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Hello! My name is Ben Morris, and I’m a freshman and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I’m majoring in mechanical engineering on a high performance vehicles track.

As you might expect from someone with my major and track, I have a significant amount of experience working around cars. This started in 2006, when I was 5 years old, when my dad restored his 1965 Lotus Elan S2 (which had been sitting for 32 years prior).

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Time goes on though, and unfortunately my father passed away in 2014. I was fortunate enough to inherit the Elan, but it sat for 5 years before I was old enough to be able to drive it. While reading everything I could get my hands on about the car, I discovered that it had a number of failure points and weaknesses where if failure occurred, I would be left stranded, or worse.

So in the fall of 2019, when I was 18 years old, I decided I was going to restore it. I had no help though, so I reached out on the internet and absorbed as much knowledge I could from the old-timers that had been working on these since the day they left the factory for guidance along the way. Almost everything came out of the car - engine out, transmission out, final drive out, front and rear suspension out, dashboard out - so that I could evaluate the condition of what I had. I ended up having to rebuild the engine and replace just about everything in the rear suspension and final drive, with many retrofits for reliability along the way.

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It finally took to the road again on April 22, 2019 and I drove it around for most of the summer. Before I left New York to move to Florida (where my college is) I decided I wanted to rebuild the engine (which at this point I hadn’t done yet), because the oil burning and leaking was deemed too much of a problem for a 1,000 mile journey down the coast. I didn’t finish in time though, so the car had to be trailered down to Florida and I rebuilt the engine in my cousin’s garage on weekends and holidays during my first semester.

When I’m not in class or working on my car I can also be found working on a 1986 Nissan 300ZX, which is the current car that Embry-Riddle’s endurance racing team runs. I’m also a driver for that team when we race.

Apart from my experience working on cars, I picked up several repair skills over the years. Carpentry, general fabrication (welding and machining), and general home-handyman stuff are the main ones.

Skills:

-CAD (Inventor, CATIA, SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Fusion 360, NX)

-Programming (Java, Python, C++, MATLAB, Kotlin, JavaScript, C#)

-General fabrication (welding and machining)

-Carpentry

Groups/Memberships:

-EnduranceEagle Racing (official endurance racing team of Embry-Riddle)

-SCIC (Sport Compact Import Club, a car club at Embry-Riddle)

Awards:

-Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University College of Engineering Dean’s List (2019-2020)

-Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Provost Scholarship (2019-2020)