All for the Love of Custom Classic Cars & Street Rods

Once again, we visited the garage of Michiel and Denise Gies out in the Damascus area of Portland, Oregon. There was talk on the street that Michiel had picked up a few new rides awhile back and we needed to get current on the subject. The rides in question are three in number and yes, he has added some fantastic new wheels to his collection. We at R&R NW Publication are excited to bring you Mr.Gies latest additions “All for the Love of Custom Classic Cars and Street Rods” for April 2017.

1956 Chevrolet Belair Hardtop
This was a frame off restoration a few years back and she now sports a 454 LS7 for power, producing around 500 HP. An F-10/4-speed tranny and a Ford 355 Posi rear-end. Power steering and brakes plus Tube A arms and Dropped Spindles finish off the re-build. The all stock body in the classic red and white Chevy combo colors compliments the all new stitched out interior. To enhance the stock look the chromed out beauty rings and the spindle covers are a nice touch. This is one fine classic ’56 Chevrolet automobile work of art.

1935 Auburn Boat-Tail Speedster
“Tribute Build.” This delicious automobile in light soft shadow green w/ darker lime green trim was manufactured in October of 1978 by Custom Coach down in Pasadena, Ca. She is built on a Chevy-Monte Carlo Chassis and sports a 350 Chevy V-8 for power w/turbo 350 tranny, complete with power steering and power disc brakes on all four corners. She shows off an all leather interior in soft green and she sports all the offerings that came on the original ’35 Auburn. Mike recently added a new set of wire wheels and Coker Tires w/whitewalls and a set baby moons to finish this ride off in style. Believe it or not, this fantastic ride was found in a barn out in Corbett, Oregon. She needed a little TLC, but Mr. and Mrs. Gies are enjoying every minute of the clean-up time. This tribute built work of creative art falls somewhere between a Picasso and a Matisse masterpiece, and she will soon be ready for Show Time!



1934 Ford Five Window Coupe

This cherry red little coupe comes with a lot of history. She sports today for power a 350 Chevy V-8 w/ 350 Turbo Tranny and a 9” Ford Posi Rear-End. Add on Heat and Air Conditioning and this is one fine new ride for all seasons. She shows off a super stitched tan fabric interior with style and the updated tires and wheels give her an award winning classic look. The history in question is, this is the same little ’34 Ford Coupe that ran down in Woodburn back in the Sixties. She was all white then and sported some graphics on her side “Goofin Noff”. The owner and driver back then, was Jim Hoxit who belonged to the Ramblers Car Club and he was sponsored by the old Shakey’s Pizza in Milwaukie. The gentleman that purchased the car from Jim spent the next thirty years getting it to the show class condition it’s in today. Mike and Denise are taking extra good care of her.

All for the Love of Street Rods, Fancy Trucks & Classic Cars

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

All for the Love of Classic Custom Cars & Street Rods

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It is somewhat challenging as the owner and builder of these three fantastic rides are just three of over 65 vehicles that he has registered in his name in the last 74 years. The challenge enters as he has in those 74 years also designed, developed properties and lots for over 50 quality family homes in Oregon and SW Washington. Between his masterpiece car creations and his award winning home construction, this guy must be dedicated to working twenty plus hours a day, seven days-a-week. It is our honor and pleasure to select Mr. Butch Chamness for September’s all for the love of classic custom cars and street rods he has built and all of the thousands of hours he has dedicated to those creations.

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1956 Chevy 4 dr / 9 passenger Bel-Air Wagon.
For power she sports a ZZ4 V/8 w/375hp, 700 r-4 tranny and stock rear end. 8” Wilwood disc brakes, R&P power steering and power brakes. Dual Dyna Flow on the exhaust and classic dark tinted glass all the way around. To enhance the stance she runs 20” six spoke polished chrome wheels with TA tires on all four corners. The award winning interior is covered in delicious Ferrari leather and was stitched and created by Debi Zavada. The world class exterior is done in Atomic Orange and Apricot Pearl. Butch did about 95% of the total body off restoration on his trailered in basket case Chevy. Over 1800 hours were dedicated to reconstructing and fine tuning this limited edition nine passenger wagon to its current trophy winning completion. She sports the name “Bali-Hi” on her custom plate and she wins Best of Class, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best of Show Trophies all over the West Coast and beyond. This is truly an artistic work of recreated automotive wonder to behold.

