High Schoolers Rescue, Restore & Raffle Vintage Ford Truck

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Students at Canadian High School Are Funding New Tech Program By Raffling Off 1947 Ford Truck

Remember when schools used to take classic cars and trucks and then have students restore them? Well, that’s thankfully still happening in some parts of the world. At least it is in Ontario, Canada, where students at St. Theresa’s Catholic High School recently rescued a 1947 Ford Truck from a farm. And after a two-and-a-half-year restoration, the school is raffling off the truck to raise funds for a new technology program.

Around 50 students participated in the restoration after the school purchased the truck in 2014. But Mark Stewart, a manufacturing teacher at St. Theresa’s, told Simcoe.com that this was no simple project. “We got the cab and the motor and the frame after seeing a [classifieds] ad,” said Stewart. “Unfortunately, once we brought it back to the school, we realized we couldn’t save the motor.”

But Stewart was able to track down a 1948 vintage Flathead, which students were able to get up and running. A great deal of fabrication was needed to deal with rust as well. Students garnered some great experience fabbing new floors and various panels that were rotted out. Though it isn’t mentioned in the article, it also appears that the front clip has been replaced with a later one as well.

The project received support from several local businesses, including NAPA Auto Parts, Adco Tire and Huronia Glass. Now finished, the school is selling raffle tickets for the 1947 Ford truck for $20. Unfortunately, for those of us who don’t live near Ontario, they’re only available at the school and local Midland businesses. The lucky winner will be announced in March.

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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