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Fast times at Sequim High might take awhile, says Bill Seabolt, engineering technology club instructor.

That’s because the club’s 11 student members were given a 1934 Ford coupe kit car that he estimates will take two years to finish.

Fred Minker, owner of Fred’s Hobbies and Guns, 349 W. Washington St., Sequim, donated the car earlier this year. He bought it in 1991. Minker said with the car still not finished after 19 years, it was time to move on.

The kit came with almost everything except a motor, transmission, seats and tires.
“It was a pretty complete package,” Seabolt said.

The members will be able to work on the car before and after school and on weekends at Seabolt’s house until the wheels are installed and space is cleared in the high school shop. 

“When I was in high school, I would have loved to have been able to build a car like this,” Seabolt said.

To raise funds for parts, the students plan to hold fundraisers including a car show later this year.
“With this donated, we’re really starting on the good end of it,” Seabolt said. 

Piecemeal hot rod
One of the missing pieces was obtained recently, a 327 small-block Chevy engine from Chuck Wheeler, a welding instructor at Peninsula College.

Seabolt said even as students come and go on the project, from graduation and starting jobs, the mechanical parts of the car will remain consistent.

“We’ll stay with what we have because of costs,” he said.

The exterior, though, could change. When asked what color the car will become, Seabolt said it probably would be the club’s colors, which haven’t been determined.

“It’s definitely not going to be pink,” said club member Nicole Wasley, 16.

The group agreed they’d like to put ghost flames on the side.

Club cruising
Students said this gives them a unique opportunity to build a car from the ground up.

“It’s exciting to be able to work on something like this,” said club member Nic Seabolt, 15.

All the students are taking or have taken the engineering technology courses at the high school, and the club provides them another outlet to practice automotive work. 

Wasley said she’s grown up around cars but hasn’t worked on them before.

She and others in the club plan to go into the automotive field after graduation.

Ryan Woods, 17, a senior, will begin Peninsula College’s automotive classes later this year.

Seabolt said he hopes to send photos showing the progress and finished product to those who graduate or move away.

Plans for the finished car are up in the air.

“On the market — if we decide to sell it — this will reach about $30,000,” Seabolt said.

“I think once it’s finished, we’ll definitely want to have some fun with it.”

Reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.

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