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Boyd Coddington Wheels Feature Car of the Month – April 2021

Jason Wegner – 1965 Chevy Nova II

 

Over 20 years ago, I bought my 1965 Chevy II Nova as a drag car. I raced it on and off for about 5 years. Then it seemed, I just didn’t have the time to race and wrench on the car anymore.

The car sat in an enclosed trailer in our barn only getting it out for our yearly burnout. After that, I’d winterize the car and put it back in the trailer.

One day, a good friend of mine at work convinced me to take it to his garage so that we could start restoring it with the goal of putting it back on the road.  It started out with what was to be some simple body and interior work. Anyone who knows me knows that I wouldn’t stop there.

IMG 7553Today, the car has a 406 small block with an 8-71 blower. It sends its power to a Turbo 400 trans and a 9-inch, Mark Williams’s rear end. The car has a fully custom interior, and a Rockford Fosgate sound system.

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I have put a lot of time into this car with the help of some great friends and of course, my family.

Special thanks to my wife Audrey, my brother-in-law Brian, my friend Loren, Paul’s Auto Interiors (of Pontiac, Mi.) for the interior work, Howard and Gena from Boyd Coddington Wheels, and John Brown (of Clayton, Mi.) for the paint and bodywork. All of these people played an important role in this car’s  1st place win in the “Street Machine Custom” class at the 2020 Detroit Auto Rama!

The team at Boyd Coddington Wheels really helped me out of a tight spot. With their help, we were able to spec the correct spacing and offsets for my build.  Everyone knows that nailing the wheel fitments can make or break the look of the car.

I will be looking forward to burning these tires up, and working with the great team at Body Coddington Wheels again in the future.

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2021 Hot Rod Power Tour is a GO!!

Nope, this is no April Fool’s joke – it’s legit.

The HOT ROD Power Tour Driven by Continental Tire is now officially on for this year with firm dates set for August 23 to 27. The tour stops are all in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois for 2021, and to get the details on each stop, please check out the story here.

HOT ROD Power Tour Driven by Continental Tire is returning to the heartland of hot rod country, rolling through the Midwest beginning Monday, August 23 and finishing Friday, August 27, 2021. HOT ROD Power Tour gathers some of the finest hot rods and muscle cars from all over the country (sometimes the rest of the world, too) to drive through small-town America like one big happy family on a convoy. If you’ve ever wanted to tour the backroads and byways of this great country, there’s no better way to do it than on Power Tour where you can enjoy the adventure with thousands of like-minded enthusiasts and friends.

Now that the 2021 Hot Rod Power Tour is a go, What should you expect? How about 5,000 participants? And of course, lots of cars riding on Boyd Coddington Wheels.

You can join along for all the Power Tour fun in multiple ways: pick a stop on the Tour and come check out all the action as a spectator, sign up to cruise with us for a day or two, or become a HOT ROD Power Tour Long Hauler and enjoy the journey from start to finish with all the HOT ROD editors.

Before You Go

Be sure you thoroughly inspect your tires and wheels. Nothing is worse than being stranded with tire or wheel problems.  Maybe this is the right time to update the look of your car with a new set of wheels. Would be nice to show that off, right?

We’re happy to help. There’s still time to build a custom set for you before the mad rush of the Summer season. Check out all of our styles.  SHOP NOW.

If you have questions, contact us by phone to discuss your needs. Remember that you can have custom offsets and widths. There are many options for street rods, pro street, resto-rods,  pickups and modern muscle cars. Update your ride in time for the Hot Rod Power Tour.

 

HOT ROD Power Tour 2021 Schedule

  • KICKOFF / Day 1: Monday, Aug. 23 – Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio
  • Day 2: Tuesday, Aug. 24 – Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Dayton, Ohio
  • Day 3: Wednesday, Aug. 25 – Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis
  • Day 4: Thursday, Aug. 26 – World Wide Technology Raceway, St. Louis
  • Day 5: Friday, Aug. 27 – State Farm Center, Champaign, Illinois

For more info, go to the Hot Rod website.

