All for the Love of Street Rods & Custom Classic Cars

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What additional words could be used to describe a gentleman that has been featured in (last count) fourteen different custom car and street rod publications going back to 1970. That’s when he put Portland, Oregon on the map and won his first AMBR award for his delicious full fender 1923 Ford “T” Roadster Bucket. This completely street legal rod also features a set of usable  running  boards and a handmade hood  creating a unique master piece of automobile wonder and design for “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” 1971.

The gentleman’s name is none other than Mr. Lonnie L. Gilbertson, Portland’s own Mr. Master Car Designer and Builder. Lonnie came into this World way back in 1945 about the time the second World War was winding down and that makes him a cool seventy years young this year. He attended St Peters Parochial School and then on to Benson Tech High, where he took a few Machine shop courses but didn’t sign up for auto shop classes. He was already bitten by the car bug as his father owned and operated Gilbertson Machine shop and Lonnie learned all about automobiles from his favorite teacher his Dad. Lonnie will be the first to admit his life really came alive back in 1966 when he met a young lady at Scotty’s Drive-In. Her name was Candy and she was the sweetest thing Lonnie ever met. She just happened to be an employ at Scotty’s the same time our old buddy Vern Farris (Mr. Chevy Guy) was the manager there. Now both Lonnie and Vern were both super car guys back then and not all the hot rods and Custom Cars ended up at the infamous Tick-Tock Drive–In, quite a few ended up at Scotty’s for their 15 cent french fries and 21 cent cheeseburgers. Now it took Lonnie a few years and quite a few orders of French fries but he finally convinced Candy that he already new how to build a World class award winning car and the only thing missing in his life was her. So they were married over 41 years ago and together raised a super son Brian and they are now blessed with three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
We at R&R NW Publications are honored to bring you several of Lonnie and Candy’s  fantastic automobile artistic works of creative wonderment.

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1923 Ford Model “T” Track Roadster running a later model Flathead for Power, Four on the floor tranny, 8” ford  rear-end  “Lonnie’s  Speed Shop #5” Yellow in color only. This track “T” ran fast and fearless and won a lot more than she lost on the oval and sprint car tracks. This car was a special feature at the 2001 Portland Roaster Show where Lonnie and crew completely reassembled the car from ground –up at the three day show and drove it off from the show floor at the end. Lonnie was the builder and driver of this vintage ride for a good many years.

1923 Ford Model “T” Roadster Bucket featuring a 327 Chevy updated with Moon Intake Manifold and four Weber 48 IDA carbs, Gilbertson fabricated set of headers that terminate just in front of the rear wheels. Handmade rectangular tube frame with PSI dropped tube front axle on transverse leaf springs and homemade hubs and discs gripped H&H calipers. A ’66  Jaguar XK-E rear set-up. To keep those Englewood-shod custom wheels under the stock-looking fenders, they had to lengthen the stub axle5/8”. Lonnie credits his brother Gary, with putting in many, many hours on this, the 22nd car to carry the title of “The World’s Most Beautiful Roadster” in 1971.

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1932 Ford “Tudor.” This award winning two-tone gray beauty with gorgeous multi-colored graphics and a super sun-roof is one cool ride. She runs a 350 for power and a 350 turbo tranny with a 9” Ford rear end. Super wire wheels with mini baby moons on all four corners. A delicious all leather rolled and pleated interior, super custom digital gauges and vintage air for total comfort. She won first place trouphy’s all over the west coast from the PRS to Boise, Seattle, Spokane, Sacramento and the LA Roadster Show. This one also got Candy and Lonnie inducted into the Portland Roadster Show Hall of Fame in 1990.

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1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe 427 Chevy small block built to maximize performance and reliability, starting with the highly developed induction system fined tuned through the wizardry of the late Rick Steele. 711 HP and 607 lb-ft of torque tractable power delivery. C5 Corvette suspension requiring Gilbertson to create a special platform capable of handling the torsional loads generated. A centralized, stand-alone rear cradle or pod to support the rear suspension including anti-rollbars and a six-speed transaxle. Transverse QA1 coilover shock absorbers.

This baby is built for speed while she sports a traditional look and providing all the latest high tech engineering performance. She’s both fast and agile on the highway or at a car show. She wears a flawless pearlized deep metallic blue paint and is modernized with a fantastic high tech interior, starting with a custom dash, Vintage Air Breezes, high-powered tunes and supreme comfort and every moment behind the Momo steering wheel is a memorable event. The sweet aroma of the all-leather two-tone blue and grey-silver upholstery makes this ride come alive on the large Billet Specialty rims on all four corners. This is one fine award winning world class custom built  1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe that won her way into the Portland Roadster Show Hall of Fame for 2007.

