Justin's Ford in Progress

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Truck Pick Up

Justin's Truck was picked up Saturday, February 11 by Washtenaw Community CollegeGary saw the truck for the first time
Pushing the truck into the trailer

Justin being interviewed by the Jackson Citizen Patriot

And this is the article that was on the front page of the Jackson Cit Pat on Sunday Feb 12
http://www.mlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-16/1139742428267350.xml?jacitpat?NEJ&coll=3

Classic project
Make-A-Wish, college to help restore '51 Ford pickup
Sunday, February 12, 2006
By Aaron Foleyafoley@citpat.com -- 768-4944
By July, the Lilly family probably won't recognize the classic Ford pickup they've known for decades.
Back in 1975, Doug Lilly and his brother, Dave, got the bright red 1951 Ford F100 pickup to drive around their hometown of Dansville. Doug's wife, Shawn, is quite familiar with the truck: She rode around in it while the couple was still dating.
Doug's son, Justin, decided to restore the truck -- rusted, partially sunken into the ground and not running since 1981 -- in 2002. He and his grandfather spent two years looking for the right parts. Eventually, a new engine was put in.
It was supposed to be a run-of-the-mill restoration. But with some added help from some outside sources, it's anyone's guess as to what the truck will look like by the summer.
Washtenaw Community College and the Michigan chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation are working together to completely make over the truck.
Justin has bronchopulmonary dysplasia, an abnormal development of lung tissue. Born premature, Justin's lungs did not grow to their full capacity.
"He has about 30 percent of his lung capacity," Shawn Lilly said.
He could not complete the body work on the truck because of how the chemicals in the body paint affect his breathing.
On Saturday, the truck was taken from Justin's grandparents' home in Pleasant Lake to WCC in Ann Arbor, where automotive professors and students will finish the restoration.
The 55-year-old truck will have some modern toys added to it -- a new sound system, chrome detail, a DVD player and GPS navigation are just a few ideas Lilly has tossed around.
"The look I'm going for is kind of sleek and smooth," said the 17-year-old Northwest High School junior.
Besides adding new accessories, WCC will also replace the engine and tires, and refinish the body.
Lilly, a car buff, happens to be a fan of shows such as "Pimp My Ride" and "Rides," where ordinary cars are completely redone with state-of-the-art features. WCC's Custom Cars and Projects, which will be involved with the restoration, was featured on "Rides."
"I'm kind of in awe about all the things they want to do and are willing to do," Lilly said. "I've never had a chance at anything like this."
Lilly said he plans on showing the truck at car conventions, as well as driving it in parades.
"We're just real grateful that someone would be willing to do this for Justin," Doug Lilly said. "It's way beyond anything we ever expected."
It's something Justin Lilly has been waiting for a long time, his mother said.
"I'm just overwhelmed that this is really happening for him," Shawn Lilly said.

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