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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 14:24

Grand Island Man Wins Restored '68 Mustang from NPCC


Tracy Carman draws the winning ticket for the 2016 North Platte Community College raffle car during Colonel Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine in downtown North Platte while NPCC Auto Body instructor Don Wilson looks on.


A Grand Island man is the winner of the 2016 North Platte Community College raffle car.

Michael Peterson’s name was drawn on September 10 during Colonel Cody’s Cruise Show and Shine in downtown North Platte. Peterson was not present for the drawing, but will be notified of the win by college officials.


The NPCC Foundation conducted the raffle, and approximately 7,000 raffle tickets costing $10 each were sold. Proceeds will go toward scholarships for students in the Automotive Technology and Auto Body Technology programs.


The raffle car is a 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe. It’s the 12th vehicle restored and modified by Classic Car Restoration Program, Automotive Tech and Auto Body Tech students, faculty and staff members in the Transportation Division at NPCC.


This year, the students decided to keep the car in a more “stock” condition than some of the previous raffle cars. The drivetrain consists of a stock 302 CID, 220-horsepower rated engine with a two-barrel naturally aspirated (carbureted) fuel system coupled to a C4 automatic transmission.


However, the students couldn’t resist a few modifications. The raffle car sports a tilt wheel, a completely new interior, an aftermarket sound system and a vinyl top. The finish is “Impact Blue” - selected from a 2014 Mustang color palette using PPG’s basecoat/clearcoat paint system.


The college used the Mustang a number of ways. First, it counted toward a certificate in automotive restoration. The students who worked on the car had to study then apply current technology to 1968-level application. They had to understand both traditional and modern engineering and technology before merging the two.


The car also attracted attention to the college and its programs and was used to recruit students interested in transportation-related training. The Mustang toured the state over the summer, making appearances at car shows, parades and cruise night events.


Tickets were sold everywhere the car was on display. They were also available at a number of local businesses and organizations, including Bob Spady Buick-GMC, Cohagen Battery Store, Grandma's Memories Antiques and Collectibles, Isabelle’s Auction House, A.J. Janas, Pat Smith, Jody’s Auto Sales, Larry’s Barber Shop, Modern Tire Pros, Twin River Body Shop, LKQ-Keystone and E.J.’s Outdoor Sports. Tickets were also sold at Rex’s Refrigeration in Ogallala and Curtis Collision Center in Curtis.


More information about the car and the Classic Car Restoration, Automotive Tech and Auto Body Tech program offerings is available at www.mpcc.com.