Students of the auto mechanics and auto body classes of North Platte Community College have refurbished a 1963 Chevy Nova for a fundraising raffle.
The Nebraska-based college produces a custom car to raffle off every year. 2012 marks the eighth year of the project.
Instructor Bryan Herrick first came up with the idea for the project in 2003. NPCC students spend a full year restoring the vehicle.
The ’63 Chevy Nova rebuild won first in class at the Grand Island Tri-City Street Rods annual auto show. This award came even before the official unveiling of the vehicle last week.
Like previous years, the car will tour the state as parts of car shows, parades, and cruise night events.
Features of the rebuilt Chevy Nova include a fuel injected engine, tubular front suspension with after market sub fram, 700 R4 transmission, vintage air conditioning, L82 GM 350 C.I.D. crossfire, and 4 wheel disc brakes. A handful of vendors donated parts to the project, including Modern Muffler, Car Doctor, E.J.’s Outdoor Sports, J & M Parts and Equipment, and Cohagen Battery
Proceeds from the raffle assist in the purchase of the following year’s vehicle, along with scholarships. The 1963 Chevy Nova was donated to the community college by North Platte resident Jim Ransdell.
For information on NPCC or the Nova, contact 308-535-3601 or www.mpcc.edu.