You may recognize Sydney Sweeney from for her role as Cassie Howard in the HBO series euphoriaor maybe as Eden Spencer on Hulu’s The Maid’s Story. But did you know that the 24-year-old actress has also been a key hit in recent months? In fact, over the past year, he works to rebuild his dream car, 1969 Ford Bronco.
Since February 2021, Sweeney has been rebuilding the vintage Ford Bronco he salvaged from a snow pile on the East Coast. He documents the development on TikTok, with the post on his account, @syds_garageamassed millions of views.
Now, White Lotus actress in New Yorkwhere he proudly showcases the work behind the creation of his “dream” truck.
“I really always wanted it,” he said. “I always thought they were beautiful classic cars. And completely all-American. It is very beautiful, very beautiful.”
Talk to Jalopnik at New York Auto Parts Show on eBay at the Manhattan Classic Car Club, Sweeney drove uscircled the stunning red truck, showing him everything he’d had to tweak, fix, paint and polish since he got his old Bronco.
“I switched drum brakes to disc brakes, so it’s safe,” he began. “It was also manual, so I changed the entire transmission and driveshaft to automatic. All interior and chrome details I designed and tweaked.
“The roll bar is new, there isnew springs, new suspension. I had to replace, not completely change, but overhaul and repair the front and rear axles because they were a little rusty.”
And the list goes on, including reupholstering the seats in tan leather and finishing the vintage truck with a shimmery red paint scheme. That was tough enough, especially since the truck was left to rot before Sweeney began his revival.
“It doesn’t feel real, it’s really cool,” he said when asked what he thought of the truck now on display in New York alongside five other custom cars. At the Auto Parts Show, Sweeney shows off his Bronco next to a Tesla powered V8 and a classic Ford Ranger that has been turned into a six-wheel desert racer.
“Everyone loves it, it’s great, because me and a lot of people have worked hard for it,” he said. “And I hope it inspires other young women to want to work and become mechanics.”
And it does look amazing, especially when you consider that this is the first heartbreaking project Sydney has ever worked on. In fact, when he started rebuilding the truck, he said he had no mechanical knowledge.
He said: “I know how to change tires and I know how to change the oil and check the different fluid levels in the car. But it was a full learning experience for me.”
But a truck like this is no small undertaking for someone new heartbreaking. Thankfully, Sweeney says he has an old family friend standing by to help him overcome any challenges that arise.
“Rod Emory, he builds and restores classic classic Porsches,” he said. I grew up with him, his son is one of my best friends. We went to school together, we grew up together, our parents were best friends and it was like a family dynamic.”
Emory kindly lent Sweeney an area of his shop for him to work on in the Bronco, though the space was usually “porches only.” There, he is tutored by him and his team as he learns his new Bronco ways.
“I have to really study it, feel it,” he added.
Sweeney admits that there were times when the truck was “very angry with me”, such as when bolts jammed and parts stuck together. But, he said the rebuild was a “bonding experience” he “must have with the car.”
“I hate people who say something is given to someone else,” he explained. “I love working on my own stuff and I want to be able to claim, be independent and say I’ve done all this work.
“It can be said that I put my own sweat into it. I put my own heart into it. It’s not something I bought and could just drive straight away.”
With her first project now completed and proudly on display for all to see, it seems only a matter of time before Sydney has a second tired old car occupying garage space while she tries to bring it back from the dead.
After all, once you catch a nuisance insect, it’s hard to let go.