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My Ride

November 30, 1999|By CHRIS COPLEY

My Ride is an occasional feature that spotlights teens and their vehicles. Today, meet Andrew Fultz.

Name: Andrew Fultz of Inwood, W.Va.

Age: 18

School: Just-graduated senior from Musselman High School

Type of car: 1997 Dodge Ram SS/T (it's a limited edition truck; only 3,711 were produced, according to Fultz)

Received: October 2005 as an early graduation present

Unusual feature: A built-in, flat-screen, touch-screen DVD player.

First passenger: Fultz's girlfriend, Brittany Austin.

Regular destinations: He drives to work at Duron Paints and Wallcoverings in Martinsburg, W.Va., to classes at Community and Technical College of Shepherd in Martinsburg, and to Brittany's house.

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Unique problems: Aside from a faulty cruise control switch, the most unique problem Fultz has dealt with was self-inflicted. When he and a buddy installed new audio speakers in the doors, they zip-tied the speakers to what they thought were structural parts in the doors. On his next trip, Fultz tried to open the electric-powered windows. The windows only opened half way, then the passenger window fell into the door frame. Fultz had inadvertantly tied the speakers to the window-opening mechanism.

Most memorable trip: Weekend trips to King's Dominion in Doswell, Va.

What's in the DVD player: "The Day After Tomorrow"

Ultimate car: Dodge Ram 2500 turbo diesel quad-cab with four-wheel drive and six-speed transmission.

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