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96 THE SHOP DECEMBER 2018 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ he SEMA Show in Las Vegas rep- resents the top of the mountain in the specialty automotive world, so last year the students at Freedom High School created a mountain-climbing Toyota 4Runner for the event. This year, their goal was to promote rust-busting B'laster products by building an older truck that had been saved from the ravages of rust in their home state of Wisconsin. The students worked to turn the Rust Belt 1951 Chevrolet pickup into a show truck that proved that rust can be dealt with one way or another. Products such as the B'laster line can be used to eliminate rust, or builders can patina the rust into a pickup's finish, like the Freedom team did. The front fenders, hood and rear fenders of the truck were partly clear-coated over the rusty metal to drive home the point that rust is nothing to be scared of. Over about seven months, the old work- horse was transformed from a farm relic into a hot rod with modern high-tech underpinnings and a classic Camaro V-8. Auto Technology instructor Jay Abitz noted the project ran into a last-minute snag with the radiator inlet/outlet configuration and some welding needed to be done. Still, the '51 Chevy Advance Design pickup was ready in time for an open house in October to show it off to area car enthusiasts and raise donations for the trip to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. A number of car clubs from the Green Bay and Freedom areas attended, helping the auto class reach its fundraising goal. The pickup was featured in The B'laster Corp. booth #53020 at SEMA, proving that even an old rust bucket is worth saving and restoring. EDITOR'S NOTE: This series on the Freedom High School build originally appeared on THE SHOP's website. Sign up for our free eNews- letter that brings all the industry news to your inbox daily at Not Your Average Rust Bucket T \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ ONE MORE THING... By John Gunnell Auto tech students from Freedom High School in Wisconsin pulled off their second SEMA Show project build, saving a 1951 Chevrolet pickup "rust bucket" and turning it into a show- stopper that appeared in The B'laster Corp. booth in Las Vegas.

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