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1950 Ford 2 dr sedan
with a 454 ci Chev for power w/Turbo 400 auto tranny on the floor and 9” Ford rear-end. Custom Tilt & Telescoping wheel. Interior done in grey fabric w/wine colored hi-lighted piping creating a period look complete with tinted glass. She features Classic 14” Cragar super chromed wire wheels on all four corners.

The rich Wineberry color was finished by the owner and really makes this old classic come alive. Butch and his bride have owned this car for twenty-nine years and she’s truly a lasting member of the family as Mr. and Mrs. Chamness together completed 100% of the build on this classic, including the interior.

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1936 Ford ½ ton P.U.
Ford power w/302ci w/ 3 speed on the floor tranny and an 8” Ford Mustang rear end. A 600 Edelbrock carb feeds the power plant which is all chromed and super polished for show. She features a set of stock headlights with baby scope turn signals added for safety alongside the hand-made, one off ’34 grill shell, making this ride stand alone on the show floor.

The top has been chopped a cool 4” and the rear-box shortened 9” creating a delicious street-rod truck in a new dimension. The box is finished in African Mahogany wood strips with custom rear box tailgate. She sports tinted glass and a set of Dyna-Flo mufflers giving attention to that 302 ci Ford. Special custom gauges highlight the dash. Go to girl, Debi Zavada’s created the custom wheat designed interior in Jaguar Leather and is stitched to perfection.

The exterior on this beauty is finished in Wheat-Gold on top half and Honduras Maroon on the lower body. World class pin striper Mitch Kim laid down the graphics. The perfect stance was created with 550/15” chromed out wheels selected for the front and 850x10w/15” for the rear.

This is one fine example of refining the lines on an exciting ’36 Ford Street Rod ½ ton Pick-Up. For the record Butch Chamness, who makes his home in the Portland area, has overseen the total building process, from beginning to end, of this award winning Street Rod on behalf of Mr. Rick Teeny. Butch continues to store, show and over- see the day to day handling of this project.

We at R & R NW Publication would like to thank Butch for allowing us to share his story on just three of the many classic custom cars and trucks that he has created over the years. They each are fantastic creations of automobile artistic wonder and we look forward to sharing future stories of his classic builds in progress.

All for the Love of Classic Custom Chevrolet Corvettes

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The question to this “All for the Love Story” is what do you call a guy with five delicious Chevy Custom Corvettes in his garage at home?

Now, let the record show that this same creative artistic car enthusiast has had twenty five plus Corvette creations registered in his name over the years. The following five featured here are the Crème-De-La-Crème from his fantastic collection. A modified ‘56 coupe, two custom creations, built from ground up, a ’57 and a ‘60 award winning Roadster’s, both artistic works of art. One showy flamed out ‘71 Stingray and a 2000 coupe, his daily driver. The people in his Springfield Oregon neighborhood call him Mr. Dennis Huntley. “One cool car lovin’ kinda guy.”

1956 Red & White Corvette Convertible has for power, a 383 ci Stroker/425 HP/ Dual 4 Barrels, 350 Auto Tranny, Modified Stock-Rear, Wilwood Disc-Brakes on all four corners. 17” Super chromed out wheels make for a smooth ride on this cherry ’56.

1971 Black w/Purple Flames Stingray, also for power, a 383 Stroker/535 HP w/nitro 600 plus HP. Custom Black on Black Interior, Flames and Exterior finish by D.H.

1957 Candy–Lime Green Corvette Roadster w/572 ci for power w/871 Blower, Fuel Injection producing 1000 HP, w/custom 400 stick on the floor tranny w/9” Ford rear with Detroit Locker. This complete rolling chassis as shown was all built by Jimmy Meyers Street Rods. In addition she features Frenched Head-Lights and for a clean and neat look, they relocated the Parking-Lights down under. She sports Billet Chrome Wheels on all four corners with 18” up front and 20” out back for a sweet stance. The delicious white on white all leather interior was stitched by Jon Lynn from Eugene. The custom Gauges are accented with the candy green theme to the interior. This is an award winning creation where-ever she shows from Hot August Nights and all over the West Coast.

