Vintage Car Restored as Prop
by Matt Bintz
My project started in June 2011 after the Sedgwick Middle School’s production of Hairspray. The Drama Club Director announced that the musical for 2012 would be Grease. We all thought it would be cool to get a real 1950's vintage car to use as a stage prop since the original production of Grease featured a 1949 Ford convertible.
Luckily, I knew someone who had an old wreck sitting in the woods on his property and he graciously donated it to us. We picked up the wreck at the end of December 2011 and began work on it right away as we had only 2-1/2 months to get the car on stage for rehearsals. Turns out, the wreck was a Dodge Wayfarer. This model Dodge was almost a perfect fit since it was in production between 1949 and 1953.
Of course, every project demands a new power tool and this one gave me the perfect excuse to get the MIG welder I always wanted. Also, I would get some valuable practice for my dream project, a real auto restoration.
I had no previous welding experience, but found the Lincoln Electric POWER MIG® 140C wire feeder welder easy to use. It did a superb job when welding on thin sheet metal and I was very impressed with the overall capability of the machine. I purchased the welder at an Airgas® store and the folks there were very helpful and informative.
The car was a big hit for the show and now I am working on restoring a 1969 Cougar.
Thank you Lincoln for making such a great product!
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