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CHS Auto Tech Project

(October 10, 2019) There are moments in your life that you know you are a part of something big, something that will outlast you and be a legacy for future generations. First year teacher Mark Gabriel is giving his automotive technology students the chance to be a part of something big.

Mr. Gabriel recently rescued a 1968 Chevy stepside truck, which served as a CISD vehicle for many decades, from the back of the transportation parking lot. The former US Air Force truck was long ago purchased at auction by CISD and Mr. Gabriel believes it is the perfect opportunity for his new automotive tech program to leave a legacy. He has commissioned an ongoing restoration project that he says will not only give his students hands-on learning experiences every year, it will allow them to be a part of restoring and reviving a piece of CISD and American history.

According to Mr. Gabriel, this project is similar to a well-known automotive project that began in the 1960’s. Project X was started in 1965 with Popular Hot Rodding magazine. It was used as a test vehicle and as a way to teach generations of hot rodders how to build a car.  It has been on the cover of Popular Hot Rodding multiple times and has been the subject of countless tech stories. It also appeared in the 1980s movie Hollywood Knights alongside Tony Danza and Michelle Pfeiffer. The 1957 Chevy Bel Air 210 post became arguably the most significant car in the history of the hobby. 

CHS Automotive Technology would like to build their own legacy with the 1968 Chevy C10 truck, but this project needs a name!! Send your suggestions to ronald.gabriel@communityisd.org before October 31. If your project name is chosen, we will arrange for a photo with the blue truck AND you will win a Brave Nation spirit shirt!

Mr. Gabriel

Kids working on truck

kids working on truck

1968 Chevy