1955 Chevrolet | A Chopped & Dropped Custom with Coker Whitewalls
The hot rod and custom crowd can truly appreciate a timeless creation, like this 1955 Chevy that belongs to Steve Rennick Jr. from Fairfield, Ohio. His car has countless modifications that give it a distinct look with the most noticeable being the chopped top. The perfectly proportioned chop is accompanied by other modifications, including a sun visor, Packard taillights, fender skirts, Corvette-style grille and many more custom touches throughout.
The fact of the matter is that chopping the top on a Tri-Five is a delicate task. Even the best metalworkers go crazy trying to perfect the proportions, the profile and crown to offer a sleek look with natural transitions. It also features a custom sun visor, long fender skirts, Packard taillights, continental kit, molded grille surround and a Corvette style grille.
Additional custom details include lake pipes, modified side trim, peep mirrors, and a beautiful coat of red paint. Eight rows of hood louvers give it even more custom style.
The late Herbie Gaines originally built the car about 30 years ago. Steve had his eye on this car for many years, as it made its debut in 1992.
Steve fell in love with the car’s profile and he finally had the chance to buy it many years later. Of course, Steve has made a few changes on the car to make it his own, but he has kept the car as traditional as possible to pay homage to Herbie.
Accuair suspension allows the car to drive comfortably and lower to the ground with the touch of a button. When the car is laid out on the pavement, you can’t see the rear tires, but the front tires and wheels look awesome.
Rolling stock consists of a set of Coker Classic 205/75R15 wide whitewall radial tires, mounted to 15x6 inch OE steel wheels. The custom hubcaps, built by Jack Hughes extend past the rim for a wild look.
While it takes a special kind of Tri-Five enthusiast to slice and dice a timeless classic, we can’t think of a more traditional way to do it than Steve Rennick Jr’s highly customized 1955 Chevy. With a chopped top, a slammed stance and slick red paint, this lowdown '55 certainly stands out, and pays tribute to the old days of full custom builds while having the road-ready conveniences of a modern build.