Car and truck customizer, Trophy Truck driver and TV celebrity Jesse James has a new gig. During a small press conference at the SEMA show in Las Vegas last week, James told Linda Walter Nelson from INSIDE Out: Cars & Trucks he’s working on a new series of training videos that feature some of the young workers at the Austin Speed Shop. The custom build-up shop is near his new home in Central Texas, where James has relocated with his family after two tumultuous years in the news.
“I wasn’t making things,” Jesse said when reflecting on his roughest days. “At one point, I had to move from my personal shop into a space without any windows. It was miserable. ... My new home has a 3,000-square-foot garage and views of the Hill Country. And I’ve gotten back into welding and working with my hands.
“I have a lot of people asking me how to do things all the time or wanting to be an intern, so since I have a young staff and access to all sorts of builders, the time was right,” he said about the DVD training series.
James says the hour-long programs are intended to show viewers that you don’t need to overcomplicate what you want to accomplish. “Projects can be simple and very doable in your own garage. I like projects to be simple, clean and minimalist,” he said.
When asked about his choices when it comes to engines, chase vehicles and transporters, James said, “I have a real love for Chevy engines when it comes to my cars, and I’m lucky to have a Freightliner flatbed. But when it comes to trucks, it’s Ford all the way. My chase vehicles, loaded with replacement parts, tires and other stuff are F-250s.”
James will have the first starting position in his No. 54 Chevy Silverado in the Trophy Truck class of the 44th Tacate/SCORE Baja 1000, run from November 17 to 20. We're guessing his customized F-550 Super Duty will be along for the ride as well.