A Boyd Coddington Special Edition 2000 Ford Falcon AU XR Ute.
It’s always nice to get a call from a new owner of a Boyd Built vehicle. It’s Important to be able to keep track of the garages throughout the world that hold the Coddington creations. I recently received one of those calls from Dave Morgan, a hot rodder from Perth, Australia. Dave contacted me interested in registering, and obtaining a Boyd Coddington Certificate Of Authenticity for the Ford AU Falcon Ute. I managed this project so I remember it well. Dave first saw the Boyd creation on the cover of Street Machine Magazine in 2001 and fell in love with it. In 2008 while attending the Summernats, (Australia’s biggest car show) Dave spotted it and it had a “For Sale” sign on it. A good a friend of Dave’s – Doug, purchased the Ute and shipped it back to Perth via truck were it lived in Dave’s garage for several months until he had a place to store it.
While at Dave’s place, he came up with the Ute’s new name that’s on the current license plate, “ITSA BOYD”. In that time Dave also updated the stereo/sound system and mounted a “Shaker/Hood Scoop” on the vehicle.
Doug knew Dave loved ITSA BOYD…so earlier this year Doug offered to sell it to him and he purchased it.
When we weren’t busy at the hot rod shop designing the next America’s Most Beautiful Roadster, we had many of these special projects come through the shop. Some of those projects gave us the opportunity to re-design, engineer and create for various OEMs and marketing partners. One of those projects was in 1998 when Ford commissioned us to restyle this 2000 Ford Falcon AU XR Ute.
Ford shipped the Ute to our shop in Anaheim where it would begin an intense transformation. Originally white, the Ute was a former test mule, which Ford thrashed to within an inch of its life.
For those of you that have never seen the Australian Ute, it’s sort of a modern day Ford Ranchero. That said, or plan was to use the same design, restyling and customizing methods on the Ute that we had used on the American Street Trucks we built over the years. So, we called in the talented Luis Tanahara to put our design ideas onto paper.
Mechanically the Ute is no demon on the street. However, the factory EFI 302ci V8 Windsor motor is capable enough. We consulted with the Aussie suspension experts at Pedders Suspension to provide the shocks and springs to give the Ute the aggressive stance. The rear wheels are 20×9.5 while the fronts are 18×8 all wrapped around four Falken tires. The staggered wheel and tire diameters give the Ute a nice hot rod look.
The Body mods are subtle. The door handles were removed and replaced with solenoids that are operated with a remote. Other body mods included a billet grille and a new front under tray. The Ute is wearing a special House of Kolor mix of Tangerine on top, Ivory Cream in the middle and split up by Passion Purple in the middle. Gabe Lopez stitched the orange, purple and cream color trio leather interior. After several thousand miles, Dave informs us that both the paint and interior paint work is still the original and in excellent condition.
Well, there you have it, ITSA BOYD was one of the more unique projects that came through our shop. Dave’s Ute will be appearing in Western Australia at all the major events including the Western Australian All Ford Day on November 1st 2015. If you’re across the pond and you get a chance, be sure to check out ITSA BOYD. She’s a little ripper!