Follow the jump to read the rest of Justin's story and find out how you can give to help.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation had the car sent over to Gary Sobbry, Jr. at Washtenaw CC (WCC). Sobbry is the WCC department chairman (and an instructor) who has built numerous show and race cars with his students. The school has produced a string of award-winning restorations and custom jobs since it started the Custom Cars & Concepts Program in '02. Many of their graduates are now working in auto restoration and customization careers. The school received the truck and some initial help from Ford Racing, in the form of a former-Cannonball 2003 SVT Cobra engine. The motor now has a Kenne-Bell supercharger, custom Mass-Air meter and injectors, and a custom fuel system, which is good for about 630 flywheel hp. That's quite a bit better than stock, but Justin can dial it back a bit if wanted with a larger pulley.
Sobbry wants to get the project finished during the upcoming summer session, but needs a little help and $20,000 should just about cover it. That's where the automotive enthusiast community is needed. Any amount will help. You can write a check to "Washtenaw Community College" with "Justin Lilly" or "Make-A-Wish" written on the memo line and send it to:
Washtenaw Community College
c/o Gary Sobbry
4800 E. Huron River Dr.
Ann Arbor MI 48106
Of course, your donation is tax-deductible. There's also a website that has been tracking the project's progress. Check it out and don't forget to give whatever you can spare.