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Username Post: Anyone remember the '57 CheZoom?        (Topic#242027)
Zygmo 
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05-15-10 08:19 AM - Post#1915235    

INHO, this is the most awesome 57 ever.
This is CheZoom, built by Boyd Coddington, for Joe Hrudka ("Mr. Gasket")
The lower image is fairly close to the actual color, the upper image is from a four page foldout from the January 1993 issue of Hot Rod Magazine. And yes, guys...if you look close, there really is a car in the top image.

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05-15-10 09:43 AM - Post#1915263    
    In response to Zygmo

Yep, I remember it. I remember meeting Boyd for the first time at Goodguys Pleasanton when they first showed the car accross from Billy Gibbons Cadzilla, man what a treat! In speaking with Boyd he said there were no original '57 parts used to build CheZoom, that it was a clean sheet build from ground up using only the general desgin of a '57. Very impressive.
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05-15-10 09:45 AM - Post#1915265    
    In response to Zygmo

if i remember right..it was built for the Mr.Gasket owner in Cleveland, Oho..Joe something?
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05-15-10 09:45 AM - Post#1915267    
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should read better..in first post..sorry..saw it a few times up here
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05-15-10 10:06 AM - Post#1915273    
    In response to ralph47

I have a poster of it in my garage with Linda Vaughn standing beside it.She also signed it.I also saw it in person somewhere,cant seem to remember where,but a strap in the trailor broke and the one quarter rubbed against the trailor and did some damage to it.
http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=5387542&uid=2695815&members=1


Edited by tooomuch7 on 05-15-10 10:10 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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05-15-10 10:59 AM - Post#1915285    
    In response to tooomuch7

Awesome car!! I remember it like yesterday.
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Zygmo 
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05-15-10 11:09 AM - Post#1915288    
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Bob, I am not disagreeing with you...just quoting from the article in Hot Rod. Dave Willey, the project coordinator, said there is only about 10 percent of the original sheetmetal left. Original sheet metal includes the bulkheads under the hood's new skin, each door has about 10 inches added to the rear, several inches of the forward parts of the front fenders, and most of the rear and top portions of the rear fender edges so the original stainless-steel trim could be used. Most of the side trim is stock 56, with some 57 trim retained.
The side panel inserts are decals.

The color is dark PPG teal with mica, (a metallic pearl), and urethane clear. Chassis is basically an 85 Corvette, with a 92 LT1 crate motor.

The car's maximum height is 48 inches, with 4 1/2 inch ground clearance. The wipers are hidden under a battery operated flip-up panel.
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hutchensce 
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05-15-10 12:31 PM - Post#1915313    
    In response to Zygmo

I remember that article and still have the mag. I was still in highschool and had just bought my '56...awesome, awesome car.

Anyone know where it is now?
Photos and such


 
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05-15-10 12:56 PM - Post#1915322    
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I remember seeing a magazine article about it 3-5 years ago. IIRC, it had changed hands 2-3 times. One of the owners had changed out the (front only?) seats for something different.

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05-15-10 01:24 PM - Post#1915330    
    In response to Zygmo

Would be really nice if the fins weren't SO BIG.
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05-15-10 02:04 PM - Post#1915349    
    In response to Bel_AirAmerica

I was looking through a recent issue of Hemmings, and some auction house has an ad touting it as one of the feature cars for the Auction. It wasn't B-J..It may have been Krause.

As for the fins, when you see it in person, you think that they are just perfect
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05-15-10 02:07 PM - Post#1915352    
    In response to Bel_AirAmerica

sorry, not feeling it.. looks like those 7-8-9's that are being built these days.
Aquired a '56 2dr hdtp BelAir on 6/9/05!
Link to my pics!
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05-15-10 03:54 PM - Post#1915392    
    In response to Bel_AirAmerica

Rick, normally I would agree with you...I don't usually like existing features to be exagerated on a car. But, on this one...they just seem right!

I also especially like the way they curved the tops of the front fenders. Nice, nice.
Dean

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Charlie57 
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05-15-10 08:12 PM - Post#1915517    
    In response to Zygmo

I love the car, I have never gotten to see it in person. I guess back in 93 they missed the Friday night car shows at Pic N Save.
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05-16-10 02:36 PM - Post#1915813    
    In response to Zygmo

Yes, I too have the poster from the original magazine..been hanging on the wall since whatever year that magazine was out. Have often joked about trying to look up the girl's dress .
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Charley55 
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05-16-10 03:29 PM - Post#1915828    
    In response to Charlie57

I attended a family reunion in Springfield Missouri in 1993 and stumbled into the first "Americruise". I had no idea it was going on. The hotels were packed and there were hot rods everywhere(literally). Luckily we had made reservations months in advance. The "Chezoom" was parked in our hotel parking lot. It wasn't in a trailer but was parked with another car, perpendicular to it, at each end of it. You can imagine how excited I was It really is a piece of work.

