View Full Version : Whats happening at Boyds these days?


68roadrunner
08-25-2010, 08:24 PM
Due to not owning a TV for 14months,What happened at Boyds? Is it still going,I got to where Mickey? and Charlie left to work for Foose etc,what happened to that Dwayne? bloke,
Does the place still make Rods etc, is it still on TV, I suppose most of the infrastructure dissapeared after the 'old man' passed.

Stuart in MN
08-25-2010, 08:42 PM
They shut the shop down in June 2008.

ZRX61
08-25-2010, 08:46 PM
Not heard hide nor hair of the place since the chief chump died. I imagine dwayne is out of work. That show pretty much garanteed no one else would EVER hire that idiot.

metal1313
08-25-2010, 08:50 PM
didnt they get into a heap of trouble with the cali gov over immisions stuff too?

ZRX61
08-25-2010, 09:08 PM
Dan (the real talent) opened this place:
http://local.yahoo.com/info-49365943-poor-boys-hot-rod-la-habra

& the two idiots (duane & bernt) opened this place:
http://americanhotrodsinc.com/

jake00
08-25-2010, 09:16 PM
that Duane jagbag worked briefly for West coast customs and was shown on the tv series street customs...

that guy really sucks

ZRX61
08-25-2010, 09:29 PM
didnt they get into a heap of trouble with the cali gov over immisions stuff too?


*Questionable* registrations..

68roadrunner
08-25-2010, 09:37 PM
Wow! Thats seems like a bad ending to a long Est buisness then? So pretty much everyone faded away? I thought Id not read anything in Hot Rod etc for a long time,Id would have thought someone would have 'bought up' the name etc,you know-like the Japs? owning Moon eyes. You (most) guys arn't losing much sleep over it I see!!! (I was never a lover of how they all went about their work) Did they-whoever-sell all his cars off at auction? Did his missus dissappear with trash bags full o cash then?
Sorry for all the questions, I somehow feel a 'bit sad' that it all died off-not the products-mainly the scenario. Thanks for answering.

Professur
08-25-2010, 10:09 PM
Boyd wasn't the most honest businessman going. The story I heard was when he knew his creditors were coming to lock his doors, he got his stuff the hell outta there, but left the customer's stuff to be grabbed. His chief designer caught wind of it and got the customer's stuff hidden elsewhere too, leaving nothing for the creditors to grab... so they went after the stuff they knew Boyd had hidden. He never did forgive Foose for interfering with him.

scott37300
08-25-2010, 10:38 PM
Wow I totally missed hearing he passed away. I just googled his name and learned all sorts of stuff I guess I missed. I used to watch his show once in a while. He went threw a lot of employees. I liked the old guy that did the old school metal work that passed away when the show was on. Think his name was Roy. Boyd seemed like a decent guy to work for. Seemed like if you gave a good days work he treated you well. Took his employees all over and did lots of stuff for them but also expected them to work many hours every week.

Just read that one of his customers filed bankruptcy and boyd lost almost 500,000 from that. Then the emission issue, guess he was registering cars he built as antiques to get around the emission but the government said he changed to many things on the cars to make them antiques.

tonydanzah
08-26-2010, 12:16 AM
wasn't that idiot blue bear really his son from his first marriage?

mitchell stewart
08-26-2010, 01:41 AM
What? Boyd died.

sumobro1
08-26-2010, 02:05 AM
lol yeah...shady bastard

eborcim
08-26-2010, 07:56 AM
from the net, but probably needs some updating


Crew membersBoyd Coddington (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boyd_Coddington): owner, died on February 27, 2008 from complications from recent surgery.
Duane Mayer: Projects Supervisor: now runs his own shop, American Hot Rods Inc.
Lee Hayes: Metal worker
Dan Sobieski: Fabricator/assembler
Bernt Karlsson: Body Shop Supervisor, now runs his own shop with Duane Mayer
Justin Bergsto: Body Shop worker
Rafael Garcia: Body Shop worker, now works at American Hot Rods Inc
Departures (in order of exit) Chad "Bluebear" Geary, fired for insubordination during the rat rod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_rod) build-off. Against Boyd's implicit orders, Bluebear insisted on building the car like an old-school (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old-school) hot rod (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_rod) without boxed frame rails.
Al Simon: Chassis builder, left after the rat rod build-off though subsequently returned to the shop.
Charley Hutton: Bodyshop supervisor, leaves Boyd's company after deciding to go work for competitor Chip Foose (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chip_Foose) during the 42 Woodie build. Despite offering to return after the work was completed, Boyd said it was a gross breach of trust and told him never to come back. Hutton later appeared on the show Rides (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rides_(American_TV_series)), it said he worked for Chip Foose and won a Ridler Award (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ridler_Award). Later Hutton appeared on Overhaulin' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overhaulin%27). He subsequently opened his own custom paint shop in Idaho (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idaho).
Andrew "Beetle Bailey" Petterson: Bodyshop worker, left at the same as Hutton and went to work for Chip Foose.
Mike Curtis: Machine Shop Supervisor, fired for designing motor cycle wheels for competitor Chip Foose in his free time. Curtis later appeared on Overhaulin'.
Roy Schmidt: Metal worker, died, aged 64, after a long battle with lung cancer.
Thomas Loddby: Fabricator/Assembler, left to start a shipping business but later returned to work part-time.
Brad Johnston: Fabricator/assembler, left after failing to turn up for work on a Saturday during the 61 Impala Bubbletop build. Accused Duane of bullying and Boyd for never being around the shop.
Scott Parker: Fabricator/Assembler, left to work for himself but ended up working for Chip Foose.
Willie Johnstone: Bodyshop painter, returned to New Zealand (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand) and opened his own custom paint shop in Tauranga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tauranga).
Liz Miles left the company, as claimed by the company's statement, after the show's producer set Liz up to work on Jos Hot Rod. But according to Miles's biography, she was asked to leave the company because of issues with Boyd's wife, Jo Coddington.[2] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Hot_Rod#cite_note-1) She subsequently joined Popular Hot Rodding (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popular_Hot_Rodding) magazine as its Tech Editor.[3] (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Hot_Rod#cite_note-2)

