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, which the students tackled with relish.
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 includes 6,000 of the country’s finest 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, who brought the project idea to his former teacher. The level of work required pushed the students to a higher skill level.
“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. TriWorks this fall plans to finish body modifications and painting the Corvette with its new engine built at West Shore.