PANDORA — On Aug. 1, 2015, a Bluffton church is giving away a car in
Pandora. The only elegibilty requirement is that you occupy one seat for
The giveaway originated with Steve Bishop, proprietor
of Hippy’s Body Shop in Pandora and the Men’s Ministry Director at
Tri-County Family Assembly of God, Bluffton. Bishop said he has wanted
to rennovate a car as a church project, and give it away to someone in
need, for years. So this year, he and his wife located a 1998 Ford
Mustang GT in Springfield, purchased it and brought it home.
Bishop said he had originally intended to find a 1968 Mustang, but went with a recent year to ease auto body novices into gear.
of the guys at church have never worked on cars, but they’re going to
get a treat when they start in on this one,” he laughed. “This one won’t
Although an under-the-hood inspection has
already taken place, the car will be moved into the bay of Bishop’s
garage on State Route 12 in Pandora, a location which was once the
vocational agriculture center for Pandora-Gilboa High School. Once
there, the car will be stripped and everything old will be made new
In order to get in line for this auto’s ownership, a person
just has to attend the Tri-County Family Assembly of God for just one
service. After the service, that person can sign a liability waiver and
enter their name in a drawing, one which will be held during Bishop’s
August car show in downtown Pandora.
Terry Hunt is the church
pastor. “I’ve been in ministry 38 years. We’ve never done anything like
this. A lot of church’s give away Easter eggs at Easter,” he laughed.
“We’ll give away 20,000 Easter eggs at 20 cents a piece…this is kind of
unique. And it’s absolutely free.”
Bishop confirmed that all parts
of the car’s renewal is being done through donations. One of the church
members, Dan Garvey, owner of Ada’s Fine Touch Furniture, does auto
interiors and will completely redo the inside of the Mustang.
[Auto Parts] jumped on board,” said Bishop. “They’ve been donating
parts for this, anything mechanical. Jeff Parsons of Pandora’s Parsons
Auto has been making sure everything is working the way it should
mechanically. Doty’s out of Bluffton is going to go through the
suspension. It’s basically going to be a brand new vehicle.”
the car is completed, it will sport a new coat of metallic black paint.
Bishop has a graphic artist friend who may add a racing design.
Hunt noted that the car will not be a “suped-up” auto, but will be a street-friendly vehicle that someone can drive safely.
I talk to people out of state, they say, ‘Man, I wish I went to your
church. We don’t do anything like that’,” said Bishop. “It’s really neat
to hear people’s reaction. They say, ‘You’re just going to give it
away?’ Yep. We just want people to come and hear the Word.”
those who are interested in being part of the project, whether as a
donor of parts or labor, Bishop invites them to give him a call at