Professur
08-26-2010, 08:04 AM
One omission on that. Mike Curtis may or may not have been on his own time, but he was using the computer at Boyd's. That firing was one of the precious few decisions he made that I agreed with.

billspit
08-26-2010, 08:04 AM
He never did forgive Foose for interfering with him.

Just thow did Foose "interfere" with him? All I knew was that Foose previously worked for him and left. I think I could see why.

I also thought Charley and Jo were doing the hibbity jibbity.

JamieK
08-26-2010, 08:25 AM
Reading Duanes bio on the American Hotrod site, it said that he had Boyd build him a truck before he was working there. If he had enough money to do that, why did he have to end up working for Boyd?

Jononon
08-26-2010, 09:38 AM
Charley set up on his own, after leaving Foose. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sndeiacRxc0) He still paints for Foose and numerous others, seems like things are going well :) The comparison between his miserable shack at Boyd's, the shop at Foose and his current place is pretty dramatic!

Id would have thought someone would have 'bought up' the name etc

The sons aren't doing a great job of keeping his name alive (although they inherited at the worst possible moment, in terms of the economy), but Boyd Coddington Wheels and Sons of Boyd are both still trading.

bazzateer
08-26-2010, 10:40 AM
Always thought Charley was too nice a guy to work for that bunch of goons.

jayoldschool
08-26-2010, 12:09 PM
Let's not forget how Boyd screwed investors in "Boyds" wheels and steering wheels. The company went public, Boyd ran it into the ground, declared bankruptcy, then immediately opened the private company "Boyd Coddington" wheels. Using all the old equipment that the investors had bought, no doubt.

Jononon
08-26-2010, 12:45 PM
Always thought Charley was too nice a guy to work for that bunch of goons.

I couldn't agree more. I know the one thing that's 'real' about 'reality' TV is that it isn't, but I've never seen or read anything that suggests that he's other than an incredibly hard worker and a genuinely nice guy.

tatra
08-26-2010, 12:55 PM
blue bear was a goof.............kinda reminds me of a 19 year old..............:lol_hitti

AV8OR
08-26-2010, 01:53 PM
I always loved how the old hag who ran the accounting department was wife #1. I'm sure she and Boyd started with nothing with him doing the wrenching and she running the books.

I'm just guessing but when the marriage split the judge gave her half of the operation and to keep the business running she kept on keeping the books while Boyd was still out in the shop doing what he did best. Then Boyd scores the trophy wife and still has to deal with the ex every day at work......oh what a tangled web we weave.

Fedwrench
08-26-2010, 02:18 PM
You know you can't judge the man or his talents from that TV show with all of the made up crap that comes with being on TV. Think about every car maker that has been on TV and all of them except for maybe Chip Foose, run dysfunctional shops but, still mange to turn out cars.:headscrat

dkroth
08-26-2010, 02:21 PM
Let's not forget how Boyd screwed investors in "Boyds" wheels and steering wheels. The company went public, Boyd ran it into the ground, declared bankruptcy, then immediately opened the private company "Boyd Coddington" wheels. Using all the old equipment that the investors had bought, no doubt.

In one of the episodes Boyd "sold off the wheel business". I'm not shure how that plays into the scenario outlined here. The first wife went with that business, I think. Tricy deals aside, that was probably a sweet deal for Boyd. Someone else runs the business and he collects royalties on his name.

68roadrunner
08-26-2010, 10:44 PM
Wow! Thanks for the info guys,I didnt expect all that to have happened. Where the heck did all his cars go?
I predict in 10 years a Barrett Jackson type deal will emerge with a "Here Ladies and Gents we have the last XXXX cars built in Boyds workshop,we will start the bidding at $1,000,000- you cant buy this type of stuff anymore...etc, and here is wife #???? to sign a letter of authenticity..etc etc"
>predicts any Boyd car=Big cash in 10 years?<
Its amazing what(appears) to go on behind the scenes.:beer:

Grumpy365
08-26-2010, 11:55 PM
Just thow did Foose "interfere" with him? All I knew was that Foose previously worked for him and left. I think I could see why.

I also thought Charley and Jo were doing the hibbity jibbity.

It was my understanding "THE BOARD" made Foose the President of Hot Rod's by Boyd. Foose designed the Boydster and a bunch of others.

Boyd was pissed about Foose being made president and when Foose left to start his own shop and cherry picked the guys he wanted to take with him, Boyd flipped.

That is just the story I heard.

wantedabiggergarage
08-27-2010, 08:34 AM
Wow! Thanks for the info guys,I didnt expect all that to have happened. Where the heck did all his cars go?


Two years ago, the Barret Jackson sale had several. I would assume on his death, the people that actually bought and paid for their cars, were able to get them back from his "long term storage/display" BS.