You may recognize Sydney Sweeney from for her roles as Cassie Howard in the HBO series Euphoriaor maybe like Eden Spencer in Hulu’s The waitress’ story. But did you know that the 24-year-old actress has also become something of a wrench in recent months? In fact, over the past year, she has been working on rebuilding her dream car, a 1969 Ford Bronco.
Since February 2021, Sweeney has rebuilt a vintage Ford Bronco, which she rescued from a snowdrift on the east coast. She documented the building on TikTok, with posts to her account, @syds_garageand collects millions of views.
Now, The white lotus actress is in New Yorkwhere she proudly displays the craft behind the building of her “dream” truck.
“I’ve definitely always wanted one,” she says. “I always thought they were just such a beautiful, classic car. And truly all-American. It’s just beautiful, it’s beautiful. “
Talks with Jalopnik at eBay’s auto parts show in New York at the Manhattan Classic Car Club, Sweeney went for a walk with usaround the stunning red truck, pointing to everything she’s had to change, repair, paint and polish since she got her fingers in the aging Bronco.
“I switched from drum brakes to disc brakes, so that’s for sure,” she begins. “It was also a manual, so I switched the entire gearbox and drive shaft to an automatic. I have designed and changed the entire interior and chrome details.
“The roll bar is new, there onere new springs, new suspension. I had to replace, not replace completely, but renew and repair the front and rear axles because they were a bit rusty. “
And the list goes on, including redecorating the seats with tan leather and finishing the vintage truck with a shiny red paint. It was quite a task, especially since the truck had been left to rot before Sweeney began his resurrection.
“It does not feel right, it’s so cool,” she says when asked what she thinks of the truck, now that it’s on display in New York along with five other custom-designed cars. At the Auto Parts Show, Sweeney showcases his Bronco next to one V8-powered Tesla and a classic Ford Ranger that has been transformed into a six-wheel drive desert racer.
“Everyone loves it, which is great because I and so many people have put so much work into it,” she says. “And I hope it inspires other young women to want to work and become mechanics.”
And it looks great, especially when you consider that this is the first scary project Sydney has ever worked on. In fact, when she started rebuilding the truck, she says she had “zero” mechanical know-how.
She says: “I knew how to change a tire and I knew how to change oil and check different fluid levels in the car. But this was a full learning experience for me. “
But a truck like this is no small task for a beginner twisting. Fortunately, Sweeney says she had an old family friend on hand to help her with the challenges that arose.
“Rod Emory, he builds and restores classic vintage Porsches“she says. I grew up with him, his son is one of my best friends. We went to school together, we grew up together, our parents are best friends, and it’s like a family dynamic.”
Emory kindly lent Sweeney an area of her store so she could work on the Bronco, even though the room was usually “for Porches only.” There, she was taught by him and his team as she learned her new Broncos way of walking.
“I was actually supposed to teach her, feel her,” she adds.
Sweeney admits there were times when the truck was “so mad at me,” such as when bolts were stuck and parts were fused together. But she says the rebuilding was a “bonding experience” that she “needs to have with the car.”
“I hate people who say things are given to other people,” she explains. “I like working for my own things and I would like to be able to make demands, be independent and say that I had done all this work.
“It is to be able to say that I put my own sweat in it. I put my own heart into it. It’s not something I bought and could drive right away. ”
With her first project now completed and proudly on display for all to see, it feels like only a matter of time before Sydney has another old-fashioned car that takes up garage space while she tries to bring it back from the dead.
After all, it’s hard to shake it off once you’ve caught the crushing bug.