 

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Vintage Boyd Coddington Wheels

Vintage Boyd Coddington Wheels are growing in popularity. While several of the classic styles live on either with or without revisions, there’s still demand for the truly vintage, aka discontinued wheels.

There’s at least one Facebook group dedicated to sourcing and selling these wheels. There’s also a dedicated Facebook page JUST for finding JUST ONE WHEEL  Which means if you just need one wheel (because one of yours is damaged), you can go to this group.

While many people update the look of their cars over the years, there are many who want to keep their cars or trucks “period-correct.” This of course, is totally understandable.

Generally speaking, wheel styles come and go. Trends like directional wheels were hot in the ’70s and ’80s but by the 1990s, that trend started to fade away. Then suddenly, started to make a comeback in some circles.

Manufacturers of wheels are driven by demand – if a particular style is selling well, production continues. When a style falls out of favor and is usually discontinued.

After a while, the tooling is retired or the CAD files are lost or deleted or become outdated.  As such, once a wheel style is discontinued, the economics of resuscitating the style is not economically feasible given low demand.

 

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GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND FOR FINDING VINTAGE BOYD CODDINGTON WHEELS

Another way to find businesses that specialize in discontinued parts is to use the power of Google search terms. Ex: “vintage body Coddington wheels for sale” or “discontinued body Coddington wheels for sale.”

Another company that pops is this company, www.billetwheel.com.  Although their website is pretty dated, as of this writing, they’re still going strong.

 

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SOCIAL MEDIA CLASSIFIED GROUPS

The power of social media is amazing. Why some lifelong hot rodders may have never found much need of the internet, this is what it’s for: finding car parts.

No matter what you want, if you type that phrase and search for “Groups” on Facebook, you’ll probably find thousands of like-minded people. Try it for yourself.

Here’s how to find Groups on Facebook.

Facebook groups are amazing in that you can find almost anything you want there. It can be a rabbit hole because you can use the search section to narrow your search.

 

CENTER CAPS

There’s a booming business for sourcing center caps of old wheels, including Boyd Coddington vintage wheels. This company is one of them.

Center caps for Boyd Coddington vintage wheels are especially hard to come by. Perhaps because that’s just the nature of this niche – as cars get passed on to new owners, it’s only natural for new owners to change things up a bit. As such, wheels and tires are often replaced with the newer style du jour.

These resources constitute what we would call the low-hanging fruit. By that, we mean that these are sources that are still active here in Spring of 2021. As time passes, it’s natural to expect that those used parts that still exist will disappear sooner or later. As they get rarer and rarer, you can expect prices to rise.

While many of us take the preservation of our cars very seriously, at some point, it becomes an overwhelming challenge.

If you live in a foreign country, it because especially challenging. Language barriers are a big problem when someone is using Google search. This only complicates a collector’s search and serves to frustrate the collector.

For those who are thinking about switching to a newer style wheel, feel free to browse our catalog.

Using the resources above should be your starting point. If unsuccessful, drop us an email at Sales@boydcoddingtonwheels.com or call us M-F 8:30 AM to 5::00 PM  Eastern USA time (UTC -4) at +1  865-333-5200   The call is FREE.

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Michelin North America announced price increases up to 5% on select Michelin and BFGoodrich passenger and light truck tires as well as on select commercial offers to fleet customers due to changing business dynamics of the U.S. market.

This increase will be effective on Feb. 1, 2021 and complements the earlier price increase on Uniroyal® brand passenger and light truck products that went into effect in November.

Price changes may vary across specific products within each brand portfolio. Details will be presented directly to dealers and fleet customers with additional questions addressed directly through account managers.

Boyd Coddington Wheels is part of the Performance Plus Tire group. If you need deals on Michelin tires, go here