Monday, April 21, 2014

Classic Chevys Reinvented NASCAR Style

Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jimmie Johnson reveal their Valvoline 
Reinvention Project custom truck builds. 
What if you were given a classic Chevy truck, access to the expert mechanics at Hendrick Motorsports, and all the parts you desired? That’s what happened to Sprint Cup Series drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, thanks to Valvoline’s Reinvention Project.

What did they come up with? You can see their trucks in the top photo. Johnson started with a 1955 Chevrolet farm truck. Naturally, he upgraded the engine and drive train, to a Chevy LS3 V8, and treated it to a rhino-lined engine compartment. He protected the original paint with a flat clear coat, added American Boss 338 wheels shod with Goodyear high performance tires, and had the truck lowered. New chrome bumpers finished it off. I think it looks great.

Jimmie Johnson's finished Reinvention Project truck 
in the garage at Hendrick Motorsports. 
 Earnhardt Jr. picked a more recent vehicle, a 1974 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super 10. Like Johnson, he upgraded the engine to a Chevy LS3 V8. He also kept the original paint job, and selected the same tires as Johnson, setting it all off with a custom grille insert. Sweet.

"This was so much fun to be a part of from start to finish," Earnhardt Jr. said. "It was really exciting to see the finished trucks and compare notes with Jimmie on the finer points of our builds. Thanks to Valvoline and the expert craftsmanship from Hendrick Performance, the trucks are incredible."

Naturally, they didn’t leave the trucks in the garage. You can find footage of them doing burnouts, autocross, and even drag racing, on the Reinvention Project website.

"I loved feeling the power jumping off the line during the drag race," Johnson said. "It's not often Dale and I get to combine our creativity and passion for cars together into one effort. I can't think of a better way to kick off our team's partnership with Valvoline."

Want to build your own virtual classic? You can do that on the Reinvention Project page as well, where there are five classic Chevy trucks to choose from. Here’s the one I built for the virtual garage.

Courtesy Valvoline

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