All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Cars

Frank and Veronica Tobias maybe only had one child but the one they had turned into one super Dude that wears the name Tobias with style and distinction. Fast forward sixty six years and you find a guy who graduated from Clackamas High School in 1966, served honorably in the US Air Force and then joined the world of telephone communication for the next forty plus years. Along the way he owned, designed, created, traded and purchased some fantastic automobiles.
R & R NW Publications is honored to bring you six of “Mr Chevy Guy” Len Tobias’s fantastic Chevrolet creations.


1963 Chev 409 Impala SS Hardtop
2 ½ year build time
 Power: 409ci Dual Quad Intake, M22 “Rockcrusher” wide ratio tranny w/ Centerforce clutch, Currie 9” Ford rear housing and axles w/Detroit Locker. Exhaust w/Flowmaster Super 40 Series mufflers. Color Azure blue and white .This is one fine and very rare 409 Chevy Impala hard top.


1967 Chev Malibu 2 Dr Hardtop L 79

2 year build time
Power: Built by EAM 383ci, 430 hp, HEI ignition, aluminum high performance dual plane stock intake SB Chev, E/W dual feed Holley 770 CFM carb., 4 speed Muncie M-21 tranny, E/W Hurst competition Plus shifter. Eaton Posi-traction rear-end/ w Richmond gears. Color: Tuxedo Black exterior, red interior. A clean and neat trophy winner.


1972 Chev Nova SS 2 DR Coupe
2 year build time
Power:  454 ci Chev, 700 R tranny w/ 4×11 gears, 9” Ford rear-end. Black leather interior, color Rally Green Metallic.    
This lean and green machine has won it’s share of hardware.


1956 Chev 2 DR Post

2 year build time
Power: 350 Chev crate, tranny 4 on the floor, 355 stock rear-end, super exhaust / laker cut outs. Reversed custom chrome wheels on all four corners. Color: Matador Red w/ white ghost scallops.  Interior: All white leather deep  rolled and pleated. Another one off crowd pleaser and big show winner.


1937 Chev Pick-Up                    
Power: 355 ci. Chev, 350 TH tranny, updated Blazer rear-end. Power windows, Vintage Air, Moon Gauges, electric doors. The wheels are full polished American Torque Thrust. Clarion stereo system and gray tweed and leather interior. Color: Aqua Metallic. Seein’ is believing on this custom ride. Clean and neat w/ frenched tail and brake-lights and recessed rear license plate and a super smooth finish under the hood. A real quality build and a super crowd pleaser.


1970 Chev Chevelle LS6, 2 Dr. Hrd. Top
2 year build time
Power: Chev 454ci / 450 HP, four-on-the-floor for fun tranny, 411 Posi rear- end. Interior: black rolled and pleated, Exterior: Cranberry Red w/ black comp. stripes front and rear. White lettered rubber sets off super polished chrome on all four corners of this super ride. On and off the track she wins.
Len’s father Frank kinda got the Chevy thing going in his son as he was employed at Fanning Chevrolet in Gresham for a good many years back in the 50’s and 60’s and the seed was planted.  Only GMC, Chevrolet or Cadillac’s are all you ever see around or in the Tobias garages. Unless they are welcomed visitors.
Len and Lily Tobias reside in a beautiful home overlooking the Sandy River and a super view of the mighty Mt. Hood. They have been together 32 years and combined they have four fantastic children and four super fantastic grandchildren. For as long as I can remember the two of them have played a very positive roll at the annual Sandy Fly In / Cruze-In and together they have helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for local charities in and around Sandy as well as all over Oregon. They are big supporters of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital through their involvment with Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Research Program.

In addition Len is an active member of the Route 26 Cruisers, The 3 Boys Car Club, Fri Morning Good Guys Breakfast Car Club and the NSRA. Len’s automobile creations are truly works of art and like Len, Lily is also a superb artist creating beautiful world class hand-made quilts. Many have raised thousands of dollars at the Sandy Fly In over the years as they are raffled off for charity. We at R&R NW Publications would like to thank you for all the thousands of hours you have both volunteered to those fantastic charity activities and we thank you for sharing your story and you’re  automobile creative wonders with our readers. “All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Cars.”

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