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Student-built 1956 Ford F100 up for grabs

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Students pose with the 1956 Ford F100 project truck. Photo courtesy East Syracuse Minoa School District.

A 1956 Ford F100 resto-modded by high school students at East Syracuse Minoa Central High School in Western New York will be raffled off to a lucky winner on July 17. Proceeds from the sale are rolled back into the school’s Automotive Technology class, so the money collected goes to a worthy cause.

The 60-year-old truck was bought new on the West Coast and was originally blue, but it’s now Rainforest Green Metallic with a white roof. Its original 292 has been swapped for a 302 with an Edelbrock intake, four-barrel carburetor and an updated ignition system. The modified hauler also boasts air conditioning, power windows, power-assisted steering and power-assisted brakes, a custom wood bed floor and more.

Ryan Beckley, automotive technology teacher at ESM acquired the truck from Michael Stoutenger of Plattsburgh, New York, who bought the F100 as a project but then decided to sell it unfinished.

“I’m excited because this is a good fit, Stoutenger said. “A bunch of kids are working on the truck and learning—it’s a great experience for them and now it isn’t just sitting around in someone’s garage. I can’t wait to see it when it’s done.”

Students will take the truck to several car shows from April through July to display it and sell raffle tickets.  Their final show is the Syracuse Nationals, from July 15-17 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York. The raffle drawing for the truck will be held on July 17 at the end of the show, and money raised from the sale will go towards the purchase and restoration of the Automotive Technology class’s next project. A portion of the proceeds will also be used to help fund scholarships for students entering the trade.

Ticket information will soon be published on the School District’s website, but details are also available from technology teacher Ryan Beckley, who can be reached at