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My name is Colton Hunter, I am an 18 year old high school student. After high school I plan on going straight into my career as a gas pipeline welder but what I'm here to talk to you about today is my senior project. I have a love for working on cars and I am always fixing or tuning something up on my truck. Just earlier this year I ran into a huge dilemma with my truck and come to find out that my motor needed to be rebuilt. My senior project tells the story of how I was able to do so.
Since my product had to deal with motors and mechanics, I decided to research the specs and certain types of parts needed to go into a motor like mine. After I had gotten the old and damaged parts out, I began to look at the serial numbers and look them up on the internet. After finding them I was astonished. The parts that the engine builder had put in my truck's motor were completely mixed matched and were never supposed to go together. It's like the guy just went to a junkyard and grabbed a load of random parts and threw them on the motor. After going to a bunch of online forums and talking to the technicians at Edelbrocke, I found that in order for my motor to run properly and efficiently, I needed specific parts to go with the high performance camshaft and pistons that I had in the motor.
Countless hours of research and talking on the phone with engine guys, I was able to put together the correct parts list that I needed to complete my motor. In the process of rebuilding it, I ran into so many obstacles I can't even count. The first one was just tearing the motor apart once I got it out. The guy from the engine building fact didn’t put anticize on the bolts that hold the heads on my motor so over time they became rusty and some broke while trying to take them out. Another huge problem was just getting the motor back in the truck. It literally took about 3 hours just to get the motor to drop into the mounts and bolt it down. The most frustrating part was probably getting the starter back on. I was constantly dropping the bolts while I was under the truck to bolt it on and when I finally got it on I realized that it was upside down. Boy was I mad.
Working on my truck like this relates to being a mechanic. Whether your one who works at a Porsche dealership and never getting dirty or one who works out of your own garage, you're always going to run into problems and will constantly have to fix other people's mistakes. While working on this I realized that no matter what problems come down the road, I will always persevere and finish through with my head held high. Even though my project was based around being a mechanic, I have other plans for the future. I want to pursue a career in pipe welding. To me, welding is so fascinating and how you can join 2 separate pieces of metal but melting a stick of metal in between them.
My senior project over the past few months has had its ups and downs. It has tested me in many ways an shown me the kind of person I am under stressful circumstances and shown me that I can persevere through them. Overall, I think the senior project is a good way to end high schoolers senior year because it is a real test of what kind of person they are but also will show them what they are capable of and how they handle big workloads. I would like to think all the judges here today for taking time out of their schedule to come and judge my project. If you have any questions feel free to ask at any time.