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Students rebuild classic car for charity

By Patrick Nelson

Automotive lecturer Rob Tucker … delighted with the quality of work carried out by apprentice mechanics Automotive lecturer Rob Tucker … delighted with the quality of work carried out by apprentice mechanics

A classic car rebuilt by automotive apprentices in Alice Springs has completed a 2400km journey through the Outback, without skipping a beat.

Some 20 Certificate III Automotive students invested a combined 200 hours to prepare the 1962 S series Valiant for the Variety Club NT’s recent “bash” from Tanunda in South Australia, to Aileron, 130 km north of Alice Springs.

Automotive lecturer Rob Tucker said the vehicle ran perfectly for the eight-day bash, which mostly followed rough and dusty outback tracks.

“The students carried out a full vehicle inspection before servicing and tuning the engine, replacing worn parts, and ensuring that it was safe and roadworthy,” Mr Tucker said.

“The experience of working on an older car is important in giving apprentices a more complete understanding of how current technology has evolved in an industry where change is constant.

“Not only was this invaluable as an exercise in developing automotive expertise among our students, but it was a great way to assist an organisation that is committed to supporting kids with special needs in the community,” he said.