Automotive Service Technician students building a hot rod

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By , September 25, 2009
Instructor Rick Hall and the students in the Dawson Creek section of NLC’s Automotive Service Technician program show off the frame of the hot rod on which they will soon start work.

Instructor Rick Hall and the students in the Dawson Creek section of NLC’s Automotive Service Technician program show off the frame of the hot rod on which they will soon start work.

DAWSON CREEK – Automotive Service Technician students at Northern Lights College will have the opportunity to work on a special project over the next couple of years.

The students will be building a 1934 Ford three-window coupe, from a kit manufactured by Street Beasts. When completed, the hot rod will feature a fiberglass body, steel frame, and small block Ford engine and transmission.

The kit includes the frame and body, and the students add all the other components.

According to Rick Hall, program instructor at NLC’s South Peace Campus in Dawson Creek, this will be an exciting project for the students. But it will also be a complicated project that he expects will take three years to complete.

“This gives the students practical experience in working the systems and components of a car, but it’s a lot of work,” Hall said.

The students start with the bare body and front of the hot rod, and then fit all the components. After that, they disassemble everything, clean, prepare and start building. The vehicle body, alone, requires hundreds of hours of sanding, and then all of the wiring, pedals, mechanisms, controls and gauges have to be fitted.

“It’s basically building a car from the ground up,” Hall said. “And it’s a cool thing, so hopefully the project will build some excitement for the program.”

The hot rod is being started in Dawson Creek, but will be transported back and forth to Fort St. John, where students in the program at the Fort St. John Campus will work on the project.

The hot rod kit only recently arrived in Dawson Creek, and Hall is still awaiting the arrival of some components. But he expects work to start in the next few weeks, and anticipates that the Dawson Creek students will have the suspension installed by the end of the term.

For more information on the Automotive Service Technician program, or any program at NLC, check the website at nlc.bc.ca or call 250-782-5251 or 1-866-463-6652.

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