The west side of Portland is all Audi and BMW, but drive around on the east side and you get a huge variety of rides. Sure, most of them are Subarus, Volvos and Saabs, but today it was this donkified Aerocoupe, of which only about 6000 were made. Rolling barely-ridiculous 22" chrome shoes, but otherwise stock, I had to include this boxy beauty queen.
The other day I was hanging out at my friend's coffee shop next to an old gas station. This sweet red '57 Chevy with a throaty rumble pulled in to top off the tank. It wasn't a Nomad, like I thought, in fact it wasn't even a Bel Air, but I sure didn't know the difference. It looked too damn good to let it get away without some photos and a feature here.
Guess some of my daily hints correctly and you could get your ride on this page. Today @barcdawg gets to enjoy his 1966 K30 Custom in profile. Powered by a built 454 and sitting on some 33" Mickey Thompsons on Mickey rims, this is one beautiful truck.
I'm just about finished with my personal collection of rides. I have mixed feelings about my van. On one hand, I watched a little too much Sons of Anarchy and every time their support van was used in the show I just wanted one. On the other hand, I get a lot of rape jokes because of the semi-murdered-out color scheme. Either way, this things is probably the most practical rig I've ever owned. AWD for the messy Portland winters, tons of seating and plenty of room for gear when I go camping -- if only the damn thing looked a little less umm.... rapey?
This is yet another car from my own history, although I would love to forget that I ever owned it. I wanted something with good MPGs, cheap, kinda fun... this did fit that criteria, but the top was a pain in the ass to remove/replace, the tiny 1.5L FWD setup was soul-sucking and I had to wear a disguise when I drove it so nobody would recognize me. After my brief ownership I sold it to my cousin for his first car... the clutch took a shit and I think this went to the junkyard. Good riddance.
A few blocks from my home there's a little shop that always has lowered classic metal parked out front. Tony's House of Kustom, it's called, and although I've driven by many times I've never stopped. They have almost no web presence, save for a Facebook page collecting dust. This beautiful 1963 Impala SS looks like it's just about finished, so I went ahead and finished it up for them.
Commission 25/26 (car #19/26) for Doug S in Portland OR. Rebuilding an abandoned house means lots of Home Depot trips. That means you need a truck, right? This beast once belonged to Doug's brother-in-law, then to his nephew, then ended up in his own driveway. It was involved in more than one accident thanks to his two kids, but in each case the insurance payout for repairs was more than the value of the truck.
Commission 20/26 (car #4/26) for Doug S in Portland OR. This was a pure work truck and was a nighmare to drive with a half-turn of play in the steering system.