The Unintended Consequences of Making an Art Car
Becker, William Fairbank
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When I first had the idea, I didn’t really think I’d be doing it for my senior individualized project. I thought SIP’s were supposed to be “academic,” or as it related somehow to our major or minor. What I learned while doing this project gave me a new perspective on what a SIP can really be. As I see it, this project involved so much more than just painting a car and writing about it. I spent late nights driving around, listening for irregular noises, becoming familiar with how the car handles and behaves. I practiced shifting at exactly the right moment to make the exhaust backfire and burble just so, and how to make the ride like a limousine for my passengers. I learned how much throttle it took to make the tires spin in each gear, at different speeds. I meticulously detailed both the interior and exterior, fed it the highest quality gasoline and fluids, and put considerable time and money into keeping it on the road. I didn’t realize it at the time but I would soon be in over my head. Despite my confidence in my own craftsmanship abilities, I was not prepared for how much time, sweat, money, and attention this project would take. I would face many daunting challenges, both seen and unseen, before I could finally call it complete. But as they say, a project car is never done. To begin, I’d first like to tell you about how I went about creating an art car.