1960 Tangerine Dream Machine Corvette Roadster w/383ci Stroker for power, w/671 Blower producing 650 HP. M22 4/speed tranny and modified rear w/456 gears. Jimmy Meyers Street Rods created the front suspension on this fantastic ride. Again Jon Lynn produced the gorgeous Italian Leather interior including tricking out the trunk. Boyd Coddington special one off wheels were selected for this creation, with 17” up front and 18” on the rear for a perfect look. You can see and hear this creative work of automobile wonder coming as a gift to one’s eyes with the Orange Tangerine sporting those champagne swish graphics making this 1960 Corvette Roadster come alive. Again this super custom has won trophies all over the West Coast.

2000 Torch Red Corvette Coupe. She sports a LT1 for power w/six speed tranny. This daily driver features a delicious black interior and is pretty much a stock ride, for Mr. Huntley to get around the valley in. Dennis is an active member, in good standing, with the Cascade Corvette Club for the past ten years.

We at R&R NW Publication would like to thank Dennis for sharing his beautiful creative works of automobile wonder with our thousands of readers all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. “All for the love of Custom Classic Chevrolet Corvettes“ for June 2016.

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All for the Love of Street Rods & Classic Cars

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The one common denominator that the owners of these three gorgeous classic custom cars have is: they both belong to the Multnomah Hot Rod Council and they both have a love for street rods and classic custom cars, trucks and bikes.

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The 1965 CORVETTE STING RAY is an all original matching numbers car.  For power, it has a 327 CI L79 350 HP / Muncie close ratio 4 speed tranny / 353 Posi-traction rear w/heavy duty sway bars front & rear / power steering / power antenna / factory hardtop / telescoping steering column / leather seats / teak wood steering wheel.  The proud owner, Mike Itel from Scappoose, Oregon would like to recognize Paul & Mickey at Gray’s Automotive for their balancing and blueprinting, Steve Heuer Customs, for the fantastic red finish, plus several other additions to the rebuild, the chrome work by Cruisin’ Classics and the interior by Jerry’s Auto Upholstery.

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THE 1971 CORVETTE, “Autumn Leaves,” will be appearing at the 60th anniversary of the Portland Roadster Show.  You will have an opportunity to come and see this fantastic work of creative artistic automobile transformation in person at the show and check out all the specs on this ’71 work of art, from proud owner and Corvette lover Mr. Mike Itel. This car will “leave” you spellbound.

Mike is a true Oregonian country boy, born and raised on a farm down around Woodburn. He attended Portland Community College and then on to Portland State University studying Civil Engineering.  Mike worked for the Port of Portland for 40 years and is now enjoying a well-earned retirement.  He joined the MHRC in 1973 as a member of the Columbia Corvette Club. For the past five years Mike has held the office of president of the Multnomah Hot Rod Council. He is also an active member of the Northwest Corvette Association, The Road Knights and the Pharaohs Street Rodders car clubs.  Mike and his wife Anne have made their home in the Scappoose area for the past twenty years and their daughter is a student at OSU.

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THE 1955 CHEVY OLD SCHOOL RESTO-MOD 150 Center Post / She’s Running a ZZ3 350 ci 375 hp for power, turbo 400 tranny, Nova rear-end w/Camaro clip.  It’s been de-chromed and features a shaved nose and rear-deck with a Nomad rear bumper. 18” front and 20” rear tires with Coys rims, make this flawless all black-beauty second to none in its class.  David Jothen is the proud owner and builder of this delicious ’55 Chevy that is a rolling dedication to his father Jack, from whom he drew his inspiration. David is the immediate past president of the Pharaohs Street Rodders and has been a member of the MHRC since 1979, as a member of the Trans Am Club of Oregon, the Inimini Truckers Club, the NW Lowriders and now the Pharaohs.  David has been the official photographer for the Portland Roadster Show for the past four years.  He has also been the co-producer of the show for the past two years. David and his wife Diane and their two loyal pets Loki & Winnie live in the Damascus area.  David attended Mt Hood CC and the U of O, receiving degrees in Media/Communications.  He is also a licensed commercial and residential realtor and recently earned his insurance broker license, specializing in classic and collector cars.

Yes the tradition continues at the 60th anniversary of the Portland Roadster Show, held at the Portland Expo Center come March 18th, 19th & 20th.   Another thing these three unique and gorgeous classic cars have in common: they are all scheduled to be in the show where the cars are always the stars at The Portland Roadster Show.

