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May 21, 2015 by Hot Rods by Boyd

Hot Rods by Boyd Circa 1982

I might have only been 8 years old at the time but I remember this scene very well. This was behind the shop on Orange Ave which was located behind my parents house in Buena Park, CA. This covered car port would later become enclosed and become part storage and part my dad’s office. This was during an era when most other hot rodders and my dad’s friends all had shops at their houses. For me having a Bridgeport mill and welders in your garage was normal. How things have changed but oh how they have stayed the same in some way. A passion for cars and a focus on building cool stuff is still the main focus. I miss those days as a kid running around the shop(backyard), riding my bike up and down the driveway making sure to stay clear of the finished cars that were coming and going. Hot Rods by Boyd would later move onto Monroe St in Stanton, CA where some of the greats like Cadzilla, Chezoom, and Aluma Coupe among others were built.

Hot Rods by Boyd Orange Ave

August 22, 2012 by Hot Rods by Boyd

Early Boyd Build 1929 2 Door Sedan

I came across some old pictures of the very first car to be built at the Orange Ave location. This 1929 2 door sedan was started sometime after my family moved to Orange Ave and the back garage was built. This car predates the Vern Luce coupe which was built in the same location.  You can tell by the pictures that the clean ‘Boyd Look’ was starting to take shape early on. The “look” that would really take shape with the Vern Luce coupe and continue on from there. The day the customer came to the shop to take delivery of it he asked my dad if he could do a little burnout as he left. Thinking the customer was joking since he surely wouldn’t want to hammer down on the blown 350 in the first few seconds that he owned and drove the car away my dad joked back ,”Sure. Roast the tires off the thing”. Being the wild character that the customer was he rolled out onto Orange Ave and hammered it. Smoked the tires and went down Orange Ave sideways in two directions. When the customer got home the phone was ringing and it was my dad calling ” What the hell were you thinking?” The customer just laughed and said “You told me to roast the tires off the thing” . Here are some pics from that first build here at Orange Ave.