The Boyd Era

I have written a little about my association with the legendary Boyd Coddington in the past but thought I would tell you how I met him and became quite involved with him over my years with General Motors. I first arrived in LA in 1984 on a transfer from MN, where I was the Zone Manager. This new assignment was to run our GMC Truck Center and build a new plant on our GM Parts property in Santa Fe Springs. During the new experience, I became involved with several people in the Hot Rod building business.

We had several large trucks on loan to some of these builders but not Boyd. I actually met Boyd at Chuck Lombardo’s California Street Rods who had purchased an Astro from one of our sponsorships. Boyd and I eventually hooked up when I started to customize our new 1988 pickups. I was amazed at Boyd’s ability to predict trends and promote them through his shop in Stanton. Our new plant was complete. And we started to capitalize on the new truck and potential buyers across the US. Boyd built most of them but others also were used to keep up with the demand.

Boyd, soon became a supplier of his famous Billet wheels for trucks. And we became a stocking dealer in our GM Pro Shop, the first in LA. The wheels sold exceptionally well and we could finance them through our sale of the new truck. Boyd and I worked together on building vehicles for the SEMA Show and other major Hot Rod events.

He was also growing and went public with his wheels business. I moved on to a Staff position in the field but our friendship lasted until his passing. I owe a lot of my success in GM to using his marketing and vision. The market was ready for his ideas to use in my marketing skills. He was the mover and shaker in the 80 and 90’s and his smooth look prevailed for many years. He is probably most remembered for his TV show, American Hot Rod, which he filmed at his new shop.

While some people did not like him due to his success, he was a very good person inside and helped people in need on many occasions. He was approachable and you just had to get to know him to understand the brilliance he possesed for building and promoting his business. I am fortunate enough to be the caretaker of one of his creations which he built a clone for me. I will be forever grateful for all he did for me and General Motors.

Stay Tooned!


This is how my 3- window looked when I first met Boyd. Steve Davis had done all the metal work.

This is the finished version as it looks today. The car is still in the LA area.
Boyd built my chassis for the roadster and also for the 3 window.
Boyd built his chassis basically using one design and used rails from Just-A-Hobby an others.
He used the latest engines when they became available and also increase his suspension parts to some new ideas.
I first fell in love with this Wescott 33 he built for a customer.
Steve Davis bobbed the rear fenders and added the rear pan.
Tekii added the solid firewall adding the beads. Someone later cut the firewall.

One of the several owners over the years replaced the interior.

Boyd built Larry Murray a Thom Taylor AMBR winner.
Truck were a plus business for Boyd and his team could turn them out in a couple of weeks.
Boyd had a quality crew and a good boss in DianeBoyd.
Boyd loved the his cars and the used car subsidy he controlled with Ron.
My daughter loves the Boyd roadster and remembers mine from years ago.
Boyd loved the look of 33 hoboes and so did Jamie! Boyd painted it black when he bought it back.
My old coupe was purchased by Walt and driven to a few events. He changed the wheels to Boyds later on.
Boyd always had drawings by noted automotive stylist do a rendering prior to the build.
Boyd’s real love was hand built cars with futuristic style.
He also liked aluminum to build his concepts..

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