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The Ypsilanti, MI public school district operates a vocational training program called the Regional Career Technical Center (RCTC). RCTC offers a variety of programs including construction trades, culinary arts, automotive mechanics and auto body repair. Each year the high school-aged students in the auto body program embark on a major project to refurbish an old car that has been donated to the program.

This year's project was a 1967 Cadillac Eldorado donated by Christopher Scott Norman. The students had 77 days to finish the car between the time they received it and this year's Detroit Autorama show in March. As many as thirty students led by teacher Bill Burnette had a hand in the project although a core group of seven did the bulk of the work.

Continue reading about the project and the car after the jump.





When they received the car, the team of students set about stripping it down, and removing major interior and mechanical components. They focused on the body work, repairing all the rust and dents, fixing the trim and then painting and polishing the body with a beautiful cherry finish. The seats were reupholstered with assistance from a local body shop. The students didn't do any work on the engine internals but did dress it up with rocker covers and air cleaner that match the body work.



The RCTC team spent many late nights and weekends working to get the car ready for it's public debut. They took the Eldo to the Detroit Autorama at Cobo Hall in March and won third place in the High School Custom category. Now they need to sell the car in order to fund their next project. If you're interested in the picking up an old Eldorado, you can contact Bill Burnette at 734-482-8485.

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