Automotive Jerry Johnston’s ’55 Chevy — it’s no trailer queen!

By: Bruce Kunz

August 13th, 2017

St. Louis Post Dispatch: Old Car Column


Jerry Johnston has been practicing what I have been preaching for the last eight years. That being SEMA’s message, “Take a kid to a car show.”

While Roy and I were strolling Main Street in Lebanon, Ill., at the recent Laker’s Ca

r Club Cruise, we came upon a very nice 1955 Chevy 210 series 2-door sedan that was “clean as a whistle.” It’s show condition was due, in great part, to Jerry and Judy’s 14-year old grandson,

Cameron, shown here with Mothers Wax & Polish Instant Detailer in hand.

Jerry bought the car 17 years ago from the second owner. It had only 28,000 miles on the clock and, although it had a bit of rust here and there, was a very solid car.

Jerry did all the mechanical stuff, including replacing the original in-line six with a 350 crate motor. Just behind that V-8 is a modern 400 Turbo Hydramatic tranny. The car now has a/c and front disc brakes, as well. He built the car to drive, not to be towed in a protective trailer, therefore the Johnstons have driven their Glacier Blue beauty to Colorado, Texas and New Mexico and the Dakota Digital speedometer now reads 92,000 miles. Jerry, Judy and Cameron intend to enjoy it for many years to come!

Important notice

There is now a revised date for “Rollin’ With The Fin Man II” — Saturday, Sept. 9 (NOT Sept. 2, as posted in last week’s OCC).

Hurry, place your order now because seating is limited and this event is just three weeks and six days from today and ticket requests are starting to roll in daily.

Payment in full of $65 per person (nonrefundable) is due no later than Saturday, Sept. 2. Mail your check, made out to “The FIN MAN,” to The FIN MAN, c/o St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 900 N. Tucker, St. Louis, MO 63101. You may also pay using a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card by calling me at 314-327-FINS. Please make your reservations ASAP. Remember, I will need full names and addresses (including e-mail addresses) and phone numbers for all members in your party. I will also need to know at which location you wish to be picked up.

Pickup times and locations will be at 8 a.m. at the MoDOT commuter lot in North County (at I-270 and Lilac Ave.) and at 9 a.m. at the MoDOT commuter lot in South County (at I-270 and Gravois Rd.).

This tour will include stops at MotoeXotica, Scott Brandt’s fascinating collectible auto dealership in Fenton. Also included on the tour will be a stop at Precision Restorations, a 27,000 square-foot facility dedicated to restoring collectible vehicles. We’ll stop for lunch at Miss Sheri’s cafeteria in South County, where you can choose whatever your heart desires, because it is all included in your tour ticket. Our final stop will be Randall’s Liquors to see George Randall’s fascinating collection of cars (including his Amphicar), many of which are custom-made and one-of-a-kind. This final stop will also include a wine and spirits tasting.

If you enjoyed the Levi tour to Springfield, Ill., you’re going to love this one.

Thanks for reading the Old Car Column and Keep on Cruisin’!

Bruce Kunz, a.k.a. “THE FIN MAN,” is a member of the Society of Automobile Historians. If you love old cars and care about kids, visit