What do you get when you take a guy like Mr. Jack Jothen, who All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Cars became a charter member of the Multnomah Hot Rod Council in 1956, not because he had a million dollar show car, in fact he had a sweet and neat, always show class clean, 1950 Chevy Business Coupe that turned a lot of heads in its day? What we all got out of this caring and sharing quality guy was the story of his son David and his beautiful wife Diane.
Chevy Business Coupe with stock 6 cyl power and three on the tree tranny. Super old school stance. This classic 50 Chev spent a lot of time cruising Broadway and at Jim Dandy’s on Sandy Blvd in Parkrose.
We at R&R publications NW are proud to bring you the automobile creations of David & Diane Jothen, plus their two Keeshonds Loki & Winnie.
1955 Chev OLD School Resto-Rod
2 Year Build Time
This ‘55 150 center post 2 dr. tribute to David’s dad is as clean and sweet as they come. Running a ZZ3 350 ci 375 hp for power, turbo 400 tranny, Nova Rear-end with Camaro clip. Its shaved nose and rear deck with a Nomad rear bumper, makes this de-chromed beauty second to none in its class. It’s taken home its share of hardware to prove it. Watch out Harrison Ford here comes David and Diane.
1953 OLDS 98 Holiday Coupe
10 Year Build Time
This original Pacific NW 98 features a 303 Rocket V-8 for power and a Hydra-matic Tranny. It came with everything on it that was featured in 53 including power seats, window, steering and brakes, plus the stock two-tone paint job and an interior that looks like it just came off the assembly line a few hours ago.
1951 Chev ½ ton PU
Two Restorations 5 year total Build Time
In 1979 Diane and her Dad Chuck Howell found this old Chevy ½ ton in a farmers field down in the Turner area south of Salem. A Hundred Dollar Bill closed the deal and Chuck was in hog heaven as he was finally going to be building an automobile with one of his kids. Diane was the youngest of three daughters and she was also the most savvy when it came to mechanics even at age fourteen. They worked on that truck together with such dedication and focus to keep as much of the PU as stock as they could and still be a safe ride for Diane. They rebuilt the 6 cyl 216 ci power plant, the tranny was three on the tree and Diane mastered it with class. Painted it a bright red color really made it come alive and her senior year, Diane’s ride was picked the best Truck at Cascade High. The second restoration in 2008 changed the color from Red to Butternut Yellow, updated it to a 12 volt system and a 308 late model Chev Rear-end, replaced some chrome, and lowered her all the way just around a few inches. Thirty Six years and Diane still would not part with it for anything, and it’s still winning trophies everywhere it goes.
1968 Chev Camaro RS
A work in progress–their latest creation
350 crate V-8 for power and 350 turbo tranny. A delicious black and white hounds tooth interior and a gorgeous bright white pearl with black stripes exterior finish.
David is a 1978 graduate of Parkrose High, then attended Mt Hood CC and U of O, earning a degree in Media/Communications. For those of you that have enjoyed the Summer Cruz-Ins at Billy Bob’s in Gresham, sponsored by the Pharaohs, appreciate David’s communication skills handing out the trophies with a professional flair. He originally joined the MHRC in 1979 and today Co-Chairs the Portland Roadster Show with Duane Caseday. He also has been the official photographer for the show for the last 3 years. David owns PDX CarCulture.com and is a commercial and residential realtor in East County. He also is the president of the Pharaohs Street Rodders, and under his leadership the club has become one of the leading charity fund raising car clubs in the Portland area. Dedicated to helping Veterans through MIAP and the Lines for Life programs. They are also big supporters of the MHRC and the Portland Roadster Show.
Diane graduated from Cascade High in 1983 and then degreed in Machine Technology at Chemeketa C.C. She then became a certified Precision Machinist. David and Diane met while working at Boeing Portland. Their paths crossed and the rest is history. They married in 1988 and have a home in Damascus with their two beautiful pet buddies. Diane left the trades in 2003 and opened PUP Scrub Self Serve Pet Wash, and has never looked back. They have a 24×48 shop/garage that they built themselves to handle their gorgeous rides. All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Cars. Thanks for sharing your story with us here at R&R NorthWest Publications.