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Automotive Students to Refurbish Classic Car as Part of Celebration

Saturday, June 22, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

MustangAs part of the 50th Anniversary system wide celebration being observed by all four Texas State Technical College campuses, automotive students from each campus in Harlingen, Waco, Marshall and West Texas will be working on restoring a 1965 Ford Mustang.

Project Mustang will result in a refurbished American classic car that will be used at various TSTC 50th Anniversary celebrations at all four campuses and throughout the years.

“We are still in the early stages of the project and many details are still being worked out,” said Julie Threlkeld, project manager with the TSTC System office in Waco. “The car is scheduled to be unveiled in January 2015 with the launch of the legislative session.”

While TSTC Harlingen opened its doors in 1967, a collective celebration will be observed in 2015 on the anniversary of the opening of the first campus in 1965 in Waco.

TSTC will celebrate its Golden Anniversary on April 22, 2015 and Threlkeld said that the, “1965 Ford Mustang is a symbol representing the year TSTC was formed as well as the symbol of enduring technology.”

Threlkeld said the Mustang is in “fairly good condition already” and only required minor body work. The TSTC Waco Automotive Skills Club is taking the lead in Project Mustang.

“Our hope is that our sister automotive students will also be able to take part in various aspects of the refurbishment,” Threlkeld said.

The refurbishment plan includes restoring the car to show quality, using the original 1965 red paint code and upgrading the accessories to the rally sport model.  The engine will also get a tune-up.  

“We are considering adding the TSTC logo along the bottom of the Mustang,” Threlkeld said. “We are also planning to incorporate a plaque or other methods to document the names of the TSTC students that worked on the Mustang.”

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