EN105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking
As a young man, I couldn’t wait to get my drivers license and the sense of freedom that came along with it. I didn’t want to have just an ordinary vehicle, I wanted a truck that would stick out in a crowd and make others envy the fact that I was so young and had a pristine vehicle. A 15 year old boy doesn’t have much money but I had already been working on a farm for years. I had money saved but not enough to buy a new vehicle. The only way I could achieve this and have everything the way I wanted was to restore a vehicle and customize it myself.
I decided to buy a 1980 Chevrolet Scottsdale truck for $1200 with the goal of completely the restoration by my 16th birthday. The truck was in pretty rough shape but all the components needed were intact. You’re probably thinking how a 15 year old boy has the knowledge to completely restore a truck and take on such a big task? Well to say the least, I needed a bunch of help and guidance. Luckily, a very close friend of my family agreed to help me.
I was excited to start my restoration project and the first thing we tackled was disconnecting and removing the engine from the truck. The Chevrolet 350 cubic inch small block engine was taken to a local machine shop for a complete rebuild and assembly of various internal and external performance parts. We started taking apart the interior of the truck piece by piece. The dash and door panels were removed for paint, seats removed and reupholstered and the carpet replaced with new.
The body of the truck wasn’t in the best condition and the majority of my time was spent on bodywork and getting the exterior ready for paint. New floor panels were welded in the truck and two new front fenders were installed. The key to preparing a body for paint is a meticulous sanding process that takes a great deal of time. A compound called bondo is used as filler for dents,...