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Boyd Coddington dies

Discussion in 'Balboa Park' started by Game123, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Game123

    Game123 Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2006
  2. sdbound

    sdbound Well-Known Member

    Jul 21, 2006
    Some of Boyd Coddington's work,

    Bud Light '36 Roadster


    This 1936 Ford began life as a coupe, that all changed once it arrived at Boyd Coddington's Garage. The 36, commissioned by Bud Light (Anheuser-Busch) and built on the Discovery Channel hit show, American Hot Rod, was to be transformed into a roadster. Once the guys had the top cut off and all of the metal work completed a few coats of Bud Light blue were applied. The body now rides on an all new chassis with Boyd Coddington suspension and wheels riding on Goodyear tires. Under the hood lies a new 383 small block Chevy with a 4L60E automatic transmission bolted to it. Once the car was completed it began it's journey accross the Country attending numerous car shows and Bud Light events.

    '42 Woodie


    This '42 Woody started life as nothing more then an idea on paper. Boyd took that idea to Marcel and sons to create the one-off body. Once done, the body was taken to the shop and mated to an Art Morrison chassis. Once completed the Woody was flown to Hawaii for its unveiling with the whole crew.

    '54 Corvette


    In 1953 Chevrolet introduced what was to be considered the first American sports car. With an anemic Blue Flame six the only engine choice and an ancient suspension about the only thing that made it a sports car was it's two passenger only seating. Jump 51 years into the future, and ad a little Boyd Coddington magic, and the little Vette's shortcomings would soon be corrected. Boyd and customer Ron Pratt decided to build a '54 Corvette, and the build would also be filmed and a series produced for the hit show "American Hot Rod".

    With an unveiling planned for the 2005 SEMA show only 8 weeks away, Boyd would need to find a donor car quickly..

    Although it proved to be difficult locating a decent body, one was obtained nearby and brought back to the shop for evaluation. With the body shop crew straightening out the body, the hot rod shop focused on the chassis, the transformation was well underway. Boyd turned to Art Morrison for a custom chassis. Once this arrived at the Boyd's garage the crew bolted in a independent front suspension and a C5 rear suspension. These pieces combined would turn the little Vette into a canyon carver. The original six cylinder was certainly not an option on this project, nothing less then an LS2 backed by a Richmond 5-speed would be acceptable.

    Two things are the most important on any car, stance and wheel and tire combo. With stance already handled, wheels and tires were next.

    Only a set of one-off design wheels would be appropriate for a car of this caliber, so, Boyd chose the newest version to come out of the Coddington stable, the Flare's. This design keeps a traditional 5- spoke design, however, adds a modern spin. 20" Goodyear tires were wrapped around the Flare's to complete the package.

    Most '53 and '54 Corvette's came out of the factory white, for this Vette to stand out Dupont Boyd Mellow Yellow was picked. Once the body work was completed Bernt Carlson laid on a few coats followed by the prerequisite color sanding and buffing to get the mirror finish.

    The car then made it's way to Gabe Lopez. He and his crew went to work for a short couple of days to install the new carpet and yards of tan leather. In keeping with the sports car tradition and little design influence was borrowed from Ferrari with some dark brown stripes added to the seat inserts.

    Once Gabe finished, the Vette made it's way back to Boyd's for some final touches. Then, it was on the truck and off to Vegas and the unveiling, now proudly sporting the look and performance allowing it to be considered a true American Sports Car. Once uncovered, Boyd let the crowd of onlookers know this car was to be dedicated to friend and employee Roy Schmidt, who had recently lost his battle with cancer and will truly be missed.

    When asked about the most difficult aspect of the build, Boyd replied "the toughest part of this car really had nothing to do with the car at all, my good friend Roy was really ill, and he passed away. Knowing I would never come in the shop and talk to or see him again was pretty rough." he went on to say "seeing Ron and Jeanna Pratt's reaction when we unveiled the car at SEMA was great, but, not the same without Roy."

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