Justin's Ford in Progress

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Recent Events

Since the last post the truck has made many appearances. Here are two that have happened in the last year.

It was in the Memorial Day Parade in Dansville, Michigan this year. Last year it broke down right before the parade so Justin was very excited to drive it in 2009. His dream was to be able to drive it in the parade and that happened this year.

It was also in the SEMA car show in Las Vegas, NV during the fall of 2009. This is the second time it has been in this show and this year it was in the Ford Cruisin' Legends section of the show. Justin also travelled to Las Vegas and was able to show off his truck and talk about it with other visitors.

(I apologize for this picture being sideways, it keeps rotating after Iupload it and I can't seem to change it once it is loaded.)

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Here It Is!!!!

Justin's Truck has been finished! It still has a few more things to go but it runs and it looks complete! Justin and his brother are in Los Vegas this week to see the truck at SEMA. Then it will come back and be in a few shows before Justin will get the completed truck next spring.

Justin telling the story of the truck to the whole crowd

The finished truck rear view

Finished truck front view

Justin gets his first ride in his new truck

The new steering column and dash board

The new engine under the hood

The seats with Make A Wish embroidered on them

Justin's first chance to sit in the driver seat

Justin's grandfather that has been with him through the whole process

Justin being interviewed by a local reporter

Justin and some of the guys that made this all possible

Thank you to everyone who shared in this day with Justin and made it possible. And for those of you that weren't able to make, I hope this helps you somewhat see Justin's truck!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Big Day

Today is the day of the car show at Washtenaw Community College. Justin has been getting extremely excited and was asked not to come to the college for the last 10 days so he will be surprised. More information to come in the next few days!

Here is also a news article that was posted by Ford in their publication in June, 2006. Enjoy and if you want to look at the article yourself check out the link on the right hand side of the page!

Volunteers Help Rebuild Classic Ford Truck To Make a Youngster's Wish Come True
By Jessica Thiringer
Special to FCN Online
DEARBORN, June 21, 2006 (FCN) -- Justin Lilly, 18, his dad, and other family and friends crowded into the cafeteria at Ford's Beech Daly Technical Center building recently to build a very special engine. Now a makeshift garage, the cafeteria's plastic chairs had been pushed up against the wall, making room for rolling tool boxes, an engine block, and a cart full of high-performance engine parts.
Lilly, with an unfailing smile and bright eyes, was there because his wish was coming true: he restored his father's 1951 Ford F-100 pickup with the help of 30 Ford volunteers, Washtenaw Community College and the Michiganchapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Lilly, of Jackson, Mich., has bronchopulmonary dysplasia, a chronic lung disorder marked by abnormal scarring in the lungs, and is only able to use about 30 percent of his lungs. He uses oxygen while sleeping.
"With the tools I have and the mechanics I know, the best I could have done [on the truck] was to drop in my rebuilt flathead V8 [engine] and drive it like it is," said Lilly, taking a break for pepperoni pizza and soda. "I was getting under the truck, rust falling in my face whenever I'd work on it. Now the whole thing is being built new, from the ground up. I never could have done this myself."
Lilly wanted to restore his father's classic Ford F-100 pickup for years; it hadn't run in nearly two decades. He remembers constantly asking his dad, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we worked on the truck?”
The entire truck is being entirely overhauled. Ford is donating a racing engine: a 2003 4.6-liter 4-valve Cobra engine with a Kenne-Bell supercharger. The powertrain was originally built for a 2004 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor and entered in the 2005 One Lap of America race. The Custom Cars and Concepts program at Washtenaw Community College is fulfilling Lilly's wish by completely restoring the truck's body.
Described as a gearhead by a family friend, Lilly prefers to spend his time working on, as he describes, "anything with wheels and an engine." “It doesn’t matter if it has four wheels or two. If I could take a lawnmower and do something [hot rod] to it, I’d do it,” he said.
This project is also special to the Ford volunteers.
“Justin’s a car guy, like us,” said Ray Evans, project coordinator. "We can bring him in here, show him things, and he’ll understand. When he’s pushing the gas pedal, he’ll know what’s in his truck. Not many people have the opportunity to come here and build engines."

Lilly helped engine techs Jess Novak and Steve Egan install and fasten some of the pistons and connecting rod assemblies. The engine was completed and then taken to Ford’s Engine Manufacturing Development Operations in Allen Park, Mich., for dyno testing and shipped to the college, where it will be put in the truck. Fabrication on the truck should be complete by early August.
“Justin’s wish is different," said Alissa Shipman, Lilly’s Make-A-Wish wish manager. "The story behind it is special and sentimental.” One of Lilly's favorite stories about the truck is his dad, Doug Lilly, took his mom, Shawn, on their first date in the truck in 1981.
The truck was parked for 20 years, and by 2002, it had sunk in the ground up to the frame.
“Everything was seized up. I spent the first two weeks with a torch in my hand while my grandpa had a hammer and a grease gun, trying to loosen everything up,” said Lilly.
Evans called in some of the team members who worked on the CVPI project and other highly talented employees.
“We knew this engine would be perfect for Justin’s truck. We were in the right place at the right time when this opportunity came up," said Evan s, echoing the sentiments of the entire Ford team.
Lilly would like to paint the truck cherry red with a silver base coat. “With that silver, the red looks almost maroon. I think it’s really nice," he said. His wish list also includes bucket seats with a console and a three-point harness.
After some internal debate, Lilly decided he’d like an automatic transmission.
Most of the truck's parts aren’t salvageable. The Ol’ Parts Mining Company, which specializes in Ford restoration, is accepting donations through its Web page for Lilly’s truck. Contributions include a bed kit and tonneau cover from Pro’s Pick, a chassis from Fatman Fabrications, a full brake system from Stainless Steel Brakes Corporation, a steering wheel from Grant and performance tires from Goodyear.
"This is the first time we've done a project like this here," says Bob Calleja, Beech Daly build area supervisor. "I don't think it will be the last, either. We love this, and the guys love it, too."
The best part of the project, according to Evans, was no contest. "The look on Justin's face. He rode in a red Cobra on the way to the dyno test and couldn't quit smiling," he said.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Truck Will be in Show October 7

Justin's truck is now near "show" completion. It will be unveiled at Washtenaw Community College in 15 days, October 7th at around 12:00 noon. The show is from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM. It is a college wide show where different departments at the school feature their various programs.

The truck will likely be shown toward the end of October in Las Vegas. This show is called "SEMA" and is one of the two larger shows for the college that happen once per year. The truck has a chance of being in the "Ford"
booth but if not will be in another booth at the show.

The truck will then be put in various Ford dealerships in Ann arbor and Jackson throughout the winter. In March it will be in the other big yearly show called Auto Rama at Cobo Hall Detroit. Justin will probably get the truck for himself next spring sometime after the Ford crew is done "tweaking" the performance.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Justin's Graduating!

Justin will be graduating from Northwest High School
June 3rd, 2007

We will be having an open house to celebrate this event!
Justin's home
June 9th, 2007
1-4 PM
Come if you would like!
The truck will NOT be here

Most recent news:

Custom made Dashboard Guages

Gene Winfield came in to chop the top

Another picture of him working

Putting the top back on

Other improvements:
  • Put the CC logo stamp on the tailgate
  • Currently ordering electric tailgate locks
  • Wheels came in (pictures coming later)
  • Back end has been tubbed
  • Fixed radiator size problems
  • Suicide doors put in
Near future work:
  • Bed painted and finished
  • Rear bumper lights finished
Estimated completion date:
  • Still unknown at this time

Keep checking back for more information