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1923 Ford Model “T” same as the 1971 Red “T” Roadster bucket covered above with brand new updated landscape mural paint job, beautiful new multi-colored leather interior and add on independent chrome suspension and Zenith wire wheels all the way around. What you get is a brand new build that once again is good enough to win the AMBR award for 1975. The new paint just shouts Oregon all the way. The “T” was so popular, winning the coveted AMBR Award twice. It now has a permanent place in the Peterson Hot Rod Museum in downtown L.A. Before heading south she won The Portland Roadster Show and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for 1999.

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1932 Ford Model “B” Roadster sporting a 475 HP Chevy for power, 400 turbo tranny and an 8” Ford rear-end. Featuring a Buttercup Yellow exterior and a delicious black leather interior. She wears  850×15 on the rear and 550 x 15 up front with super red artillery wheels and baby moons on all four corners. This is Candy’s pride and joy ride and she’s a winner.

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1975 VW Bug — She sports a 2332 cc mill with super heads and carbs. Producing 220 HP with a 091  6-rib bus tranny. Updated it with a new nosecone and lowered the shift shaft to make it more Bug friendly. They  installed stiffer Sway-A-Way torsion bars  to handle the drag race starts. A NHRA special custom rollbar was installed and the House of Kolor suggested a traditional black color with super flames on this ‘75 VW turned Volksrod. With a nickname like “The Fire Bug” the color scheme should fit perfectly. Dan Leisy was selected to handle the upholstery with one request— something in red and black leather. The painting of the Fire Bug was a group effort with Mitch Kim, Portland’s own world class pinstriper, Dick Pruitt teaming up to lay down the flame job and Duane Olofson and Rob Benko worked on the body and layed down the House of Kolor finish coats. This is one super fantastic creative work of art with the chopped cherry straight  black body on this fender-less VW Bug. The chrome 18 & 20-inch Budnik wheels on all four corners really make this a one of a kind flamed out “Fire Bug” Rod come alive. She has won her share of trophies and is a real crowd pleaser wherever she goes.

Mr. Gilbertson has a work in progress that is called the “HIT and MISS” and the current plans on the books are  to run this 1 ½ HP tractor engine powered pond-tune styled racing pod down at the Bonneville Salt Flats. He’s going for a special best of class time and speed record. Jamie Fox is scheduled to handle the helm of this experimental creation. Lonnie has another two or three finished and another work in progress that we are scheduling stories on for a follow up in a near future issue. We at R&R NW Publications would like to thank Lonnie and Candy for sharing their fantastic story with us and our thousands of readers. “All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Classic Cars.”

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.”

Feature Car of the Month

This delicious 1933 Ford Model 40 Tudor Sedan is just about as perfect an example of what a World Class True Street Rod is all about. Featuring a real “Henry Ford” All Steel Body and Fenders, an all Ford Powered 351 Winsor Summit Ford Racing Package backed up with a Summit Street Fighter C-4 Auto-Tran with  shifter and topped off with a 9” Ford  rear-end. The proud owners of this Fabulous Ford are Larry and Brian Weber a father and son team that never let a speck of dust or a blade of grass stay on their immaculate little Ford very long. In addition to the all Ford sparkle above she sports a 4” TCI dropped front-end, power front Disc brakes, Vintage Air and a quality Ultra-Leather Silver White custom  interior that is to die for. The exterior color is also all Ford from a 2007 Ford GT40 “Tungsten Grey Metallic” finished off with the special touches from Mitch Kim’s Pin Stripping Creative Artistry. This gorgeous Rod is wearing 15” Chromed polished Billet Wheels on the Front with Knock offs and 17” on the rear creating just the right stance on this World Class Beauty. The Weber Brian is one of those Adobe Data Center Managers and the Weber Larry is a member of the Teaching Team at George Fox University in the College of Education. The last I heard Larry still makes his home in Damascus, Oregon while Brian lives in Bethany, Oregon.
We at R&R NW Publication are proud and honored to make the Weber Boys 1933 Ford World Class Street Rod our Featured Car of the Month for July 2015.

Endless Summer Cruz-In 2015

The Pharaohs Street Rodders Endless Summer Cruise-In’s for 2015 are filling up Main Street in Downtown Gresham at Billy Bob’s Hot Rod Café. This Veterans charity event is scheduled every Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:30 PM (weather permitting) June thru September. Everyone’s invited to come and enjoy showing off your special automobiles from Classic Stockers to Vintage Customs, Hot-Rods, Pick-Ups and even Little Tikes Pedal cars.

