I love creating these all for the love stories that include the father and the son or sons teaming up and building their classic custom cars and trucks together. Wow! In today’s world it’s becoming a challenge to find a guy like Mr. Mel Lally and his son Gregg who have teamed up and built several award winning cars and trucks together in the past 35 plus years. Mel and Gregg’s mother Kay were married for 51 beautiful years. They lost Kay about six years ago to illness but their strong family bond and their creative togetherness keeps her memory alive.
1970 Opel Sport Coupe
Sporting a 4 banger for power with dual weber carbs, Stock five speed on the floor trans and stock rearend. She sports a gorgeous Opel red cherry body with black comp stripe, picture framing the tricked out vented hood area. The interior features those high as the sky red with black trim bucket seats making for a nice ride. She’s running Radial GT’s on reverse Racing wheels creating a sweet long and low stance. Another build from Gregg and always a little input from dad.
1970 Chevy Nova
For power, a 350 Nitrous engine stroked to 388 ci producing over 600 HP. She features a T-350 Tranny and beefed up rear-end. The interior was stock Chevy in Black and the Cherry Red paint makes this ride come alive on those BF Goodrich Racing tires over the mag-wheels complete with knock-offs. Gregg restored this car 99% with a little help from dad.
1937 Ford ½ Ton PU
She sports a Ford built Flathead for power featuring Offenhauser heads and intake manifold, holding dual 97’s in place for carburation, a C-4 auto tranny and 8” Ford rear/end gets her down the highway in style. The interior is fresh saddle tan leather and was stitched by Jim’s in Oak Grove. To enhance the stance she sports 550/15’s up front and 850/15’s out back with chrome rally wheels and baby moons on all four. The color on this piece of art, that took Mel and Gregg about six years to build from a truck load of parts, is labeled Dan Lo Blue. The color is from a Toyota? She appears to have some green cabbage color in there somewhere. She’s one fine cherry little Ford with a lot of class and the finished color is fantastic. She’s won her share of trophies in style.
1961 TR 3A Roadster
Featuring a classic four banger for power, stock rear end and tranny. This was a five year project requiring a body off restoration. She sports a gorgeous black leather interior and a delicious Triumph classic pale yellow exterior finish, showing off those Dayton chrome wire wheels on all four corners. This build was good enough to receive the People’s Choice 1st place trophy at the All British Field Meet here in Portland at PIR. She’s a winner when-ever and where-ever she’s shown. A classic foreign beauty.
1939 Pontiac Deluxe Coupe
A 350 ci Chevy for power, a turbo 400 auto tranny on the tree for fun, and a 9” Ford rear-end. Mel and Gregg didn’t do all the build on this better than new Pontiac but they did fine-tune the wiring harness and a few other changes on this baby and have plans to add Air Conditioning ASAP. They put several thousand miles on her taking it to shows in Montana and down to Hot August Nights in Reno back in 2014 where she was very well received and is winning trophy’s where-ever she shows. The burgundy exterior with purple hi-lights and the graphics on the side by master stripper “Tippet” make this little orphan come alive. The interior is a delicious white leather with dark piping creating a classic period theme. The w/whites on the tires and the dark pink wheels with baby moons and beauty rings finish this gorgeous ride off in style. I hope Mel and Gregg put her in the Portland Roadster Show come March 2017.
Mel Lally attended Franklin High School back in the early to mid-fifties and had the pleasure of having some pretty good company there. Friends like Keith Preskey and Al Drake attended at that time and both are well known to the Multnomah Hot Rod Council—both lifelong active members with the prestigious Portland Roadster Show. After high school Mel spent some time with Uncle Sam in the US Army, regular duty and the reserves. Mel was employed at Coe Mfg in the Portland area for over 45 years producing saw mill equipment. Gregg attended Gladstone High where he was active in the Auto shop programs.
In a short follow-up to the intro of this All for the Love Story, a beautiful thing happened a while back for Mel. He met a wonderful lady, who is also widowed, named Sandi that just happens to love old classic cars and hot rod trucks. They are both blessed with their new friendship and Sandi joined the family at a recent ceremony and is now Mrs. Mel Lally. We at R&R NW Publications would like to Congratulate the newly-weds and wish you and your combined families all the happiness you have earned. We would also like to thank both Mel and Gregg for sharing your fantastic All for the love of Street Rods, Fancy Trucks and Classic Car stories with us and our thousands of readers throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.