O’Reilly’s “Chubster” A Boyd Coddington 1957 Chevy
Boyd was the official spokesperson for the O’Reilly Auto Parts brand when he was asked to build this Boyd Coddington 1957 Chevy Special Edition dubbed the Chubster. The 57 was commissioned as a unique commemorative classic for O’Reilly Auto Parts as part of its 50th Anniversary celebration. Most of the bodywork was retained to keep the classic lines of the 57. The chrome from the hood and trunk were removed and the front was fitted with a custom-built billet grille. The hood was reshaped to flow with the clean lines of the car, the traditional hot rod stance was achieved by mounting it on one of Boyds favorites, a custom Art Morrison frame with a Jerry Kugel front and rear independent suspension.
Underneath the hood is a General Motors aluminum LS2 crate motor that pumps out 440 horses at the rear tires. On top sits a four-barrel carburetor, hi po heads and 10.9:1 compression. General Motors calls the motor a LS-364/440, the numbers representing the displacement and horsepower. The motor is matched to a Toy Shop TH400 transmission. It rolls on a set of 17×7 front and 18×10 one off Boyd Coddington wheels and Goodyear tires. As always, the paint of choice at Boyd Coddington Garage is DuPont. The color is a Hot Hues Chroma system custom red mixed by Boyd himself. It’s a shade or two lighter than the Boyd Red, so we decided to call it “Chubster Red”. The talented Gabe Lopez stitched the custom all red leather interior. Throughout the rest of the car you will find Ron Frances wiring, Classic custom white face gauges engraved with “Chubster”, a Flaming River tilt steering with a column shift, Vintage Air keeps the cockpit cool, power windows with power vent glass.
AMT ERTL later produced the Boyd Coddington 1957 Chevy built O’Reilly Chubster in a 1:25 scale plastic model. Many of these are still available today on eBay.
The Chubster build can be seen on the Discovery Channel American Hot Rod DVD series in season 4.