Can Help Build Justin's 1951 Ford F-100
By: Mike Levine Posted:
05-01-07 23:44 PT
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I just heard
about this story from
super-stealthy auto spy Brenda Priddy and our good friends at iZoom.
has a wish. He wants to restore and drive a 1951 Ford F-100 that's
been in his family for over thirty years. But afflicted with bronchopulmonary
dysplasia, a chronic lung disorder that's left Justin with about 30%
of the normal lung capacity of a teenager, he's getting some help
from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and students at Washtenaw Community
College in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
CC is known for its 'Custom
Cars and Concepts Program', one of a few high-end
auto customization courses taught in the country. Vehicles that have
come out of Watenshaw's garages have made it to SEMA and been featured
on television shows, like the Learning Channel's "Rides". When WCC
instructor Gary Sobbry heard about Justin's project, he knew he
and his students could help.
and company are doing more than just bringing this truck back to its
original factory specs. They're taking it to a whole new level that
couldn't have been dreamed of half a century ago.
generous help and support from Ford Motor Company, the WCC team and
Justin recently installed a new engine donated from a
2003 Ford SVT Mustang Cobra. The stonkin' 4.6-liter V8 has been modified
with a Kenne-Bell supercharger to produce 630 flywheel
horsepower, or, about 529 more horses than the truck's original straight-six.
But a project
like this requires a significant budget to make all the custom mods
come to life. And here's where you can help.
his friends at WCC and Make-A-Wish need $20,000 to complete his pickup.
If you'd like to provide your support, you can send a tax-deductible
c/o Gary Sobbry, Washtenaw Community College
E. Huron River Dr.
Ann Arbor MI 48106
at iZoom already sent in $100, and we're throwing another Franklin
in the mail. So, now it's down to $19,800.
help, Justin's vision, and WCC's overhauling skills, we're sure when
this truck is done it's going to take everyone's breath away.
like to follow the progress of this truck directly, check out Justin's