Syracuse, New York, High School Raffling 1956 Ford F-100 To Support Shop Program
Raffle Proceeds Keep Program Operational, Self-Sufficient
Remember the auto shop program at your high school? Many of us have fond memories of wrenching on old jalopies and at least getting them in running order, if not back to showroom shine. Sadly, in many parts of the country, hands-on vo-tech programs are some of the first to get the axe in the face of budget cuts. However, at least one shop program has figured out a way to support itself, have a ton of fun, learn a lot, and bring restored classics to the enthusiast community in Upstate New York. East Syracuse Minoa (ESM) Central High School, under the guidance of auto shop teacher Ryan Beckley, has an 11-year tradition of choosing a project vehicle for the year and restoring and then raffling that vehicle to raise funds to support the school’s auto shop program. This year, the shop class has restored a 1956 Ford F-100.
The truck was originally registered in California. A local resident purchased the truck but ran out of time to restore it himself, so he sold it to the school’s auto shop program. As part of the restoration process, the truck received some upgrades to make it a little easier to live with day to day, including an updated 302ci Ford V-8, power windows, power steering and power brakes, as well as air conditioning. The truck has a full 8-foot bed, an unusual feature for surviving ’56 models. A solid oak bed floor was installed, built by ESM custodian Joe Procopio. Local businesses, including Ace Auto Trim, FleetPride, East Syracuse Chevrolet, and Saves Auto Body, all helped out with the project, as well as area enthusiast Ray Miller.
The truck will be raffled on July 17 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Raffle tickets are available by mail and are priced at $10 each, three for $25, or 15 tickets for $100. More information for purchasing raffle tickets is available on the shop class’ webpage at spartangarage.org.
Source: East Syracuse Minoa Central High School