Pumpkin ended up finding that something he needed to help get his mind off his unbearable loss. He picked up where his brother left off with the bike. In the spring of 2008, Pumpkin had the bike at Fresno Customs and Collision where his good friends and owners, David Keo Lopez and Robert Martinez, began to tear it down and get it ready for paint.
While the bike was stripped down, all the chrome parts were sent to the skillful hands of Gino Perez of Gino's Engraving in Fresno, and he did his thing. He started by hand-engraving all the parts that were getting chromed. As a special touch, he engraved "Big Worm" on the rear engine guard. All the parts were then sent on their way to Renee at Showtime Metal Polishing. As this was going on, Pumpkin had the seat wrapped in alligator skin by Carlos of Wall & Eades Upholstery of Fresno.
Next, the bike was ready for Koe of FCC to get down with his painting. The last time Keo put his famous unique painting skills to work was when he custom-painted Big Worm's casket, which he kicked ass on to send Big Worm off in the cleanest ride of all. For his bike, Koe started getting down by shooting it mint green, then adding silver twisted leaf with candy on top. Bob Kovacs finished it off with pinstriping. Once the paint was dry, the guys from Monster Tint in Fresno got busy hooking up the stereo system. With the bike almost done, Pumpkin took it to Mark Verdialez of Cochino's Alley and the finishing touches were completed: 39-inch beach bars, true dual fishtail exhaust pipes, and the rest of the chrome put together. Pumpkin had the best guys working to get this bike done. They were all good friends of Big Worm's, so the work they did on it had special meaning to them as well.
One year later, the bike was ready just in time for the '09 Las Vegas Bike Fest. All that skillful hard work paid off. It took First Place in Mild Custom, and that first show was just the beginning. The bike has been winning show after show since. Pumpkin said that he couldn't have made it through all the hard times without the help and love of his friends and even more his family, starting with his lady, Lizzy, and kids, Gabriella and Isabelle, and his son, "Papa" Robert Steven Cordova. Papa is just like his dad and his uncle, he loves nice rides. But, even more than cars, he loves bikes. Like father, like son. Pumpkin told us that even now when he rides, he knows he's not riding alone. And when his mom gets worried about him riding, he tells her not to worry, he has the best co-pilot riding with him: his brother, Steven Andrew Cordova, "Big Worm."
They say out of everything bad comes something good. Pumpkin thinks that's why Big Worm always said, "Hate it or love it." Anyone who knew him is now saying the same thing. It shouldn't surprise anyone in Fresno that Pumpkin named the bike, "Hate It Or Love It" in memory of Steven. "R.I.P. my brother."