Disabled veteran builds life-size Batmobile replica

Posted at 8:04 PM, Oct 23, 2016
and last updated 2017-03-02 17:38:08-05

Halloween is just over a week away - and for one disabled veteran that means he's racing against the clock because he's building a life-size replica of one of Batman's Batmobiles for the holiday.

Ray Storey said he had a career in the military, and now he is battling several disabilities. 

"[I have] fibromyalgia, degenerated disc disease, they want me to have surgery... they have me going to all different kinds of therapies," Story said. 
"I can't focus on the pain. I have to focus on life."

Storey's has focused on completing a life-size replica of the Batmobile known as the Tumbler in time for Halloween.

"The Tumbler is a very complicated vehicle," Storey said. 

The veteran said he has already put in 30 to 40 hours of work to complete the job. 

"The plan for building this actually started last year," Storey said. "I want to be a hero to my kids." 

Storey said he is building the replica in order to create good memories for his kids before any of his disabilities leave him debilitated. The veteran said Batman and the Batmobile are the perfect choice because Batman is truly human. 

"No magical powers - just a little bit of money, and little bit of intelligence, and a lot of hard work. I'm trying to be that kind of super hero to my kids," he said. 

Storey said he hopes to have the Batmobile completed by Halloween-eve. 

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