Thread: Hot rodder Boyd Coddington passes away at 63

BigDaveOnBass - 2/28/2008 at 04:01 AM

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Boyd Coddington, car-building legend of the TV reality show 'American Hot Rod' dies at 63


This undated publicity photo released by The Discovery Channel shows car-building legend Boyd Coddington. Coddington, whose testosterone-injected cable TV reality show "American Hot Rod" introduced the nation to the West Coast hot rod guru, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, in Whittier, Calif. He was 63. (AP Photo/Discovery Channel)

LOS ANGELES Car-building legend Boyd Coddington, whose testosterone-injected cable TV reality show "American Hot Rod" introduced the nation to the West Coast hot rod guru, has died. He was 63.

Coddington died at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in suburban Whittier at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday. His La Habra office spokeswoman Amanda Curry wouldn't disclose the cause of death.

Coddington, who started building cars when he was 13 and once operated a gas station in Utah, set a standard for his workmanship and creativity, with his popular "Cadzilla" creation considered a design masterpiece. The customized car based on a 1950s Cadillac was built for rocker Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top.

"That was a groundbreaking car. Very cool," said Dick Messer, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.

"This was your modern era George Barris," Messer said. "He did things to hot rods and customs that weren't being done by anyone else. But the main thing is he designed cars that were drivable."

Coddington was a machinist by trade, working at Disneyland during the day and tinkering with cars in his home garage at night and on weekends. His rolling creations captured the imagination of car-crazy Southern Californians and soon he was building custom cars and making money.

Most often, he customized 1932 Ford "little deuce coupes."

"It was one of those things when a hobby turned into business," Messer said, noting Coddington was also "one of the first guys to get into the custom wheel business."

Wheels by Boyd were fetching $2,000 apiece, which was unheard of two decades ago.

Coddington also surrounded himself with talent. Alumni from his shop include Jesse James and Chip Foose, who went on to open their own shops and star in reality TV shows.

Coddington twice won the Daimler-Chrysler Design Excellence Award and he was inducted into the Grand National Roadster Show Hall of Fame, the National Rod & Custom Museum Hall of Fame and the Route 66 Wall of Fame.

Always dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, Coddington said he loved his "American Hot Rod" Discovery Channel show, which featured ground-up construction of $500,000 hot rods.

"The viewers are ... people who lived in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and loved these cars. Now, they have money," Coddington told The Associated Press in a 2004 interview.



On The Net:

http://www.boydcoddington.com


CowboyNeil - 2/28/2008 at 02:25 PM

Bummer, he was an artist when it came to building cars.

Ride on Boyd, ride on


LinnieXX - 2/28/2008 at 07:01 PM

i'm bummed. i get stuck watching this show all the time since i live with a gearhead, i liked the way he ran his shop.

sounds like this was sudden, he fell, was taken to the hospital......released, and two weeks later got an operation and died from complications. for them to have the funeral all planned is kinda surprising.....

quote:
"The viewers are ... people who lived in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and loved these cars. Now, they have money," Coddington told The Associated Press in a 2004 interview


well, some of them have the money anyway.....

RIP guy


alloak41 - 2/29/2008 at 02:20 AM


I wonder what happened? He looked pretty healthy for 63.

RIP Boyd...


bobbostern - 2/29/2008 at 07:59 PM

truly a great car maker its hard to find craftmanship like his. Ride on and nothing but Love.


BigDaveOnBass - 3/1/2008 at 03:49 PM

Boyd's web page has be deactivated...???


Peachfan8 - 3/2/2008 at 03:01 AM

Wow, this really sucks. My wife and I used to love watching American Hotrod, and then American Chopper!


ClayPelland - 3/2/2008 at 04:10 AM

This is a 1936 Ford Cabriolet that my dad built. The fenders, hood and rear end all came from Boyd Coddington.






Peachfan8 - 3/2/2008 at 11:26 PM

That's one bad@ss car Clay! I hope things are going well with you!


Jack - 3/3/2008 at 04:30 PM

Lil John Buttera who worked with Boyd and built a ton of very cool cars & bikes in his own right died within a few hours of Boyd.Two craftsmen who will be missed,RIP.


No1ToRunWith - 3/3/2008 at 05:30 PM

I did not know. So sad


CowboyNeil - 3/3/2008 at 05:35 PM

Clay that's a really fine car.


BigDaveOnBass - 3/3/2008 at 05:58 PM

I never did hear the cause of death. Anyone else?

I remember the name Lil John Buttera. Hadn't heard about him in eons.


Brucebcd - 3/3/2008 at 11:41 PM

quote:
I never did hear the cause of death. Anyone else?

I remember the name Lil John Buttera. Hadn't heard about him in eons.



Yeah, I remember Lil John from Drag Racing way back when...


BigDaveOnBass - 3/4/2008 at 12:01 AM

http://jalopnik.com/363084/lil-john-buttera-funny-car-legend-dead-at-67



Lil John Buttera, famous for making some of the most visually and technologically unique dragsters and funny cars, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Both an engineer and a designer, Buttera contributed to drag racing with cutting edge manufacturing techniques and aesthetic touches that helped increase the popularity of the sport in the 1970's. Some of his most famous designs include Don Prudhomme's Snake II, Mickey Thompson's Mach 1 and our personal favorite: the Wonder Wagon Vega driven by Don Schumacher.

Buttera's talent also extended to motorcylces, classic rods and even an Indy 500 racer. His passing comes only four days after the death of Boyd Coddington, who was both a fellow rodder and an old friend of Lil John. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.


bobkaufman - 3/6/2008 at 10:04 PM

I read somewhere that he fell and had an operation back in December or January. He had to go back in and he died from complication with surgery. Said he had diabetes and that was part of the complications. A real talented person for building cars and identifying other talented people.


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