John E. Frazier studied industrial technology at Grambling State University (GSU) and went on to have a successful career at General Motors. Now an engineering technology professor at GSU, he eventually turned his skills to car restoration.
That hobby recently earned Frazier the top award and trophy at the 2021 Lincoln Parish Park Festival Car Show. The winning car was a restored blue and white 1955 Chevrolet Belair, with a 350 engine and two four-barrel carburetors.
It’s clear why the vehicle earned Frazier the title of the best overall winner. The time and effort he put into it shows in the shiny, pristine exterior, the powerful engine and the refurbished interior.
Frazier said his interest in all things automotive began when he was a teen.
“I started in high school with a love of cars,” he said. “When I was at Grambling State University, I majored in industrial technology. I was already rebuilding engines before I went to work for General Motors.”
After completing his undergraduate degree at GSU, Frazier worked as an industrial engineer/supervisor at General Motors Corporation, Flint Engines Division in Flint, Michigan.
He has over 30 years of experience in industrial engineering and teaching at Louisiana Technical College and Grambling State University. His main hobbies include gardening, building and flying drones, and restoring old classic cars. Other antique vehicles restored by Frazier include a 1970 Corvette Stingray and a 1978 Ford F-150 custom pickup truck.
GSU President Rick Gallot said the university is fortunate to have Frazier on its faculty.
“He is not only incredibly talented but he is able to transfer his knowledge on to our students,” he said. “The attention to detail that he displays in car restoration is also reflected in the classroom. He’s a class act and we are proud of his accomplishments.”
About Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System.