You can go to any car show and see street rods that look similar, but each of those builds is going to have its own flavor that was added by the owner. Gerry Kerna’s “Rebel A” 1930 Model A sedan has so many cool details from bumper to bumper that make her car unique. Rebel A is Gerry’s vision of what a street rod should be.
You can trace Gerry’s love for high-performance vehicles back to her first car, a 1970 Chevelle SS that was packing a potent 396 under the hood. Muscle cars are what kicked things off for Gerry, but she’s owned plenty of other nice rides including a pro touring build, and a slammed C10.
Gerry had been planning a Model A build for a while and was waiting for the right vehicle to use as the canvas for her project. After some searching, Gerry found her car locally and purchased the Model A. The car was in barn find condition, so it needed a lot of work.
“We took the car to Cornfield Customs where it got a 4 ¼” chop to the roof. From there, it went to the Roadster Shop and they designed a custom chassis for the build. Some of the floor pan work was done at the Roadster Shop as well. The car then went to Creative Rod & Kustom to get the car finished up. We wanted it to have a theme where all the colors and finishes worked together. We wanted to build something that wasn’t full of bling, but still has an attitude. The car needed to be a modern interpretation of an old-school type of build,” Gerry says.
A 1956 365 cubic inch Cadillac engine built by “Fast Eddie” Eckenrode that wears an Autotrend EFI-48 system powers Rebel A. Gerry rows her own gears via a Bowler-built TREMEC TKO 600 five-speed transmission. The interior of Rebel A was created by BUX Customs and is home to numerous custom parts from CR&K.
“My favorite part of the build is just the overall look. One of the coolest parts is the roof of the car. There are 96 pieces of Black Walnut that went into creating those bows, and it was an artistic feat. I just really love everything about the car. Creative Rod & Kustom knocked it out of the park with this build. I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted and they made it happen. The goal was to build a car that sort of traditional, but with modern flair and technology,” Gerry states.
Gerry Kerna’s Rebel A is what makes hot-rodding cars cool. There is no template you need to follow, you can create whatever you want based on the ideas you have in your head.