September 7, 2022

Recipient Spotlight: Andrew Woods

Name: Andrew Woods

School: McPherson College

Location: McPherson, Kansas

Areas of interest :
Body & Paint, Engine & Mechanical, Fabrication & Metal Shaping, Hot Rods, Resto Mods, Performance Mods / Tuning, Motorcycles

Era of interest:
The 1950s – 1970s, 2010s and Modern

What sparked your interest in collector vehicles?
My dad owned a 1968 Camaro. I fell in love with cars because of that car the rush it gave when my old man would stomp on the gas it was amazing!

Do you have a vehicle you’re working on / have worked on? What is it and what kind of work are you doing?
Most recently, I completed a small build on a 1967 El Camino for my family. My grandparents bought it brand new in 1967. I re-surfaced the bed, restored the Rally Sport wheels with factory GM color, did paint correction on the whole car, taking out tons of scratches, installed new carpet and door panels, and resprayed the engine bay for the high rpm 327 I built over the last winter (2021) this motor was especially important since it came out of my grandfathers 1965 corvette that he had sold way back when. He removed the engine because it was actually a 1967 year model engine which made it even more perfect for the 1967 El Camino. My current projects are a 1982 Honda Sabre 750 that I am turning into a Cafe Racer. My second project is the 1968 Camaro that I received from my grandfather after his passing, now it’s completely taken apart, so it’s got a long way to go. I have installed a dummy LS motor and a dummy 4l80e transmission with the new cross-member, by the end of September, I hope to have the entire dash and firewall complete.

What are your short-term/long-term career goals?
In the short term complete my degree and have my grandfather’s Camaro completed by then. Long-term, I’d love to be working for GM. They are starting a GM restoration side that sounds like tons of fun!

How has the RPM Foundation impacted your education/career path?
It helped me with my summer internship at Sachse Rod Shop, which has extremely helped my understanding and impact that social media has on our car culture and how to use it to spread to more people to get more people in love with cars etc.

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