, 17, has his
1985 Porsche 944 painted at National Auto Collision Center
, which added the black racing stripe.With the help of friends and local businesses, he
is restoring the car to sell it and donate proceeds to charity.
paid about $1,500 a year ago for the car with the badly patched dings, terrible paint job and tattered interior.Restoration proved a tempting challenge for the aspiring engineer and a few of his
"I've been a Legos kid ever since I was little," he
says with a grin.
realized it would make a cool Eagle Scout project.Among requirements for earning Boy Scouts' highest rank is planning, developing and leading an effort that benefits the community, a school or a religious institution.
To get professional work done, Eric
knocked on doors.
and friends have installed dashboard padding and new carpet, but they have more interior work to do before the car is finished.
, immersed in the engineering curriculum at Middleton, hopes to earn his
degree from Rochester Institute of Technology
in New York.The project has inspired him to specialize in automotive engineering.He
hopes to get as much as $8,000 from the sale, reclaim his
investment and turn the rest over to Easter Seals.That's the chosen charity of Venture Crew, of which he's a member.
That branch of Scouts gravitates toward more extreme adventures, such as white-water rafting, scuba diving and parasailing.He
then plans to make his
case before the Eagle Scout review board.
...Eric already has won the admiration of Linda Farmer, body shop manager at National Auto Collision Center.