We at R&R NW Publication are honored and pleased to recognize the scores of volunteer individuals that are active members of the MHRC and are dedicated to making the Portland Roadster Show one of the premier street rod and classic custom car, truck and bike shows in the whole country.

All for the Love of Classic Cars & Chopper Bikes

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The story, as remembered by one tall lanky dude with the name of Del, who hits the measuring tape at
6’ 8 ½”, recalls about 29 years ago this lovely young lady by the name of Grace happened to be in the right place at the right time, and he was lucky enough to be at the same place at the same time. The day he met her, his life started all over again. She was truly his special grace gift from heaven. At 5’ 9 ¾” the two of them became a tall hit where ever they went. In addition, she loves classic custom cars and chopper bikes.

By the time Grace and Del got to be introduced as a couple Grace had already graduated with honors from Portland State University with a degree in accounting, and a master’s in business. Good old Del had nailed up his shingle down on McLoughlin Blvd., introducing the world to Colton’s Auto Body. He has kept his nose to the grind stone and has produced some memorable rides in the past 30 years, and he has more than earned the new title of Colton’s Custom Rods. Del will be the first to admit his life really all came together the day the Lord introduced him to Grace. She has brought more to the marriage of two people than just standing eye-to-eye with her husband. She has brought her well-learned knowledge of accounting and business management to assist Del in his love of street rods and classic custom cars. Together they have developed a working partnership of trust and loyalty to their church, their customers, their community and their many friends. Del and Grace Colton are truly a beautiful 28 year build time of life in progress.

We at R&R NW Publication would like to thank both of you for sharing your story with us and our thousands of readers throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. “All for the Love of Classic Custom Cars and Chopper Bikes.”

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1967 CHEVELLE Super Sport 2DR HT

For power she sports a Merlin 540 ci w/Canfield heads plus nitro injection, Turbo 400 tranny,  and a fantastic interior by D.L. Peters complete with roll bar.  She features a custom striped and vented hood that really makes this ride stand out in the crowd. The super tires and wheels finish off the look in style. She’s won her share of trophies all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
A fella by the name Steve Oviatt witnessed this fantastic automobile creative work of art at the Roadster Show last year, and he just had to have it. Under new ownership she’s still winning trophies, and a real crowd pleaser whereever she’s shown. Build time 2 ½  years.

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1964 CADILLAC COUPE DeVILLE Convertible

429 ci Cad for power,  Turbo 400 auto transmission and stock rear-end. The stance on this low and long (19’6 1/2 “) and sweet delicious creation is from Air Ride Technology by Ridetech, the gorgeous rich black leather interior and the fantastic black cloth top was stitched by D.L. Peters Upholstery.  The unbelievable deep pearlized paint makes this Cad Convertible come alive and the True Spoke Kelsey Hayes wire wheels and the w/w tires on all four corners finish this ride with class. Look forward to seeing this brand new  Colton’s Custom built rod creation at the 60th Portland Roadster Show on March 18/20, 2016 at the Portland Expo Center. Build time 1 year.

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2014 FORD RAPTOR F150 ½ Ton PU

Daily driver. For power a 6.2 L 405 h/p  w / 6 speed Auto trans and 4 WD.  This limited edition Ford features the custom all leather interior package with all the bells and whistles you can put on a parts truck for the office.  The candy maroon red color with black accented trim on that crew cab looks inviting for any two six and seven foot caretaker owners.

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2009 CHEV Z06 CORVETTE

Sporting a LS7 662 h/p dialed in up to 800 plus h/p. Featuring a carbon fiber wrapped custom top and front air foil, custom one off laser vented hood, a gorgeous Corvette Red finish on the body with a black-on-black rear spoiler.  She’s running D-2 forged 20” wheels on all four corners and this baby can get up and turn some numbers.  She’s won her share of trophies and it’s a true Colton Custom Rod as she is detailed spotless inside and out to perfection. Always a refined work in progress.

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2007 BIG BEAR CHOPPER

S&S 124 ci for power creates 124 h/p to the rear axle featuring Super Ride rubber 300mm wide  on the rear and 80mm up front giving this long (9’ 6”) and low chopper its on the ground stance.  The Rattlesnake Chopper color is highlighted with flamed out striping and graphics by world class pinstriper Mitch Kim of Portland, Oregon.  Keeping his Grace free from any harm, Del rides this on the ground chopper as a boy toy only. However I have been witness to the fact that Grace, on more than one occasion, has shown up at car and bike shows in her tricked out Corvette to haul home your boy toy chopper’s winning trophies. She’s is a beauty and your choppers not bad either! The choppers build time was about 3 months.

