Greg in high school you knew him as a star athlete. After high school he had quite a baseball career, spending one year at Arizona State, two years at Fresno City College, and finishing out his collegian days by playing for our own Fresno State Bulldogs.
As Greg reminisces on his first love, he quickly describes a long and sleek 1978 Cadillac Coupe DeVille d’Elegance. Picture dark metallic blue paint, sitting on true spoke wheels, slammed on the ground thanks to some cut springs, air shocks in the rear, and a Concord cassette deck with a Zapco amp assisting with pushing the Jensen co-ax-2's. For a young Jr. in high school Greg Paboojian was styling.
During the late ‘70’s Greg really started to fall in love with 1932 Fords. While his dad, John Paboojian was out competing on the professional Rodeo Association (PCRA) he brainwashed his mother into letting him buy a 1932 five-window coupe for $4,500. Greg knew his fathers stance on cars, they where meant to get you from point A to point B. Often Greg would try to persuade his dad into sharing his same passion for hot rods but it just wasn’t going to happen. Soon after buying the car Greg was overwhelmed with his commitment to baseball, and the car sat. In fact it sat stagnate from 1978 to 1982. In 1984 John Paboojian sold the car for $5,000 to one of Greg's brother's friends, with an agreement that he would make payments. Greg understood because the car was just deteriating. A year had past and the Paboojian’s never saw a dime. That is when the passion returned and Greg knew he had to get his beloved five window back. Slaving away on his grandparent’s raisin and grape farm, they gave him an advance on his paychecks. With that money he started to build one of the badest ‘32’s to ever grace the show scene. The build took him nearly 4.5 years. Snow White Hot Rods set up the pro-street chassis, Greg did all the assembly, Mike Leonardo routed the wiring, Jerry Morris out of Selma tackled the interior, John Shuken did the metal work (California Street Dept), Mike Lawson sprayed the paint, and the flames were done by the late Dale Lysdahl.
In the last thirty years Greg has since got married to his beautiful bride, had three great children, and currently is operating a successful company in Reedley. When Greg sets out to do something, he goes all the way. The most recent venture is a long awaited hot rod shop. Greg has many plans and dreams for his custom shop. With some key hires of some very talented craftsmen, Greg believes he will have the capability to build anything. So if your dream is to build an AMBR quality car, drop Greg a line. Hot Rod Coalition wishes Greg the best of luck and can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next.