Collision Repair and Restoration Program Awarded Grant from RPM Foundation
The Collision Repair and Restoration Program at Southeastern Regional Vocational Tech is happy to announce that they are the recipients of a $3,000.00 grant from the RPM Foundation to assist with purchasing parts for the completion of a 1963 Mercury Comet project they have been working on.
The Comet project began as a project donated to the school in hopes of being restored. Upon assessment of the vehicle, it was determined the vehicle had a lot of rust and rot issues in the floors and frame areas. The decision was made to build it into a hot rod muscle car.
The grant money from the RPM Foundation will be utilized to purchase parts to aid in continuing to work on the project and help bring it to a completed state. Plans include retro-fitting a larger V8 engine instead of its original 6 cylinder, newer suspension and braking systems to complement the scratch built frame that was built in order to install larger rear tires and have a safer, stronger undercarriage. The students will also be replacing the older electrical system of the vehicle with a painless wiring kit and replacing the age-old weather-stripping throughout the entire vehicle.
The grant was made available online through the RPM Foundation’s website. The RPM Foundation (RPM) is an educational grant-making program of America’s Automotive Trust (AAT). RPM is funded by collector vehicle and classic boat enthusiasts to serve youth and young adults on their pathways to careers in automotive/marine restoration & preservation along with the long-term interests of the collector vehicle and classic boat communities. Visit: www.rpm.foundation for more information.