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OPTIMA Invitational

Posted: Sep 25, 2012

OUSCI Preview- Grant Reierson's '66 Chevy II Two-Door Sedan

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Today's preview of the field for the 2012 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, presented by Royal Purple and KN, focuses on Grant Reierson's 1966 Chevy II two-door sedan. First things first. What makes this car a two-door sedan? The solid b-pillars and slight differences in the windshield and c-pillars. some folks will refer to these as "boxier" than their coupe counterparts, although for casual observers the differences are very subtle.

What isn't subtle is the rest of Grant's box Nova, from the 377 cubic-inch Chevy up front, to the triangulated four-link suspension in the rear. As we frequently mention in previewing OUSCI entries, cars that have been built and finished generally fare better on race day, than those that were thrashed on in a garage in the weeks leading up to SEMA. We're placing Grant's Nova squarely (no pun intended) in the "been done for a while" category, which should bode well for him.

Starting with the Detroit Speed Engineering/JRI Shocks road rally, we think Grant will have an easy time of things. He knows the Deuce is a driver, because he put on more than 20,000 miles in the first two years since the car was completed. In fact, he plans on driving it down to Las Vegas all the way from Capital Gear Motorsports in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Even though Grant's ride sports a custom roll cage, the interior is comfortable and well-appointed for long trips, with an integrated Kenwood DVD navigational system, with an amp, subwoofer and speakers from Audison Voce. The custom seats are comfortable for long hauls and secure for on-track use, thanks to Simpson five-point camlock harnesses. A Racepak digital dash keeps tabs on all the vitals and a Ring Brothers push-button start gets things going.

The highly-modified interior should help put this car in serious contention for the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Performance Design Challenge. Reierson is familiar with the event and the caliber of his competition and while he expects to score some points here, he feels the subjective nature of judging keeps the outcome an unknown.

While Reierson doesn't have the benefit of a modern, ABS system, he does have Wilwood's state-of-the-art, Superlite calipers (six-piston up front, four-piston in the rear) clamping down on 14-inch rotors. Grant feels the ABS cars will have the edge, but we know from the results of past events, that non-ABS cars can and often do hold their own.

Reirson's Chevy is now equipped with a Detroit Speed Engineering front subframe with DSE (AFCO) double-adjustable coilovers and a splined sway bar. These handling upgrades should help Grant on the RideTech autocross, but he is also familiar with some of his fellow competitors and knows you have to bring your A-game to compete with the class of the field in the OUSCI.

The BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge is the event Grant sees as his most-challenging, as he is not as familiar with road racing in general and Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch specifically, as he is with autocrossing. He also knows his Motown big block has sacrificed some horsepower for the sake of reliability and durability. Fortunately, technology has helped with Reierson's learning curve and he has been studying Mark Stielow's in-car YouTube videos from past events and claims he will know the course like the back of his hand by the time he arrives.

Grant would like to extend special thanks to his sponsors, which include his employer,Capital Gear Motorsports. Without the help of Gerard and their fantastic staff, he would not have the car that he does. Grant uses the car as a calling card and advertising tool and many of the brand names that Capital Gear Motorsports carries can be found on the car. Vendors of note include Detroit Speed, AFCO Racing, Ring Brothers, Boze Forged, and Motive Gear. Powersource Performance also deserves special thanks for the outstanding audio system.We'll post the long list of modifications on Grant's impressive Bowtie below, but if you'd like to read more about his car, you can check out this feature from Chevy High Performance magazine. If you'd like to see this car in person, be sure to buy your tickets to the 2012 OUSCI, while tickets remain!

ENGINE

  • 377 SBC
  • Atomic EFI
  • Motown Block with Eagle forged crank, h-beam rods and forged SRP pistons. 9.6 CR
  • Comp Cams XR274HR roller cam
  • AFR 195 Eliminator heads
  • Edelbrock Performer RPM intake
  • MSD ignition with Digital 6 box
  • Stewart Stage 2 water pump
  • 1 headers, 2 exhaust with x-pipe

TRANSMISSION

  • Custom built 700R4
  • 2400RPM Lock-up Converter
  • Retrotek Speed Paddle Shift

BRAKES

  • Wilwood Master Cylinder and prop valve
  • Front
  • Wilwood 14 rotor with Superlite 6 Piston Calipers
  • Rear
  • Wilwood 14 rotor with Superlite 4 Piston Calipers w/integral park brake

SUSPENSION

FRONT

  • DSE Front sub frame with DSE (AFCO) Double Adjustable Coil-Overs
  • Splined sway bar
  • C-6 Corvette spindles

REAR

  • Triangulated 4-link
  • Afco Double Adjustable Coilovers
  • Fabricated 9 Housing
  • Detrout Tru-trac w/ 3.70 Motive gears
  • PST Carbon Fibre driveshaft

WHEELS AND TIRES

FRONT

  • Boze Pro Touring 18x9
  • NITTO Invo 265/35 18

REAR

  • Boze Pro Touring 19x10
  • NITTO Invo 305/35 19

INTERIOR

  • Custom Rollcage
  • Custom console and seats
  • Ring Brothers Push Button Start
  • Racepak Digital Dash
  • Sky Drive GPS Speed sensor
  • Kenwood DVD Nav with Audison Voce Speakers, Subwoofer and Amplifier
  • Simpson 5 Point Camlock harnesses
  • Daytona weave Carpet

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Ring Brothers Billet Air Frame hood hinges and Door Handles
  • Billet Grill

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