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Monday, 20 May 2019 15:52

Construction of School Automotive Shop in John Day, OR, Will Boost Program

Written by Angel Carpenter, Blue Mountain Eagle
From left, Luke Claughton, Garrett Lenz, shop teacher Jason Miller and Jacob Vaughan take a look at the carburetor on a Datsun pickup at Grant Union. From left, Luke Claughton, Garrett Lenz, shop teacher Jason Miller and Jacob Vaughan take a look at the carburetor on a Datsun pickup at Grant Union. Courtesy of Eagle photos / Angel Carpenter

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He said he “tore apart” half the engine on his ‘06 Ford F350 to work on the emissions gas recirculation (EGR) system.

 

He said he’s looking forward to the new bigger building.

 

“We’ll have more room to have more rigs, because right now you can only have so many in here at once,” he said.

 

The class recently repaired a pickup that had damage to a corner of the cab when a gooseneck trailer smashed into it.

 

Miller said the students repaired the damage and then an auto body mechanic in John Day painted it. The students then installed a new side window.

 

Miller said he’d like to eventually have the equipment for students to paint vehicles at the school.

 

They also hope to save money and buy a project car—a classic, ‘60s hot rod or four-wheel drive pickup—to restore.

 

“We want to go from start to finish on a vehicle,” Miller said. “That’s the goal.”

 

We thank Blue Mountain Eagle for reprint permission.


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