RUNT: Gerry Kirna's '62 Chevy II

Gerry Kerna’s beloved “Runt” ’62 Chevy II has been named the Goodguys 2011 Detroit Speed Muscle Machine of the Year. The Muscle Machine of the year is designed to honor a Muscle Car that has been modified to perform at a high level including stance, handling, body & paint and overall engineering. The “Runt” possesses all these attributes and more. When she first envisioned the car in her mind, Kerna wanted something she could “participate” in instead of merely a show queen. She wanted a car that was at home on an AutoCross course but could quickly turn heads at the same time. Mission accomplished!

Built by Curt Ukasik and his team at RPM Hot Rods in Pennsylvania, “Runt” started life as a meek, all white 6 cylinder Chevy II with Government Issue hubcaps. But that changed quickly once RPM got to work. It was designed by RPM to run hard, with a custom boxed Roadster Shop chassis featuring a modified Heidt’s Pro-G front suspension, a Currie 9 inch rear end on a parallel four-link, Ridetech single adjustable coilovers, and Nextel Cup-style swaybars. Setrab coolers were used for the differential, while Weldon pumps circulate the power steering and transmission fluids.