This July, a vintage 1956 Ford F-100 half-ton pickup in Rainforest Green Metallic will be raffled off by the East Syracuse Minoa School District in New York, with proceeds benefitting the EMS Central High School’s Automotive Technology class.
In fact, as Hemmings reports, it was the students of that very high school course who built the Ford F-100 as a class project. The truck’s stock 292 cubic-inch engine was swapped out in favor of a 302 with a four-barrel carb and an updated ignition system. Power windows, steering, and brakes, along with a modern air-conditioning system, have all been installed, as well.
The truck project came about when ESM Central’s Automotive Technology teacher, Ryan Beckley, acquired the unfinished 1956 Ford F-100 project from Plattsburgh-based owner Michael Stoutenger. “I’m excited because this is a good fit,” says Mr. Stoutenger. “A bunch of kids are working on the truck and learning – it’s a great experience for them and now it isn’t just sitting around in someone’s garage. I can’t wait to see it when it’s done.”
Through this month, all the way through July, the ESM Central students will be taking their 1956 Ford F-100 to various car shows to sell raffle tickets and show off their work. At the last of these scheduled stops – the Syracuse Nationals from July 15th through the 17th, they’ll draw for the raffle winner. Beside helping the high school’s Automotive Technology class pay for its next project, some of the money will go toward scholarships for students pursuing the trade.
Check out Hemmings for more information.