Mid-Plains Community College Automotive Technology instructor Bryan Herrick and MPCC Auto Body Technology instructor Don Wilson pull the cover off a 1965 Chevrolet Impala on June 12 at North Platte Buick GMC. The Impala is the college’s 13th raffle car.
The 2017 Mid-Plains Community College raffle car is a 1965 Chevrolet Impala.
The car was unveiled June 12 at North Platte Buick GMC in NE. The Impala will remain on display at the dealership until noon on June 15, giving the public an opportunity to view it and buy raffle tickets.
The vehicle will make its next appearance June 16 during the NEBRASKAland Days Antique Car Display at 9 a.m. in Memorial Park, followed by the NLD Antique Car Parade at noon in downtown North Platte.
About the car
The Impala is the 13th vehicle restored and modified by students in MPCC’s Classic Car Restoration (CCR), Automotive Technology and Auto Body Technology programs.
Every year, the students disassemble, modify and reassemble a classic car. They begin by reducing the vehicle to a shell then sandblasting the body and frame down to bare metal.
From there, they embark on the long and challenging process of transforming the vehicle into a work of art. The project requires them to study and merge both traditional and modern engineering and technology.
“They learn about everything from chassis, electrical systems, drivetrains, engines and the replacement and refinishing of sheet metal to plastic, fiberglass and upholstery,” said Don Wilson, Auto Body instructor and supervisor of the CCR Program. “When you have to merge analog systems with digital technology, it can get complicated. There isn’t a book or instructions when merging them, and our students must know both before they can make the various systems work properly and look amazing.”