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Students to Give Car ‘Millionaire Makeover’ in Cooperative Venture


Students have already removed some of the chrome in preparation for repainting; the nearby Millionaires football helmet offers a preview of the car's eventual color.
Students have already removed some of the chrome in preparation for repainting; the nearby Millionaires football helmet offers a preview of the car’s eventual color.
From left, Pat Dixon, Christopher H. Van Stavoren and Greg Hayes outline the work to be done on a donated Lincoln.
From left, Pat Dixon, Christopher H. Van Stavoren and Greg Hayes outline the work to be done on a donated Lincoln.

A blue 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V has arrived in College Avenue Labs, where students of Alfred M. Thomas II, associate professor of collision repair, will repaint and detail it as a show car for Williamsport Area High School. The luxury coupe, donated to the high school automotive program, will be given a fresh finish in the school’s traditional cherry-and-white colors (exemplified by a football helmet that accompanied the vehicle). Vinyl versions of the Millionaires’ logo – top hat, gloves and cane – then will be affixed to the doors and hood, and the car will be returned for display in parades, homecoming activities and similar events. Christopher H. Van Stavoren, assistant professor of automotive at Penn College, discussed the project Monday afternoon during a campus visit by Pat Dixon, WAHS automotive instructor, whose students will keep the vehicle roadworthy, and Greg Hayes, executive director of the WASD Education Foundation (which is funding much of the work) and of public relations for the district.

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