Students pose next to the finished '56 Ford truck.
  • Students pose next to the finished '56 Ford truck.
  • Image Credit: East Syracuse Minoa Central High School
Ford F100 '56
  • Ford F100 '56
  • Image Credit: Ford
Ford F100 '56
  • Ford F100 '56
  • Image Credit: Ford
Ford F100 '56
  • Ford F100 '56
  • Image Credit: Ford
A project car is a learning experience, regardless of whether you're a student or if your school days are long gone. These students bought an unfinished project truck for the automotive technology class to work on, and the '56 Ford F100 is now ready.

The '56 Ford, bought new on the West Coast, has undergone a transformation of sorts after being acquired from Michael Stoutenger of Plattsburgh. Stoutenger planned to rebuild the truck as a project, but, as happens all too often, it ended up just sitting in his garage instead. The auto shop teacher, Ryan Beckley, bought it in pieces, and the school's Spartan Garage students tackled the project as a restomod. It's no longer blue, but Rainforest Green Metallic, and the 292-cubic-inch V8 has been replaced with a 302 and improved with an Edelbrock intake and four-barrel carb. The original work truck aesthetic has been shelved, as the Ford now has air conditioning, power windows, power steering, power brakes and more, complete with a custom bed.

It's not ESM's first student project, as the school has in previous years restored such cars as a '63 Buick Wildcat, a '65 Mustang, a '72 Chevelle and a Factory Five Cobra. The finished truck will go on a show tour that ends at the Syracuse Nationals in July, and it will be raffled off on July 17. With the money raised, the school will acquire and restore their upcoming project, whatever that may be. Some of the money will also go into a scholarship fund.

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