All for the Love of Classic Custom Cars & Street Rods


It is somewhat challenging as the owner and builder of these three fantastic rides are just three of over 65 vehicles that he has registered in his name in the last 74 years. The challenge enters as he has in those 74 years also designed, developed properties and lots for over 50 quality family homes in Oregon and SW Washington. Between his masterpiece car creations and his award winning home construction, this guy must be dedicated to working twenty plus hours a day, seven days-a-week. It is our honor and pleasure to select Mr. Butch Chamness for September’s all for the love of classic custom cars and street rods he has built and all of the thousands of hours he has dedicated to those creations.

1956 Chevy 4 dr / 9 passenger Bel-Air Wagon.
For power she sports a ZZ4 V/8 w/375hp, 700 r-4 tranny and stock rear end. 8” Wilwood disc brakes, R&P power steering and power brakes. Dual Dyna Flow on the exhaust and classic dark tinted glass all the way around. To enhance the stance she runs 20” six spoke polished chrome wheels with TA tires on all four corners. The award winning interior is covered in delicious Ferrari leather and was stitched and created by Debi Zavada. The world class exterior is done in Atomic Orange and Apricot Pearl. Butch did about 95% of the total body off restoration on his trailered in basket case Chevy. Over 1800 hours were dedicated to reconstructing and fine tuning this limited edition nine passenger wagon to its current trophy winning completion. She sports the name “Bali-Hi” on her custom plate and she wins Best of Class, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best of Show Trophies all over the West Coast and beyond. This is truly an artistic work of recreated automotive wonder to behold.

1950 Ford 2 dr sedan
with a 454 ci Chev for power w/Turbo 400 auto tranny on the floor and 9” Ford rear-end. Custom Tilt & Telescoping wheel. Interior done in grey fabric w/wine colored hi-lighted piping creating a period look complete with tinted glass. She features Classic 14” Cragar super chromed wire wheels on all four corners.

The rich Wineberry color was finished by the owner and really makes this old classic come alive. Butch and his bride have owned this car for twenty-nine years and she’s truly a lasting member of the family as Mr. and Mrs. Chamness together completed 100% of the build on this classic, including the interior.

1936 Ford ½ ton P.U.
Ford power w/302ci w/ 3 speed on the floor tranny and an 8” Ford Mustang rear end. A 600 Edelbrock carb feeds the power plant which is all chromed and super polished for show. She features a set of stock headlights with baby scope turn signals added for safety alongside the hand-made, one off ’34 grill shell, making this ride stand alone on the show floor.

The top has been chopped a cool 4” and the rear-box shortened 9” creating a delicious street-rod truck in a new dimension. The box is finished in African Mahogany wood strips with custom rear box tailgate. She sports tinted glass and a set of Dyna-Flo mufflers giving attention to that 302 ci Ford. Special custom gauges highlight the dash. Go to girl, Debi Zavada’s created the custom wheat designed interior in Jaguar Leather and is stitched to perfection.

The exterior on this beauty is finished in Wheat-Gold on top half and Honduras Maroon on the lower body. World class pin striper Mitch Kim laid down the graphics. The perfect stance was created with 550/15” chromed out wheels selected for the front and 850x10w/15” for the rear.

This is one fine example of refining the lines on an exciting ’36 Ford Street Rod ½ ton Pick-Up. For the record Butch Chamness, who makes his home in the Portland area, has overseen the total building process, from beginning to end, of this award winning Street Rod on behalf of Mr. Rick Teeny. Butch continues to store, show and over- see the day to day handling of this project.

We at R & R NW Publication would like to thank Butch for allowing us to share his story on just three of the many classic custom cars and trucks that he has created over the years. They each are fantastic creations of automobile artistic wonder and we look forward to sharing future stories of his classic builds in progress.

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