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05-16-10 03:51 PM - Post#1915844    
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Don't know what size those wheels are, but at least they're not gaudy 20+ inchers like Foose would use these days. Coddington had much better taste, IMO. CadZilla is one of my all-time favorite customs.
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HYPR 
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05-16-10 09:25 PM - Post#1916029    
    In response to Zygmo

Dean,
Don't think Boyd was speaking about the trim in his comments, I think he was referring to the sheetmetal in his comments.
I have several shots of Cadzilla, many from Magazines, although I think this one may have been from that same Goodguys, enjoy!

'48-'50 Caddy Sedanettes are my favorite car of all time.
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Zygmo 
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05-17-10 06:57 AM - Post#1916123    
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As was Willey, Bob. So who knows, not that it matters.

Did you look at the pictures in my Mongoose Flopper and CadZZilla post? In the same magazine I took the Cad pics from, there is a small sidebar mentioning that Steve Anderson and Rob Kinnan burned $650.00 worth of gas driving the Cad from Boyd's shop in Stanton, California to Canfield, Ohio. And this was in 1993.
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05-17-10 09:10 AM - Post#1916175    
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The 1993 CCI convention Chezoom was there. Somehwere I've got pics of it.

I must like the car? I own three 1:24 scale die cast of it.

I even have a poster of Linda Vaughn standing next to it hanging in my barn that a friend got for me.
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05-17-10 10:13 AM - Post#1916212    
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Sold a Barett-Jackson for about 372 G's.

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05-17-10 10:39 AM - Post#1916225    
    In response to Brian D from NJ

Cadzilla is currently on display at the NHRA Museum in Pomona, CA. The Danchuck flopper is on display at Danchuck in Santa Ana, CA. It's just a 45 minute ride from there to the NHRA Museum, you could see them both in a day...
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05-17-10 11:31 AM - Post#1916255    
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  • rj_ly Said:
The 1993 CCI convention Chezoom was there. Somehwere I've got pics of it

That must be where I saw it at .rj do you remember if one quarter panel was screwed up while it was there.
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Edited by tooomuch7 on 05-17-10 11:32 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
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05-18-10 01:02 AM - Post#1916623    
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  • Zygmo Said:
As was Willey, Bob. So who knows, not that it matters.

Did you look at the pictures in my Mongoose Flopper and CadZZilla post? In the same magazine I took the Cad pics from, there is a small sidebar mentioning that Steve Anderson and Rob Kinnan burned $650.00 worth of gas driving the Cad from Boyd's shop in Stanton, California to Canfield, Ohio. And this was in 1993.


Zig,
Yep saw it, copied the photos to add to my Cadzilla collection, droiled on my keyboard and just realized I forgot to comment on it.
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Don't write me hate mail boys, and I do love my '56, but... if someone offered a trade of a decent rust free '48-'50 Sedanette I would need to be restrained not to make the deal.
Back when I lived up in Tracy California, a fellow I had met had scored a '49 for a prayer and a song from an original owner. Total was $5000. The body save a dent in the driver's door was in great shape although the paint was faded and cracked in places. He upgraded the brakes to discs, upgraded the suspension, and dropped in a 502 and 400. That car just rocked!
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05-18-10 04:55 PM - Post#1916973    
    In response to HYPR

Bob...I have pictures of the original 48 caddy
that was used to make CadZZilla. I will add them to my Flopper and CadZZilla post. That car was mint..makes you think they maybe should have looked for a lesser quality car for their project!

Don't get me wrong...I am not really a Cadillac fan, but the 59 is awesome. I will add a pic of the 59 Cadster to that post tonight too.

BTW, the originals that I used from which to make my post pics are much higher quality. If you or anyone else wants copies of those, I can email them "full strength". (I think I started with digital picture sizes of something like 11 inches by 32 inches!)
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05-19-10 08:50 AM - Post#1917335    
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Hello;
If I remember corectly about Boyd Coddington, he always wanted to start a "build" with an almost perfect car!
As for the year of Caddy (49-50) yeah, everyone likes thos years, to prove it, just try to buy one! I've seen rusted out junk going for BIG $!

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05-20-10 05:40 PM - Post#1918076    
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I built the radiator for it:)

 
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