While the rest of the student body was spending time either perfecting the always-in-demand skill of Algebra III, hitting the ballpark, or nose-diving it in the library, Greg Winchenbach was studying the inner workings of this '83 Chevy. And learn it, he did. What began as his freshman-year high school project has turned into a multiple-award-winning custom.
And we think it's got a speck of that what-came-first theory behind it. The Jefferson, Maine, resident currently works with monster trucks, but it's hard to say whether being a fan inspired this massive animal or if building the beast pointed him in that career direction. Whatever the case, Greg ended up with a show-worthy and crowd-pleasing Bow Tie. Most of the buildup was done by Greg, but Mike Spitzer of Mike's Auto Salon also lent a hand, as did monster truck racer Jessie Birgy, who built the TH350 tranny protected by a Hayden cooler.
To get the nosebleed stance, Greg added an 8-inch Skyjacker Softride suspension lift and a self-made 4-inch body lift. To keep things stable during summer runs, he popped in Skyjacker Nitro shocks, Skyjacker steering stabilizers, and 39.5x15 Super Swamper Boggers that hug 15x14 American Racing Chrome Nuggets. Adding support to the front and rear 10-bolt axles with 4.56s are chrome trusses.
To score extra credit at shows, Greg bolted on a '90 Chevy Suburban front clip (he had to make a wiring harness to adapt the new-style headlight system), Extend-A-Flares from Bushwacker, a Grizzly rollbar, KC driving lights, Apollo buckets and a Pioneer system inside, and the most recent addition, a blown small-block 350. But we have to mention the eye-stopper of 'em all, a Parts Unlimited 3-inch raised cowl-induction hood with 1-inch slots designed and cut by Greg himself.
Greg says he had no trouble building this Chevy, but that's probably because of all the studying. After all, it's elementary, our dear Winchenbach.