All for the Love of Street Rods & Custom Classic Cars

Mike Bade came into this world in the little town of Milton-Freewater, Oregon back 1954. He stuck around Oregon until he was in the fifth grade when the family decided to pack-up and relocate to a small town just North of Spokane, Washington. Fast forward a few years and you find Mike in High-School in the little town of Ford, Washington, where his father is the Postmaster and the family runs a little neighborhood grocery store. Mike is bitten by the car bug in high school as his auto shop teacher, who was a classic car enthusiast, was building a 32 Ford 5 window coupe and Mike was impressed. He got so excited at eighteen years of age he went out and found himself a classic little hot rod coupe to build for himself. For a cool $100 Mike found this fantastic 1930 Plymouth Coupe from a little old couple in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Now keep in mind, for that kinda-money, the car needed a little work. OK, it needed a lot of work as it was delivered to Mike in several boxes including the chassis, the running gear, the body etc. ect. ect.!

Now it took him a couple of years but by the time Mike entered his junior year in college at Eastern Washington University  he had that Mo-par all back  together and he was ridden in style. As you can see on the first build of this Plymouth Coupe he choose a two-tone grey and black paint job and a set of fancy tires and wheels, from dads  Cadillac, sporting baby white walls.  Plus it appears Mike found himself a pretty little college co-ed by the name of Donna to share his all home built delicious 1930 hot rod Plymouth  coupe  with.  Well as the story goes forward, We at R&R NW Publications are excited to bring  you Mike and Donna Bade  and the story of their “Fantastic All Mo-Par Rides.”

1930 Plymouth Coupe Model 30U owned car 43 years and in that time two major body off builds and the latest in 2005 with a total upgraded chassis. For power a 2003 Dodge Dakota fuel injected V-6, Auto-Trans,  Mustang II front suspension,  rack & pinion steering, boxed frame, disk brakes  front and rear, all new electronic gauges, Vintage Air and American Racing –polished chrome wheels on all four corners make this Yellow beauty come alive. Topped off with a grey leather interior and Portland’s own world class award winning pin-stripper Mitch Kim laid down some artistic stripping on this ’30 that really makes it one of a kind. She’s a winner where ever she goes. Sold new for $575  FOB Plant.

1933 Plymouth Model Bess Coupe,  pretty much stock, what you see is what you got in ’33.  For power a  6cyl / 70hp / 60 to 80 mph. three on the floor Tranni with Desoto OD/ chrome horns  upfront / amber fog lights /  heater / wipers and a nice fabric interior. Wide whites and baby moons all the way around really set this super ride off with its Dark Colored Body and Black Fenders. In 1933 this was Corporate Americas Traveling Businessman’s Fancy yet affordable Car. She sold new for $475 to $550 FOB Plant. This car came from the private collection of Bill Call’s automobiles in Clackamas, Oregon.

1935 Plymouth Convertible /w Rumble Seat again pretty much stock. For power a 6cyl / 70hp / Three on the floor Tranni / Hydraulic Brakes/ Fog Lights /Chrome horns/ Heater/ Wipers / Turn signals and Etched glass side wind windows. Beautiful wide whites with painted artillery spoke wheels and baby name moons on all four corners. This was a show car with its rich dark chocolate brown body and black fenders. In 1935 this was a limited edition quality convertible and sold new for approx. $575 FOB Plant.

Mike and Donna were both educators and both taught here in Oregon for over thirty years. They are into their thirty-sixth year of marriage and raised two fantastic boys Scott and Corey into manhood. Both Donna and Mike are active in the local CPPC of which Mike accomplished a two year run as club president in 2011. They recently completed their 14th year in the Cascade Pacific Plymouth Club of Clackamas, Oregon. Another point of interest is if you like the beautiful pictures that are showing off Mike and Donna’s cars here on these pages you might like to give Mike Bade a call as he taught photography and graphics in school for over thirty years and he specializes in classic car photography. His handle is “BADE CAR ARTISTRY” phone 503-206-4652.

We at R&R NW Publication would like to thank Mike and Donna for sharing their fantastic “Mo-Par Artistic  Automobile Wonders” with us and our thousands of readers in the Pacific Northwest  “All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Classic Cars.”

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