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Vintage Vehicle Regains Lost Luster in College’s Restoration Lab

Imminent graduate Daniel S. Bishop, of Perkasie, diligently exemplifies Penn College's hands-on reputation.
Imminent graduate Daniel S. Bishop, of Perkasie, diligently exemplifies Penn College’s hands-on reputation.
Mitchell R. Kachele (left), of Allendale, N.J., and Louis Benet, of Tampa, Fla., tape off areas to remain unpainted.
Mitchell R. Kachele (left), of Allendale, N.J., and Louis Benet, of Tampa, Fla., tape off areas to remain unpainted.
Two more May graduates – Ryan J. Levesque (left), of Unionville, and Carmen Cicioni, of Ringtown – remove wax and grease ...
Two more May graduates – Ryan J. Levesque (left), of Unionville, and Carmen Cicioni, of Ringtown – remove wax and grease …
... for better adhesion once the paint-spraying begins.
… for better adhesion once the paint-spraying begins.
Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger lends a learned hand to the project.
Collision repair instructor Roy H. Klinger lends a learned hand to the project.

Students in Penn College’s automotive restoration technology major, several of them graduating later this month, are spending the final days of the semester prepping a unique vehicle for its day in the late-spring sun. Working in the paint-bay area of College Avenue Labs, the students are putting the finishing touches on a 1953 Verrill Wolf Wagon. The rare car, affiliated with the Swigart Museum in Huntingdon, arrived on campus in August and is being repainted and detailed for the June 13-15 Concours d’Elegance at The Hotel Hershey. Although about 22 feet long, the vehicle fit (with room to spare) into the spray booth, where it received multiple coats of single-stage urethane paint for an old-school finish befitting its era.