MOORHEAD — A Moorhead High School senior is about to head out on a dream trip to Minneapolis.
He has been invited to bring his truck to the Twin Cities Auto Show, and it is no ordinary truck. The teenager has put his heart and soul into it, and people are noticing.
Eighteen-year-old Noah Brush should be making plans for prom and graduation about now, but instead, the teenager is headed to Minneapolis with his 1961 Ford E-100 Econoline.
The truck sat out in the elements for some time and on the outside, it still has the look of old. But Brush rebuilt everything on the inside on his own.
His dad also helped at their Broken Spoke Cycle and Speed shop in Sabin with tasks like fabricating metal and getting a new motor.
“You get right up and personal with the engine,” he said. “I cut out the whole floor.”
No hood ornament? No problem. Brush came up with one on his own featuring a V8 Symbol.
And an old tree that grew through the truck? They kept it.
“When they went to pull it out, they cut it off the top and bottom and it has been there ever since,” he said. “Being a rat rod, you can't fake it and I had to leave it there.”
Brush competed in a contest for high school students with his truck and won, earning him a spot at the Twin Cities Auto Show, where he will now compete with adults. He left for the competition Wednesday, March 4, after months of work.
Brush's vehicle will also be featured at the upcoming Toppers Car Show in West Fargo.