WyoTech’s Blairsville Students Rebuild Truck Engine for Cable TV Series
Posted Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by
Four top students at WyoTech’s Blairsville campus recently rebuilt a custom 1953 Ford F-100 truck’s engine as part of the “Chop Cut Rebuild” reality TV series on MavTV. The students had just two days to increase the Ford Windsor short block engine from 351 to 427 cubic inches. The upgraded engine was then shipped to WyoTech’s flagship campus in Laramie, Wyo., where other WyoTech’s students will install it on a restored and retrofitted classic Ford pickup, which they intend to display at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show Nov. 4-7 in Las Vegas.
WyoTech’s faculty selected the four students involved in the engine customization on the basis of their superior skills and enthusiasm.
“We’re not going to shortcut anything,” said Chris Johnston, one of two WyoTech instructors overseeing the project. “We’re going to try to spend just as much attention on detail as we would if we had two months to build.”
“Chop Cut Rebuild” is an Emmy-nominated reality show that airs on MavTV, a basic cable channel. Now in its 10th season, the show chronicles custom car builders as they transform older vehicles into gleaming show cars. The series is produced hosted by Canadian actor Dan Woods.
The episode featuring WyoTech’s Blairsville students is scheduled to air in early October 2014.