This is Pharaohs Street Rodders fifth anniversary for this fun event with 100% of the funds raised dedicated to the Missing in America Project and the Lines for Life as well as other local youth programs. The Pharaohs also have a history of helping children in need in the Portland area and you will find a special booth at the Cruise-In dedicated to the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Cancer Research in the form of a gorgeous 2015 Mustang Raffle Car. The Pharaohs take pride in awarding hundreds of trophy’s yearly to people that love and take care of their cars, both show cars and classic daily drivers alike. All while raising tens of thousands of dollars for charity. Come out and enjoy the hospitality and a free burger with your vehicle registration on Wednesday’s at Billy-Bob’s Hot Rod Café on Main Street in beautiful historic downtown Gresham, Oregon USA.

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Where does Pure Power Thunderbolt Racing Fuel come from?

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Right out of the Northwest Farmers Fruit Orchards. That’s right, this new exciting, clean-burning, high octane ethanol is a by-product from food processing waste that is fermented then distilled to create sustainable ethanol.

Summit Foods and Summit Natural Energy Advanced Bio Fuel produce Pure Power Thunderbolt Racing Fuel. *High Octane *High Purity *Clean Burning *Lower Emissions *Lower Cost *Increase Horsepower *Increase Performance *Made in the Pacific Northwest.

Thunderbolt Race Fuel is the right choice for today’s high compression race engines. The Pure Power alcohol based fuel formula delivers consistent performance at a much lower cost than petroleum products. The process of distillation from waste products delivers alcohol fuel that is very pure and is a fresh product made in the Northwest. (not old or dated) Thunderbolt purity increases horsepower, runs smoother and delivers results. Product available in as small as 5 gallon easy pour cans.

For further details on this exciting product contact on web: DaveM @thunderbolt–racing .com or stop by the Summit Natural Energy Plant at 535 North 4th Ave. Cornelius, Oregon. Phone 503-992-1557 Look for complete line of Summit Food and Sisters Fruit company items at most natural food retailers.

All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Cars

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The year is 1948 and B.F. Goodrich has just introduced the first tubeless tire to the American Highway. Land introduces the Polaroid camera for instant photographs and the first microwave oven is introduced by Raytheon. The big news of the year was a little boy was born in Seattle Washington to the Emery family and his name would be Pete J. Emery. His formative years were spent in Everett Washington where he attended grade school and then on to Cascade high school where of all things they had an excellent auto shop class for young enthusiasts.

Pete didn’t bother as he had his own private Auto Shop class in his own back yard. That, being in the form of a fantastic uncle named Stan Baker. Thanks to Uncle Stan, the love for street rods and custom cars, seed was planted in young Pete and we at R&R NW Publications are excited to bring you six of the forty five plus cars Mr. Emery has created in the past sixty-seven years.

 

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1932 Ford Roadster sporting a 383 ci Chevy for power with a 671 blower and dual 4’s on the intake. A 350 turbo tranny and a 9” Ford rear-end. She wears an orange pearl color on the top half of the body with a pearl black on the bottom and introducing some flamed out super colorful graphics in the middle, created by Mitch Kim and Richard Pruitt.

 

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1936 Ford 3 Window Coupe. This all steel, all real, pretty much stock body runs a ‘48 Ford Flathead for power with dual 97’s.  A three on the floor tranny for fun with a ’40 Ford rear-end. She sports a 2 ½” chop-Job on the top and that rear back window still rolls down. A super set of Smitty glass packs makes this ride sound and look classic old school.

 

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1932 Ford 3 Window Coupe just freshly built running a 350 Chevy for power with dual fours and a 350 turbo tranny. Sporting a ’38 Ford old school banjo rear-end. This is a show street rod that comes alive with power windows, power trunk and door locks and A/C for a comfortable ride. She wears that black paint with style sporting a quality stitched red interior. The one piece custom hood and the fuel cell upfront, really turns some heads on this classic fender-less beauty.

 

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1967 Cobra Super-Formance Body. She sports a 406 ci 580 h/p for power and a 5 speed on the floor tranny. Radiant Cobra Blue color with white comp stripes really shows this clean and neat ride off with style.

