The story, as remembered by one tall lanky dude with the name of Del, who hits the measuring tape at
6’ 8 ½”, recalls about 29 years ago this lovely young lady by the name of Grace happened to be in the right place at the right time, and he was lucky enough to be at the same place at the same time. The day he met her, his life started all over again. She was truly his special grace gift from heaven. At 5’ 9 ¾” the two of them became a tall hit where ever they went. In addition, she loves classic custom cars and chopper bikes.
By the time Grace and Del got to be introduced as a couple Grace had already graduated with honors from Portland State University with a degree in accounting, and a master’s in business. Good old Del had nailed up his shingle down on McLoughlin Blvd., introducing the world to Colton’s Auto Body. He has kept his nose to the grind stone and has produced some memorable rides in the past 30 years, and he has more than earned the new title of Colton’s Custom Rods. Del will be the first to admit his life really all came together the day the Lord introduced him to Grace. She has brought more to the marriage of two people than just standing eye-to-eye with her husband. She has brought her well-learned knowledge of accounting and business management to assist Del in his love of street rods and classic custom cars. Together they have developed a working partnership of trust and loyalty to their church, their customers, their community and their many friends. Del and Grace Colton are truly a beautiful 28 year build time of life in progress.
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For power she sports a Merlin 540 ci w/Canfield heads plus nitro injection, Turbo 400 tranny, and a fantastic interior by D.L. Peters complete with roll bar. She features a custom striped and vented hood that really makes this ride stand out in the crowd. The super tires and wheels finish off the look in style. She’s won her share of trophies all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
A fella by the name Steve Oviatt witnessed this fantastic automobile creative work of art at the Roadster Show last year, and he just had to have it. Under new ownership she’s still winning trophies, and a real crowd pleaser whereever she’s shown. Build time 2 ½ years.
1964 CADILLAC COUPE DeVILLE Convertible
429 ci Cad for power, Turbo 400 auto transmission and stock rear-end. The stance on this low and long (19’6 1/2 “) and sweet delicious creation is from Air Ride Technology by Ridetech, the gorgeous rich black leather interior and the fantastic black cloth top was stitched by D.L. Peters Upholstery. The unbelievable deep pearlized paint makes this Cad Convertible come alive and the True Spoke Kelsey Hayes wire wheels and the w/w tires on all four corners finish this ride with class. Look forward to seeing this brand new Colton’s Custom built rod creation at the 60th Portland Roadster Show on March 18/20, 2016 at the Portland Expo Center. Build time 1 year.
Daily driver. For power a 6.2 L 405 h/p w / 6 speed Auto trans and 4 WD. This limited edition Ford features the custom all leather interior package with all the bells and whistles you can put on a parts truck for the office. The candy maroon red color with black accented trim on that crew cab looks inviting for any two six and seven foot caretaker owners.
Sporting a LS7 662 h/p dialed in up to 800 plus h/p. Featuring a carbon fiber wrapped custom top and front air foil, custom one off laser vented hood, a gorgeous Corvette Red finish on the body with a black-on-black rear spoiler. She’s running D-2 forged 20” wheels on all four corners and this baby can get up and turn some numbers. She’s won her share of trophies and it’s a true Colton Custom Rod as she is detailed spotless inside and out to perfection. Always a refined work in progress.
S&S 124 ci for power creates 124 h/p to the rear axle featuring Super Ride rubber 300mm wide on the rear and 80mm up front giving this long (9’ 6”) and low chopper its on the ground stance. The Rattlesnake Chopper color is highlighted with flamed out striping and graphics by world class pinstriper Mitch Kim of Portland, Oregon. Keeping his Grace free from any harm, Del rides this on the ground chopper as a boy toy only. However I have been witness to the fact that Grace, on more than one occasion, has shown up at car and bike shows in her tricked out Corvette to haul home your boy toy chopper’s winning trophies. She’s is a beauty and your choppers not bad either! The choppers build time was about 3 months.