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Bill Nelson believes the purpose of life is to do constructive activities. This philosophy of visualize, create and enjoy had served him well for over sixty years. When his-twelve-year old son expressed a desire to buy a Jeep with a plow on it to do driveways, they went to work searching for the right vehicle. They found one and spent years fixing it up and driving it around their acres in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. Projects, collecting and crafts are how they spend their time. He has worked as a teacher and as a counselor. He is currently employed at a library.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (February 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741451751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741451750
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,231,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Wayne S. Walker on March 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
Twelve-year-old Doug lives with his parents, dad Dave, a community college professor, and mom Betty, in rural southeast Pennsylvania outside of Pottstown. One day, while mowing lawn for a neighbor Mr. Clemmens who has recently had surgery, he finds an old CJ, a civilian version of the Jeep army vehicle dating from around 1960, in Mr. Clemmens's barn. With the help of Gramps, who lives next door and was an army mechanic, Doug works for another neighbor, Farmer Schantz, to earn the money to buy it. Together, they get it operational, and Doug learns to drive it.

After receiving permission from the neighbors to drive through their fields and planning a route which avoids roads, on which he legally cannot drive since he is only twelve, Doug sets out on a long excursion to a local country store. A snowplow is also purchased and installed, and Gramps shows him how to clear driveways. Later, one stormy winter night, while Dad is away at a conference and Gramps and Granma are gone to their cabin, Doug and his mom get a call from a stranded neighbor, Jill Green, who is about to have a baby but has no way to get to the hospital since her husband has been at work and is having trouble getting home. Is there anything that Doug and the old CJ can do to help?

What young lad wouldn't like an adventure such as this! Doug is an industrious boy who knows what he wants and is willing to work hard to obtain it. Some of the sections about the workings of the Jeep and repairing them were way over my non-mechanical head, but anyone who enjoys tinkering with old vehicles will appreciate the material. The story illustrates some valuable life lessons and points out the importance of an education. Doug is even able to use some of the math that he learns in school to help him with the Jeep.
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