By Juan Torres
Behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and stories of the 2016 Battle of the Builders competition will be showcased in an hour-long TV special that will air 10:00 p.m. (EST), February 6, on the Velocity Network.
Jesse Greening and his father Jeff have been doing two to three car builds a year for clients since establishing Greening Auto Company in 1999, and in addition to full builds, they offer custom machining service at their Cullman, Alabama, shop. For the 2016 SEMA Battle of the Builders competition, the Greenings entered a '61 Chevy Impala bubble top that they converted into a wagon for owner Joe Horisk. "GM never made a wagon like this," said Jesse, who has been modifying cars for 30 years.
Among the many modifications they did to the car was hand crafting a new top from sheet metal with the bubble top moved to the back and brought down a couple of inches. The bumpers are also hand-made, and the front end was extended 4 inches. The car has a Tremec five-speed transmission and flush-mounted AM Hot Rod Glass. No body panel was left untouched, and the countless machined parts include everything from wheels to lighting, 3D printed parts from interior accessories, and leather work by Paul Adkins.
Jesse was thrilled that their Impala wagon was named into the Top 10. "It means so much to all the guys in the company and anybody who was involved in this project over the years," he said. "I'm also proud to see the car owner use and enjoy it after having it for so many years."
Behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and stories of the 2016 Battle of the Builders competition will be showcased in an hour-long TV special that will air 10:00 p.m. (EST), February 6, on the Velocity Network. Mark your calendars, set your DVR and tell your friends not to miss the show!
For more information, visit www.semashow.com/botb.