Freedom high school students restore truck to be featured in Las Vegas convention

A student works on a truck in Freedom High School's automotive class on October 12, 2017 (WBAY...
A student works on a truck in Freedom High School's automotive class on October 12, 2017 (WBAY photo)(WBAY)
Published: Oct. 12, 2017 at 8:52 PM CDT
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A truck at Freedom High School is getting a lot of attention.

It's been completely refurbished by a group of students and will soon go on display at a Las Vegas convention.

It's a project that's been underway for about six months.

Students at Freedom High School say the changes have been dramatic to a 1985 Toyota 4Runner after the vehicle was donated to the school last spring as part of a project to raise money for the school's automotive program.

Freedom High School automotive instructor Jay Abitz said, "It's a complete transformation from a rusty stock to a four runner to something that's completely custom built with a lift kit and a bunch of handcrafted metal fabrication and $20,000 in donated aftermarket parts. It's a real rock crawler now."

The vehicle was donated to the school by the Northeast Wisconsin Motorama in exchange for the students providing assistance at the show.

The project has provided the students with hands-on experience many are grateful for.

Automotive student Brian Vander Heiden said, "It is very nice. I've learned so many things, how to shape metal, how to paint correctly, and all these little tips and tricks I never knew before."

As an added bonus the class was selected to show off its truck at a major automotive convention two weeks from now in Las Vegas.

"Going out and seeing SEMA in itself in Vegas is a real eye opener. That's the world's largest automotive trade show. So the amount of tools and technology and cool cars their going to see is just mind boggling," said Abitz.

Eventually the truck will be raffled off, with a goal of raising at least $25,000.