Johnny Renacker enjoyed driving his 1934 five window coupe around. He would take it to car shows where he knew a lot of the other car enthusiasts there. But he had one little problem. The car just wasn’t big enough for what he wanted to do; more importantly it wasn’t big enough to be able to drive around his grandkids.
So Johnny went looking to “trade up.” What he eventually found and purchased was a 1941 Chevy chop top.
“This car is heavier and has a lot more room to it,” Johnny said recently at the Kustoms of America Customs and Rod Nationals in Milford, OH.
Since the car was in pretty good shape, he didn’t have to do a whole lot to make his new car a solid ride. “I did re-do the engine,” Johnny said. He took it to his friends at Smith Racing Engines in Frankfort to do the work.
“The engine is a 355 Chevy,” he said. “It has 525 horse power,” he added with a wink. “We’ve done a few things to it.”
While the engine has only 55,000 miles on it, only 2000 are Johnny’s. “I like to drive it around to shows and when the weather’s nice. The grandkids like it.”
A few other custom items make the car fun and easy to drive as well. It has leather seats, air conditioning and power steering.
Don’t look for Johnny to be trading up from this car any time soon. “I think I’ll keep it a while,” he said.
Look for Johnny at car shows around the region, especially at KoA events. He is the Kentucky director for the Kustoms of America car club.