All for the Love of Street Rods & Custom Cars

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Let me introduce you to a man that loves fast and fancy cars so much that he belongs to the Cascade Plymouth Car Club locally, The National Desoto Car Club and the Walter P. Chrysler International Automobile Club of America and beyond. Now one would think this dude loves nothing but Mopar cars? WRONG! He actually loves all flavors of autos that are fast, fancy and long—the longer the better. Did I mention that he also belongs to the local Rose City Thunderbird car club, The Cadillac LaSalle car club and is an active member in good standing with the Pharaohs Street Rodders Car Club here in Portland, Oregon? We at R & R NW Publications are proud to introduce you to a few of Mr. Brad Groff’s automobile artistic creations “All for the Love of Classic Custom Cars “ for December 2015.

Mr. Groff is a true Oregonian, born a mere 55 years ago right here in beautiful Portland, where he attended Grant High School and had fun for a few years in the auto shop classes. At 15 years of age, the story goes that he purchased his first ride, a ’66 Chevrolet Malibu 2 Dr H/T. Now he is a self-taught automobile operator, teaching himself how to drive. He swears he practiced for a full year in the family driveway, forwards and backwards, never once wandering out into real traffic in preparation for his 16th “B”day. Then it was off to the Oregon DMV in that ’66 Chevy Malibu, all shined up, where he promptly flunked the driving test.

Not to worry, Brad has a flawless driving record today, and makes his home in the Alameda area of Portland and his fantastic family of friends, include a nine year old Boxer dog named Dash and a wonderful 17 year old kitty cat named Waffle. Of the 20 plus cars Brad has shown over the years around the Pacific Northwest, I can’t ever remember one of them that wasn’t fast, fancy and fantastically flawless in their true creative wonder. From his delicious Rolls-Royce, His Ford “T” Bird and his Corvette Stingray along, with a host of others, Brad is truly a car kind of guy.  We at R&R NW Publication would like to thank you for sharing your story with us and our thousands of readers all over the Pacific Northwest “All for the Love of Classic Custom Cars.”

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1960 De Soto Adventurer 2 dr H/T

Featuring for power a ’63 413 ci Chrysler Imperial V8 with stock tranny and rear-end. The deep Adventurer Desoto Red color really makes the lines on this beauty come alive. She sports w/w on all four corners, showing off a full set of Desoto wire wheels to finish this ride off in style. For the interior, a quality black and grey leather add a nice touch. This is truly another Brad Groff super cherry flawless winning ride, as featured at the 2015 Portland Roadster show, a real winner where ever she shows.

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1958 Plymouth Belvedere Convertible

For power she sports a 350 ci Golden Commando power plant with a high cam and dual quad intake with a three speed torque flight tranny. She features all electronic ignition plus disc brakes on all four. The w/w with deep polished chrome wire wheels and the Fury Bright Red color and trim really do a number on this gorgeous Plymouth Belvedere. She wears a delicious red and white interior with a touch of class. Nice ride and another winning featured car at the Portland, Salem and Eugene Car Shows.

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1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

Very limited edition. Powered with a stock 390 ci mean and lean all-Caddy, she’s all stock from the tip of the nose to the tip of those wild tail fin taillights out back, a mere 19’4 ½” long. The official color on this beautiful Cadillac is Sierre-Rose, with Eldorado trim and a gorgeous interior in lilac and white deep tucked leather. She sports W/W on those super Caddy wire wheels on all four corners. This is a fairly new ride for Brad and we look forward for you to see it in person at the 60th Portland Roadster show come March 18-20, 2016 at the Portland Expo Center.

All for the Love of Street Rods & Custom Classic Cars

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Mike and Denise Gies make their home in Damascus, Oregon about a ¼ mile from the home shop of the world class Wescott’s Auto Restyling Enterprises. Over the years Mike and the late Dee Wescott became pretty good friends. If Mike needed a part to finish one of his rebuilds and Dee didn’t have it in stock Mr. Wescott just took the time and made it for him.That’s what Mike remembers about the one and only great Dee Wescott.  Mike Gies is a fella that’s been known around the street rod and custom car community for quite a number of years here in Portland. From a 1912 Jackson Speedster of a few years back to over 100 custom cars and street rods that he and wife Denise have owned and rebuilt, refinished and redefined to perfection before turning them back out into the world of hot-rodding. We at R&R NW Publications are excited to bring you about seven of their finished rides to market.

