American Hot Rod was a reality TV Series on The Learning Channel and Discovery Channel. The crewmembers in the show build Hot rods and Custom cars in Boyd Coddington's shop located in La Habra, California. The series showcases the crew of Boyd Coddington, along with their constant struggles to build custom cars under extremely tight deadlines. The show is also well known for its regular firings and constant turnover of crewmembers.

Some of the cars featured in the show are: the Alumatub, Silver Bullet, Vern Luce's coupe, Cadzilla and many more of Boyd Coddington's custom creations. In July 2007, a new series of episodes showcase the build of an Elvis Tribute Car - a 1957 Cadillac sponsored by the Reese's Company.


Duane Mayer || Shop Manager
Person Position
Jo Coddington Owner/Office Manager
Lee Hayes Metal work
Ralph Body Work
Todd Advertising
Greg Coddington Wheel Salesperson
Brad Fabricator/assembler
Dan Sobieski Fabricator/assembler
Al Simon Chassis/Fabricator
Bernt Karlson Body Work

Past members Edit

• Chad "Bluebear" Geary was fired for insubordination.

• Charley Hutton left the show and now works for Boyd's competitor Chip Foose.

• Al Simon (chassis builder) retired after the Rat Rod build-off and has now returned.

• Thomas Loddby (fabricator) left to start a shipping business and has since returned.

• Mike Curtis (machinist) was fired for designing wheels for competitor, ex-employee and nemesis Chip Foose.

• Roy Schmidt, veteran metal worker, died ending his long battle with lung cancer. He was 64.

• Scott Parker (fabricator) set out to work for himself and ended up working for Chip Foose.

• Andrew "Beetle Bailey" Petterson left with Hutton to work for Chip Foose.

• Willie Johnstone (custom painter) has since returned to New Zealand and opened his own custom paint shop in Tauranga.

• Boyd Coddington died on February 27, 2008. Died from complications that were brought on from a recent surgery.

First Season: (2004) Edit

Image Title Original Airdate
"Junkyard Dog Pt 1" January 13, 2004
On this episode of American Hot Rod, Boyd Coddington and his crew resurrect a classic '56 Chevy. Rescued from a rust bucket grave yard, but turning this Junkyard Dog into a high end Hot Rod, pushes tensions to breaking point and puts the Coddington crew's metal to the test. The talents and the tempers, the drama and the drive.
"Junkyard Dog Pt 2" January 24, 2004
Episode number 2 of the series finds the team dealing with extensive metal work problems particular to a car brought forth from the junkyard for resurrection into a hot rod.
"Junkyard Dog Pt 3" February 6, 2004
The "Junkyard Dog" has taken shape. The body is nearly finished and for once they look like they're ahead of schedule. Charlie starts to paint the car but his Dad is ill and passes away he has to leave. The team celebrate Tommy's birthday with a party at Boyd's house.
"Junkyard Dog Pt 4" February 13, 2004
The paintwork is finished, the body remounted and the car is off to Gabes to have the interior done. Gabes pulls out all the stops and finish the car early. The car gets back to Boyd's for the final touches and Charlie arrives back
"Alumatub" (5 Parts) 2004
The team build an aluminium hot rod from scratch.
"32 Hi-Boy Roadster" (4 Parts) 2004
Boyd resurrects a 32 Coupe 'the Coupester' as an educational exercise for the crew.

Second Season: (2004 - 05) Edit

Image Title Original Airdate
"65 Ford Mustang" (3 Parts) 2004
The team rebuild a classic Mustang 2+2 fastback rescued from a barn. Boyd names it Crazy Horse. It was to be a birthday present for Scotty Gray's wife Nancy. The crew judge a bikini contest at Hooters bar and help with "Paint Your Heart Out, Anaheim". New members of the crew Sean Dooley and Jimy "Tig" Krauss are both dismissed during the build.
"Rat Rod" (4 Parts) 2004
Bluebear and Boyd compete to build Rat Rods. During the build, Bluebear is dismissed.
"42 Woodie" (3 Parts) 2005
The team rebuild a 42 Woodie. Fed up of the tight deadlines, Charley leaves to join Chip Foose. Boyd views this as unforgivable disloyalty.
"63 Chevy Corvette Stingray" (3 Parts) 2005
Sean Dove asks Boyd to build a Stingray that will serve as a street car, a show car and a race car. With no one to run the body shop, Duane must supervise both shops while Boyd paints the car himself. Lee joins the team as Roy's assistant.
"Bud Light Car" (3 Parts) 2005
Boyd builds a car for the Budweiser beer company for the launch of the new Bud Light product. He converts a 36 Coupe into a Roadster. Bernt Karlsson joins the crew as manager of the body shop. Al leaves to pursue his own projects.
"Hildebrandt Car" (3 Parts) 2005
Vern Hildebrandt asks Boyd to restore his 34 Roadster. His father Dennis "the Menace" Hildebrandt originally converted it to a Hot Rod in 1954 and raced it. Mike is given the task of leading the restoration.
"59 Chevy Low Rider" (4 Parts) 2005
Boyd buys a 1959 Chevrolet Impala Bel Air and helps the crew to transform it into a California-style speedster. Rocky Walker intends to present the "Ghetto Princess" and its matching motorcycle at Camp Pendleton to the US Marines heading for a tour of Iraq. During the build, Mike is found to be moonlighting for Chip Foose and is dismissed.

Third Season: (2005) Edit

Image Title Original Airdate
"Make-A-Wish Car" (3 Parts) 2005
Boyd's crew build the “MaxHEMI”, a street rod designed by 16 year old Max Cohen, who is fighting Leukaemia. The car is based on a 1963 Dodge Polara shell with a 572 CID Hemi crate motor. During the build, Duane gets a tattoo dedicated to Max and Thomas takes part in a Gravity race at Monterey in a Soapbox racer built by the crew in their spare time. Thomas leaves to concentrate on his shipping business.

Fourth Season: (2006) Edit

Image Title Original Airdate
"54 Corvette and 55 Chevy" (3 Parts) 2006
"56 Chevy Convertible" (3 Parts) 2006
"61 Impala Bubbletop" (4 Parts) 2006
"40 Ford" (3 Parts) 2006
"36 Roadster" (3 Parts) 2006
"44 Woodie" (3 Parts) 2006
"31 Truck" (3 Parts) 2007
"57 Chevy" (3 Parts) 2007
A 1957 Chevrolet is turned into a Hot Rod by Boyd and his crew for the 50th anniversary of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Company. The car was sold at the anniversary and all the money was given to charity.

Fifth Season: (2007) Edit

Image Title Original Airdate
"Hershey" (3 Parts) July 2007
"Sobe" (3 Parts) August 2007
"59 Corvette" (3 Parts) August 2007
"Bonneville Racer" (3 Parts) September 2007

See alsoEdit

  • American Chopper
  • Monster Garage
  • Overhaulin'
  • Pimp my Ride
  • Trick my Truck

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