West Shore Auto Tech Students Take on Special Project

The finished chassis on display at the Goodguys PPG Nationals show.

West Shore Career-Tech students in Mike Szittai’s Automotive Technology class took on a special project during the last quarter of the 2016-2017 school year that spilled into evening and weekend work. Despite the outside-of-school hours, the students showed up eager to work each week.

The class was asked by an Auto Tech alumni who now owns a hot rod restoration company to build a new engine for one of his vintage Corvettes. The new engine system was built to be displayed on a rolling chassis for custom fabrication shop TriWorks to present at the Goodguys PPG Nationals Giant Automotive Festival at the Ohio Expo Center July 7-9. The festival included 6,000 of the country’s 1972 & older hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and classics. TriWorks is owned by 2006 Auto Tech grad Ben Giuliano.

The students began working on the engine, with new parts provided by Giuliano, in May and worked Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons right up until the chassis was shipped just prior to the show.

Szittai was pleased with the work done by the students as was Giuliano. The level of work required pushed the students to a higher skill level. All the engine parts, supplied by Giuliano, were new and cost an estimated $40,000-$50,000.

“This project car had all the makings of a professional build,” Szittai said. Many festival goers were surprised to find the engine build was done by students and not TriWorks because of its professional appearance. This fall, TriWorks plans to finish the body modifications and painting of the Corvette. The car will be powered by the new engine built with pride by the West Shore Auto Tech students.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 12:35 PM, 07.18.2017