By ADELE UPHAUS-CONNER, The Free Lance-Star
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — When Ellie Dufilho, 15, starts driving next year, it will be behind the wheel of her own custom-built vehicle.
Not only that, it will be a complete rebuild of a classic model—the 1965 Ford Falcon—that she and her dad, Matt, did themselves at their Spotsylvania County home.
The pair created a YouTube channel—Ellie’s Garage—to document their endeavor and it has led to opportunities for Ellie, a home-schooled sophomore, to write articles for vintage car magazines and national auto-parts dealers, and an invitation to be the special guest at the next national meeting of the Falcon Club of America.
“As an adult woman in the world, she’s going to be able to not only listen to a mechanic and know what they’re talking about, but be able to not have to take her car to a mechanic at all,” said Ellie’s