|dc.description.abstract||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.||en_US