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Boyd's Hauler
Modified Chevy Truck

  • Original year: 1998
  • Company: Testors
  • Scale: 1/24
  • Designer: Boyd Coddington (kit by David Carlock)

Boyd Coddington is famous for his understated, elegant approach to design. His rods are all awe-inspiring--but they invoke the reverence quietly and with great dignity. CheZoom, Aluma Coupe, Smoothster and others remain at the forefront of hot rod design, not because they a re flashy, but because they are just so right. Boyd's creations never waste energy. And so it is with his Hauler.

Built for a rock 'n roll star with deep pockets, the Hauler began as an everyday Chevy C-1500 1/2 ton, shortbed pickup. Out goes the engine and drivetrain and in goes a brand new Corvette LT-1 and a 700-R4 automatic transmission.

The truck was lowered and modified to accept Corvette independent rear suspension. Up front the Hauler is distinguished billet grill, and a sleek front bumper and air dam; the backend features a rolled pan and recessed license plate. A flush-mounted cover protects the bed. It wouldn't be a Boyd without the right shoes, so let's add a set of his asymmetrical billet wheels, and mount the "big and bigger" BF Goodrich tires. Now that's the way to build a truck!

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Dave's comments:

Another slick Boyd modification. Here's a contribution from a Rally fan on the "UN-named Rock Star" for whom this truck was customized:

The Unamed Rock Star is none other than Eddie Van Halen. The truck was built by Boyd as per Eddie's specs--he wanted a fast mothertrucker that handled like a Vette. Well, you see the result . I believe Street Rodder had an article describing the process. Thanks for a Great Site ! Gary Dray, Canada



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