Boyd Coddington’s “Chezoom” Is A Custom Shoebox Favorite!

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One of Boyd Coddington’s most radical hot rods, and probably one of the most radical custom Tri-Fives ever built, the “Chezoom” was built for owner and CEO of Mr. Gasket, Joe Hrudka. While Coddington had been showing Hrudka some renditions by Thom Taylor of what a modern, ’57 Chevy might look like, Hrudka exclaimed, “I’ll take one!” From there, the idea behind Coddington’s “Chezoom” was born.

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The radical shoebox started life as a stock, ’57 Chevy two-door hardtop. From there, a custom tube chassis was built and fitted with front and rear suspension from an ’85 ‘Vette. The Chezoom’s drivetrain consisted of a 300-horse, LT1 350 with a 700R4 transmission, and the custom carriage rode on Boyd Coddington’s own, 17-inch billet aluminum wheels.

One of Coddington’s most famous customs, the “Chezoom” set a whole new standard for Tri-Five, Chevy customizing. Since its creation, the custom ’57 has enjoyed minor modifications, along with a substantial upgrade in 2004. The LT1 motor under the hood is definitely not a “fire-breather,” but with the Chezoom, as with many of Boyd Coddington’s creations, the emphasis is on creating a “Turtle Wax” clean, custom street rod that lives its life as a sculpture, and not as a race horse.

Though Coddington himself is no longer with us, his memory lingers strong through his now-famous Chezoom hot rod. The Boyd Coddington style of rod-building is well-represented through the radical ’57, and if leaving behind a custom-rodding legacy wasn’t enough, Boyd’s “Peacock Teal” Bel Air sold for $372,600 in 2005 at Barrett Jackson.

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Salvatore Alaimo

After graduating from California State University, Northridge, California, Sal Alaimo Jr. has continued with his passion of the automotive industry. Alaimo's been an auto enthusiast since his early years, and grew up learning about cars from his father, Sal Alaimo Sr. If its got a set of fat rear tires and 8-cylinders, Alaimo Jr. is all for it. Today, Alaimo Jr. brings with him a pool of enthusiasm and pride as a contributing freelance writer for Chevy Hardcore.
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