by Awl Sponsors
How would you rebuild a classic Chevrolet truck if you had both past and present parts at your finger tips? Valvoline gave Sprint Cup Series drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson exactly that, and now it’s time for the big reveal of their custom reinvented trucks.
After several weeks of collaboration with Valvoline and Hendrick Motorsports, Jr. and Johnson unveiled their models.
In a nod to his birth year, Earnhardt Jr. selected a 1974 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super 10 pickup. The top-of-the-line truck came from an owner in Kansas with just 21,000 miles on the odometer. Its 350 V8 engine and 3-speed automatic transmission were upgraded to a Chevy LS3 V8 — a powerful motor — with 480 horsepower and 4-speed automatic transmission, respectively.
Johnson’s 1955 Chevrolet truck is a true original, coming from its first and only owner in Georgia where it served as a trusty farm truck, equipped with a straight 6 cylinder, 3-speed manual transmission. The selection showcases Johnson’s deep appreciation for the styling and lines of early 1950s trucks. Engine upgrades include a Chevy LS3 V8 with 480 horsepower and a rhino-lined engine compartment.
During the course of building, thousands of fans logged onto www.ReinventionProject.com, in an attempt to create a virtual build closest to Earnhardt Jr.’s or Johnson’s and snag the grand prize — their own classic Chevy truck.
In the end, each truck was put to a final performance test drive: NASCAR style in an autocross challenge, smoking burn out show, and drag race. Fans are invited to submit their favorite reinvented models to Valvoline’s Facebook page.