1937 Chevy HotRod
ich found the ’37 Chevy business coupe on eBay and it wasn’t long before he and his wife were the proud owners of a 572-inch, 700hp Bowtie. He purchased the Chevy from customer Nick Ryan and Kevin Penhaker of KHR&C with the car subsequently finding its way back to New Jersey.
No Really, This ’37 Chevy Business Coupe is From Killer Hot Rods
By Brian Brennan – Photography by John Jackson
When the name of your shop is Killer Hot Rods & Customs (KHR&C), in Arlington, Texas, there can be little doubt that you will be building some outrageous hot rods. Distinctive appearance, loads of expertise, and an abundant amount of horsepower. Such is the case for the ’37 Chevy business coupe you see that’s owned by Rich Schwartz of New Jersey.
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Rich found the ’37 Chevy business coupe on eBay and it wasn’t long before he and his wife were the proud owners of a 572-inch, 700hp Bowtie. He purchased the Chevy from customer Nick Ryan and Kevin Penhaker of KHR&C with the car subsequently finding its way back to New Jersey. (KHR&C in its nearly eight years of business has produced a number of great-looking builds.) The original monster V8 engine was carbureted but once it was outfitted with electronic fuel injection tuning problems arose; after a bit, it was back to Texas where the staff at KHR&C performed the LS swap. The body-colored V8 is a Don Hardy LS3 sporting 625 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque neatly nestled between the frame rails. The 416-inch LS3 features a Concept One Victory serpentine belt system, Hooker exhaust manifolds that run through custom ceramic-coated 3-inch stainless steel pipes to a pair of MagnaFlow mufflers.
A favorite trick when dressing out an LS is to use vintage Chevy valve covers with the popular Chevrolet script painted to match the body. The satin air cleaner is also vintage appearing and flows air to the Holley Terminator throttle body that makes up part of the fuel delivery and engine management system. The fuel system also uses body-colored Holley fuel rails fit with black Russell Performance -6AN fuel fittings and hose, all fed via a custom stainless steel fuel tank. Connecting the ECU to the remainder of Chevy’s electrical system is accomplished through the use of the trunk-mounted Optima RedTop battery (charged by a Powermaster alternator) that flows its power through an American Autowire harness positioned by the staff at KHR&C. Keeping this much power cool for running around town falls to a custom aluminum Walker radiator with an electric SPAL fan and an Edelbrock water pump. The modern-day Chevy V8 is both good-looking and “strong” and now easily manages both city and highway driving, making it an ideal cruiser.
The guys at Killer Hot Rods & Custom built this beautiful ‘37 Chevy Coupe for Nick Ryan and Kevin Penhaker!