 

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1928 Ford Model “A” P.U. She hauls with a 305 ci Chevy for power, 350 turbo tranny, and a 9” Ford rear-end. This original all steel body features a one off louvered firewall by Bitchin Products and an all steel box and fenders from Brookville Inc.  Flat red on the body and flat black on the fenders create another fantastic ride from the house of Emery.

 

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1936 Ford Phaeton all steel all custom 2 ½” sectioned body, 2” chopped custom one piece Carson top with Mercedes fabric. For power a 427 ci Ford with Kenslor Stack Injection and a Ford AOD tranny. She sports a Winters Quick-Change rear-end and a C-5 Corvette suspension and brakes. A world class delicious black paint job on a flawless straight body and see-n is believ-n with the Camel Leather Interior by Gabe Lopez. The Halibrand Wheels, on all four corners top this world class number one custom car and custom street rod off with style in any company.  She has earned her share of first place trophies from coast to coast where-ever she shows.

 

Pete has a quality history of working with his hands and building not only world class street rods and custom cars, he has a history of creating some world class building material products. He also has over the years designed, developed, manufactured and marketed some of the finest skylight fixtures for both residential as well as commercial applications in the industry today.

I’m not surprised after knowing of his high standards in the building trades that he would design and create some of the finest custom show cars in the world. He is the first to admit his life really started all over again back in 1978 when he met a young lady in Milwaukie, Oregon by the name of Janet Forman. It took some selling on his part but by 1981 they were married and for the past 34 years they have enjoyed raising a combined total of three fantastic kids into adulthood and are now blessed with six super fantastic Grandchildren.

They make their home in Happy Valley Oregon where Pete has created a six car working garage and is in the process of another body off custom build as we speak. Pete agreed to our interview and the sharing of their story as long as we remembered the individuals, who along the way, played some big roles in the building of all these custom creations. First, Uncle Stan Baker, Dick Pruitt, Mitch Kim, Daryl Schroeder, Al Swedberg, Gabe Lopez and especially to Janet and the Family.

We at R&R NW Publications would like to thank Pete and Janet for sharing their fantastic story with us and our thousands of readers in the Pacific Northwest. “All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Cars.”

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.


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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.”

Featured Car of the Month

This delicious Emerald Green 1931 Ford Model “A” owned and 80% built by Lance Marguson from Beavercreek, Oregon.

Believe it or not this gorgeous ride started out as a Model “A” Pick Up when Lance decided he might get more use out of a Roadster, so off came the P.U. Body and on came the Roadster in about fifty pieces later and over a thirty year build time. Both Lance and his wife Sandee were educators in the Oregon City school system for over thirty years and there wasn’t a lot of spare time dedicated to building Boy Toy’s.  This ’31 Roadster takes on the look of a Model “B” as Lance liked the clean lines of the ’32 grill shell over the ‘31 Model “A”.

For power she sports a 350 Chev. w/Mallory Ignition, a turbo 350 tranny and a 55 Chev Rear-End narrowed. He’s running 750/15’s on the rear and 195/14’s up front with a super set of Wheels on all four corners. Fantastic leather interior stitched to perfection by Darrell’s Upholstery, with special thanks going to Don Lowe and A&M Deluxe Customs for their input on the finished look.  We at R&R NW Publications are proud to select this 1931 Ford Model “A” Roadster as our Featured Car of the Month April 2015.

All for the love of Street Rods and Custom Cars

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Feature Car of the Month

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“Classic Old School” 1956 “T” Bird Owners Janet and Larry Lundbom

This candy apple red Bird has quite a history. It seems that Janet Lester’s Dad Harry, first owned the car and Janet drove this little beauty, which was pretty much stock back then, to Centennial High School in 1965 & 66. The big transition her dad made to the car was, he had a deep diamond tucked leather interior added to the seats, dash and to the stock Ford continental kit out back.
Larry and Janet met in 1967 and one common interest was both of their dads loved older Ford classic “T” Birds. Later when Janet’s father decided to sell his ‘56 Larry turned his dad onto this cool Bird that was for sale and Wally added it to his collection.

The car was originally Ford “T” Bird Red and Wally decided to turn it into the Candy Apple creation that you see today. The Candy Apple exterior, complete with the highlighted dark lace scallops really compliment the Deep Diamond Tucked Interior that Janet’s Dad had done 10 years earlier.
The sweetness of the story is Larry and Janet Lundbom still own the car, after all these years, that both of their fathers played a role in making this the super classic show car that it still is today. We at R&R NW Publication are proud to make this our March 2015 Featured Car of the Month. Thanks to the memory of both Wally Lundbom and Harry Lester for their individual contributions to this classic automotive creation.

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