Scotty’s Grays 1929 5 Window Coupe
This Coddington 5 window coupe was in Boyd Coddington Garage and was about 75% complete when Boyd Sr. passed away. It was the last build under the supervision of Boyd Sr. The body of this hot rod actually started out as a 1929 Ford Model “A” five-window. After shipping to Marcel’s the roof was chopped and filled, and fitted with an aluminum three-piece hood.The doors made to open suicide-style. Together with the suspension, that was hand fabricated in our shop including many of the one-off chassis components, the torsion bar front suspension, bat wings and drilled wishbones. 75% completed and most of the bodywork done, the car remained in this state number of years.
Scotty opted to have the coupes fit and finish done by Jeff Eischen. Jeff then delivered the car to Ron Mullins who is based in Galloway, Ohio, to finish the final bodywork and paint it with a with DuPont two-stage black paint. Southwest Auto Upholstery laid in a patterned leather to cover the door panels and the Porsche 914- seats.
Centec supplied the kit used in wiring the car in addition to the installation of a set of Stewart-Warner gauges into a custom billet aluminum gauge panel. A Lobeck steering wheel was installed above a column made by Eischen. The engine is a standard 350 Vortec with an electric water pump and stainless steel plumbing. A SPAL electric fan circulates the water in the aluminum radiator to facilitate cooling, and an East Coast Auto Electric 50-amp alternator provides the power for the electrical. The spark is derived from a Joe Hunt magneto and MSD wires while exhaust is drawn out by Doug’s Headers and through 2-inch stainless steel tubing and a pair of Stainless Works mufflers. However, when the hood is opened, the trio of Barry Grant 98s and the finned aluminum Hildebrandt valve covers are prominently seen. It’s backed up to a TCI TH350, and uses a Lokar shifter for gear selection. Coddington 15×7 spindle-mount wheels and 17×10 pin-drive rollers were wrapped in General HP rubber. The headlights deployed on the Scotty’s coupe are manufactured by Greening Auto Company, while Eischen fabricated the radiator grille out of stainless material. This is a display of a distinctive Eischen precision work.
A Boyd Built Registry certificate issued by the Boyd Coddington Companies and signed by Boyd Coddington Jr. confirms that it is a Boyd Coddington built hotrod.
Scotty Gray had at least a dozen hot rods built at Boyds Garage over the years. We first met Scotty after I listed and Scotty bought Chezoom on EBay in 2001. Scotty was the original owner of some of the most notable hot rods to roll out of the Garage. Hot rods like Whatthehaye, Crazy horse and Alumatub. He was not only a great customer, but he was also one of Boyd Sr’s best friends.