Rod & Custom Feature Car
Vernon Walker
Memphis, Tennessee
1939 Chevy Sedan

Walker supplied Johnson’s Hot Rod Shop with a Chassis Tech frame (a company that is no longer in business) that incorporates a complete GM G-body front suspension and steering assembly, to which was added Bilstein shocks and disc brakes from Stainless Steel Brakes Corp. The same company supplied the master cylinder, booster, and proportioning valve, while an ’05 Mustang gave up its pedal assembly. Posies Super Slide parallel leaf springs with supplemental RideTech airbags, and another pair of Bilstein shocks support the rearend, which also uses SSBC brakes.

Pop the hood in this Chevy and you’ll find a stock ’05 GM LS6 with a Cadillac cover over the injection. There’s no chrome, nothing flashy, just a purposeful engine with a JHRS compressor mount, which utilizes the factory idler and tension pulley, and a JHRS-fabbed 2 1/2-inch stainless exhaust system, incorporating Hushpower mufflers. It goes without saying there’s a Walker radiator up front, while a Bowler 4L60E trans with Compushift feeds the power to a limited-slip Currie 28-spline 9-inch rearend.

Wheels & Tires
Wheel Vintiques 15x6 and 15x7 GM-style steels equipped with Chevrolet script hubcaps adorn the passenger side of the sedan, with identical-size American Racing Torq-Thrusts on the driver side, all wrapped in Michelin radial rubber.

Body & Paint
Greg Chalcraft and Ray Lowrey at JHRS handled the bodywork on what was already a cherry body, before Chalcraft sprayed the PPG Mack truck green, squirting the passenger side steelies in a complementary cream. The only deviation from stock is the addition of a third brake light from a sedan delivery. The swan neck mirrors are SO CAL Speed Shop items, while John Wright’s Custom Chrome in Ohio re-plated the brightwork .

While the dash is stock, JHRS fabricated a compound curved panel below it to accept the Alpine stereo and A/C vents, fed by a Vintage Air unit. A cut-down ’55 Chevy steering wheel bolts to an ididit column, while Mr. and Mrs. Walker soak up the miles in ’05 Cadillac front seats, covered in tan/caramel leather by Alabama’s Paul Atkins, who also made the rear seat and upholstered the remainder of the interior, once JHRS ‘insulated it to the max’. In fact, Vernon has a couple more pairs of these stashed for future projects; they’re so comfortable. The original gauges were reworked, with the speedometer now reading up to 120 mph.