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1932 FORD FULL FENDER ROADSTER
350 Chev for power/350 Turbo trans/9” Ford rear/creamy tan colored rolled and pleated interior/deep baby blue color with matching blue wheels/chrome beauty rings and baby moons on all four corners really sets this ride off in style. A super clean and neat ’32 roadster complete with Road-Agents Member Plaque.

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1964 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY ROADSTER
Pretty much stock. Powered with a totally rebuilt 327 ci 350 hp. Stock body and interior with stock color inside and out. She sports a solid stingray hardtop hangin’ in the garage back at the Gies home along with a couple more automobile projects under construction.

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1931 FORD PICKUP                          
Pretty much stock what you see is what you get. She is sporting a delicious non-stock candy maroon paint job with shiny black fenders. Seen with Mike in center is fellow Road Agents Jim Gravitt and Jim Mannthey.

1931 FORD 5 WINDOW COUPE
With 350 Chev for power and 350 Turbo trans. 9” Ford rear-end. Dropped independent front with polished American Cragars on all four corners. Candy maroon paint w/root beer fenders make this ride come alive.

 

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1912 JACKSON SPEEDSTER
(From 1912 Indy 500) 4 CYL 60 HP, 3 SP Tranny, 26” race tires, 2 Seater/Cordovan leather covered, from the brass headlights to the leather covered tool chest on the rear. She carried 15 gal of petro. Racin-red color body/shiny black fenders w/wood step.  Placed 10th in the Indy that year.

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1929 FORD MODEL A WODDIE WAGON
A surfin’/haulin’ machine w/350 Chev for power/350 turbo tranny/8” Ford rear set on a ‘32 chassis. Dropped front end and disc brakes all the way around and she’s wearing red painted artillery spoked wheels w/Baby Moons on all four corners. A sweet little one of a kind ride.

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1941 FORD BUSINESS COUPE
Built in Portland in the late 60s, this is one fantastic creation of hot rodding history to the Pacific Northwest and beyond. She’s powered with a 1967 Corvette 327 ci 350 hp. V8/Muncie 4 speed trans with Hurst Shifter/Parallel Leaf ’57 Chev rear end/body chopped 4.25 Inches, nosed and decked, frenched headlights, ’59 Cad tail lights, dual “Appleton” style spotlights. Lowered over-all 8 inches with dropped axle. Custom dash with Stewart Warner gauges, A/C and heat, plus a beautiful all leather interior to match this gorgeous built automotive work of art. She sports a full set of skirts on the rear, classic wide whites and three bar Old’s fiesta full caps up front.
The Candy Apple Red paint with the very period flames truly make this a show car that will live on and on in the world of classic custom creations. She has won Best of Show and First Place trophies all over the west coast when-ever and wherever she is shown.

Mike and Denise are soon to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary and enjoy seeing and spending time with their three grandchildren in the big sky country of Montana. Mike spent several years in Montana in the US Air Force back in the sixties at the base in Great Falls. He accepted the assignment to relocate back to the Portland area and worked out of the Oregon Air National Guard recruiting office back in 1992.
After 23 years in the Oregon Air National Guard and the regular Air Force, Mike retired and is enjoying his well earned retirement working on his true commission, and that is building custom cars. Denise is an educator and has worked in the Gresham-Barlow school system for over 15 years. She loves assisting Mike with their car projects. She did comment that sometimes she gets a little more attached to the cars than Mike does and she hates to see them almost finished with the repairs. As on more than one occasion the car was there when she went to school in the a.m. and gone when she returned in the p.m.,  and she didn’t even have the opportunity to say goodbye. Mike’s true thrill in life is to hang-on to these fantastic automobile creations just long enough to make them a little better than they were, and then say goodbye and let them go off to a new home and the excited new owners.

