It took three months, over 500 hours of work and $30,000 in parts, but Earl Offenback — an 18-year-old from Bucks County and Make-A-Wish recipient — finally got his ride overhauled by Paoli-based Turn5.
Offenback, who was born with a heart condition called called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS), has undergone three open heart surgeries. He’s a fan of The Fast and the Furious and cars overall, so it made sense that his wish was getting his 2002 Jeep Wrangler redone. Turn5 brand ExtremeTerrain.com, which focuses solely on custom parts and services for Wranglers, took on the task.
The transformation was radical. This is Offenback’s ride before the makeover:
And here’s how it looked after:
As the company set out to get the ride outfitted with custom wheels and tires, bumpers, suspension lifts, black matte paint and other more aesthetic elements of the overhaul, it also found a rusted frame, which was replaced. The car’s engine and transmission were also rebuilt ahead of the big reveal, which took place Saturday at the company’s yearly block party.
“This year was extra special as it was the first block party in our new office headquarters and a momentous occasion to open our doors to the wider community,” said Steve Voudouris, cofounder and CEO of Turn5. “It also represents our ongoing commitment to Make-A-Wish to fulfill a deserving teenager’s dream. Earl’s passion and can-do attitude is inspiring.”
Turn5, founded in 2003, opened up its new 90,000-square-feet Chester County HQ in January. The company, which operates two other websites focused on parts for customized rides, looks to build out the new headquarters with 180 employees over the next three years.
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