KENNEWICK — A well-weathered, low mileage Chevrolet van has helped a Kennewick High School senior meet his Eagle Scout goal and has become a "new" vehicle for a veterans group.
Casey Brush, who turned 18 on Friday, coordinated the refurbishing of the 1989 Chevrolet three-quarter ton van.
As a Scout trying to earn his Eagle rank, Brush had to oversee a project that required having volunteers do the hands-on work.
That meant supervising the sanding and painting of the van with help from other Scouts in Troop 169, sponsored by St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kennewick.
After purchasing the old van for $85 in December, Brush and his volunteers rounded up spare parts from Pasco Auto Wrecking and arranged for a place to park the vehicle while it went through a body overhaul and for the eye-popping decals that would scream the patriotic theme of Camp Patriot and the Stars and Stripes Foundation, which would receive the van.
Micah Clark, director of Camp Patriot, said he will use it as an equipment vehicle to carry guns for fundraising shooting competitions in Las Vegas later this year.
Brush said he documented 357 hours of work to redo the van, which has a new white paint job and is emblazoned with red, white and blue vinyl U.S. flag themed images.
"It took a lot more effort than I thought," Brush said. "But it is much better than I expected."
The van had body damage and a heavy coat of rust on the roof. It was missing door handles and needed a new battery and radiator.
All of the vinyl decal work was done at Dave Smith Motors in Kellogg, Idaho.
Brush said the van was completed in time to meet the Eagle Scout deadline. He picked it up Wednesday, and turned it over to Clark on Thursday.
Eagle Scout rules required that he complete his project before he turned 18, which was Friday.