We at R&R NW Publications like your style Mike and Denise, and we would like to thank you for sharing your story with us and our thousands of readers all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond. “All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Classic Cars.“

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The year is 1936 in a small community in Southern California where a young couple are welcoming a brand new baby boy into the Marval family. They named this little guy Johnny. Now a few miles away and one year later in Pomona, California a new baby girl is being welcomed into her family and they name her JoAnn. The interesting facts of the times are Johnny and JoAnn met, fell in love and married in 1959 and together they have created some Marvalous Custom Cars and Street Rods of World Class dimension. We at R&R NW Publication are excited to bring you five of Mr. & Mrs. Marval’s sweetheart rides.

JoAnn Marval has had an interesting ride along the way with her talented husband John. Out of high school and away to Santa Ana College where John did his thing in the music department at the same time built a few street rods and custom cars. His love of cars almost outlived the love of music until Mr. Marval met a young couple by the name Sonny & Cher, who just happen to need a back-up bass player. So from about 1962 to the early seventies John found himself working for not only Sonny & Cher but for the likes of Ike & Tina Turner, as well as the Righteous Brothers. Wow, this is some pretty good company Mr. Marval was creating music with. John and JoAnn relocated from Southern Cal. to Southern Oregon in the mid-seventies so one might say that most of these custom car creative wonders were built by Oregonians. John and JoAnn have been active members of the Rogue Valley Street Rods for the past ten years.

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1967 Chev SS/RS Camaro Convertible with a 350 for power and a 350 turbo trans, 12 bolt rear end. BF Goodrich on all four corners with rally ’67 wheels and hubs. This black-on-black beauty is flawless inside and out. A real crowd pleaser wherever she goes.

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1958 Chev Impala hard top with a 348 ci for power and a 3 speed stick transmission. Another Black Beauty with a white top and pretty much everything else is stock, what you see is what you get. A mighty classic ride for a daily driver.

1952 Chev two door hard-top with a GMC inline 6 running a stock trans and rear-end. She has a delicious powder blue body with a white top and a gorgeous tuck and roll white and blue interior put together down in T.J. Mexico.

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1919 Ford Model “T” Center Door. This is a world class build and it took over ten years to complete this unbelievable artistic work of automobile wonder. Every inch of this car was completely refinished. She sports a 302 Ford for power with a C-4 auto trans and fully tricked out and polished Jaguar rear end. Front end suspension is by Kugel. Fabrication and Dakota Digital by Ron Smith. The color on this million dollar creation is “toad green” with graphics by Tommy Carr and pin striping by Tippett. Interior is a creamy white color in rich leather by Jerry’s Upholstery. BF Goodrich tires on all four with polished wheels by Vintques. This is truly one of the world’s most beautiful street rods and custom car creations. She has won over eighty First Place and Best of Show awards all over the West Coast since her debut in 2006 at the Rogue Valley Street Rod Southern Oregon Rod & Custom Show in Central Point Oregon.

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1928 Ford Model A Roadster. A persistent six year build time to complete this one special little ride. A tricked out ’56 Buick Nail Head for power with a 4 speed Saginaw trans and an early Ford Billet Quick Change by Winters Rear-end. The front end is by Kugel and the track nose custom work from John Petty.  Total frame, front and rear fabrication by Ron Smith. A delicious black leather interior and top by Gary Merriman. The color on this award winner is Pearl Tangerine, painted by Bill Tyler and she really comes alive when the show lights hit it. She sports BF Goodrich tires with the 10” Halibrand wheels on the rear and the 10 spoke polished up front add to the excitement on this unbelievable roadster. She has won her share of Best of Show and First Place Awards in the past three years.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. John Marval about ten years ago down in Grants Pass at a week–long festival and car show and he is a true first class gentleman in the world of street rodders and custom car enthusiasts. I can see how and why Sonny and Cher and the Righteous Bros. back in their day took a liking to our John Marval. From the time he spent in the US Army as a singer and musician and then off to Korea as a radio operator, John will be the first to admit his life finally got going with a real future after he met his one and only JoAnn. Together they have two fantastic sons that have grown to adulthood and they too love and enjoy the automobile artistic wonders that Dad and Mom have created over the years. They both are very proud of their beautiful parents and are always very helpful, now that Mom and Dad are getting into those twilight years in age.

We at R&R NW Publication would like to thank both of you for sharing your wonderful artistic automobile creations with our thousands of readers all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond.  “All for the Love of Street Rods and Custom Classic Cars.”

Oh Yes! One more thing Mr. Marvalous, Happy 79th Birthday back on August 10th and a special Happy 78th to you Mrs. Marvalous, on your upcoming birthday.

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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.”